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Name: Ahmad Ghaweta

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Optimal Distribution Feeder Reconfiguration with Distributed Generation Using Intelligent Techniques

Major Professor: Dr. Yuan Liao

Date: Monday, November 19, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 453F Anderson tower

Name: Asma'a Ajwad

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Sleep and thermoregulation: A study of sleep enhancement by ambient temperature regulation in mice

Major Professor: Dr. Sridhar Sunderam

Date: Monday, November 19, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 512, RMB

Name: Huong Luu

Program: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dissertation Title:

     Using Prescription Drug Monitoring Data to Inform Population Level Analysis for Opioid Analgesic Utilization

Major Professor: Dr. Svetla Slavova

Date: Monday, November 19, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: RF 115

Name: Ke Xu

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Intelligent Method for Online Adaptive Efficient Optimum Coordination of Overcurrent Relay

Major Professor: Dr. Yuan Liao

Date: Monday, November 19, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: FPAT 175

Name: Maryam Souri

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     Electronic and Optical Properties of Bandwidth Controlled and Electron Doped Epitaxial Thin Film Iridates

Major Professor: Dr. Ambrose Seo

Date: Monday, November 19, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: CP179, Physics and Astronomy

Name: Debendra Shrestha

Program: Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Nitrogen loss and greenhouse gas flux across an intensification gradient in diversified vegetable rotations

Major Professor: Dr. Krista Jacobsen

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Horticulture Conference Room, S-301, Ag Science Center

Name: Meredith Brewer

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Fuel or Fizzle: The Role of Network Position on Teacher Burnout

Major Professor: Dr. Joseph Ferrare

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 131 TEB

Name: Yang Jia

Program: Animal and Food Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Forms of supplemental selenium in mineral-vitamin mixes differentially affect serological and hepatic parameters of growing beef steers grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue

Major Professor: Dr. James Matthews

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Agricultural Science Center North (Ag North), Room N-320

Name: Jessie Hoffman

Program: Nutritional Science

Dissertation Title:

     PCB Disruption of Gut and Host Health: Implications of Prebiotic Nutritional Intervention

Major Professor: Dr. Bernhard Hennig

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: MN 563 (seminar) MN 542 (closed portion)

Name: Mustafa Lahmar

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     ESTIMATION OF TRANSMISSION LINE PARAMETERS USING LINEAR METHODE WITH SYNCHRONIZED AND UNSYNCHRONIZED PMU’S DATA

Major Professor: Dr. Yuan Liao

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 453F

Name: Jawad Alhashim

Program: Agricultural Economics

Dissertation Title:

     Three Essays for Developing Water Resource Economics and Policy in Saudi Arabia

Major Professor: Dr. David Freshwater

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 426 Charles E. Barnhart Bldg

Name: Joseph Calvert

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     The Influence of Life Domains on Adolescent and Adult Offending: Testing an Extension of Agnew's General Theory

Major Professor: Dr. Carrie Oser

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM

Place: POT 1545

Name: Maryann Kozlowski

Program: Gender and Women's Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Fat Girls: Sexuality, Transgression, and Fatness in Popular Culture

Major Professor: Dr. Susan Bordo

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM

Place: Breckinridge Hall 107

Name: Bettie Kawonga

Program: Animal and Food Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Compost bedded pack dairy housing: Animal performance and wellbeing and economic viability in a pasture-based system

Major Professor: Dr. Melissa Morgan

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 7:00 AM

Place: Garrigus Room 201

Name: Bettie Kawonga

Program: Animal and Food Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Compost bedded pack dairy housing: Animal performance and wellbeing and economic viability in a pasture-based system

Major Professor: Dr. Melissa Newman

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 7:00 AM

Place: Garrigus Room 201

Name: Baron Wolf

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND SEXUAL MINORITIES: THE EXPERIENCE OF LGBTQ STUDENTS AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Major Professor: Dr. Kelly Bradley

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Taylor 131

Name: Tianfei Hou

Program: Nutritional Science

Dissertation Title:

     MECHANISMS AND POTENTIAL THERAPY ON DISRUPTED BLOOD PRESSURE CIRCADIAN RHYTHM IN DIABETES

Major Professor: Dr. Zhenheng Guo

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: MN 363, Medical Center

Name: Xiaoqiong Fang

Program: Statistics

Dissertation Title:

     Mixtures-of-Regressions with Measurement Error

Major Professor: Dr. Derek Young

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: MDS 324

Name: Jessica Donohue-Dioh

Program: Social Work

Dissertation Title:

     Conceptualizing the Prevention of Human Trafficking: Survivors’ Perspectives

Major Professor: Dr. Melanie Otis

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM

Place: POT 645

Name: Mohsen Nasseri

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     Nanoscale Devices Consisting of Heterostructures of Carbon Nanotubes and Two-Dimensional Layered Materials

Major Professor: Dr. Douglas Strachan

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: CP 179 Chemistry-Physics Building

Name: Katharine Lawyer

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Leadership Styles of State Extension Specialists

Major Professor: Dr. Lars Bjork

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 111D Dickey Hall

Name: Alexander Altman

Program: Animal and Food Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Relationships between animal temperament and cell-mediated and systemic immune responses in beef cattle during periods of physiological and environmental stress

Major Professor: Dr. Eric Vanzant

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Agricultural Science Building North Room N320

Name: Ehsan Jafari

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     \eta^{\prime} decay to \pi^+ \pi^- \pi^+ \pi^-

Major Professor: Dr. Bing-An Li

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Chem-Phys Building Room CP-179

Name: Chao Li

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Weld penetration status identification based on convolutional neural network

Major Professor: Dr. YuMing Zhang

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 414A CRMS

Name: Alexis Eugene

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Aqueous photochemistry of 2-oxo-carboxylic acids

Major Professor: Dr. Marcelo Guzman

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 114 Chem/Phys building

Name: Glenda Perez Montes

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Espacio del Enclave Bananero: Miguel A. Asturias, Ramón A. Amador y Carlos L. Fallas

Major Professor: Dr. Susan Carvalho

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: POT 1145

Name: Jin Xie

Program: Statistics

Dissertation Title:

     THE FAMILY OF CONDITIONAL PENALIZED METHODS WITH THEIR APPLICATION IN SUFFICIENT VARIABLE SELECTION

Major Professor: Dr. Xiangrong Yin

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room 312 (MDS 312), Multidisciplinary Science Building

Name: Nicaise Sagbo

Program: Agricultural Economics

Dissertation Title:

     Role and impact of agricultural loans in developing countries - Benin case study

Major Professor: Dr. Leigh Maynard

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room 426 Charles E. Barnhart Building

Name: Yaorong Lou

Program: Economics

Dissertation Title:

     Three Essays on Exchange Rate and Capital Controls

Major Professor: Dr. Yoonbai Kim

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Gatton conference room 223J

Name: Ammar Sami Abdulazee Al-Bayati

Program: Crop Science

Dissertation Title:

     BREEDING FOR TOMATO RESISTANCE TO SPIDER MITE

Major Professor: Dr. John Snyder

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: The Conference room S301 in the Ag Sci. North building

Name: Elizabeth Caldwell

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     TYPICAL PEERS' PERCEIVED SELF-EFFICACY TOWARDS INCLUDING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Campbell

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 236 Dickey Hall

Name: Jieran Li

Program: Toxicology

Dissertation Title:

     Physico-chemical properties determine the impact of manufactured nanomaterials on terrestrial ecosystem

Major Professor: Dr. Jason Unrine

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: HSRB 410

Name: Brandon Kulengowski

Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae: Epidemiology, Genetics, In Vitro Activity, and Pharmacodynamic Modeling

Major Professor: Dr. David Burgess

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: TODD 234 for 1 hour and then TODD 370

Name: Chan Yong Jang

Program: Plant Pathology

Dissertation Title:

     A PROTEIN INTERACTION AND LOCALIZATION MAP FOR THE CONSTRICTA STRAIN OF POTATO YELLOW DWARF VIRUS, AND ATTEMPTS TO DEVELOP REVERSE GENETICS SYSTEMS FOR PLANT NEGATIVE-STRAND RNA VIRUSES

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Goodin

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: #266, Plant Science Building

Name: Mengying Wan

Program: Musical Arts

Dissertation Title:

     “Instants d’un Opera de Pekin” for Solo Piano of Qigang Chen

Major Professor: Dr. Irina Vorobieva

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: TBA

Name: Ilya Okhotnikov

Program: Family Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Pathways from Religiosity to Couple’s Satisfaction through Relational Virtues and Equality in Two Cultures

Major Professor: Dr. Nathan Wood

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 316-A Funkhouser

Name: John Handshoe

Program: Musical Arts

Dissertation Title:

     Tyler Kline's Render: A Formal Analysis and Performance Guide

Major Professor: Mr. Bradley Kerns

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Fine Arts Library Study Room

Name: Marianne Young

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Organizational Learning at the University of Kentucky: An Oral History Exploration of Change

Major Professor: Dr. Jane Jensen

Date: Monday, December 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 131 Taylor Education Building

Name: Jing Yuan

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     From Mean to Quantiles: Rethinking Individual Differences in Mathematics Achievement and Mathematics Self-Efficacy

Major Professor: Dr. Xin Ma

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Room 236 Dickey Hall

Name: Sneha Thapa

Program: Anthropology

Dissertation Title:

     Flexible Liminality among the Tibetan diaspora: Tibetan exiles adjusting cultural practices in Dharamsala, India and the United States

Major Professor: Dr. Mark Whitaker

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: Lafferty Hall Room #104

Name: Tefjol Pllaha

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     Equivalence of Classical and Quantum Codes

Major Professor: Dr. Heide Gluesing-Luerssen

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower, Room 745