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Dissertation Defense Information

Name: Clinton Hines

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     Spin Cobordism and Wedge Quasitoric Manifolds

Major Professor: Dr. Serge Ochanine

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 4:00 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower 745

Name: Mark Hays

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     A fault-based model of fault localization techniques

Major Professor: Dr. Jane Hayes

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: Hardymon 241

Name: Jason Hartell

Program: Agricultural Economics

Dissertation Title:

     Earthquake Risk in Indonesia: Parametric Contingent Claims for Humanitarian Response and Financial Institution Resiliency.

Major Professor: Dr. Jerry Skees

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Rm 426, Charles E. Barnhart Building

Name: Melissa Miller

Program: Psy - Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     Examining the vulnerability of inhibitory control to the impairing effects of alcohol

Major Professor: Dr. Mark Fillmore

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Rm 216 Kastle Hall

Name: Min-Ji Sohn

Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     The off-label use of atypical antipsychotics and its impact on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Major Professor: Dr. Jeffery Talbert

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: BPC 234B

Name: Emma Thacker

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Smooth Sailing through Stormy Seas? High School Social Studies Teachers Navigating their Informal Professional Learning

Major Professor: Dr. Kathleen Swan

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: DH 109

Name: Nesa Wasarhaley

Program: Psy - Experimental Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     Juror Bias in Perceptions of Lesbian Intimate Partner Violence

Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Golding

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 210A Kastle Hall

Name: Mohammad Souri

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Finite Element Modeling and Fabrication of a SMA-SMP Shape Memory Composite Actuator

Major Professor: Dr. Haluk Karaca

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: R. G. Anderson Building (RGAN), Room #275

Name: Justin Yates

Program: Psy - Experimental Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     Contribution of Nucleus Accumbens Core to Impulsive Choice: Role of Dopamine and Glutamate Receptors

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Bardo

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Room 202A Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB)

Name: Grant Webb

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     The Dijet Cross Section Measurement in Proton-Proton Collisions at a Center of Mass Energy of 500 GeV at STAR

Major Professor: Dr. Renee Fatemi

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Chemistry Physics Building Room 179

Name: Matthew Parker

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Molecular mechanisms of Neuropilin-ligand binding

Major Professor: Dr. Craig Vander Kooi

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: BPC170

Name: Diptarka Das

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     Time Dependent Holography

Major Professor: Dr. Sumit Das

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Room 171, Chemistry-Physics building.

Name: Anna Kerr

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Parental Decision-Making and Uncertainty Management: Navigating Multidisciplinary Pediatric Care during First-Time Clinic Visits

Major Professor: Dr. Nancy Harrington

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 117 Grehan (The Maggie Room)

Name: Jonathan Coleman

Program: History

Dissertation Title:

     Rent: Prostitution in Modern Britain, 1885-1957

Major Professor: Dr. Philip Harling

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Patterson Office Tower, Room 1745

Name: Casey Monday

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     A Characterization of Serre Classes of Reflexive Modules over a Complete, Local, Noetherian Ring

Major Professor: Dr. Edgar Enochs

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Patterson Office Tower (POT) Room 945

Name: Felicia Smith

Program: Instruction and Administration

Dissertation Title:

     African American Female Narratives and Identity Development: A Case Study of Language, Literacy, and Identity Development in the Beauty Salon

Major Professor: Dr. Janice Almasi

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building - Room 122

Name: Murat Akman

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     On the dimension of a certain measure arising from a quasilinear elliptic Partial Differential Equation

Major Professor: Dr. John Lewis

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: POT 745

Name: Timothy Riley

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Two Essays on the Low Volatility Anomaly

Major Professor: Dr. Bradford Jordan

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Gatton College of Business and Economics Room 446

Name: Thomas Gawriluk

Program: Biology

Dissertation Title:

     Targeted Knockout of Beclin-1 Reveals an Essential Function in Ovary and Testis

Major Professor: Dr. Vincent Cassone

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: 116 Thomas Hunt Morgan

Name: Amy Anderson

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     Text/Image and Image/Text: Dissociation and Multimodal Relationships

Major Professor: Dr. Roxanne Mountford

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 1245 POT

Name: Erin Peters

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Nuclear structure in transitional regions: Studies of 132,134Xe and lifetimes in the stable Zr nuclei with the (n,n'?) reaction

Major Professor: Dr. Steven Yates

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Chemistry-Physics building room 137

Name: Katrina Akande

Program: Family Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Parenting: What's It Like for Black Fathers with Nonresident Children

Major Professor: Dr. Claudia Heath

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 128 Erikson

Name: Katrina Akande

Program: Family Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Parenting: What's It Like for Black Fathers with Nonresident Children

Major Professor: Dr. Claudia Heath

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 128 Erikson

Name: La Toya Smith

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy-Counseling Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     PREDICTORS OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS

Major Professor: Dr. Keisha Love

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: TEB 245

Name: Yunqing Han

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     A study on the theoretical method to evaluate kinetic parameters of solid state reactions

Major Professor: Dr. Kozo Saito

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: RGAN 275 (may change)

Name: Whitaker Jordan

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     The Mythological Image of the Prince in the Spanish Golden Age Comedia

Major Professor: Dr. Moises Castillo

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 1145 POT

Name: William Richerson

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Evolutionary Motives and Consumer Food Choice in Romantic Relationships

Major Professor: Dr. David Hardesty

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Gatton Business and Economics 253 - Dean's Conference Room

Name: William Wedding

Program: Mining Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     MULTISCALE MODELING OF THE MINE VENTILATION SYSTEM AND FLOW THROUGH THE GOB

Major Professor: Dr. Andrzej Wala

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Mining and Mineral Resources Building, Clay Room

Name: Sema Gunturkun

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     Homogeneous Gorenstein Ideals and Boij-Soderberg Decompositions

Major Professor: Dr. Uwe Nagel

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 3:30 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower (POT) 745

Name: Bradley Newsome

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Addressing public health risks of persistent pollutants through nutritional modulation and biomimetic nanocomposite remediation platforms.

Major Professor: Dr. Leonidas Bachas

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: CT Wethington Building, Room 220

Name: Pangela Dawson

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Behind the Mirrors: Examining the Role of African American Cosmetologists and Salons in Domestic Violence Advocacy and Education

Major Professor: Dr. Judy Jackson

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building

Name: K. Seevers

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Sustainable Lifetime Value Creation through Innovative Product Design: A Product Assurance Model

Major Professor: Dr. Ibrahim Jawahir

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Room 414A, CRMS Building

Name: Robert Farmer

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Two Essays on Political Ideology and Consumer Behavior

Major Professor: Dr. Blair Kidwell

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 10:30 AM

Place: Gatton College of Business Dean's Conference Room (Rm 253)

Name: Joshua Brien

Program: Civil Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Development of Cementitious Materials for Adhesion Type Applications Comprising Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement and Latex Polymer

Major Professor: Dr. Kamyar Mahboub

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: OHR 120 (Oliver H Raymond civil engineering building)

Name: Gary Hughes

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     The Effect of Mediated Immediacy upon State Motivation and Cognitive Learning in an Online Lesson

Major Professor: Dr. Donald Case

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Chan Conference Room, Suite 310, LCLI (Little Library)

Name: Zhong Zheng

Program: Nutritional Science

Dissertation Title:

     Role of scavenger receptor class B type I in thymopoiesis

Major Professor: Dr. Xiang-an Li

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: UKMC MN463

Name: Jessique Ghezzi

Program: Soil Science

Dissertation Title:

     SOIL AND BIOSOLID NANO- AND MACRO-COLLOID PROPERTIES AND CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT BEHAVIOR

Major Professor: Dr. Anastasios Karathanasis

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: Ag Science North Room N224

Name: Brian Downer

Program: Gerontology

Dissertation Title:

     The Relationship Between Trajectories of Serum Cholesterol from Midlife to Late Life, Late Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and Cognitive Functioning

Major Professor: Dr. David Fardo

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: University Health Services rm 130

Name: Mark Russell

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     University of Kentucky Presidents and Their Role in Desegregation, 1949-1987

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Angelo

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 122 Taylor Education Building

Name: Juan Pan

Program: Plant Pathology

Dissertation Title:

     Ether bridge formation and chemical diversification in loline alkaloid biosynthesis

Major Professor: Dr. Christopher Schardl

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Auditorium-Gluck Equine Research Center

Name: Jin Luo

Program: Materials Science and Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     The development and biocompatibility of low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) for microfluidic and biosensor applications

Major Professor: Dr. Bruce Hinds

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: OHR 112

Name: Kai Xu

Program: Plant Pathology

Dissertation Title:

     Key roles of sub-cellular membranes and co-chaperon in tombusvirus replication

Major Professor: Dr. Peter Nagy

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Rm. 101, 401E Plant Science Building

Name: Jamye Banks

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy-Counseling Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THREE INTERVENTIONS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS’ ATTITUDES TOWARD SEXUAL MINORITIES

Major Professor: Dr. Keisha Love

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 109 Dickey Hall

Name: Rebecca Goodney

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     A MIXED METHODS STUDY OF TECHNOLOGICAL INFLUENCES ON COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA EXPOSURE IN MILITARY CHILDREN EXPERIENCING PARENTAL DEPLOYMENT

Major Professor: Dr. H. Thompson Prout

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: TEB 151F

Name: Alexandra Minieri

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy-Counseling Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     Not Just a Women’s Issue: How Male Undergraduate Students Understand their Development as Social Justice Allies for Preventing Men’s Violence against Women

Major Professor: Dr. Pam Remer

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Taylor Education Building ITC room 151F

Name: Qian Chen

Program: Biology

Dissertation Title:

     The interactions between JAK/STAT signaling ligands in Drosophila

Major Professor: Dr. Douglas Harrison

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: NURS 201

Name: Ying Luo

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Efficient Biometric Matching in Privacy-aware Environments

Major Professor: Dr. Senching Samson Cheung

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: Conference room on the first floor of Davis Marksbury Building

Name: David Meekins

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Structural Mechanisms of Glucan Phosphatase Activity in Starch Metabolism

Major Professor: Dr. Matthew Gentry

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 202A BBSRB

Name: Junting Ai

Program: Nutritional Science

Dissertation Title:

     The role of scavenger receptor B1-regulated inducible glucocorticoids in sepsis

Major Professor: Dr. Xiang-an Li

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Time: 2:30 PM

Place: 403 CTW

Name: Maria del Socorro Moreno Parra

Program: Anthropology

Dissertation Title:

     Warmikuna Juyayay. Indigenous Women Opening Spaces for Participation

Major Professor: Dr. Sarah Lyon

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Lafferty Hall, Room 104

Name: Gururaj Anil Wagle

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     MODELING IONIZED AND MOLECULAR REGIONS OF THE INTERSTELLAR MATERIAL USING THE SPECTRAL SYNTHESIS CODE CLOUDY

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Troland

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

Time: 10:30 AM

Place: Room 179, Chemistry-Physics Building

Name: Di Kang

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Two Essays on Nonbank Financial Institutions

Major Professor: Dr. Donald Mullineaux

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Time: 10:30 AM

Place: BE 213 (Gatton College of Buisness and Economics)

Name: Leann Fiore

Program: Pharmacology

Dissertation Title:

     A novel link between Abl family kinases and NM23-H1 during metastatic progression

Major Professor: Dr. Rina Plattner

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: MN 242

Name: Radu Mihail

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     Visualizing and Predicting the Effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Hands

Major Professor: Dr. Judith Goldsmith

Date: Saturday, April 17, 9999

Time: 3:30 PM

Place: 102 Davis Marksbury Building

Name: Sarah Klopfenstine-Wear

Program: Musical Arts

Dissertation Title:

     A Performance Guide to Gabriel Fauré’s La Chanson d’Ève, Op. 95

Major Professor: Cynthia Lawrence-Calkins

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 9999

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, Study Room 3

Name: Sanja Trajkovic

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Methods development in biological mass spectrometry: application in glycoproteomics

Major Professor: Dr. Bert Lynn

Date: Friday, April 23, 9999

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: A-157, ASTeCC

Name: Jonathan Sharp

Program: Musical Arts

Dissertation Title:

     A Performance Guide to Glenn Kotche's "Monkey Chant"

Major Professor: Mr. James Campbell

Date: Friday, April 23, 9999

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Fine Arts Library - Study Room 6