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Name: Robert Zuercher

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Campaigning for Judicial Office, 2012

Major Professor: Dr. James Hertog

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: RGAN 275

Name: Lisa Conley

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     Talking Food: Motivations of Home Food Preservation Practitioners in Kentucky

Major Professor: Dr. Shaunna Scott

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: POT 1545

Name: Lisa Jones

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Title:

     The Utility of the U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map to Promote Diabetes Self-Management Adherence

Major Professor: Dr. Patricia Burkhart

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: College of Nursing Building, Room 504

Name: James Breslin

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Social Learning in the Co-Curriculum: Exploring Group Peer Tutoring in College

Major Professor: Dr. Jane Jensen

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 131 Taylor Education Building

Name: Venkata Abhijit Bhagavatula

Program: Chemical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Thermo-Chemical Conversion of Coal-Biomass Blends: Kinetic Modeling of Pyrolysis, Moving Bed Gasification and Stable Carbon Isotope Analysis

Major Professor: Dr. Naresh Shah

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 110, Mining and Mineral Resources Building

Name: John Egger

Program: Music

Dissertation Title:

     THE EFFECTS OF A COOPERATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT ON PRESERVICE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS’ INTEREST IN AND THE APPLICATION OF MUSIC INTO CORE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS

Major Professor: Dr. David Sogin

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Time: 1:30 PM

Place: Fine Arts Library (Lucille Caudill Little Library) I will email with specific ro

Name: Ablesh Gautam

Program: Veterinary Science

Dissertation Title:

     Examination of the SnSAG surface antigen gene family in Sarcocystis neurona

Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Howe

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Gluck Building, Room# 423

Name: Jennifer Gordon

Program: Entomology

Dissertation Title:

     Insecticide Resistance in the Bed Bug

Major Professor: Dr. Kenneth Haynes

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Agricultural Science Building North Room S-201

Name: Joanne Estes

Program: Rehabilitation Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Occupational Therapists' Experiences with Ethical Issues and Occupation-Based Practice in Hospital Settings

Major Professor: Dr. Judith Page

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: CTW 214B

Name: Brent Eldridge

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     EXPLORING FACULTY ADOPTION AND UTILIZATION OF BLACKBOARD AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THE KENTUCKY COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM

Major Professor: Dr. Kelly Bradley

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 131 Taylor Education Building

Name: Meera Nair

Program: Plant Physiology

Dissertation Title:

     Understanding the role of membrane localized UGT80B1 encoding for UDP-glucose: sterol glucosyltransferase in plant development

Major Professor: Dr. Douglas Archbold

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Cameron Williams Lecture Hall, 101 Plant Science Building 0312

Name: Higo Rodrigues

Program: Music

Dissertation Title:

     EDWARD ELGAR’S EXTENDED TONAL PROCEDURES—AN INQUIRY INTO ELGAR’S CHROMATIC REALM

Major Professor: Dr. Karen Bottge

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Library Instruction 1, Lucille Little Fine Arts Library

Name: Alicia Massie-Legg

Program: Music

Dissertation Title:

     Zilphia Horton, a Voice for Change

Major Professor: Dr. Ronald Pen

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Niles Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lucille Caudill Little Library

Name: Brian Wallace

Program: Exercise Science

Dissertation Title:

     Muscular and Neural Contributions to Postactivation Potentiation

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Shapiro

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 103 Seaton Building

Name: Demetrius Abshire

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Title:

     Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Emerging Adults in College

Major Professor: Dr. Terry Lennie

Date: Monday, November 24, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 315T College of Nursing Building

Name: Ryan Anderson

Program: Anthropology

Dissertation Title:

     A place of value: The politics of development in Cabo Pulmo, BCS, Mexico

Major Professor: Dr. Sarah Lyon

Date: Monday, November 24, 2014

Time: 1:30 PM

Place: Study Room 4, Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center

Name: Xiaoqian Li

Program: Agricultural Economics

Dissertation Title:

     THE EFFECTS OF FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS ON TRADE AND WELFARE: THE CASE OF EU SHRIMP IMPORTS

Major Professor: Dr. Sayed Saghaian

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room 426 at the Barnhart Building

Name: Zheng Wang

Program: Crop Science

Dissertation Title:

     Evaluation of strip tillage with organic practices in bell pepper production as an integrated system for sustainable vegetable cropping strategy under drought stress: field trials, soil physical properties, and plant-endophyte interactions

Major Professor: Dr. Timothy Coolong

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: S-301, Agriculture Science Building