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Dissertation Defense Information

Name: Jessica Horohov

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Measuring Learning, Not Time: Competency-Based Education and the Institution of American Higher Education

Major Professor: Dr. Jane Jensen

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building, Room 131

Name: Wesley Hough

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     On Independence, Matching, and Homomorphism Complexes

Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin Braun

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 245 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Casey Shadix

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Self-Authoring Gender Performance: A Narrative Analysis of Gay Undergraduate Men

Major Professor: Dr. Douglas Boyd

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 131 Taylor Education Building

Name: Lily Brislen

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     In the Butternut Big Time: Food Hubs, farmers, and the development of community agro-food economies

Major Professor: Dr. Keiko Tanaka

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Rm 232 (The Food Connection), The 90

Name: Paul Kline

Program: Rehabilitation Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Longitudinal adaptations in muscle strength, functional performance, gait biomechanics, and patient-reported function after unilateral total knee arthroplasty

Major Professor: Dr. Brian Noehren

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017

Time: 3:30 PM

Place: CTW 411

Name: Thitinart Sithisarn

Program: Physiology

Dissertation Title:

     The Effects of Perinatal Oxycodone Exposure on the Stress Axis and Neurobehavior

Major Professor: Dr. Sandra Legan

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: MN 463 and MS 505

Name: Ryan McCann

Program: Rehabilitation Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Prediction of Acute and Recurrent Ankle Sprains in Athletes

Major Professor: Dr. Phillip Gribble

Date: Monday, April 3, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: CT Wethington 405

Name: Morgan Schreffler

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     Approximation of Solutions to the Mixed Dirichlet-Neumann Boundary Value Problem on Lipschitz Domains

Major Professor: Dr. Russell Brown

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 745 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Todd Jones

Program: Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Dissertation Title:

     THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOWELL MASON AND THE BOSTON HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY, 1815–1827

Major Professor: Dr. Ronald Pen

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Niles Gallery, Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library

Name: Merryn Cole

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Spatial Reasoning and Understanding the Particulate Nature of Matter: A Middle School Perspective

Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 151F Taylor Education Building

Name: Samuel Choo

Program: Special Education

Dissertation Title:

     Developing Technology Applications for Improving the Problem-solving Skills of Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities

Major Professor: Dr. Brian Bottge

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building (TEB), Room 222

Name: Timothy Harris

Program: Economics

Dissertation Title:

     Life Insurance: Nudges and Adverse Selection

Major Professor: Dr. Aaron Yelowitz

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: B&E 223J

Name: Constantin Icleanu

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Reading In-Between the lines: Representations of Immigration and Justice in Spanish Contemporary Music, Film, and Novels

Major Professor: Dr. Ana Rueda

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: 1145 POT

Name: Megha Kalsi

Program: Entomology

Dissertation Title:

     The xenobiotic transcription factor Cap n Collar ‘CncC’ regulates expression of multiple insecticide resistant genes in Leptinotarsa decemlineata and Tribolium castaneum

Major Professor: Dr. Subba Palli

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: S-201, Agricultural Science Center North

Name: Vernon Bumgardner

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     Contributions to Edge Computing

Major Professor: Dr. Victor Marek

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Hardymon Building Room 100 (Windstream Room)

Name: Md. Kabir

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     A measurement of the parity violating asymmetry in the neutron capture on 3^He at the SNS

Major Professor: Dr. Christopher Crawford

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Chemistry-Physics Building, Room : TBD

Name: Joseph Rounsaville

Program: Biosystems & Agricultural Engr

Dissertation Title:

     RELATIVE XTE CALCULATIONS IN ASABE/ISO 12188-2:2012 AND POWER/ENERGY ANALYSIS USING A 20HP TRACTOR ON A FULLY ELECTRIC DRIVETRAIN

Major Professor: Dr. Joseph Dvorak

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: Barnhart Building Room# 154

Name: Meenakshi Banerjee

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     The role of platelet endocytosis in hemostasis and innate immunity

Major Professor: Dr. Sidney Whiteheart

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: BPC 234

Name: Xu Zhang

Program: Civil Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Incorporating Travel Time Reliability into Travel Models

Major Professor: Dr. Mei Chen

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM

Place: The Ralph G. Anderson Building (RGAN) Room 275

Name: Daniel Sheffler

Program: Philosophy

Dissertation Title:

     The Metaphysics of Personhood in Plato's Dialogues

Major Professor: Dr. David Bradshaw

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 12:00 AM

Place: POT 1445

Name: Kevin Dunn

Program: Educational Leadership Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Evaluating the quality of online courses within the Kentucky Community and Technical College system (KCTCS)

Major Professor: Dr. Beth Rous

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 151 Taylor Education Building

Name: Maureen Cavalcanti

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     An Application of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods for Assessing STEM Literacy in an Informal Context

Major Professor: Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Taylor Education Building 122

Name: John Frizzell

Program: Musical Arts

Dissertation Title:

     A Conductor’s Analysis of Veljo Tormis’ Looduspildid

Major Professor: Dr. Jefferson Johnson

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Fine Arts 10

Name: Emily Piercy

Program: Instruction and Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Applying an Interactive Narrative Simulation to the Challenge of Patient Fall Prevention in the Acute Care Setting

Major Professor: Dr. Joan Mazur

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: TEB 151F

Name: Stephanie Rojas

Program: Psy - Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     Dismantling the Five Factor Form

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Widiger

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 216 Kastle Hall

Name: Matthew Bush

Program: Clinical and Translational Science

Dissertation Title:

     Promotion of Early Pediatric Hearing Detection Through Patient Navigation

Major Professor: Dr. Nancy Schoenberg

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Pavilion H (Chandler Hospital Building), C-315 (CCTS conference room)

Name: Reiko Ozaki

Program: Social Work

Dissertation Title:

     Active Bystander Behaviors among High School Students: The Role of Co-occurrence of Violence Victimization and Perpetration in Personal Violence Prevention

Major Professor: Dr. David Royse

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: 645 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Robert Wolf

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     Compactness of Isoresonant Potentials

Major Professor: Dr. Peter Hislop

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 8:45 AM

Place: POT 745

Name: Jennifer Salamone

Program: Music

Dissertation Title:

     Misbehaving Minuets: A Preliminary Theory of Humor and Dance Form in Haydn's Opp. 76 and 77

Major Professor: Dr. Karen Bottge

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: LCLI Fine Arts Library, Study Room 1

Name: Hua Wang

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Computational Investigation of Injectable Treatment Strategies for Myocardial Infarction

Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Wenk

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 275 RGAN Building

Name: Todd Hurst

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     The Superintendent’s Feed: An Analysis of Superintendents’ Engagement in Political Discourse on Social Media

Major Professor: Dr. Wayne Lewis

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Taylor 134B

Name: Todd Rounsaville

Program: Biology

Dissertation Title:

     Invasion dynamics of the exotic liana Euonymus fortunei (Turcz.) Hand.-Mazz. (wintercreeper)

Major Professor: Dr. Mary Arthur

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

Time: 2:30 PM

Place: Dimock Animal Pathology Building, conference room #202

Name: Xiangqing Jiao

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Using Synchronized Phasor Measurements for Power System Modeling and Protection

Major Professor: Dr. Yuan Liao

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: FPAT 453

Name: Jennifer Watson

Program: Instruction and Administration

Dissertation Title:

     SOCIAL MEDIA USE AMONG HIGHLY MOBILE HIGH-SCHOOL AGED POPULATIONS: A MULTI-CASE STUDY OF A STUDENT 2 STUDENT PROGRAM FOR MILITARY-CONNECTED STUDENTS

Major Professor: Dr. Joan Mazur

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Taylor Education Building - Room TBD

Name: Kera Ackerman

Program: Special Education

Dissertation Title:

     Examining the Efficacy of Co-teaching at the Secondary Level: Special Educators' Perceptions of their Productivity as Co-teachers

Major Professor: Dr. Robert McKenzie

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building 222

Name: Carrie Davidson

Program: Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Dissertation Title:

     The Effects of a work site wellness weight loss program on prescription claims

Major Professor: Dr. Melody Noland

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Seaton 200

Name: Ian Boggero

Program: Psy - Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     Maintenance of Positive Affect Following Pain in Younger and Older Adults

Major Professor: Dr. Suzanne Segerstrom

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Kastle Hall Room 216

Name: Dustin Hedmark

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     Filters in the Partition Lattice, Box Polynomials, and Partitions into even and odd block sizes

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Ehrenborg

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Funkhouser room B#

Name: Steven Siegel

Program: Musical Arts

Dissertation Title:

     A Performer's Guide to Works for Trumpet and Synthesizer by Meg Bowles

Major Professor: Dr. Jason Dovel

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Fine Arts Library Study Room 2

Name: William Black

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INVOLVEMENT IN RELIGIOUS STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP CAPACITY

Major Professor: Dr. Willis Jones

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 131 Taylor Education Building

Name: Travis Martin

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     A Theory of Veteran Identity

Major Professor: Dr. Virginia Blum

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower 1245

Name: Veronica Miranda

Program: Anthropology

Dissertation Title:

     Reproducing Childbirth: Negotiated Maternal Health in Rural Yucatan

Major Professor: Dr. Mary Anglin

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Lucille Little Library, room 209

Name: Ryan Voogt

Program: History

Dissertation Title:

     Making Religion Acceptable in Communist Romania and the Soviet Union, 1943-1989

Major Professor: Dr. Karen Petrone

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: 1745 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Bianca Spriggs

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     Women of the Apocalypse: Feminist Afrospeculative Fiction

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Trask

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: POT 1245

Name: Tao Chen

Program: Materials Science and Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Utilization of Bio-Renewable Lignin in Building High Capacity, Durable, and Low-cost Silicon-based Negative Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Major Professor: Dr. Yang-Tse Cheng

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: OHR building room 112