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Name: Brian Gustman

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     An Examination of the Psychometric Properties of the Working Model of the Child Interview Coding Scheme with Biological Mothers who have Maltreated

Major Professor: Dr. H. Thompson Prout

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 109 Dickey Hall

Name: Bradley Goan

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Missed Opportunities in the Mountains: The University of Kentucky and Its Action Program for Eastern Kentucky in the 1960s

Major Professor: Dr. John Thelin

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 131 Taylor Education Building

Name: John Orlowski

Program: Crop Science

Dissertation Title:

     Evaluation of input-intensive soybean (Glycine max L. Merr) management systems and the effect of lactofen application on soybean physiology

Major Professor: Dr. Chad Lee

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 360 Plant Science Building

Name: Kyle McCarthy

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     Characterizing The Nearest, Young Moving Groups

Major Professor: Dr. Ronald Wilhelm

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: Chemisty-Physics room 179

Name: Fayin Xu

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Janoski

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015

Time: 10:30 AM

Place: Patterson Office Tower 1545

Name: Wenbin Li

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     Consistency Checking of Natural Language Temporal Requirements using Answer-Set Programming

Major Professor: Dr. Jane Hayes

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Davis Marksbury Building 102A

Name: Zachariah Miller

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     A MEASUREMENT OF FISSION CROSS-SECTIONS AND THE PROMPT FISSION NEUTRON ENERGY SPECTRUM FOR URANIUM ISOTOPES

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Kovash

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Chemistry-Physics Building, Rm 179

Name: Lucia Marin

Program: Musical Arts

Dissertation Title:

     Basic Fundamentals of Phenomenology of Music by Sergiu Celibidache as Criteria for the Orchestra Conductor

Major Professor: Mr. John Nardolillo

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Fine Arts Library - room 2

Name: Jennifer Presnall

Program: Psy - Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     The Five-Factor Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory: An Item Response Theory Analysis

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Widiger

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Kastle Hall, 206-A

Name: Sarah Schuetze

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     More Than Death: Fear of Illness in American Literature 1775-1876

Major Professor: Dr. Marion Rust

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: 1245 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Grace Martin

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     For the Love of Robots: Latin American Posthuman Science Fiction Between 1960-1999

Major Professor: Dr. Enrico Santi

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 1145 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Jeremy Hickman

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     A Digital Dud: New Media, Participation, And Voting In The 2004 And 2008 United States Presidential Elections

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Janoski

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 1545 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Jessica Birdwhistell

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     FRIENDSHIP AND AUTISM: A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY ECOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF STUDENT, TEACHER, AND PEER FACTORS RELATING TO THE SOCIAL NETWORK AND FEELINGS OF LONELINESS OF STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER IN GENERAL EDUCATION ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS

Major Professor: Lisa Ruble

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building Room 122

Name: Jessica Birdwhistell

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     FRIENDSHIP AND AUTISM: A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY ECOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF STUDENT, TEACHER, AND PEER FACTORS RELATING TO THE SOCIAL NETWORK AND FEELINGS OF LONELINESS OF STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER IN GENERAL EDUCATION ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS

Major Professor: Dr. Lisa Ruble

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building Room 122

Name: Rhyan Conyers

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     “The Wild Experiment” and Its Aftermath: How Courts Settled Conflict and Questions of Power in Higher Education, 1900-1930

Major Professor: Dr. John Thelin

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 131 Taylor Education Building

Name: Billy Kidwell

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     MiSFIT: Mining Software Fault Information and Types

Major Professor: Dr. Jane Hayes

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: The room has not yet been booked.

Name: Robin Shoemaker

Program: Nutritional Science

Dissertation Title:

     REGULATION OF PANCREATIC BETA-CELL FUNCTION BY THE RENIN-ANGIOTENSIN SYSTEM IN TYPE 2 DIABETES

Major Professor: Dr. Lisa Cassis

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Seminar portion 11a-12p: Nursing 419. Examination portion 1-3pm: CTW 523

Name: Sarah Wixson

Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     MEDICATION MISADVENTURES: THE CASE OF BENZODIAZEPINES

Major Professor: Dr. Karen Blumenschein

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: BPC 234

Name: Lei Han

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Investigation of Gate Dielectric Materials and the Dielectric/Silicon Interfaces for Metal Oxide Semiconductor Devices

Major Professor: Dr. Zhi David Chen

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: ECE conference room in F. Pau Anderson Tower 453

Name: Ana Pociello Samperiz

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     El despertar de las voces dormidas/ The Awakening of the Sleeping Voices

Major Professor: Dr. Carmen Moreno-Nuno

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: 1145 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Michael Strawser

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     A Model Modality: Assessing the Educational Integrity of the Hybrid Basic Course

Major Professor: Dr. Deanna Sellnow

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: W. T. Young Library; Presentation U!

Name: Michael Walls

Program: Geography

Dissertation Title:

     Rediscovery of a Native American Cultural Landscape: The Chickasaw Homeland at Removal

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Schein

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Miller Hall 6

Name: Clifford Taylor

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     Deletion-Induced Triangulations

Major Professor: Dr. Carl Lee

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: POT 745

Name: John Benitez

Program: Geography

Dissertation Title:

     Hispanic Religious Ministry in the Upper U.S. South: Missionary Outreach, Strategies, and Institutional Praxis among Mainstream Denominations

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Schein

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Room #6, Miller Hall (basement)

Name: Michael Petriello

Program: Toxicology

Dissertation Title:

     Role of Caveolin-1 and Nrf2 in nutritional modulation of PCB toxicity

Major Professor: Dr. Bernhard Hennig

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: CTW 405

Name: Hongmei Dang

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Nanostrucuted Semiconductor Device Design in Solar Cells

Major Professor: Dr. Vijay Singh

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 2:30 PM

Place: Astecc Conference room

Name: Enrique Smith-Forbes

Program: Rehabilitation Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     EXPLORATION OF FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH PATIENT ADHERENCE IN UPPER EXTREMITY REHABILITATION: A MIXED-METHODS DESIGN

Major Professor: Dr. Dana Howell

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: CTW415

Name: Michael Morgan

Program: Political Science

Dissertation Title:

     Structure Matters: the Organizational Impact on Military Efforts

Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Morey

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 1645 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Katherine Marks

Program: Psy - Experimental Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     EXAMINING THE BEHAVIORAL MECHANISM OF COCAINE CUE ATTENTIONAL BIAS

Major Professor: Dr. Craig Rush

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 11:30 AM

Place: BBSRB 202A

Name: Pengpeng Lin

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     MULTILEVEL ANT COLONY OPTIMIZATION TO SOLVE CONSTRAINED FOREST TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROBLEMS

Major Professor: Dr. Jun Zhang

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: 8:45 AM

Place: Davis Marksbury Building, Room 102A

Name: Quanzhen Huang

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     THERMAL DEGRADATION OF AMINES FOR CO2 CAPTURE

Major Professor: Dr. John Selegue

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Chemistry-Physics building 114B (CP 114B, Seminar room)

Name: Sara Shaunfield

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Examining the Communication Experiences End-of-Life Family Caregivers

Major Professor: Dr. Kevin Real

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Grehan Journalism Building, Room # 117

Name: Sarah Spaulding

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Mechanisms of Therapeutic Resistance in Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

Major Professor: Dr. Natasha Kyprianou

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room 234 Biomedical Pharmacy Complex

Name: Erika Tucker

Program: Entomology

Dissertation Title:

     A Revision of the New World and select Old World species of Cremnops Förster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Agathidinae)

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Sharkey

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Ag. Science Building, S-201

Name: Chris Morris

Program: Exercise Science

Dissertation Title:

     The Effect of Fluid Periodization on Athletic Performance Outcomes in American Football

Major Professor: Dr. Mark Abel

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Seaton Building Room 103

Name: April New

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Questioning the Codes: The Novelas of María de Zayas y Sotomayor

Major Professor: Dr. Moises Castillo

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: POT 1145

Name: Lakshmi Pillai

Program: Biology

Dissertation Title:

     

Major Professor: Dr. Douglas Harrison

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: THM RM.116

Name: David Hague

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy-Counseling Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     EXPLORING BISEXUAL-IDENTIFIED PERSONS EXPERIENCES OF BELONGING

Major Professor: Dr. Sharon Rostosky

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Rm 122

Name: James Mead

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     The Influence of Affect on Product Evaluations and Enduring Consumption Enjoyment

Major Professor: Dr. David Hardesty

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 108B Gatton

Name: Lauren Colley

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     “Taking the Stairs” to Break the Ceiling: Understanding Students’ Conceptions of the Intersections of Historical Agency, Gender Equity, and Action

Major Professor: Dr. Kathleen Swan

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Dickey Hall 109

Name: Celestine Gochett

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Title:

     PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING AMONG BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS: FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY TREATMENT TO EARLY SURVIVORSHIP

Major Professor: Dr. Dorothy Brockopp

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: NURS 213

Name: Soohyung Kim

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Growth Opportunities, Short-Term Market Pressure, and Dual-Class Share Structure; CEO Appointment in Corporate Spin-offs

Major Professor: Dr. Bradford Jordan

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Dean's conference room in Mandrell hall (113 Mandrell Hall)

Name: Theresa Schroeder

Program: Political Science

Dissertation Title:

     When Security Dominates the Agenda: The Influence of Rivalry on Women's Status

Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Morey

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 1645 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Sarah Magnotta

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Essays on the Recommendation Behavior of Multi-Line Salespeople

Major Professor: Dr. Steven Skinner

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Mandrell Building Room 113 (Dean's Conference Room)

Name: Sakin Erin

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     EGO CENTRIC SOCIAL NETWORKS PROCESS, PROCESS AND IDENTITY IN EXPLAING CONVERSION TO AND REVERSION FROM ISLAM IN THE UNITED STATES

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Janoski

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 1545 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Cheryl Rabek

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     LAYERED, FLEXIBLE DRUG DELIVERY FILMS FOR THE PREVENTION OF FIBROTIC SCAR TISSUE FORMATION

Major Professor: Dr. David Puleo

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: 414A RMB

Name: Alicia Walker

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     “Can I have that on the side?”: Women exercising non-consensual sexual non-exclusivity concurrent to primary partnerships

Major Professor: Dr. Claire Renzetti

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 1515 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Nastaran Hendijani

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     CONSTRAINED LOCALLY CORRECTED NYSTRÖM METHOD

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Adams

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 453F FPAT

Name: Xiwei Wang

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     Data Privacy Preservation in Collaborative Filtering based Recommender Systems

Major Professor: Dr. Jun Zhang

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Room 302, Davis Marksbury building

Name: John Leavengood

Program: Entomology

Dissertation Title:

     TAXONOMIC AND MOLECULAR STUDIES IN CLERIDAE AND HEMIPTERA

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Sharkey

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: S-301, Ag Science Center Bldg North (Horticulture)

Name: Maria Almario

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy-Counseling Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     The Inclusive Human Trafficking Checklist: A Screening Methodology

Major Professor: Dr. Pam Remer

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: TEB Auditorium room 158

Name: Anthony Miller

Program: History

Dissertation Title:

     Pioneers in Exile: The China Inland Mission and Missionary Mobility in China and Southeast Asia, 1943-1989.

Major Professor: Dr. Karen Petrone

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 9999

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: History Dept Conference Room