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Dissertation Defense Information

Name: Jeremy Watts

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     AN EXPLORATION OF TEACHER RETENTION IN RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN EASTERN KENTUCKY

Major Professor: Dr. Tricia Browne-Ferrigno

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 109 Dickey Hall

Name: Jill Rogers

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     An Examination of a Yoga Intervention and Elementary Students’ Selective Attention and Executive Function in the School Setting

Major Professor: Dr. Alicia Fedewa

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: TEB 151F

Name: Christopher Grosh

Program: Anthropology

Dissertation Title:

     Adaptability in a Bhutanese Refugee Community: Navigating Integration and the Impacts on Nutritional Health after US Resettlement

Major Professor: Dr. Deborah Crooks

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Lafferty rm 104

Name: Edita Klimyte

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Elucidating binding, fusion and entry of HMPV in cell culture and host tissues

Major Professor: Dr. Rebecca Dutch

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: B202A BBSRB

Name: Hua Zhong

Program: Agricultural Economics

Dissertation Title:

     Three essays on the adoption of best management practices in the Kentucky River watershed

Major Professor: Dr. Wuyang Hu

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Charles E. Barnhart Building, Room 426

Name: Zhaohong Wang

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Information-Theoretic Secure Outsourced Computation in Distributed Systems

Major Professor: Dr. Senching Samson Cheung

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: 1st Floor Conference Room, Davis Marksbury Building, 329 Rose St., Lexington, KY

Name: Erin Wachter

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Design, synthesis and photochemical analysis of ruthenium (II) polypyridyl complexes for application in phototherapy and nucleic acid sensing

Major Professor: Dr. John Selegue

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: CP114A/B

Name: Qunfei Zhou

Program: Materials Science and Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     First-Principles Investigation of Structure-Property Relationships: Enabling Design of Functional Materials

Major Professor: Dr. Matthew Beck

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: ASTeCC A157

Name: Lisa Koehl

Program: Psy - Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     Validity of Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT)

Major Professor: Dr. David Berry

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 206A Kastle Hall

Name: Michael Akenhead

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     The Influence of the Cholesterol-Related Membrane >Fluidity on the Shear Stress Control of Neutrophil Adhesion and its >Implications in Hypercholesterolemia

Major Professor: Dr. Hainsworth Shin

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room 512, Robotics & Manufacturing Building

Name: Tracey Vitori

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Title:

     Psychological distress and cardiac disease

Major Professor: Dr. Susan Frazier

Date: Monday, May 23, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: College of Nursing room 504

Name: Jae-Young Oh

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Why Supplier Integration Fails: From a Salesperson’s Perspective

Major Professor: Dr. Scott Ellis

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Conference room 330 at the Gatton Building

Name: Richard Mensah

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     CONSTRUCTING A MEASURE TO ASSESS THE PERCEIVED BENEFITS OF FACULTY MENTORING PROGRAMS: APPLYING A RASCH MEASUREMENT THEORY FOR CALIBRATION AND ITEM INVESTIGATION

Major Professor: Dr. Kelly Bradley

Date: Monday, April 5, 9999

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building (TEB) Room 151F, College of Education, University of K

Name: Angela Postigo

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     MAYBE SHE’S BORN WITH IT: INTERPLAY OF BEAUTY AND POWER IN REPRESENTATIONS OF LATIN FEMALE HIERARCHY

Major Professor: Dr. Susan Carvalho

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 9999

Time: 12:00 AM

Place: 1145 POT

Name: Eric Casero

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     Mind Against Matter: Isolating Consciousness in American Fiction, 1980-2010

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Trask

Date: Thursday, April 15, 9999

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower 1245