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Dissertation Defense Information

Name: Qian Fan

Program: Statistics

Dissertation Title:

     Bilaterally Contaminated Normal Model with Nuisance Parameter and Its Applications

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Charnigo

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 1:30 PM

Place: MDS312

Name: Fei Pan

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Multifrequency Averaging in Power Electronic Systems

Major Professor: Dr. Bruce Walcott

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: OHR 120

Name: Mehmet Ascigil

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     Design of a Scalable Path Service for the Internet

Major Professor: Dr. Kenneth Calvert

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 241 James F. Hardymon Building

Name: Jun-Shik Choi

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     ERROR CONTROL AND EFFICIENT MEMORY MANAGEMENT FOR SPARSE INTEGRAL EQUATION SOLVERS BASED ON LOCAL-GLOBAL SOLUTION MODES

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Adams

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 4:15 PM

Place: 453F FPAT

Name: Dennis Pearce

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Measuring "Working Out Loud"

Major Professor: Dr. Clyde Holsapple

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 8:45 AM

Place: Room 113 Mandrell Hall

Name: Rahul Butala

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Application of Salen Aluminum Compounds in Dealkylation, and Detection of Organophosphates

Major Professor: Dr. David Atwood

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: CP 114 C

Name: Xiande Cao

Program: Electrical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Volume and Surface Integral Equations for Solving Forward and Inverse Scattering Problems

Major Professor: Dr. Caicheng Lu

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: FPAT 453

Name: Danielle Lyons

Program: Physiology

Dissertation Title:

     Stopping Orofacial Pain: New Therapeutic Uses for Old Drugs

Major Professor: Dr. Karin High

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: MN 463 and then moving to MS 505

Name: Karen Compton

Program: Music

Dissertation Title:

     AN INVESTIGATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COOPERATIVE LEARNING AS A REHEARSAL TECHNIQUE FOR IMPROVING HIGH SCHOOL BAND PERFORMANCE

Major Professor: Dr. David Sogin

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Fine Arts Library - Niles Study Room

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

Name: Benjamin Blandford

Program: Geography

Dissertation Title:

     Claiming the streets: Derby cruising and the contestations of racialized festival spaces

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Schein

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 8:30 AM

Place: Miller Hall 6

Name: Deborah Cohen

Program: Social Work

Dissertation Title:

     Obtaining genuine family involvement: unpacking the system of care values and principles

Major Professor: Dr, Carlton Craig

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: POT 645

Name: Chenxi Zhang

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     Depth-assisted Image Segmentation, enhancement and Visualization

Major Professor: Dr. Ruigang Yang

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Davis Marksbury Building, 1st floor conference room

Name: Dawn Kato

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Application of Capillary Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry in Biofuel Processing

Major Professor: Dr. Bert Lynn

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: ASTeCC 157

Name: Catherine Johnson

Program: Mining Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     FRAGMENTATION ANALYSIS THROUGH PRECISE TIMING IN THE SHOCKWAVE COLLISION REGIONS BETWEEN ADJACENT BOREHOLES IN BENCH BLASTING

Major Professor: Dr. Braden Lusk

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 3:30 PM

Place: Room 110 of the Mining and Mineral Resource Building

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: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 3:30 PM

Place: RM 426 Charles E. Barnhart Bldg

Name: Alejandra Velez Ortega

Program: Physiology

Dissertation Title:

     TRPA1 channels in supporting cells of the inner ear regulate cochlear amplification

Major Professor: Dr. Gregory Frolenkov

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Willard Medical Education Building - Room MN363

Name: Hui Li

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     NOVEL FABRICATION OF FREESTANDING TWO-DIMENSIONAL AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICROSTRUCTURES FOR MICROFLUDICS AND MICROROBOTICS APPLICATIONS

Major Professor: Dr. Christine Trinkle

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: RGAN 275

Name: Paul Stephens

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Defining and Measuring the Construct of Undergraduate Student Satisfaction

Major Professor: Dr. Kelly Bradley

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Taylor 122

Name: Julie Baltisberger

Program: Rehabilitation Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Bent but not broken: A mixed methods study of mothering occupations for women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer

Major Professor: Dr. Dana Howell

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: CTW 219

Name: Robert Zuercher

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Campaigning for Judicial Office, 2012

Major Professor: Dr. James Hertog

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Maggie Room, Grehan Building

Name: Wenwen Du

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     MATERIAL TENSORS AND PSEUDOTENSORS OF WEAKLY-TEXTURED POLYCRYSTALS WITH ORIENTATION MEASURE DEFINED ON THE ORTHOGONAL GROUP

Major Professor: Dr. Chi Sing Man

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: POT745 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Yigong Zhang

Program: Mining Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Active current injection method for limiting ground fault current harmonics in underground coal mines

Major Professor: Dr. Joseph Sottile

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: 110 MMRB

Name: Mao Ye

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Title:

     Monocular Pose Estimation and Shape Reconstruction of Quasi-Articulated Objects with Consumer Depth Camera

Major Professor: Dr. Ruigang Yang

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 11:30 AM

Place: First floor conference room, Davis Marksbury building

Name: Megan Phillips

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Characterization of the lipophosphoglycan of Jabba, a ricin-resistant mutant of Leishmania donovani

Major Professor: Dr. Salvatore Turco

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: BBSRB 202A

Name: Jessica Williamson

Program: Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Animal and Pasture Response to Grazing Management of Chemically Suppressed Tall Fescue in Mixed Pastures

Major Professor: Dr. Glen Aiken

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Ag Science North; N-224

Name: Lora Mutiso

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Title:

     Factors Influencing Depression In Men: A Qualitative Investigation

Major Professor: Dr. Patricia Howard

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Room 315 T in the College of Nursing

Name: Steven Wise

Program: Edu'l Policy Studies & Evaluation

Dissertation Title:

     

Major Professor: Dr. Kelly Bradley

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: 131 Taylor Hall

Name: Steven Wise

Program: Studies in Higher Education

Dissertation Title:

     Sex and Gender Identity: A New Perspective for College Student Development

Major Professor: Dr. Kelly Bradley

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: 131 Taylor Hall

Name: Jaclyn Norberg

Program: Exercise Science

Dissertation Title:

     The Biomechanics of Race Walking and its Comparisons to Normal Walking and Running

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Shapiro

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Seaton 103

Name: Nicola Tarrant-Hoskins

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     Katherine Mansfield among the Moderns: Her influence on D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf.

Major Professor: Dr. Jerome Meckier

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 12th floor of POT, room 1245.