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Dissertation Defense Information

Name: Bethney Wilson

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Evaluating Social Media as a Tool for Augmenting Traditional Foodborne Illness Warning Messages: An Exploration of Converging Messages and Sensemaking in a Crisis

Major Professor: Dr. Timothy Sellnow

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, Suite 310, Chan Conference Room

Name: Peter Jones

Program: Public Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Charter school locations and their effects on school district revenues

Major Professor: Dr. Eugenia Toma

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Patterson Office Tower, room 318

Name: Shurong Hou

Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Human Butyrylcholinesterase Mutants for Cocaine Detoxification

Major Professor: Dr. Chang-Guo Zhan

Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Time: 1:30 PM

Place: BPC 234B & 387

Name: Jingqi Guo

Program: Plant Physiology

Dissertation Title:

     The influence of tall fescue cultivar and endophyte status on root exudate chemistry and rhizosphere processes

Major Professor: Dr. David McNear

Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room N-120, Ag. North Building

Name: Kara Larson

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Regulation of Glucose Homeostasis by the PHLPP1 Phosphatase

Major Professor: Dr. Sabire Ozcan

Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: BBSRB B131

Name: Nicholas Iannarino

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Social Support in Young Adult Cancer Survivors and their Close Social Network Members

Major Professor: Allison Scott

Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: 228 Grehan Journalism Building

Name: Dustin Stephens

Program: Clinical and Translational Science

Dissertation Title:

     Primary and Secondary Prevention of Hepatitis C Virus among Rural Appalachian People Who Use Drugs

Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Havens

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: MN 263 - Chandler Medical Center

Name: Xiaoxi Liu

Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     BEYOND PEROXISOME: ABCD2 MODIFIES PPARalpha SIGNALING AND IDENTIFIES A NOVEL SUBCELLULAR ORGANELLE IN MOUSE ADIPOSE TISSUE

Major Professor: Dr. Gregory Graf

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: BPC 234B

Name: Anthony Claes

Program: Veterinary Science

Dissertation Title:

     Anti-Müllerian hormone in stallions and mares: Physiological variations, clinical applications, and molecular aspects

Major Professor: Dr. Barry Ball

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Gluck Equine Research Center, Room 110 (Lecture Hall)

Name: Lisanne Grant

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Dimensions and Validation of Perceived Message Sensation Value Scale for Print Messages

Major Professor: Donald Helme

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: 127 Grehan Building

Name: David Little

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     MEASURING POST-SECONDARY STEM MAJORS' ENGAGEMENT IN SUSTAINABILITY: THE CREATION, ASSESSMENT, AND VALIDATION OF AN INSTRUMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY CURRICULA EVALUATION

Major Professor: Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building, Room 122

Name: Thomas Platt

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     OBESITY, DIABETES, AND LEPTIN RESISTANCE PROMOTE NEUROPATHOLOGAL CHANGES IN THE AGING BRAIN

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Murphy

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 170 Biological-Pharmaceutical Building

Name: Paulina Davis

Program: Pharmacology

Dissertation Title:

     Immunotherapy in Combination with Behavioral Enrichment in a Canine Model of Aging

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Head

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Sanders Brown Center on Aging - Room 112

Name: Michael Wiitala

Program: Philosophy

Dissertation Title:

     Truth and Falsehood in Plato's Sophist

Major Professor: Dr. Eric Sanday

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time: 4:00 PM

Place: 1445 Patterson Office Tower

Name: Igor Frederico Canisso

Program: Veterinary Science

Dissertation Title:

     Attempts to induce experimentally nocardioform placentitis and new diagnostic markers for ascending placentitis in mares

Major Professor: Dr. Barry Ball

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 118 Auditorium of the Maxwell Gluck Equine Research Center

Name: Nikhil Reddy Madadi

Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel Resveratrol and Combretastatin A4 Derivatives as Potent Anti-Cancer Agents

Major Professor: Dr. Peter Crooks

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room 234B, BPC

Name: Alireza Zeinalisiavashani

Program: Civil Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Development of Indirect Ring Tension Test for Fracture Characterization of Asphalt Mixtures

Major Professor: Dr. Kamyar Mahboub

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Oliver Raymond Building, Room 120

Name: Fernando Camacho, IV

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     A POSTERIORI ERROR ESTIMATES FOR SURFACE FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

Major Professor: Dr. Alan Demlow

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Patterson Office Tower, 745

Name: Joseph Alexander

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Long Term Blood Oxygenation Membranes

Major Professor: Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger

Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: FPAT 175

Name: Baiqing Zhang

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     Identity

Major Professor: Dr. Keiko Tanaka

Date: Friday, August 8, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Patterson Office Tower Room 245