Maryam Abdioskouei

Maryam Abdioskouei

Uncertainty in emission estimates is one the main reasons for shortcomings in the Atmospheric Chemistry Transport Models (CTMs) which can reduce the confidence level of impact assessment of anthropogenic activities on air quality and climate. Comparison with various air pollutant measurements shows...

Samer Saadi Hussein Al Jailawi

Samer Saadi Hussein Al Jailawi

Damage detection and health monitoring of mechanical and structural systems have becoming vital during recent years in many fields, including aerospace and civil engineering. In the present work I introduced a novel methodology for damage detection and health monitoring of structural and mechanical...

Mohammed Abdulhussein Handooz Albarki

Mohammed Abdulhussein Handooz Albarki

Nanoparticles made from biodegradable polymers are of great interest for use in drug delivery systems due to their relative safety and ease of surface modification. My research focuses on the preparation of PLGA nanoparticles and investigation of endocytic and exocytic mechanisms included in their...

Sayan Bandyapadhyay

Sayan Bandyapadhyay

The task of grouping or clustering a set of items into similar groups (or clusters) is a fundamental problem in computer science. For example, given a collection of online news articles, one might want to group them by categories. In my dissertation, I have considered different types of clustering...

Nancy Barth

Nancy Barth

Flood frequency analysis over the western United States is complicated by annual peak flow records that frequently contain flows generated from distinctly different flood generating mechanisms. Improved understanding of the relationship between climatic drivers and flooding would allow for the...

Chelsea Burk

Chelsea Burk

Women's English-language poetry between 1938-2015, I argue, defines documentary poetics differently from the documentary techniques we are used to seeing in film, journalism, or photography. These poets critically engage specific document cultures: a given document’s visual and stylistic norms, and...

Gregory Child

Gregory Child

The process of becoming a teacher is more than completing courses and passing examinations. While obtaining a teaching license is essential for one wanting to enter the teaching profession, it is only part of what it means to become a teacher. The focus of my research is the development of ESL...

Catherine Chioreso

Catherine Chioreso

The objectives of this proposal is to describe recent trends in stage II/III rectal cancer post-operative surveillance, determine factors associated with post-operative surveillance compliance and determine if compliance is associated with better survival. This is a retrospective cohort study using...

Ali Cikmaz

Ali Cikmaz

This project work addresses critical learning components related to how chemistry undergraduate students build representational competency as a function of developing the argumentation practices, which underpin chemistry. This work is important as it extends a new research area at the undergraduate...

Kaylia Duncan

Kaylia Duncan

Orofacial clefting (OFC) is a common birth defect that occurs due to complex genetic interactions. OFC can occur due to aberrant development of the embryonic oral periderm. My research focuses on elucidating the architecture of the gene regulatory network governing oral periderm development in...

Moustafa Tarek Ahmed Ibrahim Gabr

Moustafa Tarek Ahmed Ibrahim Gabr

Tetraarylethylenes (TAEs) embody an intriguing scaffold for development of biosensors as they exhibit the phenomenon of aggregation-induced emission (AIE). This property is characterized by the appearance of a fluorescence response upon aggregation of TAEs. My research focuses on utilization of TAEs...

Joseph Giacalone

Joseph Giacalone

After accumulating over a decade of research on induced pluripotent stem cells, we are now able to generate photoreceptor cells from skin cells of patients with confirmed mutations that would otherwise be unavailable for research. As a result, we have a unique opportunity to unravel the causes of...

Wesley Goar

Wesley Goar

The goal of my dissertation research is to develop strategies to effectively utilize high throughput DNA sequencing technologies to identify mutations and genes causing genetic forms of blindness. Towards this goal, we gathered extensive DNA sequence data for large collections of patients with...

Stephanie Haase

Stephanie Haase

Circadian clocks drive daily patterns of physiology and behavior. In many animals, the clocks driving daily behavioral rhythms are located in pacemaker neurons in the brain. However, it remains poorly understood how molecular clocks drive rhythms in neuronal activity and how neuronal interactions...

Jesse Hamer

Jesse Hamer

Traditionally, mathematicians have used results from the field of knot theory (the study of intertwined pieces of string in space) in order to study the field of contact topology (important in the study of 3- and 4-dimensional shapes). In this thesis, we do the converse: we use the famous Bennequin...

Cole Haskins

Cole Haskins

Patients with mental illness diagnosed prior to breast cancer may experience suboptimal cancer treatment, including nonadherence to oral endocrine therapies (ET). Our study examines the influence of preexisting mental illness on ET adherence. We use SEER-Medicare data, a large nationally...

Corey Hickner-Johnson

Corey Hickner-Johnson

Out of the Attic: Mental Illness, Psychiatric Disability, and Women Writers disrupts madwoman vs. sane woman paradigms, revealing how social, economic, and cultural systems impact mental illnesses through considering literature by contemporary women writers. Mental illness is a more complicated...

Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson

Depression is among the most significant public health burdens in the US, but we still don’t understand what is different about the brains of people with depression. My dissertation work investigates how dysfunctional brain circuits can produce the hallmarks of depression, including increased stress...

Murat Kilinc

Murat Kilinc

The objective of the dissertation is to evaluate the effectiveness and psychometric characteristics of the conventional scoring methods of the Balanced Inventory of Socially Desirable Responding (BIDR) along with twelve new scoring methods (seven each for fake good and fake bad) that emphasize...

Christina Li

Christina Li

Employees are motivated to maintain fit and alter misfit in workgroups. Yet, research has mainly focused on attitudinal reactions; whereas, the behaviors employees engage in to manage their fit have been underexplored. In pursuit of fit, employees may use impression management tactics to control the...

Yingying Liu

Yingying Liu

Water quality and river and stream ecosystems are very important for almost all living creatures on the planet. As statisticians, our role is to model and interpret information concealed in stream network data. In my dissertation, I take the three key factors of fluvial system modeling – flow...

Hang Nguyen

Hang Nguyen

By conducting an online ethnography of opera and symphony orchestra audience members’ social media engagement through Twitter and Facebook Live, this dissertation endeavors to understand how technology has changed the culture of classical music concert attendance. Interviews with online users who...

Salvatory Nyanto

Salvatory Nyanto

My dissertation explores the ways marginalized slaves and other victimized people came together to create new mission communities in Western Tanzania. It centers on the mission communities to examine the translation of Christian texts as a reciprocal process of Africans and European missionaries...

George Pro

George Pro

Incarceration, alcohol abuse, and racial/ethnic health disparities are responsible for a considerable public health burden. Providing alcohol treatment in prisons and jails could have substantial benefits over treatment in the general population, as these may be opportune settings to intervene with...

Taryn Richardson

Taryn Richardson

Research on counseling leadership suggests that factors such as mentorship, previous leadership experience, identity, and resilience shape leaders and guide leadership practices. Less is known, however, about critical incidents, which are experiences that are considered “a powerful source of...

Tanja Roembke

Tanja Roembke

Word learning requires associating many words and objects to build a lexicon. Data from computational models and animal research suggest that people do not just associate words and concepts (i.e., strengthen associations), but that they also get rid of incorrect associations between words and...

Bhupesh Shetty

Bhupesh Shetty

Successfully identifying root causes of product defects help manufacturing companies fix quality related issues quickly and in turn improve profitability of the company. My thesis explores the problem of identifying the root cause of product defects using process event logs in a manufacturing...

Eric Sletten

Eric Sletten

My research pertains to the development, mechanistic elucidation, and exploring the substrate scope in the merging of transition-metal catalysis with carbohydrate chemistry for the formation of saccharides that include these 2-aminosugars in the correct arrangement. We then can attach these well...

Alexander Tereschenko

Alexander Tereschenko

Degeneration of the striatum is a key component of Huntington’s disease, yet the role of other brain regions in the disease process is virtually unexplored. Recent research has discovered novel anatomical connections between the cerebellum and striatum. Our study measures volume, function and...

Wenjing Xi

Wenjing Xi

Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a surface-sensitive technique that utilizes metallic nanoparticles to improve the detectability of molecules down to trace levels. SERS, however, requires that molecules are close (~2 nm) to the metal, and molecular features are sensitive to intermolecular...

Yang Yang

Yang Yang

There are a lot of pictures taken through the glass in everyday life. Most such images contain glass reflections. Removing such undesired reflections is not only for aesthetic purposes but also very useful in pattern recognition and machine learning applications. We propose a model to efficiently...

Chang-Min Yu

Chang-Min Yu

This dissertation aims to rearticulate the cinematic body as a critical and historical object. I clarify what the cinematic body is by illustrating the phenomenological and ethical relationship between the represented bodies and the audience’s body. Historically speaking, the representation of the...

Yile Zhou

Yile Zhou

The purpose of this dissertation study is to investigate parent-child interactions in two different home numeracy contexts, a technology-based game context and a traditional board game context. Thirty-nine preschooler-parent dyads were observed playing both an electronic version and a board version...