Thesis & Dissertation

Dissertation Defense Announcements

Spring 2015


College of Business


Department of Finance

  • Ehsani, Sina: Three Essays on Risk, Uncertainty and Expected Returns
    Date: April 17, 2015
    Time: 12:10pm
    Location: Business Building 4.02.10, Executive Conference Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Donald Lien, Ph.D.

Department of Management

  • Johnson, Andrew F.: Strategic Leaders as Determinants of Corporate Political Activity
    Date: April 17, 2015
    Time: 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Business Building 4.02.02
    Campus: Main Campus
    Co-Chairs: Bruce Rudy, Ph.D> and Michael McDonald, Ph.D.

​College of Education and Human Development


Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

  • Garza Ayala, Armando: Language Negotiations and Mediations in Middle-Grades Mathematics Classrooms: A Binational Ethnographic Study
    Date: April 24, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Location: MB 3.112A
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Juliet Langman, Ph.D.
     
  • Ramos, Diana Carolina: The Utilization of Bilingual Practices as Linguistic Capital: A Multiple Case Study of Upper Class Adults on the U.S.-Mexico Border
    Date: April 6, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Location: MB 3.112A, BBL Conference Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Peter Sayer, Ph.D.
     
  • Valentin, Mirta Maldonado: Implementational Spaces of Language Practice and Education Policy: A Case Study of Linguistic Landscape in Puerto Rico
    Date: January 29, 2015
    Time: 12:00pm
    Location: MB 2.104, BBL Seminar Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Peter Sayer, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling

  • Armstrong, Noreal: A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Deaf Adults Participating in Alcoholics Anonymous in the United States 
    Date: April 8, 2015
    Time: 3:00 p.m.
    Location: FS 1.402
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Gerald Juhnke, Ph.D.
     
  • Foyou, Renee A.: The Stories of Caregiver Wives of Combat Injured Army Service Members: A Narrative Approach
    Date: April 27, 2015
    Time: 2:30 pm
    Location: BV 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Thelma Duffey, Ph.D.
     
  • Johnson, David A.: Using Structural Equation Modeling to Estimate the Relationship between Mindfulness and the Working Alliance among Counselors-in-Training while Controlling for Dispositional Empathy
    Date: April 23, 2015
    Time: 2:30 p.m.
    Location: BV 3.324
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Gerald Juhnke, Ed.D.
     
  • Kern, Erin: Voices from the Silent Ranks: Narratives of Leaving an Abusive Civilian-Military Marriage
    Date: April 27, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Location: BV 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Thelma Duffey, Ph.D.
     
  • Lonn, Marlise R.: Experience of Role Discernment and Disclosure in Triadic Supervision: A Phenomenological Study of Counseling Students
    Date: April 9, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Location: BV 1.338
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    CHair: Gerald Juhnke, Ph.D.
     
  • Speedlin, Stacy: Hidden Voices: A Feminist Action Research Study of the Experiences of Women who Reside at Prospects Court Yard and their Service Needs
    Date: April 27, 2015
    Time: 12:30 p.m.
    Location: BV 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Shane Haberstroh, Ph.D.
     
  • Tello, Angelica: The Psychosocial Experiences of Latina First-Generation College Graduates who Received Financial and Cultural Capital Support: A Constructivist Grounded Theory
    Date: April 20, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Location: BV 1.338
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Heather Trepal, Ph.D.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

  • Colorado-Burt, Susan: Succeeding Against the Odds: Exploring Academic, Social and Cultural Experiences that Account for Provisional Latinas Attaining Success in Higher Education
    Date: April 23, 2015
    Time: 2:00 p.m.
    Location: MB 3.310
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Laura Rendon, Ph.D.
     
  • Doran, Erin: "What's Expected of Us as We Integrate Reading and Writing?": Constructing Developmental Education at a Hispanic-Serving Community College
    Date: April 30, 2015
    Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: MB 0.204
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Anne-Marie Nunez, Ph.D.

Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

  • Jabeen, Iffat: Multimedia Based Functional Sight Word Vocabulary Instruction for Children with Autism: A Comparative Study of Learner Self-Directed vs. Adult-Directed Learning
    Date: April 17, 2015
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: MB 2.212A (ILT Conference Room)
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Timothy Yuen, Ph.D.
     
  • Minton, Sylvia: The Nature of Peer Coaching at a National Writing Project Summer Institute
    Date: April 22, 2015
    Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: MB 2.212A (ILT Conference Room)
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Misty Sailors, Ph.D.
     
  • Wilson, Troy: Creating a 'Networked Subjectivity' for the Middle School English Classroom: a Rhizonanalysis of Writing Plateaus
    Date: April 15, 2015
    Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Location: MB 2.220, Dean's Office Conference Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Rosalind Horowitz, Ph.D.

College of Engineering


Department of Biomedical Engineering

  • Evani, Shankar Jaikishan: Biochemical and Biophysical Aspects of Chlamydia Pneumoniae-Exacerbated Atherosclerosis
    Date: April 27, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: To be announced
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Anand K. Ramasubramanian
     
  • Pandya, Shaunak: Development of Biomaterials for Hemorrhage Control: A Two-Component Approach
    Date: March 2, 2015
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Location: UC 2.01.26 (Pecan Room)
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Bonab, Elmira Mohyedin: Structural and Dynamic Analysis of Biological Networks
    Date: April 8, 2015
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: BSE 1.406
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Mo Jamishidi, Ph.D.
     
  • Daali, Amy W.: PCA Based Algorithm for Longitudinal Brain Tumor Classification and Dynamical Modeling of Tumor Decay in Response to VB-111 Virotheraphy
    Date: April 21, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: BSE 1.406
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Mo Jamshidi, Ph.D.
     
  • Flores, Mario A.: Computational Prediction and Perturbation Analysis of ceRNA Networks in Cancer
    Date: April 15, 2015
    Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: BSE 1.406
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Yufei Huang, Ph.D.
     
  • Mosquera Lopez, Clara: Quantitative Analysis of Digitized Histopathology Images with Applications to Prostate Cancer Screening
    Date: April 27, 2015
    Time: 9:00 - 1:00 a.m.
    Location: BSE 1.406
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Sos Agaian, Ph.D.
     
  • Soghoyan, Arpine: Fast GPS Software Defined Radio Prototying and Accelerators
    Date: April 15, 2015
    Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    Location: BSE 1.408
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: David Akopian, Ph.D.

College of Liberal and Fine Arts


Department of English

  • Gardin, Michael Lee: A Decolonial Study of Gender and Sexuality: Analyzing Queer, Chicana, Feminist, and Trans Theory, Literature, and Pedagogy ​
    Date: April 13, 2015
    Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Location: MB 2.404, English Seminar Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Sonia Saldivar-Hull, Ph.D.
     
  • Patterson, Chelsey: The Postmortem Gaze: Material Rhetoric and Viewing Practices of the Transgressive
    Date: April 24, 2015
    Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    Location: MB 2.404, English Seminar Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Sue Hum, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

  • Hale, Willie: An Examination of the Authenticity Construct: Issues of Measurement Invariance, Interpersonal Perception, and Relationships with Self-Verification Theory
    Date: April 3, 2015
    Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: MH 4.04.26
    Campus: Main Campus
    ​Chair: David Pillow, Ph.D.

College of Public Policy


Department of Demography

  • Santos-Lozada, Alexis: Inequalities in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination for Female Adolescents in the United States
    Date: April 20, 2015
    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: BV 4.301B
    Campus: Downtown Campus
    Chair: Lloyd Potter, Ph.D. 
     
  • Serban, Ramona: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Access to Primary Care: A Spatial Approach to Determining the Effects of Residential Segregation, Socioeconomic Status and Health Factors on Access to Primary Care in U.S. Adults
    Date: April 21, 2015
    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: MNT 2.250
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Corey Sparks, Ph.D.

College of Sciences


Department of Computer Science

  • Bijon, Khalid: Constraints for Attribute Based Access Control with Application in Cloud IaaS
    Date: April 2, 2015
    Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: NPB 4.140, CS Conference Room
    Campus: Main Campus
    Co-Chairs: Ravi Sandhu, Ph.D. and Ram Krishnan, Ph.D.
     
  • Wichmann, Andrew: Task Allocation and Path Planning in Wireless Robot Sensor Networks
    Date: April 20
    Time: 9:30 a.m.
    Location: FLN 4.01.20
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Turgay Korkmaz, Ph.D.
     
  • Yu, Xinran: Hyper-Sequence-Graph Mining
    Date: April 28, 2015
    Time: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Location: NPB 4.140
    Campus: Main Campus
    Chair: Turgay Korkmaz, Ph.D.

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