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Dissertations from 2021

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Making Meaning in the Anthropocene: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Investigation of College Student Response to Planetary Ecological Crises, Kristen Nelson, Education (also CAGS)

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Improving Understanding of Forest Communities and Biodiversity with Multi-Dimensional Landscape Gradients, Ben J. Padilla, Environmental Conservation

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ANALYSIS OF TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES IN FOODS USING RAMAN SPECTROSCOPIC TECHNIQUES, Janamkumar Pandya, Food Science

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Implications and Significance of Partial Melting on the Tectonic History of the Eastern Adirondack Mountains, Claire Rose Pless, Geosciences

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TOO BLACK FOR THE BLUES…TOO BLUE FOR THE BLACKS: AN EXPLORATION OF BLACK POLICE OFFICERS IN THE ERA OF BLACK LIVES MATTER, Kayla Preito-Hodge, Sociology

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Uncovering the Neural and Behavioral Factors That Underlie Changes in Processing Visual Orientation, Patrick Sadil, Psychology

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MICRO-PHYSIOLOGICAL MODELS TO MIMIC MUCOSAL BARRIER COMPLEXITY OF THE HUMAN INTESTINE IN VITRO, Abhinav Sharma and ABHINAV SHARMA, Chemical Engineering

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Transitions Between Radial and Bipolar Liquid Crystal Drops in the Presence of Novel Surfactants, Jake Shechter, Physics

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Liver Kinase B1 isoform expression as a regulator of T cell phenotypic stability, Heather Sherman, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Investigating the Accumulation, Sub-Organ Distribution, And Biochemical Effects of Nanomaterials Using Mass Spectrometry, Kristen Nicole Sikora, Chemistry

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Engineering mesothelin-binding proteins as targeted cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, Allison Rita Sirois, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Neoliberal Capitalism and the Evolution of the U.S. Healthcare System, Samantha Sterba, Economics

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ALGORITHMS FOR MASSIVE, EXPENSIVE, OR OTHERWISE INCONVENIENT GRAPHS, David Tench, Computer Science

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MAKING MEANING IN THE MARGINS: IDENTITIES, BELONGING, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITMENTS IN A CROSS-RACE INTERGROUP DIALOGUE FOR QUEER AND TRANS COLLEGE STUDENTS, Nina M. Tissi-Gassoway, Education (also CAGS)

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System Design for Digital Experimentation and Explanation Generation, Emma Tosch, Computer Science

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THREE ESSAYS ON THE PAST AND FUTURE OF SOCIALISM, Mihnea Tudoreanu, Economics

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Performance Evaluation of Classical and Quantum Communication Systems, Gayane Vardoyan, Computer Science

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THREE ESSAYS ON THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE “SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE”, Anastasia C. Wilson, Economics

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System Design and Implementation for Hybrid Network Function Virtualization, Xuzhi Zhang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Controlled membrane remodeling by Nanospheres and Nanorods: Experiments targeting the design principles for membrane-based materials, Sarah Zuraw-Weston, Physics

Dissertations from 2020

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Effects of Tempeh Fermentation on Soy Free and Bound Phenolics: Release, Transformation, and Stimulated Production, Amadeus Driando Ahnan, Food Science

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COMMUNITY OF PATHOS: RESISTANCE THROUGH REPRESENTATION IN MIGRANT ART, Shastri Akella, Comparative Literature

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Don't Delay: The effects of tide gates and road-stream crossing culverts on river herring (Alosa spp.) spawning migrations, Derrick J. Alcott, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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DEVELOPING A HANDHELD APPLICATION: A TABLET-BASED CLINICAL EVALUATION TOOL (TABCET) FOR NURSING STUDENT EVALUATION BY CLINICAL INSTRUACTORS, Mohammed Alghenaimi, Nursing

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A New Economic History of Deindustrialization: Class Conflict and Race in the Motor City, Jackson Allison, Economics

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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN SAUDI ARABIA, Raja Almutairi, Education (also CAGS)

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Investigating the role of iron in the photogranulation phenomenon, Abeera Ayaz Ansari, Civil Engineering

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Moralizing the Rape of Philomela in Late Medieval Commentary, Daniel M. Armenti, Comparative Literature

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EXPORTING THE 1978-79 REVOLUTION: PAN-ISLAMIC OR SECTARIAN, Mohammad Ataie, History

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FILAMENTS, FIBERS, AND FOLIATIONS IN FRUSTRATED SOFT MATERIALS, Daria Atkinson, Physics

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THE ASSOCIATION OF THE INFLAMMATORY POTENTIAL OF DIET WITH INFLAMMATION AND DEPRESSION AMONG U.S. ADULTS: NHANES 2005-2010, Deniz Azarmanesh, Public Health

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POSTKOLONIALE SOLIDARITÄT: ALLTAGSLEBEN VON DDR-BÜRGERN IN MOSAMBIK, 1979-1990, Katrin Bahr, Germanic Languages & Literatures

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Theory And Improved Methods For Probing The Cavitation To Fracture Transition, Christopher Barney, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Materially Queer: Identity and Agency in Academic Writing, Joshua Barsczewski, English

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Study of the Role of Biologically-Relevant, Labile Nickel Pools in the Maturation of Nickel-Dependent Enzymes, Priyanka Basak, Chemistry

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Surrogate Histories: (De)Mythifying the Franco-female in transitionary Spain, Christina Beaubien, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Military-Themed Video Games and the Cultivation of Related Beliefs and Attitudes in Young Adult Males, Greg Blackburn, Communication

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Encapsulation and Stabilization of Biomacromolecules, Whitney Blocher Blocher McTigue, Chemical Engineering

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Time Bound. Gauchesca and its Print Culture, 1872-2011, Manuela Borzone, Comparative Literature

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Stigmatization and Community Connections: Associations with Mental Health, Sexual Identity Development, and Peer Relationships in Emerging Adults with LGBQ+ Parents, Krystal K. Cashen, Psychology

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Engineered proteins as tools to understand ubiquitin signaling, Lin Hui Chang, Chemistry

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STRUCTURE-PROPERTIES RELATIONS IN GRAPHENE NANOMESHES AND INTERLAYER-BONDED TWISTED BILAYER GRAPHENE NANOCOMPOSITE SUPERSTRUCTURES OBTAINED BY ATOMIC-SCALE MODELING, Mengxi Chen, Chemical Engineering

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NEGOTIATING IDENTITIES IN A KOREAN AMERICAN-OWNED BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE, Sarah Cho, Communication

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An eye tracking investigation of the pragmatic language comprehension abilities of children with autism, Kristina Curro, Communication Disorders

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Place Vibrancy and its Measurement: Construct Development, Scale Development, and Field Study of its Relationship to Planning Interventions for Three Villages in the Town of Montague, Massachusetts, John D. Delconte, Regional Planning

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Experimental Study of Viscoelastic Fluid-Structure Interactions, Anita Anup Dey, Mechanical Engineering

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Essays on Food Security, Gender and Agriculture, Berna Dogan, Economics

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Welcome Home? Understanding Differences in the Contexts of Reception Between Voluntary and Deported Return Migrants in Mexico, Rodrigo Dominguez Villegas, Sociology

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MARKET-CONSCIOUS STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY OF PLANAR, p-i-n HYBRID ORGANIC-INORGANIC METAL HALIDE PEROVSKITE SOLAR CELLS, Brandon Dunham, Chemical Engineering

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DISTORTION-CONTROLLED ISOTROPIC SWELLING AND SELF-ASSEMBLY OF TRIPLY-PERIODIC MINIMAL SURFACES, Carlos M. Duque, Physics

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Engineering Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Nanoassemblies: Rational Designs for Intracellular Delivery of Biologics, Kingshuk Dutta, Chemistry

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Searching for new physics at colliders and from precision measurements, Yong Du, Physics

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Improving Drivers’ Behaviour When Partial Driving Automation Fails, Yalda Ebadi, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Teacher Interactions, Teacher Bias and Child Behavioral Health, Ellen E. Edge, Education (also CAGS)

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COMPOSITE NETWORK OF ACTIN AND MICROTUBULE FILAMENTS, SELF-ORGANIZATION AND STEADY-STATE DYNAMICS, Leila Farhadi, Physics

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Coffee Bioactives Regulate Lipid Metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans, Renalison Farias Pereira, Food Science

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PRECARIOUS PIPES: GOVERNANCE, INFORMALITY, AND THE POLITICS OF ACCESS IN KARACHI, Usmaan M. Farooqui, Political Science

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Mobilities Through and Against Governance: Narratives from Lesvos, Greece and the Humanitarian Borderscapes of the EU, Jennifer Flemming, Education (also CAGS)

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Considerations for the Design Optimization of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Blades, Evan M. Gaertner, Mechanical Engineering

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Representing Context: Presupposition Triggers and Focus-sensitivity, Alexander Goebel, Linguistics

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IT’S ALL THE RAGE: AN ANIMATED APPROACH TO SCREENING FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, Amanda Gorham, Education (also CAGS)

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Fear, Parental Behavior, and Community Structure in Residential Lands, Aaron M. Grade, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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How Are Online Homework Help Aids Affecting Student Learning in Undergraduate Applied Calculus, Erica Hagedorn, Education (also CAGS)

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Person-based Prominence in Ojibwe, Christopher Hammerly, Linguistics

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A CO-PARENT INTERVENTION TO REDUCE PRENATAL DEPRESSION IN LOW-INCOME COUPLES: A PILOT STUDY, Rachel J. Herman, Psychology

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Sailing Illicit Voyages: Colonial Smuggling Operations between North America and the West Indies, 1714-1776, Carl A. Herzog, History

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THREE ESSAYS ON THE ECONOMICS OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, Kuochih Huang, Economics

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Emergent Typological Effects of Agent-Based Learning Models in Maximum Entropy Grammar, Coral Hughto, Linguistics

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Multivesicular Release in Hair Cell Ribbon Synapses in the Bullfrog Amphibian Papilla, Fuu-Jiun Hwang, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Older Women’s Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence: A Phenomenological Study, Lourdes Irene, Nursing

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TALKING ABOUT HER(SELF): AMBIGUITY AVOIDANCE AND PRINCIPLE B. A Theoretical and Psycholinguistic Investigation of Romanian Pronouns, Rudmila-Rodica Ivan, Linguistics

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Understanding the Dynamic Visual World: From Motion to Semantics, Huaizu Jiang, Computer Science

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How Does Burnout and Self-Efficacy Effect Teacher's Perspectives and Implementation Status of Evidence Based Behavior Management Practices?, Autumn Jillson, School Psychology

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VALUE AND ACTION ENCODING FOR NATURAL OUTCOMES AND ETHANOL IN THE MEDIAL PREFRONTAL AND ORBITOFRONTAL CORTEX, Beata Kaminska, Neuroscience and Behavior

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AN INVESTIGATION OF FIT CRITERIA WITHIN MG-CFA FOR EXAMINING NON-NEGLIGIBLE MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE, Abdolvahab Khademi, Education (also CAGS)

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THREE ESSAYS ON POLITICAL ECONOMY OF UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT: SPACE, CLASS AND STATE IN PAKISTAN, Danish Khan, Economics

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A PARROT PERCHED ON A RIFLE: MILITARY INTERPRETERS IN THE KOREAN CONFLICT 1945-1953, Hyongrae Kim, Comparative Literature

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THE IMPACT OF CLIENT CAPITAL ACQUISITION ON FIRM-CLIENT RELATIONAL EMBEDDEDNESS, Yeongsu Kim, Management

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A DORMANCY PROGRAM REGULATES CARPEL SUPPRESSION IN Zea mays (maize), Harry Ryan Klein, Plant Biology

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ROLES OF RECN DNA REPAIR PROTEIN AND PRIA DNA HELICASE IN MAINTAINING GENOMIC INTEGRITY OF ESCHERICHIA COLI K-12, Anastasiia N. Klimova, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Reasoning About User Feedback Under Identity Uncertainty in Knowledge Base Construction, Ariel Kobren, Computer Science

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Passing Literacies: Soviet Immigrant Elders and Intergenerational Language Practice, Jenny Krichevsky, English

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PHOTOTHERMAL AND PHOTOCHEMICAL STRATEGIES FOR LIGHTINDUCED SHAPE-MORPHING OF SOFT MATERIALS, Alexa Simone Kuenstler, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Circadian Regulation of the Timing of Pre-Ovulatory Luteinizing Hormone Surge in Mice and Hamsters, Ajay Kumar, Neuroscience and Behavior

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THE EMPTINESS OF THE PRESENT: FRONTING CONSTRUCTIONS AS A WINDOW TO THE SEMANTICS OF TENSE, Petr Kusliy, Linguistics

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PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF ADOPTING A TECHNOLOGY BASED INTERVENTION FOR ALCOHOL SCREENING AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT IN PRIMARY CARE, Sonya L. Lachance, Nursing

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EVALUATION AND SMALL MOLECULE MODULATION OF CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS IN CELLULAR MODELS OF CANCER, Hui-Hsien Lin, Chemistry

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Lisa Ben and Queer Rhetorical Reeducation in Post-war Los Angeles, Katelyn S. Litterer, English

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Engineering Nanomaterials for Immune Modulation of Macrophages and Cancer Therapy, Yuanchang Liu, Chemistry

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No More War: A Public Health Approach to Identifying Successful Steps to Promote Peace in the Horn of Africa, John Erus Lopeyok, Public Health

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Up in Smoke? Towards a Theory of Community Identity Work, Matthew Lyle, Management

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Covering All Their Bases: An Investigation Into Identity Covering in the Sport Workplace, Jeffrey MacCharles, Sport Management

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ESSAYS ON WOMEN AND WORK IN INDIA AND ON OTHER-REGARDING PREFERENCES, Sai Madhurika Mamunuru, Economics

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A Genealogy of Victimhood: Empathy and Memory in Recent German Fiction, Catherine e. McNally, Germanic Languages & Literatures

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Teachers Co-Constructing Multilingual and Multimodal Digital Literacy Practices: Examining Critical Transnational Professional Development, Rosa A. Medina Riveros, Education (also CAGS)

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Robust and Sustainable Energy Pathways to Reach Mexico’s Climate Goals, Rodrigo Mercado Fernandez, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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A Rational Design Approach to Developing Second Generation Fabry Disease Treatments, Matthew Metcalf, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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LIVESTOCK PREDATION AND SNOW LEOPARD-HUMAN CONFLICT IN THE WAKHAN VALLEY OF WAKHAN NATIONAL PARK, NORTHEASTERN AFGHANISTAN, Zalmai Moheb, Environmental Conservation

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CRITICAL CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TAFL): A CRITICAL ETHNOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATION OF A US COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSE, Shaimaa Moustafa, Education (also CAGS)

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NOVEL MASS SPECTROMETRY BASED STRATEGIES TO STUDY HEPARIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS, Chendi Niu, Chemistry