Dissertation Defenses

  • May 29
  • Ruilan Zhao, Education:Teaching & Learning
    Exploring Reading and Writing Connections in the Synthesis Writing of Multilingual Students in a Second Language Writing Classroom
    Advisor: Alan Hirvela
  • Andrew Landgraf, Statistics
    Generalized Principal Component Analysis: Dimensionality Reduction through the Projection of Natural Parameters
    Advisor: Yoonkyung Lee
  • Robert Lowe, Mechanical Engineering
    Finite-Deformation Modeling of Dynamic Nonlinear Elasticity and Smart Materials with Nonlinear Electro-Magneto-Elastic Coupling
    Advisor: Sheng-Tao Yu
  • June 1
  • Andrew Olsen, Statistics
    When Infinity is Too Long to Wait: On the Convergence of Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods
    Advisor: Radu Herbei
  • Andrzej Baranski, Economics
    Essays in Multilateral Bargaining and Durable Goods Monopoly
    Advisor: James Peck
  • Yi Wang, Computer Science & Engineering
    Data Management and Data Processing Support on Array-Based Scientific Data
    Advisor: Gagan Agrawal
  • June 2
  • Jean Hancock, Psychology
    The Antecedents of Self-Concept Clarity, and the Factors that Maintain It
    Advisor: Jennifer Crocker
  • June 3
  • Howard Yu, Physics
    Spin Dynamics in Novel Materials Systems
    Advisor: Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin
  • June 4
  • Stephen Schoun, Physics
    Attosecond High-Harmonic Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules Using Mid-Infrared Sources
    Advisor: Louis DiMauro
  • Yu Liu, Electrical and Computer Engine
    SLOTLESS SIX-PHASE BRUSHLESS DC MACHINE DESIGN AND STEPPING VECTOR CONTROL
    Advisor: Longya Xu
  • Katherine Dale, Communication
    Measuring Representativeness: The Creation and Testing of the Representativeness of Mediated Characters Scale (RMCS)
    Advisor: Daniel McDonald
  • Linchuan Chen, Computer Science & Engineering
    Accelerating Applications with Pattern-specific Optimizations on Accelerators and Coprocessors
    Advisor: Gagan Agrawal
  • June 5
  • Alicia Croft, Sociology
    Assessing Non-school and School Based Explanations of Student Achievement: A Case Study of Finland and Sweden
    Advisor: Douglas Downey
  • June 8
  • Tiasha Letostak, Public Health
    Relationships among Financial, Clinical, and Organizational Factors in a Population of Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Secondary Analysis of the 2009/10 NS-CSHCN
    Advisor: Thomas Wickizer
  • June 10
  • Niranchana Manivannan, Electrical and Computer Engine
    Use of Multiple Imaging Views for Improving Image Quality in Small Animal MR Imaging Studies
    Advisor: Bradley Clymer
  • June 11
  • SangHyo Kim, Agr, Env & Devp Econ
    Analysis of Agricultural Commodity Storage Using Futures and Options Market
    Advisor: Carl Zulauf
  • June 12
  • Yalidy Matos, Political Science
    Race, Space, and Nation: The Moral Geography of White Public Opinion on Restrictive Immigration Policies
    Advisor: Kathleen McGraw
  • Xiang Li, Nuclear Engineering
    A Research Study on How Software Faults Can be Used for Software Reliability Assessment and Software Mutation Testing
    Advisor: Carol Smidts
  • June 15
  • Jeff Pigott, Geological Sciences
    Exploration of Earthís deep interior by merging nanotechnology, diamond-anvil cell experiments, and computational crystal chemistry
    Advisor: Wendy Panero
  • Isabel Menendez, Comparativ&VetMed
    Multimodal quantitative imaging in a canine and equine models of osteoarthritis
    Advisor: Michael Knopp
  • June 16
  • Yuntao Dai, Molecular Cellular and Dev Bio
    Characterization of TCL1-murine B-1a cell transcriptome dynamics reveals novel insights into CLL onset
    Advisor: Carlo Croce
  • Matthew Schwieterman, Business Administration
    Customer and Supplier Portfolios and Their Impact on Firm Performance: Three Essays
    Advisor: Thomas Goldsby
  • June 17
  • Mitchell Livy, Agr, Env & Devp Econ
    Assessing the Impact of Environmental Amenities on Residential Location Choice
    Advisor: Henry Klaiber
  • June 18
  • Cristina Connolly, Agr, Env & Devp Econ
    Three Essays on Local Food
    Advisor: Henry Klaiber
  • June 19
  • Stephen Tobin, Spanish & Portuguese
    Visual Dystopias from Mexicoís Speculative Fiction: 1993-2008
    Advisor: Laura Podalsky
  • June 22
  • Norma Gomez, Agr, Env & Devp Econ
    Three essays on human capital and labor markets for college graduates in Colombia
    Advisor: Joyce Chen
  • June 23
  • Danielle Deemer, Rural Sociology

    Advisor: Linda Lobao
  • June 25
  • Mary Beaton, Spanish & Portuguese
    Coda Liquid Production and Perception in Puerto Rican Spanish
    Advisor: Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza
  • Adrianne Barbo, French & Italian
    From Post-Cards to Stand-Up: Cross-Cultural Representations of the Veil in France and the Maghreb
    Advisor: Danielle Marx-Scouras
  • June 29
  • Kruthika Sundaram, Biophysics
    Expression and function of human IkappaBzeta in lung inflammation
    Advisor: Mark Wewers
  • July 8
  • Rosemary Isoto, Agr, Env & Devp Econ
    Essays on Human Capital Investments and Microfinance in East African Agriculture
    Advisor: David Kraybill
  • July 15
  • Delia Fernandez, History
    From Spanish-Speaking to Latino: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in West Michigan, 1924-1978
    Advisor: Lilia Fernandez
  • Ryan Folk, Evolution Ecology & Org Bio
    Biosystematics of the Genus Heuchera
    Advisor: John Freudenstein
  • August 17
  • Yuanxin Chen, Chemical Engineering
    Polymer Membranes for Flue Gas Carbon Capture and Fuel Cell Application
    Advisor: W.S. Ho

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