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Dissertations from 2016

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High Reliability Organizational Suggestions to Reduce the Risk of Hospital-Associated Infections, Sandra Catrice Affare

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INVESTIGATION OF LANGMUIR PROBES IN NON-MAXWELLIAN PLASMA USING PARTICLE-IN-CELL (PIC) MODELING, Densu Aktas Lister

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Non-Compact Solutions to Inverse Mean Curvature Flow in Hyperbolic Space, Brian Daniel Allen

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EVALUATING DIFFERENTIAL NUCLEAR DNA YIELD RATES AMONG HUMAN BONE TISSUE TYPES: A SYNCHROTRON MICRO-CT APPROACH, Janna Michelle Andronowski

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Insulators: A “Safety Guard” for Genome Stability in Drosophila melanogaster, Ran An

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The Impacts of Curriculum Reform for an Introductory Undergraduate Biology Course Sequence, Anna Jo Juanita Auerbach

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Biophysical Studies of Cell Division Protein Localization Mechanisms in Escherichia coli, Matthew Wayne Bailey

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Thermodynamics of Short Chain Perfluoroalkanes Adsorbed on the Surfaces of the Graphite Basal Plane and MgO (100), Nathaniel Keenan Bass

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Adaptive kernel estimation for enhanced filtering and pattern classification of magnetic resonance imaging: novel techniques for evaluating the biomechanics and pathologic conditions of the lumbar spine, Nicholas Vincent Battaglia

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Self-Directed Learning: A Potential Predictor of Technology Integration Confidence among Preservice Teachers, Jeffrey L. Beard

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TEACHER ATTITUDES TOWARD WORK: A MIXED METHODS CASE STUDY OF COLLABORATIVE WORK GROUP INFLUENCES, Jennifer Leigh Beavers

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Development of the Running Identity Scale, Matthew Philip Bejar

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Static Frontal Plane Tibiofemoral Alignments and Their Effects on Knee Biomechanics During Level Walking and Stair Ascent Tasks, Hunter Jared Bennett

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BENEFITS AND RISKS OF IMIDACLOPRID-BASED MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS FOR HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID, Elizabeth Paige Benton

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Fifth Graders' Reading Choices, Janelle Dugger Bouknight

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The Discursive Construction of Language Teaching and Learning in Multiuser Virtual Environments, Douglas W. Canfield

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The Role of Hearing in the Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei, Polychrotidae): A Behavioral Perspective, Lisa Ragan Cantwell

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Development and Application of 3-D Fuel Performance Modeling to Assess Missing Pellet Surface Influence on Pellet Clad Interaction and Clad Failure, Nathan Allen Capps

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Biochemistry and Evolution of the Phytohormone-methylating SABATH Methyltransferase in Plants, Minta Chaiprasongsuk

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Response of Microbial Community Structure to Clay Flocculation of Harmful Algal Blooms, Chunyi Chen

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Influences on Self-Regulated Learning in Low-Income Children: Examining the Role of Private and Social Speech as Self-Regulation Tools, Lisa Ann Connor

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A Critical Historical Geography of Slavery in the American South, Matthew Russell Cook

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Development of Novel Analytical Methods with the Aim of Forensic Analyte Detection using Ultra-Thin Layer Chromatography, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, and Magneto-Elastic Wire Sensing, Nichole Ann Crane

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Investigating the effects of commonly implemented school safety strategies on school social work practitioners, Matthew James Cuellar

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High Voltage Point of Load Converter for Data Center Power Supplies, Yutian Cui

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College Student Engagement Patterns in Small Group Learning Activities Conducted in Courses Organized using a Flipped Learning Instructional Pedagogy, John Creighton Cummins

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Adopting 3D Time-of-Flight Sensing Technology for Design Information Verification in International Safeguards, Matthew Stephen Duchene

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Can Curriculum-based Measures and Teacher Ranking Predict End-of-year Achievement for Students Who are Gifted or High-achieving?, Bruce Alan Ewing

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AEROBIC BACTERIAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF LIGNIN-DERIVED AROMATIC COMPOUNDS, Ashley Marie Frank

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Feedback-Directed Management of Performance and Power for Emerging Computer Systems, Xing Fu

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Development of a Reactor Physics Analysis Procedure for the Plank-Based and Liquid Salt-Cooled Advanced High Temperature Reactor, Cole Andrew Gentry

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Kinetic Monte Carlo Models for Crystal Defects, Kyle Louis Golenbiewski

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Fundamental physics with cold neutron beams, Kyle Brandon Grammer

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STRESS, COPING, AND WELL BEING OF AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLEGE WOMEN: A GROUNDED THEORY STUDY, Christine R. Hannon

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Pulsed-Laser Induced Dewetting of Metallic Nanostructures, Christopher Aidan Hartnett

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Anthropocentrism and the Long-Term: Nietzsche as an Environmental Thinker, Andrew Nolan Hatley

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Performance Analysis and Modeling of Task-Based Runtimes, Blake Andrew Haugen

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Spin Flipper, Neutron Polarimetry, and Simulation, for the n3He Experiment, Christopher Bradshaw Hayes

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Administrative Support in an East Tennessee Rural School District During the Change to Common Core State Standards, Victoria Lyn Henley

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Innocence Revisited: Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Works of C. S. Lewis, Heather Louise Nation Hess

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Duality of Scales, Michael Christopher Holloway

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Magnetic, Optical and Electrical Properties of Electron-Hole Pairs in Polymer and Organo-Metal Halide Perovskite Photovoltaic cells, Yu-Che Hsiao

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Solving the Migrant Children Public School Enrollment Issue in Urban China: A Policy Study Perspective, Hui Huang

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Functional Role of Each Component in Gamma Secretase Complex, Chen Hu

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A Quantitative Genetic Analysis of Limb Segment Morphology in Humans and Other Primates: Genetic Variance, Morphological Integration, and Linkage Analysis, Brannon Irene Hulsey

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Tandem Laser Ablation Synthesis in Solution-Galvanic Replacement Reaction (LASiS-GRR): A facile route for the synthesis of complex intermetallic nanomaterials with engineered functionalities, Sheng Hu

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Complex Non-equilibrium Structural Dynamics in Globular Proteins, Xiaohu Hu

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THE FAMILY TIES THAT BIND: ESSAYS THAT EXAMINE AND EXTEND THE MICROFOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOEMOTIONAL WEALTH THEORY, David Scott Jiang

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Computational Identification of Terpene Synthase Genes and Their Evolutionary Analysis, Qidong Jia

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“Will the Crested Cranes be there in the future?” An exploration of the Ugandan Senior Women’s National Football Team, Alicia Jane Johnson

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HerStory: Dr. Ruth Simmons’ Journey to the Presidency, Patricia Yvette Jones

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ROLE OF INSIDE DIRECTORS IN MITIGATING NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF OUTSIDE DIRECTORS’ BUSYNESS, Syed Mainuddin Kamal

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Remediating Secondary Alternative School Students’ Academic Outcomes Using the Writing and Sharing Connections Process, Laura Karen Kildare

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“I Haven’t Worked to be a Token:” A Narrative Inquiry of the Experiences of Eight Black Female Assistant Coaches in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball, Leslie Kaye Larsen

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Modeling Feral Hogs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Benjamin Anthony Levy

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A Characterization Study on Catalyst Layers in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Luyue Li

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Pre-college Characteristics and Online Homework Learning: Factors Associated with First Year Engineering Students’ Academic Success, Wenshu Li

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Principals' Perceptions of the Tennessee Teacher Tenure Law: A Concurrent Mixed Methods Study, David John Lomascolo

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Living Alongside: A Narrative Inquiry into the Impact of Reflective Practice Training in Real Life, Patricia Randall Long

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Out of School Time Science Programs: Examining a Program’s Impacts on the Science Identities of Middle School Female Participants, Elizabeth Ripley MacTavish

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“/ENTEE MIN FAINE/? [WHERE ARE YOU FROM?]": THE RHETORIC OF NATIONALITY OF MUSLIM WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHEAST, Bushra Mohammad Malaibari

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Symbiotic plasmonic nanomaterials: Synthesis and properties, Abhinav Malasi

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Design and Implementation of an Integrated Biosensor Platform for Lab-on-a-Chip Diabetic Care Systems, Khandaker Abdullah Al Mamun

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The Conway Polynomial and Amphicheiral Knots, Vajira Asanka Manathunga

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Examining the Writing Motivation and Achievement of At-Risk Elementary-Aged Students, Melissa Sue Martin

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A Comparative Study on Calcification of Aortic Valves, Shirin Masjedi

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A Biologically Informed Structure to Accuracy in Osteometric Reassociation, Kyle Mccormick

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Technological Adaptations at Dust Cave, Alabama (1LU496): An Evaluation of Organizational Strategies from the Late Paleoindian to the Middle Archaic, Katherine Elizabeth McMillan

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An Analysis of Skeletal Trauma Patterning of Accidental and Intentional Injury, Shauna Lynn McNulty

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Mining Uranium from Seawater: A Coordination Chemistry Approach, Nada Mehio

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Gothic Naturalism and American Women Writers, Stephanie Ann Metz

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THE EFFECT OF SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRESSES AMONG THE HISTORIC ARIKARA NATIVE AMERICANS, Jocelyn Diana Minsky-Rowland

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Dynamics and Self-assembly of Single and Multi-component Polymeric Flows: A Mesoscopic Computational Study, Mouge Mohagheghi

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Plant-microbe interactions influence ecosystem processes: the role of roots and mycorrhizal fungal hyphae on terrestrial carbon dynamics, Jessica Andrea Moore

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Bayesian-based Methods for Transitioning Between Prognostic Estimates to Leverage Available Data, Alan Y. Nam

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The Hunt for Lost Blood: Nazi Germanization Policy in Occupied Europe, Bradley Jared Nichols

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Parables of Love: Reading the Romances of Chrétien de Troyes through Bernard of Clairvaux, Carrie D. Pagels

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Development and Validation of a Crisis Self-Efficacy Scale, Sejin Park

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La censura católica literaria durante la Posguerra española: Traspasando las fronteras de la ideología franquista., Ángela Pérez del Puerto

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Magnetic Local Positioning System with Supplemental Magnetometer-Accelerometer Data Fusion, Benjamin Scott Prothro

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The Use of Outdoor Teaching Resources by Multidisciplinary University Faculty and Instructors at the University of Tennessee: A Model for Establishing and Maintaining the Campus Landscape as a Significant and Dynamic Outdoor Classroom, Laboratory, and Therapy Center, Andrew J. Pulte

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Development of the Coach Autonomy Support Beliefs Scale, Johannes Jakob Raabe

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Individual variation in plant traits drives species interactions, ecosystem functioning, and responses to global change, Quentin Daniel Read

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An Intelligent Robot and Augmented Reality Instruction System, Christopher M. Reardon

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Advancing Social Justice Through Conflict Resolution Amid Rapid Urban Transformation of the San Francisco Bay Area, Amanda Jo Reinke

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Shelley's Delusive Flames: Self and Poetry in The Major Works, Brent Steven Robida

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Novel Methods and Sensors for the Analysis of Trace Chemicals with Potential Environmental Applications, Samuel Mason Rosolina

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A Criteria-Based Evaluation of Environmental Literacy Plans in the United States, Karena Ruggiero

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Toward a Precision Measurement of the Theta_13 Mixing Angle with the Double Chooz Detectors, Ben Thomas Rybolt

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Systematics, diversity and evolution of the suborder Tricholomatineae (Agaricales), Marisol Sanchez Garcia

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Temperature-Dependent Structures and Atomic Mixing Behaviors in High-Entropy Alloys, Louis J. Santodonato

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Leader-Member Exchange as a Predictor of Leaders’ Positive Work Outcomes: A Field Study, Matthew Jason Shaffer

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Process Attribute Monitoring Approach to Gaseous Centrifuge Enrichment Plant Safeguards, Adam Michael Shephard

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Temporality and Trope: A Theoretical Precursion toward the Question of Allusion as Metaphor, Donald Nicholas Shultz

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Queen of Spades, Michael Shou-Yung Shum

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The Learning Projects of Municipal Elected Officials, Rebecca Campbell Smeltzer

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Inhibition of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway increases efficacy of doxorubicin and its derivative AD198 in bladder and oral cancers, Dmitriy Smolensky

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The Student Experience of Other Students, Brian Kelleher Sohn

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Microstructure and Creep Deformation Behavior of a Hierarchical-Precipitate-Strengthened Ferritic Alloy with Extreme Creep Resistance, Gian Song

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Machine Learning and Neutron Sensing in Mobile Nuclear Threat Detection, John Edward Sparger