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Dissertations from 2017

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Beyond the City-County Divide: Race, Referenda, and Representation in Consolidated Governments, Christopher Johnson Acuff

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactive Modification of 2-Vinyl-4,4-dimethyl Azlactone Polymers, Bethany Michelle Aden

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Exploring Emerging Adults’ Sexual Possible Selves, Development, and Pathways to Sexual Goal Attainment: A Three Part Examination, Kristin Michelle Anders

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Effects of Gatekeeping on the Diffusion of Information, Rebecca Anderson

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Correlating long-term lithium ion battery performance with solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer properties, Seong Jin An

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Electricity Market Designs for Demand Response from Residential Customers, Ailin Asadinejad

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Creating and Operating the Nuclear Urban Kinetics Effects Simulator, Jerrad Phillip Auxier

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Management of Islanded Operation of Microgirds, Md Riyasat Azim

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Parents’ Perceptions and Responses to Infant Emotions, Lauren Renee Bader

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Co-Optimization of Gas-Electricity Integrated Energy Systems Under Uncertainties, Linquan Bai

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Characterization of Protein A and Sortase A in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius: Potential Targets for Novel Therapeutic Approaches, Manasi Balachandran

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Identification of molecular mechanisms of resistance to transgenic maize producing the Cry1Fa protein in different Spodoptera frugiperda populations, Rahul Banerjee

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Understanding three-body interactions in hexagonal close packed solid He-4, Ashleigh Locke Barnes

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MUJER, TRADICIÓN Y CONCIENCIA HISTÓRICA EN GERTRUDIS GÓMEZ DE AVELLANEDA, Ana Lydia Barrios

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Improved sample utilization in thermal ionization mass spectrometry isotope ratio measurements: refined development of porous ion emitters for nuclear forensic applications, Matthew Louis Baruzzini

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Effects of Switchgrass Related Land-Use Changes on Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Latha Malar Baskaran

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Lesbian Body Dissatisfaction: The Roles of Gender Identity, Body-Gender Identity Incongruence, and Internalized Appearance Ideals, Christine Laura Beck

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Blinded by the Brand: Why and When Salesperson Brand Attachment Decreases Customer Purchase Intentions?, Lisa Lynn Beeler

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Investigating Country Identity and Citizen Diplomacy: The Case of Cultural Mediators in Vietnam, Lindsey M. Bier

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FUNDAMENTAL STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF TUNED ACTIVE FLOW CONTROL ACTUATORS, Brian A. Binkley

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Modeling, Analysis, Force Sensing and Control of Continuum Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Caroline Bryson Black

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Preparing the Workforce for Integrated Healthcare, Denise Ratliff Black

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Appalachian Aristocrats: How Tourists, Elites, and Mountaineers Created a New Western North Carolina, 1880-1920, Matthew Robert Blaylock

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Evaluation of Increased Targeted Enforcement and Community-based Outreach and Education Programs to Increase Nighttime Seatbelt Use in East Tennessee, Kwaku Frimpong Boakye

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Impact of Macromolecular Design on Self-assembly Properties of Block copolymers: Effect of Tunable Chain Flexibility and Chain Topology, Kamlesh Ramesh Bornani

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Trait Evolution in Spiders: Perspectives on the Evolution of Behavioral Syndromes and Web Structures, Jennifer Marie Bosco

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Effect modification of the association between aerobic physical activity and diabetes-related mortality by race-ethnicity: a population-based prospective study using NHANES III and 1999-2006 NHANES, William Robert Boyer II

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The Perishing, Matthew Randall Brock

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Concurrent and Predictive Validity of the Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test – Group Ability Test, Brooke Lauren Browarnik

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Experiences of Professional School Counselors with Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Case Study, Emily Courtney Brown

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Thermally Robust and Redox Active Catalysts: Studying Their Behavior for Ethylene and L-lactide Polymerization, Lauren Ashley Brown

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Biogeochemical Characteristics of Organic Matter in a Karst Groundwater System, Teresa Lynn Brown

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Persistence of Traditionally Marginalized Doctoral Students in Counselor Education: A Grounded Theory Study, Sharon Leah Bruner

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The Beauty of Understanding: Aesthetic Methods of Theory Evaluation, Devon Craig Bryson

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Laying Groundwork for the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Constructs to Enhance the Identity Development of Counselors-in-training: An Exploratory Quantitative Analysis, Emma Christine Burgin

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Expert Elementary Readers: A Profile of Reading Proficiency, Shelley Watson Burton

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Efficacy of Short-Term Emotional Regulation Training on Interference During Cognitive Tasks, Kerry Margaret Cannity

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Extensions of Task-based Runtime for High Performance Dense Linear Algebra Applications, Chongxiao Cao

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Impedance-Based Stability Analysis and Controller Design of Three-Phase Inverter-Based Ac Systems, Wenchao Cao

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New Optical and Electrochemical Probes for Trace Chemicals with Health and Environmental Impacts, Thomas Stewart Carpenter

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Surface modification of icy satellites: Space weathering of the large moons of Uranus and alluvial fan formation on Saturn’s moon Titan, Richard John Cartwright

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The Association Between Audit Committee Overboarding, Audit Committee Responses to Increased Workloads, and Financial Reporting Quality After SOX, John Kyle Castonguay

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Essays in Applied Microeconomics, Bilal Celik

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Development of a low cost biosensing platform for highly sensitive and specific on-site detection of pathogens and infections, Cheng Cheng

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Pathogenesis, Virulence and Population Genetics of Puccinia emaculata, the Causal Agent of Switchgrass Rust, Qunkang Cheng

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Reflecting Human Knowledge of Place and Route-Choice Behavior Using Big Data, Jiaoli Chen

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Change in “Everyday Multicultural Competencies” as a Response to Resident Advisors Multicultural Training: Association with Five-Factor Personality Traits, Nicole Crystal Chery

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Value of Flow Measurement Accuracy in Hydropower Plants with Short Converging Intakes, Mark Herbert Christian

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Perceptions of Student Engagement: Understanding Knowledge and Policy Implications among K-12 District Leaders, Ann Marie Cisney-Booth

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Computational Thermal-Hydraulics Modeling of Twisted Tape Enabled High Heat Flux Components, Emily Buckman Clark

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Back from Oblivion: Society and Literature in Ventura Ruiz Aguilera’s Ecos nacionales and Proverbios ejemplares, Bruce Milton Cole

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Design-Structure-Property Relationships of Purine-Based Copolymers and Chromophores, Graham Smith Collier

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Mediating Machines: Human Mechanisms and the Modern Stage, Kerri Ann Considine

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The Role of Fit in the Decision Making Process for Head Principal Recruitment, Hiring, and Placement, Keith William Cottrell

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Assessing Transformative Learning: Toward a Unified Framework, Robert Charles Cox

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Politics at the Intersection of Sexuality: Examining Political Attitudes and Behaviors of Sexual Minorities in the United States, Royal Gene Cravens III

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The Principal’s Role in the Implementation of a One-to-One Initiative: A Case Study of Two Schools, Casey Michael Cutter

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Investigating the Existence of Word Callers, Rhonda Rae DeJournett

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Living the Change They Seek: Social Studies Teacher Educators Who Incorporate Race into the Curriculum, Sara Beth Demoiny

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Experimental and Computational Investigation of High Entropy Alloys for Elevated-Temperature Applications, Haoyan Diao

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I’m Here for a Reason: Motivational Factors of First-Generation Latino Males to Attend College, Zaragosa Jesus Diaz-Espinoza

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Individual and Organizational Celebrity: Two Essays on Media Attributions and Organizational Agency, Laura D'Oria

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Excessive Acquisition: What Is It? What Makes It Happen?, Melanie Doss

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Modulation of Cell Behaviors on Photo-crosslinked Polymer Networks and Polymer Spherulites, Jinbo Dou

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Assessment of genetic and education recovery plan objectives for the Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii), Cassie Marie Dresser

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IDENTIFYING EXTINCTION RISK PATTERNS IN POLLINATION NETWORKS AND CONSERVATION PLANNING TO REDUCE THE COST OF MANAGEMENT-NECESSITATED TRAVEL, Christine Elise Dumoulin

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A Transcriptomic Analysis of Salmonella enterica Newport In Planta and after Postharvest Sanitization, Laurel Lynn Dunn

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Investigating the Properties of Superfluid He-4 through Density Functional Calculations, Matthew Francis Dutra

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Sustainable Infrastructure Development: A Holistic System Based Decision Making Framework Integrating Vulnerability Indicators and Stakeholders Objectives, Mohamed Saeid Eid

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A Survey Of Student Academic Support In Tennessee Homeless Shelters, Olga C. Eisenhower

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Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Single-Site Titanosilicates with Targeted Connectivites and Geometries as Selective Oxidation Catalysts, Lena Elenchin

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Hetero-Atom Containing Functional Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications, Hongbo Feng

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Linearly Preconditioned Nonlinear Solvers for Phase Field Equations Involving p-Laplacian Terms, Wenqiang Feng

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WOMEN’S HELP-SEEKING BEHAVIOR FOR INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, Ahmet Fidan

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Molecular phylogenetic studies of the genera of tribe Polygonateae (Asparagaceae: Nolinoideae): Disporopsis, Heteropolygonatum, and Polygonatum., Aaron Jennings Floden

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Rural Appalachian Person and Family Decision Making at End of Life, Mary Lou Clark Fornehed

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Conservation Decisions: Designing, Financing and Fundraising for Protected Areas, Rachel Elizabeth Fovargue

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Predicting Academic Performance on High-Stakes Tests: Development of the Brief Behavior, Academic, and Social Screener (B-BASS), Trisha Danielle Franklin

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The Relationship Between Teachers’ Subject Matter Knowledge for Teaching and Student Achievement in Struggling and Non-Struggling Students, Jami Terese Garner

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On Laser-induced Plasma Containing Hydrogen, Ghaneshwar Gautam

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Excitations of Quasi-Particles in Nanostructured Systems, Jingxuan Ge

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Electricity and Fuel Consumption in a Lean Energy Supply Chain, Mostafa GhafooriVarzaneh

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Development of High Performance Gas Separation Membranes through Intelligent Catalyst and Monomer Design, Kevin Richard Gmernicki

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Total Absorption Spectroscopy of Neutron Rich Nuclei Across the N=50 Neutron Shell Closure, Kathleen Conner Goetz

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Perceptions of Administrators in Facilitating Change and Establishing a Positive School Culture in a New School, Elizabeth Anne Gotcher

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Sustainability analysis for new technologies of biofuels and Additive Manufacturing, Nelson A. Granda Marulanda

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Regeneration of Imperiled Hardwoods in the Eastern United States, Joshua J. Granger

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A Grounded Theory Inquiry into Crying in Women Dealing with the Emotional Stress of Personal Crisis, Mary Bess Griffith

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Monolithic Perimeter Gated Single Photon Avalanche Diode Based Optical Detector in Standard CMOS, Md. Habib Ullah Habib

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Graph-Theoretical Tools for the Analysis of Complex Networks, Ronald Dewayne Hagan

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Meso-Scale Behavior Characterization of “Tunable” Clay-Polymer Composites, Bijoy Krishna Halder

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Butyrate, A Major Bacterial-derived Metabolite: Understanding of Butyrate Metabolism in Cancerous Colonocytes, Anna Han

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The Impact of Increased Tax Return Reporting on Financial Statement Tax Disclosure Quality: Evidence from IRS Schedule UTP, Michelle Kim Harding

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The impact of rewards on the effectiveness of performance feedback in improving writing production in elementary school students, Leslie Allison Hart

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An Optimization Method for Matched Abundance-Ratio Cascades by Varying the Key Weight, Richard Dale Harvey

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MODELING AND SPICE IMPLEMENTATION OF SILICON-ON-INSULATOR (SOI) FOUR GATE (G4FET) TRANSISTOR, Md Sakib Hasan

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Population, Consumption, and Procreation: Ethical Implications for Humanity’s Future, Trevor Grant Hedberg

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DYNAMICS OF COLLABORATIVE NAVIGATION AND APPLYING DATA DRIVEN METHODS TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS AT DECISION POINTS FOR PEOPLE OF VARYING SPATIAL APTITUDES, Gengen He

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Assessing the Economic Tradeoffs Between Prevention and Suppression of Forest Fires, Elizabeth Trulia Heines

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Biotic and abiotic drivers of plant symbionts determine plant performance, the maintenance of diversity, and response to global change, Jeremiah A. Henning