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Dissertations from 2016

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“Do I Want to Die on That Hill?”: Perceptions of Rural Appalachian English Teachers about Using Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Young Adult Literature in the Secondary English Classroom, Stacey Rochelle Reece

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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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Metabolomics approaches to decipher the antibacterial mechanisms of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) against Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, Caroline Sue Rempe

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Whole Genome Sequencing as a Tool for Identifying Phenotypic Properties and Underlying Genetic Mechanisms in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, Matthew C. Riley

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

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Native American Young Adults in their Transition to College, and Persistence Through the First Year, Adrian Alexander Rodriguez

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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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Large Scale Brownian Dynamics Simulation of Dilute and Semidilute Polymeric Solutions, Amir Saadat

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The Effects of Exogenous Fatty Acids on Enterococcus faecalis OG1RF, Holly Elizabeth Johnson Saito

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Surface Plasmon Modes in Toroidal Nanostructures and Applications, Marouane Salhi

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Young Children’s Social Connections: Characteristics of Social Networks and Types of Support, Daniela Andrea Salinas Maturana

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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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Academic Library Resources and Services for Online Distance Learners: An Exploratory Study, Roseanne Michele Sasso

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SIWI in an Itinerant Teaching Setting: Contextual Factors Impacting Instruction, Rachel Machelle Saulsburry

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Generation and Microwave Scattering Diagnostics of Small Volume Plasmas, Jordan Chase Sawyer

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A Comparison of Comprehension Accuracy and Rate: Repeated Readings and Listening While Reading, Megan Amber Schall

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SOCIAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATIONS AND STAKEHOLDERS IN TENNESSEE’S RURAL COUNTIES, Angela Gray Sebby

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Strategies for Controlling Bulk Heterojunction Morphology, Zach Daniel Seibers

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Multiscale Modeling of Electrolytes for Energy Storage and Conversion, Fatemeh Sepehr

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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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Characterizing Local Order and Physical Properties of Rare Earth Complex Oxides, Thomas Jacob Shamblin

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Microstructure Control and Correlation to Creep Properties in Grade 91 Steel Weldment After Thermo-Mechanical Treatments and an Fe-30Cr-3Al Alloy Strengthened by Fe2Nb Laves Phase, Benjamin Allen Shassere

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

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Understanding Perceptions of Breast Health in a Southern Appalachian Community, Hannah Leigh Shinault

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Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation: Meta-analysis and Optimization of Amendment Carbon Rate and C:N Ratio to Control Key Plant Pathogens and Weeds, Utsala Shrestha

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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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HIGHLY-EDUCATED IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS' LOCATION DECISIONS, Nastaran Simarasl

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Ecology of Organohalide-Respiring Dehalococcoides mccartyi: Corrinoid Cofactor-Related Community Interactions and Controls over Strain Selection, Burcu Şimşir

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Post-Concussion Experiences of Collegiate Student-Athletes, Kaitlin Iris Singer

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Examining Consensual Non-Monogamy among Emerging Adult Samples: A Collection of Studies, Kayla Marie Sizemore

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The Learning Projects of Municipal Elected Officials, Rebecca Campbell Smeltzer

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Stories of Success: A Phenomenological Study of Positive Transformative Learning Experiences of Low-Socioeconomic Status Community College Mathematics Students, John Thomas Smith

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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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Fundamental Understanding of Bond Formation During Solid State Welding of Dissimilar Metals, Niyanth S

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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

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Using Spatial Analysis to Evaluate Fire Activity in a Pine Rockland Ecosystem, Big Pine Key, Florida, USA, Lauren Ashley Stachowiak

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Predictors of Musical Performance: Personality, Performance Anxiety, and Flow, Whitney Jean Statham

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Nothing Stranger, Helen Mary Stead

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Burnout and Attrition Experiences of New Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselors: An Application of the Indivisible Self Model of Wellness, Adam Forrest Stephens

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Burnout in Young Adult Performing Artists, Benjamin Hyun Stocking

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Assessing the Impact of Picture Books in Primary Grades Mathematics Instruction, Jessica Stone

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DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOYSTEMS: INTEGRATING SOCIAL EVOLUTIONARY THEORY AND SIGNALING THEORY TO EXPLAIN THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS, Jason Andrew Strickling

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Moral Margins: Ethics and Economics in American Northern Literature, 1837-1900, John Adam Stromski

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Successful Graduate Students’ Perceptions of Characteristics of Online Learning Environments, Jian Su

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Hankel Operators on the Drury-Arveson Space, James Allen Sunkes III

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Spectroscopic Imaging of Aluminum Containing Plasma, David Michael Surmick

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The Design of a Fast Neutron Radiography System for Non-Destructive Analysis of Thick, Dense Objects, Alicia Lauren Swift

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Environmentally driven orchestration of metabolisms by Prochlorococcus spp., Martin James Szul

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Beta-Delayed Neutron Data and Models for SCALE, Kemper Dyar Talley

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The Evaluation and Refinement of Nonmetric Sex and Ancestry Assessment Methods in Modern Japanese and Thai Individuals, Sean D. Tallman

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Inter-droplet Membranes for Mechanical Sensing Applications, Nima Tamaddoni Jahromi

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Helium Diffusion and Accumulation in Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7, Caitlin Anne Taylor

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Academic Work Ethic in Middle School Students: Extending Scale Research and Investigating Construct Validity, Emily Pendergrast Taylor

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Improving Droplet Interface Bilayers as Models for Cell Membranes, Graham Jeffery Taylor

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Characteristics of Thick Concrete Neutron Reflection, Richard Gordon Taylor

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Empirical Analysis to Investigate the Influence of Cultural Dimensions on Risk-Taking Behavior among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Construction Workers in United States, Kaveri Ajit Thakur

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In silico Driven Metabolic Engineering Towards Enhancing Biofuel and Biochemical Production, Richard Adam Thompson

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HOPE Scholarship Status of Students in a Large Entry-Level Course in Teacher Education, Eleanore Claire Trant

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Physical Home Environment, Personal Competencies, and Psychological Well-Being of Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Development of a Structural Model, Shannon Marie Trecartin

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ASSESSING THE FUNCTIONAL SIMILARITY OF NATIVE AND INVASIVE ANOLIS LIZARDS IN THE FOOD WEBS OF STRUCTURALLY-SIMPLE HABITATS IN FLORIDA, Nathan W. Turnbough

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Assessment of Next Generation Sequencing Technologies for De novo and Hybrid Assemblies of Challenging Bacterial Genomes, Sagar Mukund Utturkar

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Optical Spectroscopy and the Contruction of an Optimal Wannier Basis with Application to the Development of Ab Initio Models, Robert Gerard Van Wesep

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THIS CITY IS A CLOCK, Daniel D. Wallace

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Development and Validation of the Statistics Assessment of Graduate Students, Dammika Lakmal Walpitage

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The impacts of biopolymer-ionic liquid interactions on the utilization of lignocellulosic biomass, Jing Wang

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Computational Perspective for Developing Bioluminescent Yeast Estrogen Screens for Environmental Toxicology, Jun Wang

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Numerical Solutions of Stochastic Differential Equations, Liguo Wang

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Topology Design and Delay Control for Communication Networks in Smart Grid, Xiaodong Wang

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Innovative Electrode Nanocomposites for Energy Storage and Conversion Systems, Yiran Wang

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Achieving High Reliability and Efficiency in Maintaining Large-Scale Storage Systems through Optimal Resource Provisioning and Data Placement, Lipeng Wan

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FACTORS INFLUENCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM LAND USE, LAND-USE CHANGE, AND FOREST ACTIVITIES, Pattarawan Watcharaanantapong

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Convergence versus Divergence of Social and Developmental Measures of Adult Attachment: Testing Jay Belsky’s Proposals, Christopher Daniel Watkins

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The Effects of the Color Wheel System on Disruptive Behavior and Classroom Climate: Validating the Color Wheel in Kindergarten Classrooms, Tiffany Lynn Watson

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Multilayered Regulation of the Type I Toxin ZorO in EHEC, Jia Wen

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Exploring The Ways New Faculty Form Beliefs About Teaching: A Basic Interpretive Study, Beth Ann White

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Design and Synthesis of Lipid Probes Used for Membrane Derivatization and Fusion, Stuart Allen Whitehead

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The Dynamic Effects of Political Parties and Economic Hardship on Voter Turnout, Allan M. Wilford

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Numerical Investigations of a High Frequency Pulsed Gaseous Fuel Jet Injection into a Supersonic Crossflow, Nehemiah Joel Williams

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Modification of carbohydrate active enzymes in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) to improve saccharification and biomass yields for biofuels, Jonathan Duran Willis

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Treatment Preferences and Outcome in a Randomized Controlled Trial for Depression Comparing Supportive-Expressive Therapy to Medication and Pill Placebo, Sophia Elsie Winter

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Relationship qualities: Investigating the nature of self-identified couple strengths and language use during a strengths interview, Katie Cassandra Wischkaemper

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Lattice Boltzmann Methods for Wind Energy Analysis, Stephen Lloyd Wood

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Evaluating Context-Aware Applications Accessed Through Wearable Devices as Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities, Rachel Elizabeth Wright

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Synthesis and Application of Polymer Brush-Grafted Nanoparticles as Hydrogel Gelators and Lubricant Additives, Roger Anthony Emory Wright

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2D-3D Registration of Knee Joint from Single Plane X-ray Fluoroscopy Using Nonlinear Shape Priors, Jing Wu

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Characterizing Early-life Microbiome Functionality in Premature Infant Gut by a Metaproteomics Approach, Weili Xiong

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Low-Noise Micro-Power Amplifiers for Biosignal Acquisition, Tan Yang

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Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethenes: pH Effects, Novel Dechlorinators and Decision-Making Tools, Yi Yang

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Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites with Interface Engineered Nanostructures, Xingru Yan

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Antibacterial Activity and Chemical Characterization of Resin from Sciadopitys verticillata (Thunb.) Siebold and Zuccarini, David Ira Yates

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Geography of Health Care Access: Measurement, Analyses and Integration, Huairen Ye

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A Study on Wide-area Measurement-based Approaches for Power System Voltage Stability, Haoyu Yuan

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Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Enzymes with Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical Potentials, Yufei Yue

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Structuring solid/oil/water emulsions to deliver water-soluble bioactive food ingredients, Yun Zhang