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Dissertations from 2016

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The Tasks of Elected Officials within the Policy Process of Interlocal Cooperation, Stephen Matthew Adkins

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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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Estimating the Effects of Arizona-Style Omnibus Immigration Policies on Latino Children’s Access to Health Care, Chenoa Dawn Allen

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“It’s Like a Mountain”: The Lived Experience of Homeless College Students, Valerie Karen Ambrose

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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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Experiences of Anti-Bisexual Prejudice in a Bisexual Adult Sample and the Impact on Mental and Physical Health, James Edward Arnett

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Development of a Patient Machine Time Model to Evaluate Dose Perturbation by Respiratory Tumor Motion in Pencil Beam Scanning Proton Radiation Therapy, Mark Artz

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

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Out from Darkness and into the Light: The Role of Transparency and Social Media in Government, Frances Nichols Bachstein

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

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Suicide Response Preparedness in Counseling Students: A Study of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Simulated Behavior, Breanna Paige Banks

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“Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects”: Multicultural Counseling Competence with the Arab American Population, Dareen Basma

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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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Does Political Giving Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms, Douglas Brian Blank II

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Fifth Graders' Reading Choices, Janelle Dugger Bouknight

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Internalized Heterosexism, Religious Coping, and Psychache in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults, Jon Raymond Bourn

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Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Pilot Intervention: Promoting Breast Milk Expression in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Katherine Marie Bower

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Conformity to Masculine Norms: A Case-Based Time-Series Analysis of Men in Intergroup Dialogue, Isaac Curtiss Brandt

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Pinpointing the Molecular Basis for Metal Ion Effects on Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), Joel Cullen Bucci

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An Innovative Approach to Johnson Noise Thermometry by Means of Spectral Estimation, Nora Dianne Bull

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Nanocomposite Adhesive of English ivy (Hedera helix): Bioproduction, Nanoparticle Isolation, and Molecular Analysis, Jason Neil Burris

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The on-screen water cooler: Effects of televised user-generated comments on cognitive processing, social presence, and viewing experience., Jaclyn Ann Cameron

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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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Wide-Area Measurement-Based Applications for Power System Monitoring and Dynamic Modeling, Jidong Chai

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

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TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER? UNPACKING PERSISTENCE AND EXAMINING ITS IMPACT ON SALESPERSON PERFORMANCE, Nawar Naim Chaker

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

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Purchase Decision Type Influences on Consumers’ Reliance: Brand-Related User-Generated Content, Hyuk Jun Cheong

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Investigating the Role of Testosterone Signaling at Androgen Receptors in Resiliency to Social Stress, Catherine Tucker Clinard

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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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Developing and Implementing a LGBT Family Studies Course: A Pre-Post Evaluation, Kathryn Alexandra Conrad

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

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Essays in Policy Analysis, Michael Philip Craig

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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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New Perspectives on the Seventeenth-Century Protohistoric Period in East Tennessee: Redefining the Period through Glass Trade Bead and Ceramic Analyses, Jessica Nicole Dalton-Carriger

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What They Say: Student Voices in Nursing Simulation, Andrea McMahan Damewood

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Conditional Computation in Deep and Recurrent Neural Networks, Andrew Scott Davis

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Stochastic and Optimal Distributed Control for Energy Optimization and Spatially Invariant Systems, Jin Dong

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3D Multi-Scale Behavior of Granular Materials using Experimental and Numerical Techniques, Andrew Michael Druckrey

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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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Essays in Applied Economics: Applications of Transformed Ordinal Quantile Regression, Okila R. Elboeva

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Computational Analyses of mRNA Ribosome Loading in Arabidopsis Thaliana, Joseph Benjamin Ernest

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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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"Our Village Approach": The story of how one African American family educates their children, Sherrie Lynn Fairchild-Keyes

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Bi-Level Optimization Considering Uncertainties of Wind Power and Demand Response, Xin Fang

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Psychometric Properties of Three Common Depression Measures in Breast Cancer Patients with Major Depressive Disorder, Audrey Ashton File

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Modeling Prehistoric Health in the Middle Cumberland Region of Tennessee: Mississippian Populations on the Threshold of Collapse, Christina Laiz Fojas

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

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Eco-Fashion Consumption: Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory, Wei Fu

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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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MULTI-PHYSICS MODELING, Ahmadreza Ghahremani

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Experiencing Defeat, Remembering Victory: The Army of Tennessee in War and Memory, 1861-1930, Robert Lamar Glaze

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Long-Term Treatment with Insulin and Retinoic Acid Increased Glucose Usage in L6 Muscle Cells via Glycogenesis, Matthew Ray Goff

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Kinetic Monte Carlo Models for Crystal Defects, Kyle Louis Golenbiewski

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Nepantla as her Place in the Middle: Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the Writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Nicole Lynn Gomez

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Fundamental physics with cold neutron beams, Kyle Brandon Grammer

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Actinium-225 Production via Proton Irradiation of Thorium-232, Justin Reed Griswold

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Data Analytics and Application Developments Based on Synchrophasor Measurements, Jiahui Guo

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Face Centered Image Analysis Using Saliency and Deep Learning Based Techniques, Rui Guo

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Virtue, Evidence, and Epistemic Justification, Alexander Steven Hallam

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A TOOL KIT FOR BUILDING HBCU TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORKS USING AN ADVANCED PLANNING SYSTEM, Clovia Hamilton

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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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Applications of Business Analytics in Marketing: Joint Modeling of Correlated Multivariate Outcomes, Sumin Han

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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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Academic Outcomes in Higher Education for Students Screened as Twice-Exceptional: Gifted with a Learning Disability in Math or Reading, Elizabeth Ann Hays

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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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Therapy Dogs in the College Classroom: The Effect of Dogs on Stress, Anxiety, and Spanish L2 Phonological Learning and Performance, Elaine Maralee Henry

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

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Institutional Expenditures and State Economic Factors Influencing 2012-2014 Public University Graduation Rates, Brian Todd Hester

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Decoding the cellular zipcode: Functional analysis of transit peptide motifs and mechanistic implications in plastid targeting and import, Kristen N. Holbrook

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Duality of Scales, Michael Christopher Holloway

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The Effect of Attractive Polymer-Nanoparticle Interactions on the Local Segmental Dynamics of Polymer Nanocomposites, Adam Prillaman Holt

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Re-Mapping the Space of the Sacred in the Nowell Codex, Teresa Marie Hooper

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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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Hybrid Micellar Network Hydrogels of Thermosensitive Hydrophilic Triblock Copolymers and Thermosensitive Hairy Nanoparticles, Bin Hu

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

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Real-time Voltage Stability Monitoring and Control for Load Areas: A Hybrid Approach, Fengkai 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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Synthesis and Characterization of New Multifunctional Initiators for Anionic Polymerization and the Use of Poly(4-hydroxystyrene) as a Template for new Polymers, Christopher Michael Hurley

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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