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Winter 2020 Doctoral Degree Candidates for Graduation
Name Graduation Month Degree Major Dissertation Title
Adeline E. Abam December Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Andrew J. Ahrendt December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Evaluating the Relationship between Patient Interpersonal Skills and Post Bariatric Surgery Physical and Mental Health Outcomes
Ahmed Alhussen December Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering
Seyedmojtaba Alian Amiri December Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Accounting For Earthquake Duration In Seismic Evaluation And Design Of Bridges
Yazeed Alsubhi December Doctor of Philosophy Atmospheric Science Numerical Simulation of the Dynamics of Summer Shamal Dust Storms
Steven James Anbro December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Behavioral Assessment in Virtual Reality: An Evaluation of Multi-User Simulations in Healthcare Education
Oveis Asgari Gashteroodkhani December Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering Intelligent Protection Schemes for Smart Grids
Sima Aznavi December Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering Intelligent and Cost-Effective Energy Management of Smart Building Equipped with Behind the Meter Energy Storage Systems
Khalid Bakhshaliyev December Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering Processing large-scale Internet topology data to model Autonomous System Networks
Laura Barcelos Nomicos August Doctor of Philosophy Psychology The Value Enhancing Effects of Nicotine Across Complex Reinforcers
Elif Ecem Bas August Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Advances in Nonlinear Computational Substructuring for Real-Time Hybrid Simulation
Chowdhury Raihan Bikash August Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry Development of Chemical Tools to Study Quorum Sensing in Streptococcus mutans
Kyle R. Carpenter December Doctor of Philosophy Physics Investigation of temperature distributions and thermal conduction effects in laser-heated plasmas relevant to Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion
Kefan Chen December Doctor of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering Atomistic Simulation And First Principles Calculation Of Interfacial Energetics Of Galvanized Advanced High Strength Steels
David Clark December Doctor of Philosophy Neuroscience A Functional Dissection of the Larval Drosophila Olfactory Neural Circuit
Jordan Daniel Clark August Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Childhood Uncertainty and Decision-Making in Adulthood: When Individual Differences in Information Use Reflect Adaptive Responses to the Environment
Dylan T. Cliche December Doctor of Philosophy Physics Three-dimensional ray tracing and advanced applications of multi-monochromatic x-ray imaging to high-energy-density implosion core plasmas
Duke D. Culbertson December Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering Formation, Growth, and Interactions of Tension Twins in Magnesium
Georgia Dalto August Doctor of Philosophy Psychology A Needs Assessment of Employment Services for People with Serious Mental Illness in Northwestern Nevada
Anh Tung Dang August Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering Resilient Large-scale Informative Path Planning for Autonomous Robotic Exploration
James A. Davis August Doctor of Philosophy Biochemistry Lipid Flippases in Plants Play Critical Roles in Vegetative Growth and Development & Improving the Emerging Biodiesel Feedstock Camelina Sativa using a Transgenic Approach
Robert Eugene del Carlo December Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Steps along the evolutionary trajectories of skeletal muscle voltage-gated sodium channels are guided by biophysical tradeoffs
Jana Lynn Elliott December Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Jovonnie Esquierdo-Leal December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Exploring the Systematic Design of Stimuli in Behavioral Assessment Tools and Their Relation to Hiring Selection
Levi W. Evans December Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Sciences The cardioprotective actions of phytochemicals
Ming Feng December Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering A Distributed Reinforcement Learning based Intelligent Routing and Beamforming Design for Robot-assisted Mobile Ad-hoc Network under Uncertain and Complex Environment
Natalie R. Fetto August Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry Shedding Light on Biological and Ecological Function
Jon Eric Fox December Doctor of Philosophy Mineral Resources Engineering Evaluation of Existing Subsurface Cooling Systems and Development of Energy Efficient (Sustainable) Cooling Systems and Strategies
Jacob Samuel Francis August Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Multiple Dimensions of Floral Rewards Drive Pollinator Behavior and Pollen Movement
Janie A. Funk December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Implementing functional behavior assessment and psychoeducation in a guide dog training organization: An evaluation of the remedial effects on undesired puppy behavior
Sharon M. Goldrup December Doctor of Philosophy Education The Perfect Storm: K-12 Virtual Education for Students with Disabilities and High Stakes Graduation Requirements
Frances Rosario Gonzalez August Doctor of Philosophy Psychology ¡Yo no estoy loca! A behavioral health telenovela style entertainment education video to reduce stigma and increase mental health literacy among Latina adults with limited English proficiency
Rita Boyajian Groh December Doctor of Philosophy Political Science Equal Pay, No Way! Explaining the Labor Market Earnings Gap of Immigrants to the United States
Jessica Jenae Grote December Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Ethan J. Grumstrup August Doctor of Philosophy Economics Three Essays in Regional Economics
Laura Haak December Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Evaluating the Sustainability Impacts of Potable Water Reuse in Urban Water Resource Management
Anthony Harrington August Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry The Role of Quorum Sensing in Interspecies Interactions between Oral Streptococci
Zoe A. Haskell December Doctor of Philosophy Statistics and Data Science Mapping between tree metric spaces and time series: New constructions with applications to limit theorems for branch counts in partial Galton-Watson trees and signal processing.
Rachel Lauren Hatch-Ibarra August Doctor of Philosophy Geophysics Characterization of Recent Earthquake Sequences and Swarms within the Walker Lane Tectonic Region
Derrick Hau December Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Biology Development of Diagnostic Assays for Melioidosis, Tularemia, Plague and COVID19
Shoeib Heydari December Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering
Glynnis Delbert Hill December Doctor of Philosophy Judicial Studies Is Commonwealth v. Walker Helping Judges and Jurors in Pennsylvania Better Understand and Assess Identification Evidence to Determine the Guilt or Innocence of Defendants?
Pourya Hoseini December Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering A Single-Shot Next Best View Approach Accompanied by a Dual-View Active Vision for Object Recognition Tasks
Hamideh Hosseini Safa December Doctor of Philosophy Hydrology The Energy Budget of Snow-Covered Montane Forests: Observations, Remote Sensing, and Modeling
Trevor M. Hutchinson December Doctor of Philosophy Physics Experimental studies of the electrothermal instability using electrically thick, coated metal
Jeremy Jean Iratcabal August Doctor of Philosophy Physics Experimental Investigations of Carbon and Titanium Molecular Species in Laser Ablation Plumes
Ira Jain August Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Biology Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Virulence Factor Gene Expression in the Group A Streptococcus
Leslieanne G. R. Jia August Doctor of Philosophy Education A Qualitative Analysis of Students¿ Experience Using Student Loans and Financial Literacy at a Community College
Jared Thomas Jones August Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Experimental and Analytical Studies of a Two-Span Bridge System with Precast Elements Incorporating Rebar Hinge and Socket Connections
Sonu Jose December Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering
Md Kamruzzaman December Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering Reliability-based Approaches to Quantify Permissible Penetration Level of Electric Vehicles in Power Systems
Tatyana Kaplan December Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Bridging the Minority Influence Gap: The Roles of Social Identification and Prototypicality
James Edward King December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology A Parametric Examination of Stimulus Condition Durations on Resurgence
Sergey A. Konyshev December Doctor of Philosophy Geology Metasedimentary Rock-hosted Au-(Sb-Hg) Deposits within the Stibnite Roof Pendant, Yellow Pine Mining District, Idaho
Suyesh Koyu August Doctor of Philosophy Physics Noise-induced Coherent Dynamics of Multilevel Quantum Systems Driven by Incoherent Light: A Case Study of the Three-level V-system
Kelly Jo Lau December Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Yi-Jyun Lin August Doctor of Philosophy Political Science Identifying Spatiotemporal Effects of Climate on Civil Conflict
Jed Locquiao August Doctor of Philosophy Education An experiment on texting to nudge the moral reasoning development of preservice teachers
Stallar Pierce Lufrano-Jardine August Doctor of Philosophy Education Making Sense of Adding Environmental Sustainability as a Core Value by a Company with a High Carbon Footprint: A Single Case Study
Daniel C. Mayes December Doctor of Philosophy Physics Photoionized Neon Plasma Experiments at Z: Data Processing and Analysis Development
St. Everald Anthony McLennon August Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Sciences Sustainable Agronomic Approaches for Reclaimed Wastewater Utilization: A Focus on Phosphorus Removal, Plant Tissue and Soil Nutrients Retention and Leachate Quality using Biochar and Nitrogen Application Rates under Different Forage Systems
Theodor Mathew Meek August Doctor of Philosophy Political Science A Longitudinal Study of Differential Effects of Corequisite Support on Student Success Metrics Using Regression Analysis and Propensity Score Matching
Ajeet K. Milliard August Doctor of Philosophy Geology Temporal and Spatial Constraints on Sedimentary Rock-Hosted Gold Deposits: Pequop Mountains, Nevada
Justin B. Milliard August Doctor of Philosophy Geology Genetic Links Between Extensional Tectonomagmatism and the Formation of Low Sulfidation Epithermal Au-Ag Deposits: Defining a Mineral System
Negar Naeimi August Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Experimental Compressive Behavior and Numerical Modeling of Unconfined and Confined Ultra-High Performance Concrete
Nyssa Perryman Rayne December Doctor of Philosophy Geography Do '(Weather) Girls' Just Wanna Have Fun? : Investigating a Sexist, Racist Stereotype in Broadcast Meteorology
Christina Peters December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology
Danielle Planas December Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Khaled Pordel August Doctor of Philosophy Hydrogeology Ecohydrogeology of Owens Valley, California Spring Systems: Relationships between Geochemistry, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, and Microbial Communities
Derek J. Reaux December Doctor of Philosophy Anthropology An Examination of Western Stemmed Tradition Settlement-Subsistence, Territoriality, and Lithic Technological Organization in the Northwestern Great Basin
Cody C. Reed December Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
Korey M. Reid August Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry Dynamics and Energy Exchange of Nonbonded Contacts within Proteins
Jessica S. Reimche December Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
Celso Ricardo De Oliveira December Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry 1H-NMR Network Analysis applied to the study of specialized plant metabolites
Thomas V. Riecke August Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Perturbations & heterogeneity: estimating demographic rates of brant in western Alaska
Kathleen D. Rodrigues August Doctor of Philosophy Geology Development and application of luminescence dating approaches to constrain the timing of tephra deposition and the formation of fluvial landforms
Alana Rogne December Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Samantha S. Romanick December Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Non-histone Protein Acetylation: A Regulatory Role in Cellular Processes of Inflammation, Cellular Metabolism, and Striated Muscle Contraction
Kathryn Roose December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology A Behavior Analytic Examination of Social Loafing
Allison K. Ruork December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Evaluating the Role of Social Interactions and Shame in Self-Injurious Behaviors using Ecological Momentary Assessment
Kristan N. Russell August Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Courtesy Stigma: Examining the Collateral Consequences of Sexual Offenses and Subsequent Policy on Partners of Sexual Offenders
Liberatus J. Rwebugisa December Doctor of Philosophy Education The Empowerment Process: An Examination of the Development of Personal (Psychological) and Interpersonal Empowerment: A Qualitative Case Study Research Using Self-Determination Theory
Rick Savage December Doctor of Philosophy Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Multiple Perspectives in United States History: Shifting Perspectives in High School Students
Stephanie R. Sawyer August Doctor of Philosophy Education The Prevalence and Impact of Burnout, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Other Factors in Predicting Compassion Fatigue
Brandee Lynn Shipman December Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice
Arpith Siddaiah August Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering Understanding the Tribocorrosion Behavior of Engineered Surfaces
Julie Marie Skutch August Doctor of Philosophy Psychology The Missing Link: An Empirical Investigation of the Relationship between Identity Dysfunction and Suicidality
Mustafa Solmaz December Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science and Engineering
Phillip Street December Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
Kodi L. Summers December Doctor of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering Corrosion Behavior of Potential Structural Materials for Use in Nitrate Salts Based Solar Thermal Power Plants
Chevonne Elena Sutter December Doctor of Philosophy Education Addressing the Experimental Research Gap in the Field of Deafblindness through an Evaluation of the System of Least Prompts for Skill Acquisition
Sarah Abby Trescher August Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Peer Mentoring in the Dependency Court System: A Process and Outcome Evaluation of the Parents for Parents Program
Charles Myers Truettner August Doctor of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Variation in the Bimodal Precipitation Regime of Southern Nevada, USA Measured in Tree-Ring Isotopes
Sunil Upadhyay December Doctor of Philosophy Physics Spin coherence and optical properties of alkali-metal atoms in solid parahydrogen
Stephanie Vega December Doctor of Philosophy Educational Specialties Boys Carry HW Name: We Carry the Pride... How Filipina-American College Students View Their Academic Lives
Jose Alejandro Villalobos Jr. December Doctor of Philosophy Biochemistry
Jose G. Villalobos December Doctor of Philosophy Social Psychology Shifts in Validity Perceptions of Minority Confessions: Assessing Evidence Integration in Trials with a Coherence-Based Reasoning Model
Aobo Wang August Doctor of Philosophy Civil and Environmental Engineering Measuring the Quality of Arterial Traffic Signal Timing ¿ A Trajectory-based Methodology
Zhuqing Wang August Doctor of Philosophy Cellular and Molecular Biology Functions of X-linked miR-506 family in Reproduction
Larissa Lee White December Doctor of Philosophy Public Health Patterns of Care Associated with Timely and Definitive Diagnosis of Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP)
Joseph M. Wilcox December Doctor of Philosophy Education Mobile Applications and Delivery of Bioinformatics Education in the Postsecondary Introductory Biological Science Classroom
Chelsea Wilhite December Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Systematic Examination of the Additive Effects of Humorous Verbal Stimuli on Cooperative Responding During an Analogue Data Entry Work Task
Kathrine E. Wright August Doctor of Philosophy Public Health Exploring the Cultural Components of Food Security and Its Impacts on Well-Being and Cultural and Ethnic Identity in International and Second-Generation American, Minority College Students