Dissertations

Dissertations: October 21, 2019

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Architecture
Merrett, Andrea. The professional is political: The women's movement in American architecture, 1971-1985. Sponsor: Mary McLeod.

Tsuneishi, Norihiko. Rice and coal: Worship of Inari shrines in Japan's commercial and industrial landscape, 1673-1864. Sponsor: Felicity Scott.

Biological Sciences
Bayer, Emily. Sexually dimorphic development of the c. elegans nervous system. Sponsor: Oliver Hobert.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Baker, Zachary. Understanding the evolution of recombination rate variation and PRDM9. Sponsor: Molly Przeworski.

Chemical Physics
Dunn, Ian. Quantum dynamics of interacting electrons and phonons: Applications and theoretical developments. Sponsor: David Reichman.

Chemistry
Hsu, Andrew. The critical assessment of protein dynamics using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Sponsors: Richard Friesner and Arthur Palmer.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Eddy, Celia. Constraining the Earth's elastic structure with surface waves: Seismic anisotropy in the Pacific upper mantle and local amplification across the contiguous United States. Sponsor: Goran Ekstrom.

Pavia, Frank. Biogeochemical studies of the South Pacific Ocean using Thorium and Protactinium isotopes. Sponsor: Robert Anderson.

Epidemiology
Palma, Anton. Cardiovascular disease risk behaviors in human immunodeficiency virus-positive populations: Exploring a stress-coping hypothesis. Sponsor: Matthew Lamb.

Platt, Jonathan. Changes in gendered social position and the depression gap over time in the United States. Sponsor: Katherine Keyes.

Italian
Kiviat, Nicole. Home cooking: Negotiating food and Heimat in postwar Italian aesthetics. Sponsor: Elizabeth Leake.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Iascone, Daniel. Function of the human-specific gene paralog SRGAP2C in the evolution of human cortical connectivity and whole-cell synaptic organization. Sponsor: Franck Polleux.

Nutritional and Metabolic Biology
Garcia, Christian. Regulation of mitochondria complex I biogenesis in Drosophila flight muscles. Sponsor: Edward Owusu-Ansah.

TC / Measurement and Evaluation
Bai, Yu. Cognitive diagnostic models-based automatic item generation: Item feature exploration and calibration model selection. Sponsor: Young-Sun Lee.

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Biomedical Engineering
Fallah, Elika. Nonlinearity and amplification in the cochlea.

Gong, Jing. Engineering a versatile lipoMSN delivery system for the development of gene and drug therapies.

Hu, Yizhong. Microstructure and biomechanics of the subchondral bone in the development of knee osteoarthritis.

Yu, Hang. Combining near-infrared excitation strategies with SCAPE (Swept, confocally-aligned planar excitation) microscopy for high-speed, volumetric imaging in biological tissues.

Economics
Gonçalves Dias da Silva, Duarte. Essays on belief formation and strategic uncertainty in games.