Doctoral Exam Schedule

Ling Wang, Civil Engineering, “Establishing causality of microbial community and function in anaerobic bioreactors,” March 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m., Riddick Hall 106.  Major Professor: Dr. Francis de los Reyes.

Lisa Thomson, Adult & Community College Education, “Exploring Student Perceptions of Ed.D. Program Benefits: A Q Method Examination,” March 19, 2018, 11:00 a.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. James Bartlett.

Doug Czajka, Marine Earth and Atmospheric Science, “Assessing Learning and Teaching across Geo-science Courses and Curricula,” March 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m., 1214 Jordan Addition. Major Professor: Dr. David McConnell.

Erika Haug, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, “Monoecious Hydrilla and Crested Floating Heart Biology, and The Response of Aquatic Plant Species to Florpyauxifen-Benzyl Herbicide,”  March 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Room 2405 Williams Hall. Major professor: Dr. Rob Richardson.

Alexandra B. Crawley, Functional Genomics, ” CRISPR-Cas Systems and Genetic Organization in Lactic Acid Bacteria,”  March 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Room 3503, Thomas Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou.

Tia Crooms, Counseling & Counselor Education, “Understanding How Counseling Supervisors Experience Cross-Disciplinary Supervision in North Carolina: A Phenomenological Study,” March 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Stanley Baker.

Amanda Laubmeier, Mathematics, “A Model-Driven Approach to Experimental Validation of Predator-Prey Dynamics in a System of Terrestrial Arthropods,” March 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Cox 306. Major Professor: Dr. H.T. Banks.

Laila Thompson, Mathematics Education, “Take 5: An Analysis of the Effects of Classroom-Based Physical Activity in Rural Middle Grades Mathematics Classes on Students’ Grades, Test Scores, Cognitive Attitudes, and Academic Behaviors,” March 20, 2018, 2:30 p.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Lee Stiff.

Shuhan Liang, Statistics, “Flexible Statistical Machine Learning Methods for Optimal Treatment Decision,” March 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m., SAS Hall 5202. Major Professor: Dr.Wenbin Lu/Dr. Rui Song.

Emily Cayton, Science Education, “Exploring Funding for Instructional Materials in Secondary Science Classrooms,” March 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Friday Institute-Discovery Classroom. Major Professor: Dr. Melissa Gail Jones.

Xianyu Wu, Mechanical Engineering, “High-Speed Quantitative Polarization Imaging Instrument for in-situ Dynamic Measurement of Birefringence Properties,” March 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m., 3115 EBIII.  Major Professors:  Dr. Kara Peters/Dr. Mark Pankow.

Aditi Pathak, Economics, “The Role of Health and Healthcare in Elderly Well-Being,” March 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m., 4302 Nelson Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Melinda Morrill.

Betty-Shannon Prevatt, Psychology,”Postpartum Mood Disorder Correlates, Service Utilization and Program Effectiveness,” March 21, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Poe Hall 512. Major Professor: Dr. Sarah Desmarais.

Tianheng Wang, Mathematics, “Impulse optimal control and mean field control,” March 21, 2018, 3:00 p.m., SAS Hall 3282.  Major Professor: Dr. Negash Medhin.

Ali Yahya Almalki, Civil Engineering, “Evaluation, Assessment, and Environment of the Highway Maintenance planning Process with a Focus on Budget Allocation,” March 21, 2018, 3:00 p.m., 201E Mann.  Major Professor:  Dr. William Rasdorf.

Guizhou Wang, Forest Biomaterials, “Hygrothermal Performance of Sothern Yellow Pine Cross-Laminated Timber,” March 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 1022A Biltmore Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Perry Peralta/Dr. Philip Mitchell.

Junlong Zhang, Industrial Engineering, “Solving stochastic programs and bilevel programs using value functions of integer programs,” March 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m., Daniels 401.  Major Professor:  Dr. Osman Ozaltin.

Thomas Price, Computer Science, “iSnap: Data-driven Support for Novice Programming Informed by Evaluations of Hint Quality and Investigations of Student Help-seeking Behavior,” March 22, 2018, 3:00 p.m., EBII, 3211.  Major Professor:  Dr. Tiffany Barnes.

Matthew Gilmer, Physics, “Pair-instability supernova explosions in 1D, 2D and 3D and their observational signatures,” March 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Riddick Hall 415. Major Professor: Dr. Carla Frohlich.

Jacob Dums,  Plant  Biology, “Nitrogen Transport and Utilization of Marine Algae for Bioenergy Production,” March 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m., Room 3503 Thomas Hall. Major Professor:  Dr. Heike Sederoff.   

Yang Liu, Nuclear Engineering, “Development of a Data-Driven Analysis Framework for Boiling Flow Simulation with M-CFD,” March 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m., EBIII 2302.  Major Professor:  Dr. Nam Dinh.

Brandon Schrage, Crop Science, “Confirmation and Control of Glyphosate-,ALS-and PPO-Resistant Common Ragweed  (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) in North Carolina,”  March 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m., Room 4401E Williams Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Wesley Everman/Dr. Alan York.

Kory Nathaly Moran Ramirez, Animal Science and poultry Science (Animal Science Concentration),  “Super-dosing phytase and Phytogenic Feed Additives to Improve the Performance and Health Status of Young Pigs,” March 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Room 125 Polk Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Eric van Heugten.

Robert Grinshpon, Biochemistry, “Evolutionary Biochemistry of the Caspase: Resurrection of Effector Foss Proteases,” March 23, 201, 12:00 noon, No Room Number. Major Professor: Dr. Robert B. rose.

James Tuttle, Sociology, “Explaining Longitudinal and Cross-National Variation in Homicide: Towards a Theory of Institutional Legitimacy,” March 23, 2018, 2:00 p.m., 1911 Building 138. Major Professor: Dr. Steve McDonald/Dr.Patricia McCall.

Nicholas Fortune, Mathematics Education, “Supporting A Mathematician’s Instructional Change in Undergraduate Mathematics Through Faculty Collaboration,” March 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Karen Keene.

Farrokh Fabian Mohammadzadeh, Electrical Engineering, “Power Efficient Physiological Prediction for Wearable Health Monitoring Platforms,” March 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m., EBII, 1226.  Major Professors:  Dr. Edgar Lobation/Dr. Chang S. Nam.

Kristine Alpi, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, “Understanding Learning from Others’ Prior Experience in Veterinary Education: A Mixed Methods Study of the Impact of Motivational and Environmental Influences,” March 26, 2018, 12:00 p.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Duane Akroyd/Dr. Susan Barcinas.

Seth Brown, Curriculum & Instruction, “The Role of the Professional Learning Team (PLT) in the Planning, Teaching, and Assessment of Inquiry-Based Learning in Social Studies,” March 26, 2018, 12:00 p.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. John Lee.

Alexander Combs, Mathematics, “The Generalized Ideal Index and CAP* Subalgebras of Leibniz Algebras,” March 26, 2018, 1:00 p.m., SAS Hall 4134. Major Professor: Dr. Ernest Stitzinger.

Kathleen Gray, Science Education, “Characterizing Environmental Health Literacy Related to Fish Consumption Advisories: Knowledge and Beliefs of Educators in a Southeastern State,” March 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Margaret Blanchard/Dr. Catherine LePrevost.

Shahab Nazariadli, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management, “An Urbannormative and Orientalist Critique of the Representational Bias in Rural Tourism,” March 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 4024 Biltmore Hall (Hines Room). Major Professor: Dr. Duarte Morais.

Sarah Glova, Curriculum & Instruction, “Toward Effective Facilitation for Adult Learners: An Action Research Study on the Design and Delivery of Workshops for Women Business Owners,” March 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Meghan Manfra.

Latonya Graham, Counselor Education, “Justified Disclosure: A Phenomenological Study Exploring Licensed Professional Counselors’ Experiences with Breaking Confidentiality,” March 28, 2018, 11:30 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Lisa Bass/Dr. Raymond Ting.

Brian Peters, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, “‘My Education. Not Only for Me and My Family but My People’: Storied Experiences of Native Students’ College Choice at Four-Year Institutions in North Carolina,” March 28, 2018, 2:30 p.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles.

Yizhou Liu, Chemistry, “Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls as Synthetic Targets. Northern-Southern Route to Bacteriochlorins,” March 28, 2018, 4:00 p.m., 210 Dabney Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Lindsey.

Matthew Jurjonas, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management, “Rural Coastal Community Resilience: A Framework for Assessing Diverse Perceptions of Adaptive Capacity,” March 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Erin Seekamp.

Robert Coven, Curriculum & Instruction, “Student Perceptions of the Conceptual Modeling Pedagogy and the Discipline of History, in a Secondary School Social Science Setting,” March 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Meghan Manfra.

Titus Barik, Computer Science, “Error Messages as Rational Reconstructions,” March 29, 2018, 12:00 p.m., EBII, 3211.  Major Professor:  Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill.

Kimberly Pigford, Science Education, “Motivation Mediated Student Performance in STEM  Undergraduate Student-Centered Learning Environments,” March 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Margaret Blanchard/Dr. Miriam Ferzli.

Zhiyi Xu, Economics, “Demand Estimation of Schools Under Manipulable Mechanisms,” March 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 4103 Nelson Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Robert Hammond.

Rebecca Corsi-Kimble, Curriculum & Instruction, “The Manifestation of Collective Attributions: Opportunities to Learn Mathematics in a Tracked Middle School,” March 30, 2018, 3:00 p.m., 112 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Margareta Thomson.

Yaqing Zhao, Statistics, “Solution Paths for the Generalized Lasso with Applications to Spatially Varying Coefficients Regression,” March 30, 2018, 4:00 p.m., SAS Hall 5270. Major Professor: Dr. Howard Bondell.

 Chi-Wei Chang, Nuclear Engineering, “Data Driven Modeling of Nuclear System Thermohydraulics,” April 2, 2018, 9:00 a.m., EBIII 2302.  Major Professor: Dr. Nam Dinh.

Yanqi Ye, Biomedical Engineering, “Polymeric Microneedle Patches for Transdermal Protein Delivery,” April 2, 2018, 4:35 p.m., Room 4142/EBIII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Zhen Gu.

Christina Irvine, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, “Mapping, Measuring, and Modeling Cultural Intelligence as the Capacity for Succes in the Global Knowledge Economy: A Series of Meta-Analyses,” April 5, 2018, 2:00 p.m., 500 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Mattie Jayne Fleener.

Gongfang Hu, Chemistry, “Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Tetrapyrroles and Rylene- Containing Light Harvesting Architectures,” April 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Cox Hall R.m. 400. Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Lindsey.

Gonzague Henri, Electrical Engineering, “A Multi-Agent Supervised Learning Method to Control Residential Energy Storage,” April 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m., Keystone/Energy.  Major Professor:  Dr. Ning Lu.

Robert Rounds, Material Sciences & Engineering, “The Influence of point defects on the thermal conductivity of ALN & GaN,” April 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Room 303, RB1.  Major Professors:  Dr. Ramon Collazo/Dr. Zlatko Sitar.

An-Ting Jhuang, Statistics, “Spatial Signal Detection Using Continuous Shrinkage Priors,” April 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m., SAS Hall 5202. Major Professor: Dr. Montserrat Fuentes/Dr.Brian Reich.

Jennifer Pena, Adult & Community College Education, “A Historical Study of Early Industrial Education Centers in North Carolina,” April 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. James Bartlett.

Jessica Barnes, Forestry, “Conserving Futures: Biogeography, Biopolitics, and Biotechnology in American Chestnut Restoration,” April 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 1214 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Jason Delborne.

Vaclav Petras, Geospatial Analytics, “Geospatial Analytics for Point Clouds in an Open Science Framework,” April 23, 2018, 2:00 p.m., 5119 Jordan Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Helena Mitasova.

Arkaprava Roy, Statistics, “Bayesian Methods for High Dimensional Models in Brain Imaging,” April 24, 2018, 8:00 a.m., SAS Hall 05202. Major Professor: Dr. Subhashis Ghosal/Dr.Ana-Maria Staicu.

Kristyn Kamke, Psychology, “Evaluating a Sexual Health Program in High Risk Girls: Assessing Program Efficacy and Identifying Barriers to Skill Implementation,” April 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m., 512 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Laura Widman.

Joel Cartwright, Psychology, “The Assessment and Measurement of Violence,” April 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Poe Hall 512. Major Professor: Dr.Sarah Desmarais.

Islam Sayed, Electrical Engineering, “Quantum Wells to improve the Performance of III/V Multi-Junction Solar Cells,” April 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m., EBII.  Major Professor:  Dr. Salah Bedair.

Botros Hanna Bishara Hanna, Nuclear Engineering, “Coarse-Grid Computational Fluid Dynamics (CG-CFD) Error Prediction using Machine Learning,” April 30, 2018, 1:00 p.m., EBIII2302.  Major Professors:  Dr. Nam Dinh/Dr. Igor Bolotnov.

Yifan Wang, Electrical Engineering, “Snapshot Retinal Imaging Mueller Matrix Polarimeter,” May 1, 2018, 1:00 p.m., 463/MRC.  Major Professor:  Dr. Michael Kudenov.

Ashley Gray, Educational Research & Policy Analysis, “Fighting Oppression: A Preliminary Model Toward Advocacy and Allyship in Traditional Age College Students,” May 3, 2018, 12:00 p.m., 120 Poe Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles.

Seunghyun Yoo, Forest Biomaterials, “Investigating the Physical and Chemical Structure of Biomass-Derived Carbon for the Electrochemical Energy Storage System Applications,” June 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 2024 Biltmore Hall. Major Professors: Dr. Stephen Kelley/Dr. Sunkyu Park.