Recent Graduates

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2017 Fall Term

Erinn Hanner
Psychology and Studio Arts
Increasing Math Talk in Adult-Child Interaction through Grocery Store Signs
Thesis Advisor: Melissa Libertus, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Brenna Hassinger-Das, Department of Psychology, Temple University

Raechel Heil
Rehabilitation Science
The Social and Familial History of Down Syndrome in Western Countries with Current Perspectives
Thesis Advisor: Roxanna Bendixen, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
External Examiner: Sheryl Zellis, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, Rutgers University

Brenna Mauro
Psychology
How We, Uh, Perceive Disfluencies: The Effect of Linguistic Disfluencies on Judgements of Learning, Attention-Orientation, and Academic Materials
Thesis Advisor: Scott Fraundorf, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Jennifer Arnold, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, UNC Chapel Hill

Monica Merante
Anthropology
A Universal Display? Investigating the Role of Panathenaic Amphorai in the British Museum
Thesis Advisor: Carrie Weaver, Department of Classics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Renee Gondek, Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religion, University of Mary Washington

Adrienne Newcomer
Mathematics-Economics
The Long Term Effects of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs on Health: An Analysis of Mexico's Oportunidades
Thesis Advisor: Rania Gihleb, Department of Economics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Michael Gechter, Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University

Mason Palissery
Political Science
Public Discourse on Refugees in France and Canada: A Comparative Analysis
Thesis Advisor: Michael MacKenzie, Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Luis Jimenez, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2017 Summer Term

Alessandro Conway
Economics and International & Area Studies
Adapting the Proust Index to Examine the Macroeconomic Variations in the European Union
Thesis Advisor: Bernard Hagerty, Department of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Marco Cucculelli, Department of Economics, Universita Politecnica delle Marche

Mariah Flanagan
Anthropology
The Religioscape of Museums: Understanding Modern Interactions with Ancient Ritual Spaces (student has chosen to restrict access to the thesis)
Thesis Advisor: Erin Peters, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Tugba Tanyeri-Erdemir, Center for Science and Society, Architectural History, Middle East Technical University

Joseph Schmitz
Rehabilitation Science
Comparison and Correlation of Dynamic Postural Stability Indices Obtained During Different Dynamic Landing Tasks and Footwear Conditions
Thesis Advisor: Takashi Nagai, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
External Examiner: Jonathan Akins, School of Engineering, Widener University

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2017 Spring Term

Colin Bredenberg
Mathematical Biology and Neuroscience
Examining Heterogeneous Weight Perturbations in Neural Networks with Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity
Thesis Advisor: Brent Doiron, Department of Mathematics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Ashok Litwin-Kumar, Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Columbia University

Taylor Giambrone
Nursing
What is the Effect of Implementing an Adapted Standardized Vision Screening Process on the Outcome of Patient Rate of Completion? A Pilot Study Focused on an Underserved Spanish Speaking Population of Children Aged 5-17 (student has chosen to restrict access to the thesis)
Thesis Advisor: Susan Albrecht, Department of Health Promotion and Development, School of Nursing
External Examiner: Carl Ross, Nursing Department, Robert Morris University

Lin Hou
Architectural Studies
The Triangle of Sustainability: A Comparative Study of Contemporary Sustainable Architecture in Beijing and Pittsburgh
Thesis Advisor: Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Stefan Al, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Avani Kolla
Neuroscience
Shared Translation Pairs Processing in Bilinguals: An Event-Related Potential Study (student has chosen to restrict access to the thesis)
Thesis Advisor: Natasha Tokowicz, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Barbara Malt, Department of Psychology, Lehigh University

Margaret Laird
English Literature and Psychology
Victorian Domestic Disorders: Mental Illness and Nature-Nurture Confusion
Thesis Advisor: Amy Murray Twyning, Department of English, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Anna Gibson, Department of English, Duquesne University

Bailey Lien
Neuroscience
Applying the Self-Teaching Hypothesis to Adults: The Effects of Reading Condition and Syllable Length on Orthographic Learning (student has chosen to restrict access to the thesis)
Thesis Advisor: Julie Fiez, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: David Fraser, Department of Biology, Chatham University

Alexis McCathern
Neuroscience and Psychology
Emitted P3a and P3b in Chronic Schizophrenia and in First-Episode Schizophrenia
Thesis Advisor: Dean Salisbury, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
External Examiner: John Foxe, Department of Neuroscience, University of Rochester

Katherine McNeilly
Communication Science
Identifying the Salient Characteristics of Clear Speech that Contribute to Improved Speech Perception
Thesis Advisor: Catherine Palmer, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
External Examiner: Laurie Heller, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

Amanda Monaco
Communication Science
The Impact of Simulated High- and Low-Frequency Hearing Loss on the Phonetic Context Effect
Thesis Advisor: Sheila Pratt, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
External Examiner: Andrew Lotto, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Florida

Diana Rivero
Nursing
Prevalence of Secondary ST-T Wave Electrocardiographic Abnormalities Confounding the Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Ischemia in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with a Chief Complaint of Chest Pain (student has chosen to restrict access to the thesis)
Thesis Advisor: Salah Al-Zaiti, Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, School of Nursing
External Examiner: Barbara Drew, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco

Seth Roffe
Physics & Astronomy and Mathematics
Orbital Solutions of Binary White Dwarf Merger Systems
Thesis Advisor: Carlos Badenes, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Tom Matheson, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Meital Rosenberg
Economics and International & Area Studies
Energy Embeddedness: How Social Relationships Influence Energy Usage
Thesis Advisor: Fatma El-Hamidi, Department of Economics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Daniel Armanios, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Joseph Spinogatti
Theatre Arts
Storytelling within the Theatre: How the Work of the Projection Designer Pushes the Boundaries of Art, Collaboration, and Technology
Thesis Advisor: Annmarie Duggan, Department of Theatre Arts, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Tupac Martir

Eli Talbert
Psychology and Statistics
Student-Centered Instruction and Its Effects on Mathematics Engagement by Race
Thesis Advisor: Ming-Te Wang, Department of Psychology in Education, School of Education
External Examiner: Patricia Wonch Hill, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lauryn Thomas
Theatre Arts and English Writing
Lightyears Away from You: An Explanation of "Non-Normative" Characters in Musical Theatre
Thesis Advisor: Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, Department of Theatre Arts, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Beth Malone

Marjorie Tolsdorf
Political Science and International & Area Studies
The Relationship Between Religiosity of Kazakh Women and Attitudes Toward Political, Economic, and Social Factors in Modern Day Kazakhstan
Thesis Advisor: Jennifer Murtazashvili, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
External Examiner: David Montgomery, Director of Program Development, Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion

Robert Tritschler
Political Science
American Media and Democratic Theory: Consequences of "Softest News"
Thesis Advisor: Andrew Lotz, Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Robert Cavalier, Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University

Anthony Zummo
Physics and Applied Mathematics
Search for Bs -> n'n in Belle Data
Thesis Advisor: Vladimir Savinov, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Roy Briere, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University