Recent Graduates

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 EU

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 March

Mariah Flanagan

Anthropology

The Religioscape of Tourism: Understanding Modern Interactions with Ancient Sacred Spaces

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: Jon Akins, School of Engineering, Widener University

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2017 Spring Term

Colin Bredenberg

Mathematical Biology and Neuroscience

Examining Variably Distributed 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

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

What Architecture Contributes to Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis of 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

English-Spanish Shared Translation Pairs Processing in Bilinguals: An Event-Related Potential Study

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

Domestic Disorders: The Etiology of Mental Illness and Victorian Family Values

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

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

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

Embeddedness in Energy: An Exploratory Study within Gujarat, India

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 Effect on Math 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

One of Them: An Examination of How We Tell Stories About "Non-Normative" Behavior in Musical Theatre

Thesis Advisor: Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, Department of Theatre Arts, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Marjorie Tolsdorf

Political Science and International & Area Studies

The Relationship Between Religiosity of Kazakh Women and Attitudes Toward Political, Economic, and Socila Factors in Modern Day Kazakhstan

Thesis Advisor: Jennifer Murtazashvili, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

External Examiner: David Montgomery, Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion, The Pentagon

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

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2016 Fall Term

Rebecca Glucksman

Civil Engineering

Development of the Bamboo Test Kit-in-a-Backpack

Thesis Advisor: Kent Harries, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering

External Examiner: David Trujillo, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Building, Coventry University

Taylor Mulcahey

International & Area Studies and Political Science

The Internet as a Tool for Feminist Development in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Thesis Advisor: Luke Peterson, Department of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Radhika Gajjala, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University

Devin Rutan

Urban Studies

Legacies of the Home Owner's Loan Corporation: Measuring Persistent Effects of Redlining in Pittsburgh

Thesis Advisor: Michael Glass, Urban Studies Program, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Kristen Crossney, Department of Geography and Planning, West Chester University

Eleanor Turi

Nursing

Psychosocial Comorbidities Related to Return to Work Rates Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Thesis Advisor: Yvette Conley, Department of Health Promotion and Development, School of Nursing

External Examiner: Ansley Stanfill, Department of Advanced Pediatrics and Doctoral Studies, University of Tennessee