Recent Graduates

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 Summer Term

Amanda Chan

International & Area Studies and Sociology

Cultural Frontiers: Women Directors in Post-Revolutionary New Wave Iranian Cinema

Thesis Advisor: Frayda Cohen, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Sarah MacMillen, Department of Sociology, Duquesne University

Christina Fulponi

International & Area Studies and Political Science

The Uses of Italian Identity to Advance Political Agendas: Harnessing the Media to Influence the Parameters of Immigration Discourse

Thesis Advisor: Michael Goodhart, Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Suzanna Crage, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Elizabeth Hoadley

English Literature and Anthropology

Discrimination and Modern Paganism: A Study of Religion and Contemporary Social Climate

Thesis Advisor: Hannah Johnson, Department of English, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Zohreh Kermani

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