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2020-21 Doctoral Defenses

Michelle Gannon
Stable Isotope Analysis of Giant Clam Shells: Layer Discrepancies, Temporal Shift, and Organic Contamination

Major: Environmental Science
Chair: Rick McCourt
Committee Members: David Velinsky, Gary Rosenberg, Susan Kilham, Jocelyn Sessa, Alberto Perez-Huerta
Date and Time: April 27, 2021 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact meg355@drexel.edu for link.

Dipexa Gandhi
Changing the Leadership Landscape: South Asian Women in Higher Education

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Kristy Kelly
Committee Members: Rajashi Ghosh, Barret Katuna
Date and Time: March 26, 2021 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact kek72@drexel.edu for link.

Rhonda Kelsey
Teacher's Lived Experiences Regarding the Use of Therapy Dogs as a Behavior Management Strategy: A Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Christina Vorndran
Committee Members: Janet Sloand, Crystal Glover
Date and Time: March 22, 2021 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact cmv69@drexel.edu for link.

Anton Anikin
Non-Peierls Charge Density Waves in 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

Major: Physics
Chair: Goran Karapetrov
Committee Members: Som Tyagi, Charles Lane, Steven May, Joshua Snyder
Date and Time: March 19, 2021 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact aaa483@drexel.edu for link.

Nicholas Gehman
Workforce Readiness of Recent College Graduates: A Mixed Methods Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Bruce Levine
Committee Members: Salvatore Falletta, Harriette Rasmussen
Date and Time: March 18, 2021 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact bl63@drexel.edu for link.

Steven Hill
Astrocyte regulation of neuron structure and function mediated by Sonic hedgehog signaling

Major: Biological Sciences
Chair: Felice Elefant
Committee Members: Wen-Jun Gao, A. Denise Garcia, Michael Akins, Joshua Mell
Date and Time: March 17, 2021 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact kp475@drexel.edu for link.

Johannes Krause
Elemental cycling in blue carbon habitats: Investigations from the molecular to ecosystem scale

Major: Environmental Science
Chair: David Velinsky
Committee Members: Elizabeth Burke Watson, Richard Horwitz, Marina Potapova, Andrew Gray
Date and Time: March 15, 2021 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact ebw49@drexel.edu for link.

Houda El mimouni
An Exploration of Privacy Experts’ and Non-experts’ Privacy Conceptualizations and Practices using the Concept of Habitus

Major: Information Science
Chair: Andrea Forte
Committee Members: Aleksandra Sarcevic, Susan Gasson, Eric Baumer, Susan Fussell
Date and Time: March 11, 2021 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact bcp29@drexel.edu for link.

Meen Chul Kim
Learning Early-Stage Web Development at Scale: Exploring Methods to Assess Learning through Analysis HTML and CSS

Major: Information Science
Chair: Andrea Forte
Committee Members: Weimao Ke, Brian Smith, Amy Ko, Benjamin Hill
Date and Time: March 05, 2021 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact bcp29@drexel.edu for link.

Bridget Milorey
Studying and Characterizing Conformational Ensembles of Proteins and Peptides by Combining Spectroscopic Techniques

Major: Chemistry
Chair: Karl Sohlberg
Committee Members: Jun Xi, Jeremiah Scepaniak, Frank Ferrone, Harald Schwalbe, Bruce Bowler
Date and Time: March 05, 2021 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact kml445@drexel.edu for link.

Kristin Johnson
The Effects of Targeted Professional Development and Teachers' Attitudes in Co-taught Classrooms: A Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Michael Kozak
Committee Members: Amanda Lannie, Stacey Sidle
Date and Time: March 02, 2021 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact mgk57@drexel.edu for link.

Kelley Commeford
Characterizing Active Learning Environments in Physics

Major: Physics
Chair: Eric Brewe
Committee Members: Michelle Dolinski, Jen Stanford, Adrienne Traxler, Dave Goldberg
Date and Time: February 26, 2021 12:30 PM
Location: Zoom

Christen Mendonca
Adapting Sedentary Video Games to Facilitate Physical Activity for Adults

Major: Rehabilitation Sciences
Chair: Susan Smith, Sinclair Smith
Committee Members: Stephen Samendinger, Karin Pfeiffer, Stella Volpe
Date and Time: February 24, 2021 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact hbe25@drexel.edu for link.

Amanda Ward
The Successful Implementation of Innovative Instructional Techniques in a STEAM Elementary School: An Instrumental Case Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Paul Harrington
Committee Members: Eric Brewe, Becky Quackenbush
Date and Time: February 22, 2021 4:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact lak53@drexel.edu for link.

Maria Toglia
Examining the Impact of One Professional Development Program in Structured Literacy on Teacher Knowledge: A Quasi-experimental Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Lori Severino
Committee Members: Amanda Lannie, Peggy Hickman
Date and Time: February 22, 2021 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact mlt98@drexel.edu for link.

Taiisha Swinton
Teaching Inner-City Youth When Pedagogy is Not Enough: A Phenomenological Study about Change Agent Teachers

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joy Phillips
Committee Members: Christina Vorndran, Felicia Lanham Tarason
Date and Time: February 08, 2021 2:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact jp3467@drexel.edu for link.

Amal Alanazi
Analysis of Technology Use and Muddiest Point Technique in Undergraduate Chemistry Courses

Major: Chemistry
Chair: Lee Hoffman
Committee Members: Craig McClure, Eric Brewe, Lynn Penn, Joseph Foley
Date and Time: January 30, 2021 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact dk68@drexel.edu for link.

Jennifer Kruzynski
Changing Teacher Knowledge and Perceptions of Disabilities through a Disability Simulation in St. Maarten

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joy Phillips
Committee Members: Dominic Gullo, Charlotte Brickhouse
Date and Time: January 11, 2021 2:30 PM
Location: Zoom

Lisa Lanza
Prefrontal Cortex Response during Preferred Food Consumption as Measured by fNIRS, Level of Intuitive Eating and Current Weight in Post-partum Women

Major: Nutrition Sciences
Chair: Jennifer Nasser
Committee Members: Deborah Clegg, Stella Volpe, Michael Bruneau, June Horowitz, Meltem izzetoglu
Date and Time: January 11, 2021 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom

Yaqin Sun
Outsourcing under Competition

Major: Business Administration
Chair: Wenjing Shen, Seung-Lae Kim
Committee Members: Benjamin Lev, Min Wang, Konstantinos Serfes
Date and Time: January 04, 2021 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom

Tamara Brooks
A Re-Storied Account of C.S. Lewis, Intergenerational Spiritual Leaders, and Their Transformational Leadership Journey

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joy Phillips
Committee Members: William Lynch, Crystal Hurd
Date and Time: December 22, 2020 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact jp3467@drexel.edu for link.

Jennifer Schmidt
Administrator, Teacher, and Instructional Coach Perceptions of Instructional Coaching as an Approach to Professional Development in K-12 Schools: An Instrumental Case Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Larry Keiser
Committee Members: Valerie Klein, Johnna Weller
Date and Time: December 22, 2020 9:30 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact keiserlj@drexel.edu for link.

Karthik Sangaiah
Reimagining the Role of Network-on-Chip Resources toward Improving Chip Multiprocessor Performance

Major: Electrical Engineering
Chair: Nagarajan Kandasamy
Committee Members: Baris Taskin, Mark Hempstead, Ioannis Savidis, Jeremy Johnson
Date and Time: December 17, 2020 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact taskin@coe.drexel.edu for link.

Joanna Valenti
Teacher Attitudes and Experiences Regarding Inclusive Education for Students with Autism: A Mixed Methods Case Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Bridget Sweeney Blakely
Committee Members: Christina Vorndran, Harriette Thurber Rasmussen
Date and Time: December 16, 2020 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact bsb62@drexel.edu for link.

Ketao Chen
Applications of Conductive Polymers in Electronics and DBD Plasma Nongaseous Polymerization of Conductive Polymers

Major: Chemistry
Chair: Daniel King
Committee Members: Ezra Wood, Joe Foley, Lee Hoffman, Lin He, Zhihong Wang
Date and Time: December 11, 2020 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact kml445@drexel.edu for link.

Yongwei Zheng
Network-based Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPEs) for Lithium Metal Batteries (LMBs) and Beyond

Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Chair: Ekaterina Pomerantseva
Committee Members: Christopher Li, Andrew Magenau, Kenneth Lau, Vibha Kalra
Date and Time: December 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact cyl24@drexel.edu for link.

Swathi Jagannath
Perception, Communication, and Representation of Activity Delays in Dynamic Medical Teamwork

Major: Information Science
Chair: Aleksandra Sarcevic
Committee Members: Andrea Forte, Michelle Rogers, Yunan Chen, Kenton O'Hara
Date and Time: December 10, 2020 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact bcp29@drexel.edu for link.

Simge Uzun
Multiscale Integration of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides (MXenes) into Textile-Based Devices

Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Chair: Steven May
Committee Members: Yury Gogotsi, Genevieve Dion, Caroline Schauer, Emin Caglan Kumbur
Date and Time: December 09, 2020 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom

Zhengqiao Zhao
Improvements in machine learning for predicting taxa, phenotypes and functions from genetic sequences

Major: Electrical Engineering
Chair: Andrew Cohen
Committee Members: Bahrad Sokhansanj, Gail Rosen, Joshua Mell, Youngmoo Kim
Date and Time: December 09, 2020 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact tv349@drexel.edu for link.

Harlan Harrell
The "Beautiful Struggle" of Student Veterans in the Canopy of the Community College: A Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Deanna Hill
Committee Members: Sarah Ulrich, Deidra Dennie
Date and Time: December 08, 2020 9:30 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact dh385@drexel.edu for link.

Haolin Zhang
Differential transcriptomic neuroprotection by Tip60 during early versus late stages of amyloid-J3-induced Alzheimer's disease progression

Major: Biological Sciences
Chair: Jacob Russell
Committee Members: Felice Elefant, Michael Akins, Denise Garcia, Catherine von Reyn
Date and Time: December 08, 2020 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact hz354@drexel.edu for link.

Shane West
Healthcare Provider Well-Being and Burnout: Analyzing an Ongoing Epidemic Using Secondary Analysis of a Psychological Research Survey Instruments in an Academic Medical System

Major: Health Sciences
Chair: Stephen Gambescia
Committee Members: Merritt Brockman, Michael Jablonover
Date and Time: December 07, 2020 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact sfg23@drexel.edu for link.

Shereese Harris
Federal Employees' Perceptions on Merit Promotion and Engagement

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joy Phillips
Committee Members: Dominic Gullo, Wilfred Johnson
Date and Time: December 04, 2020 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact jp3467@drexel.edu for link.

Tomas Polakovic
Low-Dimensional Superconductivity for Single Photon Detection in Strong Magnetic Field

Major: Physics
Chair: Goran Karapetrov
Committee Members: Valentine Novosad, Somdev Tyagi, Steven May, Joshua Snyder
Date and Time: December 04, 2020 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact lpd22@drexel.edu for link.

Bo Chan
TBD

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joyce Pittman
Committee Members: Lori Severino, Jeannie Ho
Date and Time: December 02, 2020 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom

Lee Bzdil
Teacher-Student Relationships and Students with Emotional Disturbance and Externalizing Behaviors, an Instrumental Case Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Janet Sloand
Committee Members: Constance Lyttle, Carissa Bowersox
Date and Time: December 01, 2020 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact jms557@drexel.edu for link.

Rebekah Agar
Experiences of Non-Traditional Students in a Self-Paced, Computer-Based Developmental Mathematics Class at a Community College: A Mixed Methods Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Deanna Hill
Committee Members: Valerie Klein, Jill Spelina
Date and Time: December 01, 2020 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact dh385@drexel.edu for link.

Ja'Net Roberson
Crossing Bridges: A Narrative Inquiry into Transitioning from Foster Care to College

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joy Phillips
Committee Members: Larry Keiser, Amber Battle
Date and Time: November 30, 2020 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact jp3467@drexel.edu for link.

Pavan Kantharaju
Learning Decomposition Models for Hierarchical Planning and Plan Recognition

Major: Computer Science
Chair: Santiago Ontanon
Committee Members: Dario Salvucci, David Breen, Christopher Geib, Ugur Kuter
Date and Time: November 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact bcp29@drexel.edu for link.

Michael Shipman
A Mixed Methods Case Study: Investigating Effects of Authentic Assessment for Accounting Students in a Postsecondary Institution to Determine Experiential Learning Effects on Students Career Preparation

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joyce Pittman
Committee Members: Valerie Klein, Christopher Finnin
Date and Time: November 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact jap386@drexel.edu for link.

Jennifer Hopwood
Using Diffusion of Innovation Theory to Explore Factors

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joyce Pittman
Committee Members: Christopher Wright, Lisa Kenyon
Date and Time: November 16, 2020 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Contact jap386@drexel.edu for link.

Natasha Hepburn
A Case Study: Exploring the Perceptions of Generation Z About the Value of Their Digital Knowledge and Skills in a Selected Health Services Organization

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joyce Pittman
Committee Members: Jennifer Adams, Valerie Watzlaf
Date and Time: November 06, 2020 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom

Mary Whitten
A Modified-Delphi Study Establishing Consensus in the Therapeutic Management of Posttraumatic Stiffness of the Elbow

Major: Rehabilitation Sciences
Chair: Jane Fedorczyk
Committee Members: Namrata Grampurohit, Sheri Silfies
Date and Time: October 29, 2020 9:30 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact mcw328@drexel.edu for link.

Mustafa Furkan
Development and Validation of a Multipurpose Wireless Sensing System for Rapid and Objective Bridge Assessment

Major: Civil Engineering
Chair: Ivan Bartoli
Committee Members: Emin Aktan, Alan Lau, Miguel Pando, Marcello Balduccini
Date and Time: October 29, 2020 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom

Van Truong
Bridging the Gap Urban Adolescent Females of Color and STEM: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Alonzo Flowers
Committee Members: Rosa Banda, Michael Haslip
Date and Time: October 28, 2020 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom

Zachary Hinton
The Role of Chemistry and Pressure on Surfactant Interfacial Thermodynamics

Major: Chemical Engineering
Chair: Steven Wrenn
Committee Members: Nicolas Alvarez, Giuseppe Palmese, Aviel Chaimovich, Christopher Li
Date and Time: October 16, 2020 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact zrh29@drexel.edu for link.

Adam Novak
A Qualitative Instrumental Case Study of Tacit Knowledge Sharing in Nurse Preceptor Relationships

Major: Educational Leadership & Management
Chair: Joy Phillips
Committee Members: Larry Keiser, Zach Sharek
Date and Time: October 12, 2020 11:30 AM
Location: Zoom - Contact jp3467@drexel.edu for link.

Wenlei Bi
Physiological Ecology of Soft-released Giant Pandas

Major: Environmental Science
Chair: Michael O'Connor
Committee Members: James Spotila, Jacon Owens, Jon Gelhaus, Susan Kilham
Date and Time: October 09, 2020 12:00 AM
Location: Zoom

Christine Call
Examining the Role of Weight Suppression in the Context of a Weight Gain Prevention

Major: Psychology
Chair: Meghan Butryn
Committee Members: Michael Lowe, Zoe Zhang, Eric Stice, Katherine Schaumberg
Date and Time: October 08, 2020 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom