BPhil Thesis Defense Announcements

The following are the BPhil thesis defense announcements for candidates graduating in the 2017 Spring Term, unless otherwise noted:

Ethan Baker

Neuroscience and History & Philosophy of Science

Characterizing Anticipatory Autonomic Responses in Conscious Animal Models: A Neuroinformatic Approach

Thesis Advisor: Bill Yates, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

External Examiner: Susan Barman, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Michigan State University

Thursday, April 6, 2017
2:00 pm
S123 Biomedical Science Tower

Colin Bredenberg

Neuroscience and Mathematical Biology

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

Friday, April 14, 2017
4:30 pm
To Be Announced

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
1:00 pm
Health Promotion and Development Department Conference Room, 446 Victoria Hall

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
11:00 am
104 Frick Fine Arts

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016
1:30 pm
9th floor conference room, LRDC

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

Monday, April 3, 2017
10:00 am
Suite 420, 3501 Forbes Ave.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017
12:00 pm
4060 Forbes Tower

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

Friday, April 7, 2017
1:15 pm
4014 Forbes Tower

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

Monday, March 27, 2017
9:30 am
ETI Multipurpose Room, Victoria Building

Seth Roffe

Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy

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

Friday, March 31, 2017
1:30 pm
321 Allen Hall

Joseph Spinogatti

Theatre Arts and Information Science

Storytelling within the Theatre: How the Work of the Video 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

Friday, April 14, 2017
1:00 pm
Henry Heymann Theatre

Eli Talbert

Psychology, Philosophy, 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

Monday, November 14, 2016
1:00 pm
Sennott Square 

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

External Examiner: Beth Malone

Monday, April 10, 2017
11:00 am
Henry Heymann Theatre

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

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00 am
37th floor conference room, Cathedral of Learning

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

Friday, April 7, 2017
3:00 pm
321 Allen Hall