BPhil Thesis Defense Announcements

The following are the BPhil thesis defense announcements for candidates graduating in the 2018 spring term, unless otherwise noted:

Abigail Dillaha

Psychology and Neuroscience
Skills, Attitudes, and Beliefs in Preschool Teachers and Their Relations to Teacher-Child Interaction

Thesis Advisor: Melissa Libertus, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Susan Levine, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

April 13, 2018
12:00 p.m.
9th floor LRDC

Joshua Hanley

History and Political Science
Lower than God but Higher than Man: Papal Infallibility in the Conciliar Period

Thesis Advisor: Janelle Greenberg, Department of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Kenneth Parker, Department of Theology, Duquesne University

March 30, 2018
1:00 p.m.
History Department Lounge, 3702 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Philip Himmelstein

Psychology
A Comparison of Signal Contingencies and Response Formats in Ambulatory Assessment

Thesis Advisor: Aidan Wright, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Gabriella Harari, Department of Communication, Stanford University

April 9, 2018
10:00 a.m.
4401 Sennott Square

Alex Knapp

Theatre Arts and Psychology
Affect for Effect: Compassion and Prosocial Change in Brecht's Theatre

Thesis Advisor: Sara B.T. Thiel, Department of Theatre Arts, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Rhonda Blair, Division of Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University

March 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.
1627 Cathedral of Learning

Grace Lee

Biological Sciences
The Anatomic Distribution and Expression of Matricellular Proteins in the Cerebral Vasculature of Alzheimer's Disease Subjects

Thesis Advisor: Adam Straub, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology and Vascular Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

External Examiner: Eric McDade, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine

April 12, 2018
10:00 a.m.
E1248 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Sciences Tower

Justin Meinert

Neuroscience and Psychology
Intraoperative Changes in Somatosensory Evoked Potentials as Predictors of Perioperative Stroke in Carotid Neurophysiology

Thesis Advisor: Parthasarathy Thirumala, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

External Examiner: Mark Scheuer, Chief Medical Officer, Persyst Development Corporation

March 19, 2018
10:00 a.m.
219B Langley Hall

Carolyn O'Donnell

Nursing
The Long-Term Support Needs of Women at High Risk for Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer

Thesis Advisor: Grace Campbell, Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, School of Nursing

External Examiner: Rebekah Hamilton, Department of Women, Children, and Family Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University

March 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Location TBA

Grace Paik

Nursing
Is Temporal Artery Thermometry a Useful Indicator of Core Body Temperature in Patients Receiving General Anesthesia?

Thesis Advisor: Sheila Alexander, Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, School of Nursing

External Examiner: Kathleen Ann Piotrowski, College of Nursing, The University of Arizona

March 22, 2018
10:00 a.m.
369 Victoria Building

Allison Rietze

Nursing
Blood-Based DNA Methylation Levels of Endoglin Pathway Candidate Genes: Do They Differ in Women with and without Clinically-Overt Preeclampsia?

Thesis Advisor: Mandy Schmella, Department of Health Promotion and Development, School of Nursing

External Examiner: Cindy Anderson, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University

April 4, 2018
12:00 p.m.
114 Victoria Building

Channing Thomas

Political Science and International & Area Studies
All Opposed: The Relationship Between Public Approval and Presidential Legislative Success in Argentina

Thesis Advisor: Anibal Perez-Linan, Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Ernesto Calvo, Department of Government & Politics, University of Maryland, College Park

April 5, 2018
2:00 p.m.
4430 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Georgia Vasilakis

Neuroscience
The Effect of Sex-Specific Factors and Stress Exposure on the Expression of GABA-Related Genes in the Basolateral Amygdala of Developing Adult Mice

Thesis Advisor: Marianne Seney, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

External Examiner: Nafissa Ismail, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa

March 12, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Room 1695, Biomedical Science Tower 3

Lauren Woolwine

Anthropology
A Paleopathological Analysis of Skeletal Remains from the Salinar and Gallinazo Phases in the Moche Valley (Peru)

Thesis Advisor: Elizabeth Arkush, Department of Anthropology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Celeste Gagnon, Department of Anthropology, Wagner College

March 19, 2018
9:00 a.m.
Anthropology Lounge, Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Peter Zheng

Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Business Finance
The Role of Parental Education and Income on Parents' Academic Beliefs and the Provision of Home Learning Opportunities for 4-8 Year-Old Children

Thesis Advisor: Melissa Libertus, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Natasha Cabrera, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, College of Education, University of Maryland

January 25, 2018
9:30 a.m.
2nd Floor Auditorium, LRDC