Recent Graduates

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2018 Spring Term

Miranda Aristone
English Literature
Drawing Conclusions from Illustrations of "The Water-Babies:" Artistic Selection Meets Natural Selection
Thesis Advisor: Amy Murray Twyning, Department of English, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Ann Rea, English Literature, Pitt-Johnstown

Edward "Dawson" Baloga
History
A Sovereign to Overthrow: The Development of Theories on Kingship, Tyranny, and the King's Two Bodies in John of Salisbury's Policraticus
Thesis Advisor: Janelle Greenberg, Department of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Jotham Parsons, Department of History, Duquesne University

Sindhura Chennupati
Communication Science
Effects of Bilingualism on Novel Word Learning in Variable Contexts
Thesis Advisor: Michael Walsh Dickey, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
External Examiner: Viorica Marian, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, Northwestern University

Claire Chu
Psychology and Chemistry
The Role of Native Language in perceptions of and Attitudes toward Non-Native and Native English Speech
Thesis Advisor: Marta Ortega-Llebaria, Department of Linguistics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Carrie Demmans Epp, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

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

Thomas Dolan
Politics & Philosophy and Economics
Aristotle on the Common Good of the Political Community
Thesis Advisor: Jennifer Whiting, Department of Philosophy, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Thomas Tuozzo, Department of Philosophy, University of Kansas

Qianru Du
Political Science and Communication
Unbreakable Glass Ceiling of Women's Political Participation in China: Myths Behind Hindered Political Participation
Thesis Advisor: Yue Ding, Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Xiaojun Li, Institute of Asian Research, The University of British Columbia

Margaret Farrell
History & Philosophy of Science
On the Evolution of the Species Concept: Darwin's Species Realism
Thesis Advisor: Sandra Mitchell, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: John Beatty, Department of Philosophy, The University of British Columbia

Sarah Fribance
Neuroscience
Deficits in Attentional Modulation of Sensory Stimuli in First Episode Schizoprenia
Thesis Advisor: Dean Salisbury, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
External Examiner: Derek Fisher, Department of Psychology, Mount Saint Vincent University

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

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

Alex Knapp
Theatre Arts and Psychology
Affect for Effect: Emotion 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

Sarah Lazzaro
Psychology and Neuroscience
Development of Cognitive Flexibility in Late Adolescence: Investigating Behavioral Performance and Neural Activation in a Task-Switching Paradigm
Thesis Advisor: Beatriz Luna, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
External Examiner: Jennifer Roth, Department of Psychology, Carlow University

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

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

Anjana Murali
Anthropology and Psychology
Understanding the Role of Hypoxia and Metabolic Factors on High Altitude Renal Syndrome
Thesis Advisor: Sunder Sims-Lucas, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
External Examiner: Pinelopi Kapitsinou, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center

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

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

Janani Perera
Communication Science
Neurophysiologic Underpinnings of Interaural Asymmetry in Young Adults with and without Integration Deficits on Dichotic Listening Tests
Thesis Advisor: Deborah Moncrieff, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
External Examiner: John Durrant, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

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

Mariam Shalaby
Music and Natural Sciences Area
Qur'anic Recitation in Pittsburgh, PA and Cairo, Egypt: An Ethnomusicological Field Study on the Role of the Qur'an in the Shaping of Identity, Nostalgia, and Religious Practice Across the Egyptian-American Diaspora
Thesis Advisor: Andrew Weintraub, Department of Music, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Kristina Nelson

Cian Stryker
Political Science
Integration and Differentiation within the Russian Diaspora: Estonia and Kyrgyzstan
Thesis Advisor: Jennifer Murtazashvili, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
External Examiner: Jennie Schulze, Department of Political Science, Duquesne University

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

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

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

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

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2017 Fall Term

Erinn Hanner
Psychology and Studio Arts
Increasing Math Talk in Adult-Child Interaction through Grocery Store Signs
Thesis Advisor: Melissa Libertus, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Brenna Hassinger-Das, Department of Psychology, Temple University

Raechel Heil
Rehabilitation Science
The Social and Familial History of Down Syndrome in Western Countries with Current Perspectives
Thesis Advisor: Roxanna Bendixen, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
External Examiner: Sheryl Zellis, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, Rutgers University

Brenna Mauro
Psychology
How We, Uh, Perceive Disfluencies: The Effect of Linguistic Disfluencies on Judgements of Learning, Attention-Orientation, and Academic Materials
Thesis Advisor: Scott Fraundorf, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Jennifer Arnold, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, UNC Chapel Hill

Monica Merante
Anthropology
A Universal Display? Investigating the Role of Panathenaic Amphorai in the British Museum
Thesis Advisor: Carrie Weaver, Department of Classics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Renee Gondek, Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religion, University of Mary Washington

Adrienne Newcomer
Mathematics-Economics
The Long Term Effects of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs on Health: An Analysis of Mexico's Oportunidades
Thesis Advisor: Rania Gihleb, Department of Economics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Michael Gechter, Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University

Mason Palissery
Political Science
Public Discourse on Refugees in France and Canada: A Comparative Analysis
Thesis Advisor: Michael MacKenzie, Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
External Examiner: Luis Jimenez, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston

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 European Union
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 Marche

Mariah Flanagan
Anthropology
The Religioscape of Museums: Understanding Modern Interactions with Ancient Ritual Spaces (student has chosen to restrict access to the thesis)
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: Jonathan Akins, School of Engineering, Widener University