BPhil Thesis Defense Announcements

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

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

April 20, 2018
12:00 p.m.
512 Cathedral of Learning

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

March 28, 2013
1:00 p.m.
3703 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

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

March 16, 2018
9:00 a.m.
4017 Forbes Tower

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

April 6, 2018
11:30 a.m.
408 LRDC

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

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

April 3, 2018
1:30 p.m.
37th floor conference room, Cathedral of Learning

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

April 16, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Political Science Department Conference Room, 4th Floor, Wesley W. Posvar Hall

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

April 18, 2018
2:00 p.m.
244-B Cathedral of Learning

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

March 29, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Suite 420, 3501 Forbes Avenue

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: 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

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

Daniel Lapidus

Politics & Philosophy
Things That Are Not, to Bring to Naught Things That Are

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

External Examiner: Alima Bucciantini, Department of History, Duquesne University

April 3, 2018
1:00 p.m.
History Department Lounge, Wesley W. Posvar Hall

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

April 16, 2018
12:30 p.m.
121 Meyran Ave., Suite 111 Conference Room

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

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

April 13, 2018
9:00 a.m.
37th floor, Cathedral of Learning

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

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

April 6, 2018
1:00 p.m.
5047 Forbes Tower

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

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

April 6, 2018
3:00 p.m.
132 Music Building

Amanda Spencer

English Literature and Philosophy
Heterochrony and Inheritance in Charles Dickens' Bleak House and Great Expectations

Thesis Advisor: Amy Murray Twyning, Department of English, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Rebecca Wigginton, Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University

March 30, 2018
4:30 p.m.
151 Thackeray Hall

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

March 21, 2018
9:00 a.m.
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

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

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