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Name: Alisha Anderson
Title: Teaching Critical Reading: Media Literacy in the High School Classroom
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 1:00
Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center
Director: Susan Schramm-Pate
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Jo Dowdy
Title: The Relationship Between Mindset And Motivation in an Alternative School Mathematics Classroom
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 1:00
Location: Alumni Building Room 2A
Director: Peter Duffy
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Jennifer Jo Dufort
Title: Tenth-Grade Student–Participants’ Perceptions of a Growth Mindset Curriculum: An Action Research Study
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 10:00AM
Location: Defending Virtually
Director: Susan Schramm-Pate
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Michelle Norwood
Title: The Impact of a Student-Centered Inquiry-Based Pedagogical Model in a Middle-Level Science Classroom.
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 2:00
Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center, Conference Room A
Director: Dr. Susan Schramm-Pate
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Virginia Pratt
Title: Beyond Standardized Test Scores: The Use of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy to Improve Access to Gifted Programming for Hispanic Students
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center
Director: Dr. Rhonda Jeffries
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Cherie Salem
Title: What Is The Impact of Utilizing An Authentic Study Of An Author's Life And Literary Works To Increase Students' Motivation To Read In A Third Grade Gifted And Talented Classroom?
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center
Director: Dr. Duffy
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Kari Weaver
Title: An Exploration of Academic Librarian Self-Efficacy in the Teaching Role: A Canadian Perspective
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 1p.m.
Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center, Conference Room 1C
Director: Dr. Rhonda Jeffries
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Nathaniel Wharton
Title: The Impact of a Science Fair on High School Students' Feelings of Self-Efficacy in STEM
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 9:00
Location: Conference Room 1A- Virtual Presenter
Director: Dr. Susan Schramm-Pate
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Stacey Whitaker
Title: Middle School Teachers' Perception of Project Based Learning as it Impacts First Year Implementation
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Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 10:00am
Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center
Director: Dr. Peter Duffy
Program: Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Name: Hannah Huber
Title: “Power in Repose”: Sleep and Agency in American Literature, 1875-1916
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Date: 03/26/2019
Time: 2:00
Location: Graduate Conference Room, Welsh Humanities Office Building
Director: Cynthia Davis
Program: English PhD
Name: Kayla Lantz
Title: Kinetically Controlled Block Polymer Micelles: Cavitation Induced Exchange and Templates for Nanomaterials
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Date: 03/26/2019
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Horizon I Building Room 201
Director: Morgan Stefik
Program: Chemistry PhD
Name: Mengdi Li
Title: Douze Préludes-Poèmes, Op. 58 by Charles Tournemire: A Stylistic Analysis
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Date: 03/26/2019
Time: 9:00 am
Location: School of Music, Room 220
Director: Dr. Joseph Rackers
Program: Music Performance DMA
Name: Alycia Boutté
Title: Examining the Relationships between Stress, Depressive Symptoms, and the Neighborhood Food Environment on Diet Quality among Racially-Diverse Pregnant Women in South Carolina
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Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 1pm
Location: Discovery I, 530
Director: Dr. Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy
Co-Director: Dr. Sara Wilcox
Program: Health Promotion, Education and Behavior PhD
Name: Ryan Key
Title: Development of Nickel Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions using a Nickel Terpyridine Catalyst
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Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Horizon 1 2nd Floor Conference Room
Director: Dr. Aaron K. Vannucci
Program: Chemistry PhD
Name: Kristin Roberts
Title: Investigating the Construct Validity of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Children
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Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Hamilton 343
Director: Scott Decker
Program: School Psychology PhD
Name: Mithun Sikder
Title: Role of size, concentration, and natural organic matter on the fate, behavior, and toxicity of nanoparticle in aquatic environment
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Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 12 PM
Location: 921 Assembly Street, PHRC 107, Columbia, SC 29208
Director: Dr. Mohammed Baalousha
Program: Environmental Health Sciences PhD
Name: Esteban Villarreal
Title: Interfacial Ligand Dynamics and Chemistry on Highly Curved Nanoparticle Surfaces: A Plasmon-Enhanced Spectroscopic Study
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Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 11:00
Location: Horizon 1 Building, room 201
Director: Dr.Hui Wang
Co-Director: Dr.Mark Berg
Program: Chemistry PhD
Name: Sheresa Catoe
Title: Nurse Practitioner-Led Inpatient Palliative Care
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Date: 03/28/2019
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: College of Nursing Room 402
Director: Dr. Robin Estrada
Co-Director: Dr. Cheryl Mele
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Tanya Lott
Title: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Practice Mentoring Program
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Date: 03/28/2019
Time: 1200
Location: College of Nursing, Room 402
Director: Dr. Ronda Hughes
Co-Director: Dr. Kimberly Priode and Pennie Peralta
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Swanandi Pote
Title: Structural and functional studies on 4-hydroxy-tetrahydrodipicolinate reductase: potential drug target in bacteria
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Date: 03/28/2019
Time: 11.00 am
Location: Graduate Science Research Center (631 Sumter st, GSRC 101)
Director: Maksymilian Chruszcz
Program: Chemistry PhD
Name: Cynthia Thompson
Title: Implementation of SEP-1 Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis / Septic Shock: A Healthcare Quality Improvement Project
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Date: 03/28/2019
Time: 1:30pm
Location: USC College of Nursing, Room 402
Director: Dr. Amy Clark Dievendorf, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC
Co-Director: Sheryl Mitchell DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Nicholas DeLucia
Title: Catalytic Upgrading of Aromatic Oxygenates Related to Lignin
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Date: 03/29/2019
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Horizon I Building Room 201
Director: Aaron K. Vannucci
Program: Chemistry PhD
Name: TJ Kimel
Title: Judicial Legitimacy and the Dearth of State Supreme Court Knowledge
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Date: 03/29/2019
Time: 12:00
Location: Gambrell 335
Director: Dr. Kirk A. Randazzo
Program: Political Science PhD
Name: Chia-Hua Lin
Title: Tool Migration: A Framework to Study the Cross-disciplinary Use of Mathematical Constructs in Science
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Date: 04/01/2019
Time: 14:30
Location: Flinn 102
Director: Michael Dickson
Co-Director: Colin Allen
Program: Philosophy PhD
Name: Aditi Srivastav
Title: Helping South Carolina’s Children Thrive: Promoting Protective Factors To Prevent The Long-Term Impact Of Adverse Childhood Experiences Through The Development Of Evidence-Based Public Health Policies
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Date: 04/01/2019
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Discovery I - Room 140
Director: Dr. Rachel Davis
Co-Director: Dr. Mindi Spencer
Program: Health Promotion, Education and Behavior PhD
Name: Meagan Conway
Title: A Choice to Engage: Selective Marginality and Dynamic Households on the 18th-19th Century Irish Coast
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 11:30am
Location: Virtually via Skype
Director: Dr. Kenneth Kelly
Co-Director: Dr. Charles Cobb
Program: Anthropology PhD
Name: CHRISTOPHER EDGAR
Title: A Development of Transfer Entropy in Continuous-Time
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 12:00pm
Location: LeConte 312
Director: Joshua Cooper
Program: Mathematics PhD
Name: Amy Fraley Hand
Title: Identification of Factors Contributing to Musculoskeletal Injuries in Military Basic Trainees
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Blatt Physical Education Center 217
Director: Paul F. Beattie, PhD, PT, OCS, FAPTA
Program: Exercise Science PhD
Name: Laura Herbert
Title: Identifying Metformin-Induced Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Primary Care
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 9:00
Location: CON room 402
Director: Alicia Ribar, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Co-Director: Sheryl Mitchell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Edward Lawson, Jr.
Title: Causes and Consequences of Police Militarization
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Gambrell 335
Director: Christopher Witko
Program: Political Science PhD
Name: Lauren McGuire
Title: Teacher Attunement to Bullies and Victims: Effects on Perception of Bullying, Social-Emotional Well-Being and Academic Outcomes.
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Wardlaw, room 272
Director: Dr. Molly Dawes
Program: Educational Psychology and Research PhD
Name: Trang Nguyen
Title: Vietnamese Family Caregivers’ Adjustment Process to Their Caregiving Roles for Older Adults with Dementia
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Hamilton 322
Director: Sue Levkoff
Program: Social Work PhD
Name: Sandra Randolph
Title: Utilization of Audit Champions and the Effects on Nurses' Completion Rate of Substance Addiction Assessment Tools
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Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 1:15pm
Location: College of Nursing - Room 402
Director: Dr. Alicia Ribar
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Khadija Ejaz
Title: 'Philosophical Treatises on Life and Death': Newspaper Coverage of a Controversial Brain Death Case
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Date: 04/03/2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: SJMC 322A
Director: Leigh Moscowitz
Co-Director: Kenneth Campbell, Daniela Friedman, Robert McKeever
Program: Journalism and Mass Communications PhD
Name: Samantha Yaussy
Title: The Intersections of Health and Wealth: Socioeconomic Status, Frailty, and Mortality in Industrial England
Abstract:View Abstract
Date: 04/04/2019
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Walker Conference Room (Gambrell Hall, Room 435)
Director: Sharon N. DeWitte
Program: Anthropology PhD
Name: Mouiad AL-Wahah
Title: SEMANTIC-BASED ACCESS CONTROL MECHANISMS IN DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS
Abstract:View Abstract
Date: 04/05/2019
Time: 03:00 pm
Location: Room 2201 (Chair’s conference room), Innovation center
Director: Dr. Csilla Farkas
Program: Computer Science and Engineering PhD
Name: Zahra Hajiaghamohseni
Title: Supervision Behaviors of Board-Certified Behavior Analysts with Precertification Candidates
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Date: 04/05/2019
Time: 12:00
Location: College of Education, Wardlaw College: Special Education Conference Room
Director: Dr. Erik Drasgow
Program: Special Education PhD
Name: Hyun Jeong Kang
Title: Integrity and its relationship to morality
Abstract:View Abstract
Date: 04/05/2019
Time: 11:00
Location: Department Seminar Room
Director: Dr. Christopher O. Tollefsen
Program: Philosophy PhD
Name: Kevin Schmith
Title: The Use of Simulation Based On-site Education as a Competency Validation Technique to Reduce Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates
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Date: 04/09/2019
Time: 2pm
Location: College of Nursing Room 402
Director: Ronda Hughes
Co-Director: Karen Worthy
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Kinjal Pandya
Title: Exploring the Factor Structure of a Measure of Microaggression Exposure Among Women of Color in Academia
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Date: 05/07/2019
Time: 10:30am
Location: Hamilton 343
Director: Dr. Cheryl Armstead
Program: Clinical-Community Psychology PhD
Name: Hays Whitlatch
Title: Successful Pressing Sequences in Simple Pseudo-Graphs
Abstract:View Abstract
Date: 03/18/2049
Time: 2:30pm
Location: LeConte 312
Director: Joshua Cooper
Program: Mathematics PhD
Name: Lisa Randle
Title: East Branch of the Cooper River, 1780-1822: Panopticism and Mobility
Abstract:View Abstract
Date: 04/02/2180
Time: noon
Location: Gambrell 440
Director: Kenneth G. Kelly
Program: Anthropology PhD

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