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Name: Clay Fuller
Title: The Economic Foundations of Authoritarian Rule
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Date: 03/28/2017
Time: 9:30AM
Location: Gambrell 431
Director: John Hsieh
Program: Political Science PhD
Name: Jennifer Gunter
Title: Sex and the State: Sexual Politics in South Carolina in the 1970s
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Date: 03/28/2017
Time: 4:00
Location: Gambrell 217
Director: Marjorie Spruill
Program: History PhD
Name: Andrew Kettler
Title: Odor and Power in the Americas: Olfactory Consciousness from Columbus to Emancipation
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Date: 03/28/2017
Time: 10:00
Location: Gambrell Hall, 217
Director: Dr. Mark Smith
Program: History PhD
Name: Shen Li
Title: Mismatch Tolerance During Homologous Recombination in Mammalian Cells
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Date: 03/28/2017
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: GSRC Conference Room 101
Director: Alan Waldman
Program: Biological Sciences PhD
Name: Hettige M. Thushani Siriwardhane
Title: Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry for Real-time Metal Speciation Analysis
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Date: 03/28/2017
Time: 1.00 PM
Location: GSRC 101
Director: Dr. Parastoo Hashemi
Program: Chemistry PhD
Name: Ryan Strickler
Title: Partisan Polarization, Social Identity, and Deliberative Democracy in the United States
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Date: 03/28/2017
Time: 2:30
Location: Gambrell 431
Director: David Darmofal
Program: Political Science PhD
Name: Hatice Atilgan
Title: Framing Perceptions of Justice in a Public Goods Dilemma
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Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Sloan College
Director: Barry Markovsky & Brent Simpson
Program: Sociology PhD
Name: Alexis Donohue
Title: Prenatal Methylmercury Exposure in a South Carolina Coastal Cohort
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Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Discovery I Room 502
Director: Dr. Sarah E. Rothenberg
Program: Environmental Health Sciences MS
Name: Catherine Egan
Title: Two Studies of Partnership Approaches to Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programming: A Process Evaluation and a Case Study
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Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Blatt PE Center Room 215
Director: Collin Webster
Program: Physical Education PhD
Name: Porchia Moore
Title: Shifting the Aircraft Carrier: Why Race Matters in Museums and Historic Sites: An Examination of Inclusive Practices
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Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Davis 111
Director: Dr. Samantha Hastings
Program: Library and Information Science PhD
Name: Liyun Zhang
Title: Student involvement as a mediator of the relationship of peer leaders in First-year Seminars to academic achievement and persistence
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Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 11 am
Location: 274-D Wardlaw Building
Director: Dr. Matthew Irvin
Program: Educational Psychology and Research PhD
Name: James Risk
Title: Lamps, Maps, Mud-Machines, and Signal Flags: Science, Technology, and Commerce in the Early United States
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Date: 03/30/2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Gambrell 202
Director: Allison Marsh, Ph.D.
Program: History PhD
Name: Tamara Savage
Title: African American End-Stage Renal Disease Patients and Medication Adherence: What are the Effects of Everyday Racism?
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Date: 03/30/2017
Time: 10 am
Location: Hamilton room 322
Director: Dr. Teri Browne
Program: Social Work PhD
Name: Stephanie Averette
Title: Adherence of Nurse Practitioners to JNC 8 Guidelines
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 10:30
Location: University of SC College of Nursing Room 402
Director: Stephanie Burgess
Co-Director: Abbas Tavakoli
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Jacqueline Baer
Title: Losing Weight using the Five A’s Framework: Assess, Advice, Agree, Assist, Arrange & Motivational Interviewing
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 1230 pm
Location: USC School of Nursing, Room 402
Director: Stephanie Burgess PhD, APRN, BC, FAANP
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Benjamin Belgrad
Title: Causes and consequences of individual phenotypic variation in brachyuran crabs with a focus on behavioral differences
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: EWS 604 Baruch Conference Room
Director: Dr. Blaine Griffen
Program: Marine Science PhD
Name: Marc DEMONT
Title: Caressing Radical Alterity: The Queerness of Embodiment in Contemporary Films and Literature
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 4 pm
Location: Conference Room 9th Floor, Welsh Humanities Building
Director: Dr. Jie GUO
Co-Director: Dr. David GREVEN
Program: Comparative Literature PhD
Name: Mary Giovannetti
Title: Tuberculosis Screening in New Healthcare Employees: A Comparison of QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube Test and Tuberculin Skin Test
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Williams Brice Building Room 402 (College of Nursing)
Director: Dr. Stephanie Burgess
Program: Nursing Practice DNP
Name: Alexandria McCombs
Title: Representing the relationships between field collected carbon exchanges and surface reflectance using geospatial and satellite-based techniques
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 9:00am
Location: Callcott Building, Room 112
Director: Dr. April Hiscox
Program: Geography PhD
Name: Julian Sconyers
Title: Arvo Pärt, Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen: A Transcription for Wind Ensemble
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 4:00
Location: School of Music Room 210
Director: Dr. Scott Weiss
Program: Music Conducting DMA
Name: Mark VanDriel
Title: Buy For the Sake of Your Baby: Guardian Consumerism in Twentieth Century America
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 8:30
Location: Gambrell 217
Director: Marjorie Spruill
Program: History PhD
Name: Jennifer Whitmer Taylor
Title: Rebirth of the House Museum: The Woodrow Wilson Family Home and Commemorating Reconstruction
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Date: 03/31/2017
Time: 1:00
Location: Gambrell 217
Director: Allison Marsh
Program: History PhD
Name: Bridget Cotti-Rausch
Title: The influence of phytoplankton size and community composition on carbon cycling and planktonic food webs in the Sargasso Sea
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Date: 04/03/2017
Time: 12:30
Location: EWS 604
Director: Tammi L. Richardson
Program: Marine Science PhD
Name: Katherine Feather
Title: A phenomenological investigation of counselor competencies in working with children and families with autism spectrum disorder
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Date: 04/03/2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Wardlaw Rm 268
Director: Dr. Joshua M. Gold
Program: Counselor Education PhD
Name: Sheldon Johnson
Title: The Political Suppression of the Saxophone and its Subsequent Pedagogical Development in Select Non-Democratic Countries
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Date: 04/03/2017
Time: 09:30am
Location: School of Music 220
Director: Dr. Clifford Leaman
Program: Music Performance DMA
Name: Matthew Lockhart
Title: From Rice Fields to Duck Marshes: Sport Hunters and Environmental Change on the South Carolina Coast, 1890–1950
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Date: 04/03/2017
Time: 3:00
Location: Gambrell 217
Director: Robert R. Weyeneth
Program: History PhD
Name: Solomon Eichner
Title: A Historical Impression of Samuil Feinberg: An Appendage of the Repressed Soviet Pianist, Composer and Pedagogue Through his recordings, Compositions, Interviews and Pedagogical Writings
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Date: 04/04/2017
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: School of Music
Director: Dr. Joseph Rackers
Program: Music Performance DMA
Name: Johann Sawyer
Title: Cults and Bradenization: Tracking the Braden School and Iconographic Variability during the Mississippian Period
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Date: 04/04/2017
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: SCIAA Education Room 101
Director: Adam King
Co-Director: Charles R. Cobb
Program: Anthropology PhD
Name: James Atkins
Title: On the Existence of Non-Free Totally Reflexive Modules
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Date: 04/05/2017
Time: 1:30pm
Location: LeConte 312
Director: Adela Vraciu
Program: Mathematics PhD
Name: A. Brennan Davis
Title: Conversations with Chris: Discussing racial diversity in a professional book club
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Date: 04/10/2017
Time: 11:00
Location: Wardlaw 214
Director: Dr. Lucy Spence
Program: Language and Literacy PhD

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