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• #### Multi-hazard Fragility, Risk, and Resilience Assessment of Select Coastal Infrastructure ﻿

(2017-04-20)
The performance of coastal infrastructure is threatened by natural hazards such as hurricanes and floods. The intensity and frequency of many of these climate related hazards are expected to be influenced by climate change, ...
• #### Adaptation of Candida albicans to Reactive Sulfur Species ﻿

(2017-04-20)
The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans is both a common commensal of the human microbiota and an agent of fatal systemic infections. C. albicans inhabits the mouth and skin, as well as gastrointestinal and ...
• #### Computational discovery of metal-organic frameworks with high gas deliverable capacity ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a rapidly emerging class of nanoporous materials with largely tunable chemistry and diverse applications in gas storage, gas purification, catalysis, sensing and drug delivery. Efforts ...
• #### Genres of Population: Biopolitics and the Victorian Novel ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Despite being famously overpopulated with characters, nineteenth-century novels are typically read in terms of the individual. Addressing this incongruity, “Genres of Population: Biopolitics and the Victorian Novel” examines ...
• #### Hermite Methods for the Simulation of Wave Propagation ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Simulations of wave propagation play a crucial role in science and engineering. In applications of geophysics, they are the engine of many seismic imaging algorithms. For electrical engineers, they can be a useful tool for ...
• #### Walk Don't Run ﻿

(2017-04-20)
This thesis is a public swimming pool on a bridge that spans the Los Angeles River. As Southern California attempts to remake its water infrastructure in response to the ongoing drought, the introduction of public program ...
• #### Common Ground ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Acknowledging the social, political, and cultural implications rooted in the historical relationship between land, architecture, and urbanism, Common Ground expands upon these relationships in order to accommodate the ...
• #### Interface-Engineered Solid-Liquid Polymer Systems ﻿

(2017-04-20)
This thesis explores the optimization and design of novel materials by engineering interfaces to impart novel mechanisms to polymer composites and multi-phase materials. By taking advantage of chemical and mechanical ...
• #### Essays on Banking and Debt Contracting ﻿

(2017-04-20)
This dissertation contains three chapters. In the first chapter, I investigate whether restrictive loan covenants disrupt or improve firm operating performance. Using an instrumental variables approach to address the ...
• #### Energy-Conserving Composite Staggered-Grid Finite-Difference Time-Domain Scheme for First-Order Wave Equation System ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) scheme has been widely used for seismic wave simulations in hydrocarbon exploration and earthquake modeling. To reduce the grid dispersion numerical artifact, FDTD scheme needs to use ...
• #### TinyGarble: Efficient, Scalable, and Versatile Privacy-Preserving Computation Through Sequential Garbled Circuit ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Privacy-preserving computation is a standing challenge central to several modern-world applications which require computing on sensitive data. Secure Function Evaluation (SFE) refers to provably secure techniques aiming ...
• #### STRAIN-SENSING SMART SKIN FOR STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Over the past twenty years, many structural health monitoring strategies and damage detection techniques/methods have been proposed. Traditional technologies used for measuring strain, such as resistance strain gages, can ...
• #### Hierarchical normal mode refinement of anisotropic thermal parameters for supramolecular complexes ﻿

(2017-04-20)
In this thesis, we report a novel normal-mode based protocol for modeling anisotropic thermal motions of supramolecular complexes in x-ray crystallographic refinement, named HNMRef. The method models not only the global ...
• #### Terahertz Conductivity Assessment of Doped and Aligned Carbon Nanotubes ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have captured the interest of scientist due to their large aspect ratios, remarkable optical, electrical and mechanical properties. A recent breakthrough has produced highly aligned nanotube films. ...
• #### GPU-accelerated discontinuous Galerkin methods on hybrid meshes: applications in seismic imaging ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Seismic imaging is a geophysical technique assisting in the understanding of subsurface structure on a regional and global scale. With the development of computer technology, computationally intensive seismic algorithms ...
• #### The Evolution of Musical Language and Sonata Form in the Piano Sonatas of Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin ﻿

(2017-04-20)
ABSTRACT The evolution of musical language and sonata form in the piano sonatas of Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin by Filip Blachnio The evolution of Scriabin’s musical style has been unmatched by any other ...
• #### Combined Convection of Packer Fluid Flow between Vertical Parallel Plates ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Packer fluid whose function is to prevent or tremendously reduce the heat transfer rate which would occur from the production tubing area to the production casing region is being studied in recent decades because of its ...
• #### Automorphisms of nonpositively curved cube complexes, right-angled Artin groups and homology ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Recently, the geometry of CAT(0) cube complexes featured prominently in Agol’s resolution of two longstanding conjectures of Thurston in low-dimensional topology: the virtually Haken and virtually fibered conjecture for ...
• #### Derivatives of Genus One and Three Knots ﻿

(2017-04-20)
A derivative L of an algebraically slice knot K is an oriented link disjointly embedded in a Seifert surface of K such that its homology class forms a basis for a metabolizer H of K. For genus one knots, we produce a new ...
• #### Compressive Hyperspectral Video Detection and Imaging ﻿

(2017-04-20)
Hyperspectral video imaging remains a challenging task given the high dimensionality of the datasets and the limited imaging spatio-spectral-temporal tradeoffs via current methods. Yet, it has great potential in studying ...
• #### Adsorptive Removal of Sulfur Containing Compounds from Marine Fuel using Metal Loaded Zeolite Y ﻿

(2017-04-19)
The removal of sulfur containing compounds from liquid fuels is becoming increasingly important. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the governing body that regulates international maritime trade, has recently ...
• #### Size and Shape Control of Colloidal Aluminum Nanocrystals for UV Plasmonics Applications ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Metallic nanocrystals show tremendous promise in photocatalysis, distillation, and chemical sensing applications. This is due to their nique optical properties that arise from the collective oscillation of the conduction ...
• #### Classical Music Serving the People's Republic: Political and National Ideology in the Butterfly Lovers and Yellow River Concerti ﻿

(2017-04-19)
This study examines the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto (1959) and the Yellow River Piano Concerto (1969) in the context of musical culture and political ideologies in the early People’s Republic of China. Significant ...
• #### Promoting First-Generation Latino Success through Parental Pro-Educational Interventions: A Longitudinal Study ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Latinos comprise the fastest growing minority group and are expected to comprise the largest contribution (75%) to the U.S. workforce growth between 2020 and 2034 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). In particular, ...
• #### Impact of Fe(II) and Fe(III) on scale inhibitor: application to scale control in oil and gas systems ﻿

(2017-04-19)
The effect of Fe(II) on the performance of barite scale inhibitors was tested using an improved anoxic testing apparatus. Inhibitors were tested with from 1 to 50 mg/L Fe(II) at 70oC and near neutral pH conditions. Most ...
• #### Transcriptional delay in synthetic genetic cascades ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Transcription factors (TFs) and their target promoters are central to synthetic biology. By arranging these components into complex regulatory networks, synthetic biologists have been able to create a wide variety of ...
• #### Synthetic Spin-Orbit and Light Field Coupling in Ultra-cold Quantum Gases ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Ultra-cold quantum gases subjected to light-induced synthetic gauge potentials have become an emergent field of theoretical and experimental studies. Because of the novel application of two-photon Raman transitions, ...
• #### Design, Characterization, and Validation of the OpenWrist Exoskeleton ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Robotic devices have been clinically verified for use in long duration and high intensity rehabilitation needed for motor recovery after neurological injury. Targeted and coordinated hand and wrist therapy, often overlooked ...
• #### Lifetime Characterization of Molecular Plasmons ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Recent theoretical and experimental work has shown that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a sub-nanometer, hydrogen passivated graphene-like system, can support a collective electron resonance, like a plasmon, with ...
• #### Morphology of Carbon Nanotube Liquid Crystalline Phases: Insights into Tactoids and Columnar Phase ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Solutions of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in chlorosulfonic acid (CSA) form liquid crystals at high concentrations. From a fundamental perspective, CNTs are an ideal candidate system for testing theories of liquid crystals for ...
• #### A Resistor Network Model for the Determination of Electrical and Thermal Properties of Nanocomposites ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Superior electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes have made them popular candidates for use as fillers in polymer nanocomposites. This thesis presents a numerical model developed to determine the ...
• #### Passacaglia for Strings ﻿

(2017-04-19)
In Passacaglia for Strings, expressive relationships between the music in the foreground and the structural design of the piece are explored. The opening melody of the bass provides a harmonic foundation and the main source ...
• #### Machine Learning in Large-scale Genomics: Sensing, Processing, and Analysis ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Advances in the field of genomics, a branch of biology concerning with the structure, function, and evolution of genomes, has led to dramatic reductions in the price of sequencing machines. As a result, torrents of genomic ...
• #### Approximate Modeling of Recombination within the Multispecies Coalescent ﻿

(2017-04-19)
The coalescent with recombination is a powerful stochastic process for modeling genome evolution. However, statistical inference under this process, particularly sampling the graphical structures that arise due to ...
• #### High-dimensional and dependent data with additional structure ﻿

(2017-04-19)
The age of computing has enabled the collection of massive amounts of data. These data present numerous statistical challenges, because many data sets are high-dimensional and dependent. While statistical inference for ...
• #### Multi-scale optical imaging techniques for early cancer detection in the gastrointestinal tract ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers impose an enormous burden on the society worldwide and a significant proportion of this burden can be prevented through early cancer detection and treatment. Current screening and surveillance ...
• #### Global Regularity and Finite-time Blow-up in Model Fluid Equations ﻿

(2017-04-19)
Determining the long time behavior of many partial differential equations modeling fluids has been a challenge for many years. In particular, for many of these equations, the question of whether solutions exist for all ...
• #### A Struggle Unfinished: Riots, Race in America, and the Failures of the 1968 Kerner Commission ﻿

(2017-04-18)
This dissertation explores the life of the Kerner Commission—a task force founded by President Lyndon Johnson on the heels of riots across America—from its inception in the summer of 1967 to its aftermath in the spring of ...
• #### Bilevel Clique Interdiction and Related Problems ﻿

(2017-04-18)
I introduce a formulation of the bilevel clique interdiction problem. Interdiction, a military term, describes the removal of enemy resources. The single level clique interdiction problem describes the attempt of an attacker ...
• #### Integrated Electromagnetic Wireless Power Harvesting System for mm-size Biomedical Implants ﻿

(2017-04-18)
Rising demand for continuous monitoring of human body and health care devices in recent years has resulted in the development of implantable biopotential sensors. Infection risks and mobility concerns constrain the implanted ...
• #### The Racialized Politics of Home in Slavery and Freedom ﻿

(2017-04-18)
While most historians interpret the motivations of the black freedom struggle—including the acquisition of legal freedom and citizenship—as public and traditionally political issues, this project places black homes at the ...
• #### A Parallel-In-Time Gradient-Type Method For Optimal Control Problems ﻿

(2017-04-18)
This thesis proposes and analyzes a new parallel-in-time gradient-type method for time-dependent optimal control problems. When the classical gradient method is applied to time-dependent optimal control problems, each ...
• #### Essays on CEO cognitive complexity: Effects on corporate strategy, performance, and survival ﻿

(2017-04-18)
The Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO’s) job involves a substantial amount of information processing. This dissertation explores the organizational implications of CEOs’ way of processing information, or cognitive style, in ...
• #### Understanding Functional Roles of Transcription Factor Decoys in Gene Regulation via Mathematical Modeling ﻿

(2017-04-18)
Gene expressions are essentially regulated by transcription factor-DNA interactions. Many transcription factors bind to DNA with remarkably low specificity, so that the functional binding sites have to compete with an ...
• #### Simulation of Shielding Materials against Galactic Cosmic Rays ﻿

(2017-04-18)
Radiation is one of the most critical hazards for deep space missions. Among the sources of deep space radiation, the Galactic Cosmic Rays, which are composed of high energy ions travelling at relativistic speeds from ...
• #### Push it to the limit: Investigating the Material Response of Nano- and Micro-materials under Extreme Mechanical Environments ﻿

(2017-04-18)
High velocity impact phenomena range in scale from catastrophic events such as impact of aircraft and missiles into large infrastructures to impact of micron– and sub–micron–sized micrometeorite particles into spacecraft ...
• #### Measuring Neighborhood Effects: Re-examining the Conceptualization and Operationalization of Neighborhood Effects ﻿

(2017-04-17)
Urban sociologists have long studied neighborhood inequality and its implications for residents’ life chances. Focusing on marginalized communities, qualitative scholars have illuminated how low educational expectations, ...
• #### Representation and Estimation of Seismic Sources via Multipoles ﻿

(2017-04-17)
Accurate representation and estimation of seismic sources are essential to the seismic inversion problem. General sources can be approximated by a truncated series of multipoles depending on the source anisotropy. Most ...
• #### Subterranean Ecosystem - A Work for Chamber Orchestra ﻿

(2017-04-17)
Subterranean Ecosystem is a 6-minute work for chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2. / 2.2.1. / 2 perc. harp, celesta, strings) intended as a lively concert-opening work. The piece is influenced by the sound of the jazz “big band” ...
• #### To See Music in Your Mind's Eye: The Genesis of Memorization as a Piano Performance Practice ﻿

(2017-04-17)
This study examines the genesis of memorization as a piano performance practice, contextualizing it within the major technological, political, aesthetic, and philosophical movements of the 19th century. Its significance ...
• #### Statistical Modeling for Cellular Heterogeneity Problems in Cancer Research: Deconvolution, Gaussian Graphical Models and Logistic Regression ﻿

(2017-04-17)
Tumor tissue samples comprise a mixture of cancerous and surrounding normal cells. Investigating cellular heterogeneity in tumors is crucial to genomic analyses associated with cancer prognosis and treatment decisions, ...
• #### Nanoscale Electronic Transport Studies of Novel Strongly Correlated Materials ﻿

(2017-04-17)
Strongly correlated materials are those in which the electron-electron and electron-lattice interactions play pivotal roles in determining many aspects of observable physical behavior, including the electronic and magnetic ...
• #### A Novel Phosphodiesterase of the GdpP Family Modulates Cyclic di-AMP Levels in Response to Cell Membrane Stress in Daptomycin-Resistant Enterococci ﻿

(2017-04-17)
Antimicrobial resistance is a serious and growing threat to public health. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least 2 million people contract serious infections each year resulting in at least 23,000 deaths ...
• #### Floodgates ﻿

(2017-04-17)
Floodgates A composition for full orchestra by Daniel Knaggs, D.M.A. Shepherd School of Music Rice University, 2017 The present composition is written in response to the apparently escalating global crises in the ...
• #### C.W.N.S.P.O.S. ﻿

(2017-04-14)
Computation tends to produce discrete, self-similar parts and aggregate them together, a common concern in recent projects that we think of as computational. How can we think about using the computational techniques available ...
• #### Age and Training: A Meta-analysis Examining Training Features ﻿

(2017-04-14)
In light of an aging workforce and constant advances in technology, organizations are faced with questions about best practices for training and retraining their workers. Rapid technological developments create a need for ...
• #### Light Transport in Nanomaterial Systems ﻿

(2017-04-13)
What happens as light traverses a medium composed of both traditional materials and many ($10^5-10^{12}$ $cm^{-3}$) nanoparticles? These types of systems are present in many active areas of research in the nanotechnology ...
• #### Iron Sulfide Precipitation Kinetics, Solubility, Phase Transformation, and Corrosion versus Temperature and Ionic Strength ﻿

(2017-04-13)
A reliable anoxic plug flow reactor has been developed to study iron sulfide (FeS) precipitation kinetics, solubility, phase transformation, and corrosion simultaneously. The effects of temperature (23 – 125 °C), ionic ...
• #### Art and Engineering Inspired by Swarm Robotics ﻿

(2017-04-13)
Swarm robotics has the potential to combine the power of the hive with the sensibility of the individual to solve non-traditional problems in mechanical, industrial, and architectural engineering and to develop exquisite ...
• #### Chemical Vapor Deposition of Two-Dimensional Materials and the Investigation of Applications and Properties ﻿

(2017-04-12)
Two-Dimensional Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have attracted significant research attention due to their appealing electronic, optical and catalytic properties. In order to probe and utilize some of the unique ...