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    • "How American Am I?": Comparing American Identity among US Black Muslims 

      Ferguson, Jauhara (2021-10-21)
      Much sociological attention has focused on Black identity within the United States. Less attention, however, has been given to understanding how immigrant and native-born streams of US Black Muslims articulate American identity, a particularly important empirical gap given the connections among race, religion, and national identity. In this study I ...
    • Carbon Nanotube Characterization and Processing{Structure{Property Relationships of Solution Spun Fibers for Electronic Clothing 

      Taylor, Lauren Whitney (2021-07-26)
      Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have excellent mechanical strength, thermal conductivity, and electrical conductivity. These properties make them particularly interesting for high performance fiber applications such as lightweight cables and wires, soft biological implants, next generation ballistic protection, and wearable electronics. Initial efforts to ...
    • Dissipative Dynamics of Bolted Joints 

      Balaji, Nidish (2021-08-11)
      Bolted Joints finds ubiquitous applications in mechanical and allied industries, spanning from household appliances to advanced aerospace applications. The currently prevalent practice in the design industry, when it comes to bolted joints, is to over-design these components to a very large extent so one needs not pay too much attention to the exact ...
    • Structural and functional studies of the envelope protein and viral polymerase in Hepatitis B Virus 

      Lin, Zihan (2021-10-18)
      Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), a member of the Hepadnaviridae family, is a serious pathogen that causes chronic Hepatitis B and affects over 350 million people globally. Though a vaccine has been available since 1982, it cannot cure established infections and their effectiveness in preventing blood-borne transmission from an infected mother to her infant ...
    • Near-Field Sensing of Single Cell Activities Using Visible-Range Micro-Ring Resonators 

      Zhao, Xuan (2021-07-26)
      The development of optogenetic actuators as well as genetically encoded fluorescent indicators provide powerful resources to advance the study of the brain. Moreover, optogenetic control combined with optical recording has a huge potential on achieving all-optical-based, high-speed closed-loop neuromodulations with cellular and biomolecular specificity, ...
    • Drivers and consequences of animal foraging behavior on seed dispersal and plant community composition 

      Tonos Luciano, Jadelys M (2021-10-11)
      Dispersal is essential to coexistence and community assembly. Animal dispersal is particularly important in hyper-diverse tropical communities. However, dispersal is generally represented simplistically, ignoring its behavioral basis and the resulting variation among species and individuals. Though the importance of behavior is increasingly ...
    • Compressed Sensing Spectroscopy and Dynamic-Rate Neural Network Classification 

      Liu, Weidi (2021-10-07)
      Compressive sensing (CS) is an approach for efficient signal acquisition based on the compressibility of the data and allowing the reconstruction signals below the Shannon-Nyquist sampling rate. Besides imaging, compressive sensing can be exploited in spectrometer design. Here we have constructed and compared a broadband, high resolution Echelle ...
    • Dissipative Dynamics of Bolted Joints 

      Balaji, Nidish (2021-08-11)
      Bolted Joints finds ubiquitous applications in mechanical and allied industries, spanning from household appliances to advanced aerospace applications. The currently prevalent practice in the design industry, when it comes to bolted joints, is to over-design these components to a very large extent so one needs not pay too much attention to the exact ...
    • Kinetics of BaSO4-BaxSr1-xSO4-SrSO4 mineral crystallization: Prediction and control 

      Zhao, Yue (2021-09-29)
      Mineral crystallization is ubiquitous in various industrial processes. Among all the mineral scales, sulfate minerals, such as barite (BaSO4) and celestite (SrSO4), are commonly discovered during the production. Due to the wide coexistence of Ba2+ and Sr2+, BaxSr1-xSO4 solid solution is also frequently discovered in industrial processes. Scale ...
    • Ultrafast Transient Absorption Measurements on Plasmonic and Plasmon-Mediated Systems 

      Chapkin, Kyle David (2021-10-04)
      The interaction between light and plasmonic nanoparticles has been a long studied and ever-expanding area of research due to the unique ability of plasmons to focus light at the nanoscale as a result of their collective electron resonances. This property has resulted in many applications including photocatalysis, chemical sensing, and surface-enhanced ...
    • Implementing Next Generation of Wireless Communications with Multi-Tier Millimeter-Wave Networks: Performance Analysis and Design Insights 

      Jia, Shuqiao (2021-10-05)
      Future communication systems operating in millimeter wave (mmWave) are heralded as a promising solution for the ever-increasing network throughput demand. Motivated by feasibility results, recent research has considered a network connecting user terminals, access points (APs), and backhaul with a single frequency. Such a novel unified access-backhaul ...
    • Spatiotemporal Extreme Value Modeling with Environmental Applications 

      Fagnant, Carlynn (2021-10-06)
      Extreme value analysis (EVA) is essential to evaluate the extreme events brought on by natural hazards in the environment. Particularly, EVA informs risk assessment for communities, which is crucial to protecting people and property. This work focuses on an application to extreme rainfall in the Houston, TX region and Harris County, and performs ...
    • Multi-scale hydrogel stereolithography for vascular tissue engineering & microphysiologic systems 

      Sazer, Daniel Warren (2021-09-17)
      Throughout all the known kingdoms of life, organisms must fight against entropy to build and maintain unique structural features that drive biological function. The field of tissue engineering seeks to recreate these structure-function relationships with carefully constructed assemblies of specialized cells and extracellular matrix components like ...
    • Studies of Cu-catalyzed installation and photochemical removal of peptide N-H modifications 

      Wang, Haopei (2021-09-17)
      Methods for selective modification of peptides are important for chemical biology and pharmaceutical industries. Among many reagents for modification, boronic acids have become a popular reaction partner for peptide under mild conditions. On the other hand, nitro aryl compounds have various roles in nature and industries. Its photosensitive properties ...
    • Thermodynamic Modeling of Patchy Colloid Self-Assembly and Phase Behavior 

      Zhu, Yiwei (2021-09-15)
      Patchy colloids are colloids with functional patches on its surface. Research on patchy colloids has attracted ongoing interest since the fabrication of patchy colloids with different number, size, shape, and relative location of attractive surface patches makes patchy colloids a good candidate as building blocks to form much more complex advanced ...
    • How to Group: From Time Series to Manifold 

      Cosentino, Romain (2021-09-17)
      This thesis addresses the problem of data representation for pattern recognition by focusing on three fundamental properties: the efficiency, adaptivity, and interpretability of the representation. The century of progress in harmonic analysis led to the development of theoretically sounded and interpretable tools to decompose, analyze, and process ...
    • Quantitative Genetics and Evolutionary Consequences of Variation in Social Group Structure 

      Wice, Eric Wesley (2021-08-11)
      The structure of social groups -i.e., the patterning of interactions amongst individuals- is highly variable in nature, and can be important for nearly every aspect of an individual’s behavior and evolutionary fitness. How individuals are nested within their social groups can be modeled using social network analysis, which quantifies how direct and ...
    • A computational mechanics framework for modeling tribology experiments with friction and wear 

      Lawal, Iyabo G (2021-09-01)
      An interface is formed when a minimum of two parts are in contact. Loading of the interface occursat the contact patch, which ranges in dimension depending on the contact geometry. The contact patch is the apparent area of contact of the two surfaces; multiple contact patches may exist on a given interface. The input load on the interface can be ...
    • Automata Linear Dynamic Logic on Finite Traces 

      Smith, Kevin Wayne (2021-08-27)
      Temporal logics are widely used by the Formal Methods and AI communities. Linear Temporal Logic is a popular temporal logic and is valued for its ease of use as well as its balance between expressiveness and complexity. LTL is equivalent in expressiveness to Monadic First-Order Logic and satisfiability for LTL is PSPACE-complete. Linear Dynamic Logic ...
    • Chemistry Mediated Mechanical Behavior of Inorganic Nanostructures 

      Rehn, Sarah M (2021-08-31)
      Unique and fascinating chemistry transpires at surfaces that cannot take place in bulk materials due to the presence of dangling bonds as well as strained or otherwise unusual coordination environments. As the size of an object becomes smaller, the fraction of surface atoms to bulk atoms increases. Ultimately, for nanometer-sized particles, surface ...