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Christian Gonzalez

Date: June 18, 2024

Location: Medical Campus, Lois Pope Life Center, 7th Floor Lois Pope Auditorium.

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: The Role of Replicative Exonucleases in Mitochondrial DNA Replication and Degradation

Ryan Schooley

Date: June 18, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. For virtual access, please contact r.schooley@umiami.edu

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: White Racial Socialization and Allyship Development in College Students: A Phenomenological Analysis

Songyi Liang

Date: June 18, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. 

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Cultivation and Social Media: Examining Media’s Role in Shaping Gender-Related Perceptions and Acceptance of Rape Myths

Paul Wojtal

Date: June 18, 2024

Hybrid Defense: In-Person: Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric & Earth Science Campus, SLAB, Room 103. Virtual: Please contact pkw13@miami.edu for virtual access.  

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Geochemical Tools to Understand Trophic, Microbial, and Anthropogenic Effects on Organic Matter Cycling in Marine Particles

Bonnie Deal

Date: June 19, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. For virtual access, please contact bdeal@miami.edu

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Dissertation Title: Enhancing Communication and Managing Uncertainty Through Social Support: The Roles of Doulas in Maternal Healthcare

Yunkai Zhu

Date: June 20, 2024

Location: Coral Gables Campus, MEA, Room 202.

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Dissertation Title: Top-Down Influences on Speech Processing in Humans and Artificial Neural Networks

Ivenis Capistrano Pita

Date: June 20, 2024

Location: Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric & Earth Science Campus, HLD Marine Science Bldg., MSC343.

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Estimate the Meridional Overturning Circulation and Associated Heat and Freshwater Transports across the South Atlantic Basin from Sustained In Situ Observations

Carolina Fernandez Pujol

Date: June 20, 2024

Location: Coral Gables Campus, MEA, Room 202.

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Neural Mechanisms of Auditory Perception-Related Human Brain Activity

Lillian Henderson

Date: June 20, 2024

Location: Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric & Earth Science Campus, RSMAS Library, Map & Chart Room.

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Vertical Variations In Organic Composition of Particulate Matter in a Stratified Euphotic Zone and Implications for Export

Wei Zhang

Date: June 21, 2024

Virtual Defense, Medical Campus. For virtual access, please contact wei.zhang60@med.miami.edu

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Integrative Multi-Omics Variable Selection and Clustering Analysis using Multivariate Random Forest

Hannah Artman

Date: June 22, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. For virtual access, please contact h.artman@umiami.edu

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Desinformación, Discourse, and Internet Celebrity: Understanding the
Practices of Latino/a/x Influencers on YouTube

Jeffrey Blackwatters

Date: June 24, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. For virtual access, please contact jeb425@earth.miami.edu

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Conservation Philanthropy and its Discontents: Governance, Justice, and a Radical Future for Environmental Giving

Renae Patterson

Date: June 24, 2024

Hybrid Defense: In-Person: Coral Gables Campus, School of Nursing and Health, Executive Board Room 104. Virtual: Please contact rlp55@miami.edu for virtual access.  

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Seventy-Eight Would Be Great: An Exploration of the Use of Patient Portals as a Supporting Intervention to Improve HIV Care Engagement among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Living with HIV

Karlon Johnson

Date: June 24, 2024

Virtual Defense, Medical Campus. 

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Dissertation Title: The Effect of Patient-Reported Discharge Communication on Post-Stroke Behaviors and Outcomes

Elena Fernandez

Date: June 25, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. For virtual access, please contact elenafernandez@miami.edu

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Dissertation Title: Impact of Assistive Technology Use on Toddler Communication, Behavior, and Engagement in an Early Childhood Center

Khulud Almutairi

Date: June 25, 2024

Location: Coral Gables Campus, SONHS, Room 104 - Executive Boardroom.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Religiosity as Moderator of the Relationship Between Religious Discrimination and Quality of Life

Katherine Villa

Date: June 26, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. For virtual access, please contact mah415@miami.edu

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Affective Injustice and Moral Responsibility

Nathan Lam

Date: June 27, 2024

Hybrid Defense: In-Person: Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric & Earth Science Campus, South Grosvenor, Room 116. Virtual: Please contact nathan.lam@earth.miami.edu for virtual access.  

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Thesis Title: Standardization of Shark Blood and Collection Methodology and Validation of the Arkray Lactate Pro 2LT-1730 in Nurse (Ginglymostoma cirratum), Blacknose (Carcharhinus acronotus), and Bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo) Sharks

Sisam Shrestha

Date: June 28, 2024

Hybrid Defense: In-Person: Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric & Earth Science Campus, SLAB, Room 103. Virtual: Please contact sisam.shrestha@earth.miami.edu for virtual access.  

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dissertation Title: Analysis of Changes in Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation and Their Implication on Climate Sensitivity

Rebecca Lazarus

Date: July 12, 2024

Virtual Defense, Coral Gables Campus. For virtual access, please contact ral201@miami.edu

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Dissertation Title: Relationships between Family Functioning Outcomes, Youth Internalizing Outcomes, and Caregiver Acculturation in a Culturally Informed Family-Based Treatment

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