Below are theses and dissertations completed by graduates of the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Sciences.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Instrumentation and Measurement of Thermoelectric and Structural Properties of Binary Chalcogenides and Half-Heusler Alloys at Extreme Conditions Using a Paris-Edinburgh Press, Jason Lee Baker

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Phosphate Release: The Effect of Prebiotic Organic Compounds on Dissolution of Merrillite, Whitlockite, Chlorapatite, and Fluorapatite, Courtney Lea Bartlett

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Numerical Methods for Option Pricing under the Two-Factor Models, Jiacheng Cai

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Gene Expression Profiling in the Larval Fat Body of Desiccation Selected Drosophila melanogaster, Adriana Michelle Charles

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Exterior Giant Planet Effects on Terrestrial Architecture, Anna Corinne Childs

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Volatile Technetium Oxides: Implications for Nuclear Waste Vitrification, Bradley Covington Childs

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Synthesis of Actinide Materials for the Study of Basic Actinide Science and Rapid Separation of Fission Products, Jacquelyn M. Dorhout

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Complete Sequencing and Comparative Analysis of the Genomes of the First Magnetotactic Gammaproteobacteria Isolated in Pure Culture: Strains BW-2 and SS-5, Corey Geurink

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Controlled Electrochemical Reduction of Gold and Palladium Metal Precursors in Polyaniline, Nicole Goodwin

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Factors Influencing Induction of Desiccation Tolerance in Bryophytes: Redefining Fundamental Aspects of the Organism’s Relationship with the Environment in Xeric Habitats, Joshua Lee Greenwood

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Living on the Edge: Assessing the Effects of Catastrophic Fire on Plants Utilized by Two Endemic Subspecies of Spring Mountains Butterflies, Charles Ryan Herrmann

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Late Cretaceous Extensional Collapse of the Southern Cordillera: Evidence from the Bristol and Granite Mountains, SE California, Lee Hess

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Investigation of Determinacy for Games of Variable Length, Emi Ikeda

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Behavioral Paleoecology of Lower Cambrian Deposit Foragers: Reinterpreting Looping and Meandering Traces using Optimal Foraging Theory and Quantitative Analysis, Zachary Andrew Jensen

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Thermal and Developmental Ecology of Pupfish, Cyprinodon, Alexander Jones

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Eye Repair in Xenopus Laevis, Cindy Xuan-Mai Kha

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Surface and Interface Characterization of Solution-Processed Metal Oxides and PEDOT:PSS Using Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Lynette M. Kogler

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An Analysis of the Spatial, Temporal, and Functional Role of Key Proteins in the Drosophila Melanogaster Salivary Gland During Exocrine Secretion, Kathryn Lantz

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Understanding Progenitors of Gamma Ray Bursts with Multi-Wavelength Properties, Ye Li

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Environmental Changes across the Early Mississippian Carbon Isotope Excursion, Dev Krishna Maharjan

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The Electrochemical Deposition of Samarium and Europium Dissolved in Ionic Liquid Solvent, Bea Martinez

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Software for Sequence Analysis of Variants in Functional Screening Libraries and Personalized Genome Files, Jacklyn Michelle Newsome

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Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization of PANI/Ni and PANI/Au/Ni Composites, Morgan Emily Pacini

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A Potential Solution to a Poopy Problem: Bile Salt Analogs as Prophylactics Against Clostridium Difficile Infection, Jacqueline Renee Phan

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Miocene-Pliocene(?) Folds, Normal Faults and the Left-Lateral Buckhorn Fault with Regional Implications, Pahranagat Shear Zone, Nevada, Thomas Godfrey Price

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Phase equilibria, compressibility, and thermal analysis of bastnaesite-(La), Richard Lee Rowland

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Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Studies of Technetium-99m and Rhenium-188 Peptides, Vanessa Anne Sanders

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Novel Methods for the Time-Dependent Maxwell’s Equations and their Applications, Sidney Shields

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Secular Resonances during Main-Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence Planetary System Dynamics, Jeremy L. Smallwood

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Average Cayley Genus for Groups with Two Generators of Order Greater Than Two, Dawn Sturgeon

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Characterization of Dust on Solar Devices in Southern Nevada, Jason Sylva

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An Elemental Highway: Investigation of a High Nickel Anomaly in Olivine from the Island of Niihau, Hawaii, Alexander James Valentine

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Emerging Infectious Disease and the Imperiled Relict Leopard Frog, Anthony Wayne Waddle

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The Formation and Dynamics of Clouds in the Environment of Active Galactic Nuclei, Timothy Waters

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Probing Broad Line Regions of Active Galactic Nuclei, Champika Sandamali Weerasooriya

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Improved Partial Charge Models in Siliceous Zeolites for the Simulation of Adsorption and Identification of Catalytic Sites, Jarod J. Wolffis

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Spectroscopic Signatures of Uranium Speciation for Forensics, Nicholas Wozniak

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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High-Pressure Properties of Several Narrow Bandgap Semiconductors from First-Principles Calculations, Andrew Michael Alvarado

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Characterizing the Earliest Stages of Partial Melting: A Study of the Pyrometamorphic Aureole of Miocene Mt. Perkins Pluton, Northwest Arizona, Mathew Beshears

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On the Scattering of an Acoustic Plane Wave by a Soft Prolate Spheroid, Joseph Michael Borromeo

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A Case for Chiral Contributions to Nondipole Effects in Photoionization Using Linearly Polarized Soft X-rays, Kyle Patrick Bowen

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Direct Dissolution and Electrochemical Investigation of Cerium and Uranium in Ionic Liquid, Janelle Droessler

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(U-Th)/He Studies of the Southern Snake Range Metamorphic Core Complex, NV and Gypsum Valley Salt Wall, Paradox Basin, CO, USA, Sarah Lynn Evans

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Estimation and Comparison of Thermoelectric and PV Solar Water Usage in the Colorado River Basin States, Yuzhen Feng

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Patterns of Synorogenic Sedimentation Associated with the Unroofing of the Willard-Paris-Meade Thrust Sheets, Sevier Fold-Thrust Belt, Amanda Gentry

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Physiology and Genetics of Starvation-Selected Drosophila melanogaster, Christopher Michael Hardy

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Ab Initio Structure Determination and Property Characterization of High-Pressure Ca-O Compounds and Li2(OH)Br Crystals, Christopher Higgins

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The San1 Ubiquitin Ligase Functions Preferentially with Ubiquitin-Conjugating Enzyme Ubc1 During Protein Quality Control, Rebeca Lea Ibarra

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Effects of Hydraulic Connections on Unsaturated Flow in Dual-Permeability Media, Jeevan Jayakody

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Characterizing Crystal Populations for the Petrogenesis of the Post-Collapse Rhyolites in The Long Valley Caldera, California, William Joseph

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Development of the K-state (Competence) and Mutagenesis in Stressed Bacillus subtillis Cells, Amanda Kidman

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Water Balance and Moisture Dynamics of an Arid and Semi-Arid Soil: A Weighing Lysimeter and Field Study, Jeremy E. Koonce

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Interference Effects of Urban Rubble on the Radioanalytical Analysis of Strontium, Derek Roger Mclain

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Incomplete Denitrification in Thermus Species, Chrisabelle Mefferd

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Novel Pathways to High-Efficiency Chalcopyrite Photovoltaic Devices: A Spectroscopic Investigation of Alternative Buffer Layers and Alkali-Treated Absorbers, Michelle Mezher

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Structural Behavior of NbSexTe2-x Superconductors Under High Pressure, Vahe Mkrtchyan

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Structural Evolution of the Maynard Lake Fault Within the Left-Lateral Pahranagat Shear Zone, Nevada, USA, Mahmud Mustafa Muhammad

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Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators Based on Nafion Blends with Functional Polymers, Jungsoo Nam

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Assessing a Potential Paleothermal Anomaly near a Salt Wall Using (U-TH)/HE Thermochronology and Silica Cementation Analysis, Onion Creek, Utah, Richard Gregory Ness

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Canovas Canyon Rhyolites, Jemez Volcanic Field, New Mexico: Discrete Source Magmas, or a Potential Caldera Forming Magma System?, Penelope Marie Padmore

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The Role of Mfd in Stationary-Phase Oxidative Damage Repair in Bacillus subtilis, Katelyn E. Porter

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Impedance Spectroscopy Studies of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Under Extreme Conditions, Quinlan Blaine Smith

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Forcing Cesium into Higher Oxidation States via Useful Hard X-ray Induced Chemistry at Extreme Conditions, Daniel Thomas Sneed

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Water Source Partitioning for Shrubland Transpiration in a Mixed Phreatophytic Plant Community, Amanda Jean Wagner

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The Hopf Fibration and Encoding Torus Knots in Light Fields, John Vincent Waite

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A Bioinformatics Approach to Addressing the Responses of Rice Aleurone Cells to Hormones Abscisic Acid and Gibberellic Acid, Kenneth Arthur Watanabe

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Biogeochemistry of a Saline, Alkaline, Terminal Lake Ecosystem in Transition; Walker Lake, Nevada, Katherine Lynn Willever

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Statistical Inference of Genetic Forces Using a Poisson Random Field Model with Non-Constant Population Size, Jianbo Xu

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Strategic Molecular Design to Engineer the Electron Affinity of Self-Assembling Organic Semiconductors, Kelly Nicole Zaugg

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Kinematics and timing of the Miocene-Quaternary deformation in Nellis Dunes Recreational Area, Nevada, Shaimaa Abdelhaleem

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Inverse Problem for Non-viscous Mean Field Control: Example From Traffic, Shaurya Agarwal

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Paenibacillus larvae spore germination and American Foulbrood disease development in honey bee larvae, Israel Alvarado

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High Pressure X-~Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of Heavy-~Fermion Cerium and Uranium Compounds, Daniel Antonio

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Testing Established Models of Hydrothermal Fluid Distribution Around Porphyry Deposits: The Application of Fluid Inclusion Research to Porphyry Deposit Exploration, Wyatt Moyer Bain

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Rewetting of Artificially Desiccated Soils: Effect of Gravity on Vapor-Phase Diffusion, Taylor Arland Ball

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Generalized Catalan Numbers and Some Divisibility Properties, Jacob Bobrowski

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Laser Ablation ICP-MS of Actinide Oxides as Simulated Used Nuclear Fuels, Keri Campbell

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Assessing the importance of nurse plant associations to the growth of pre-~reproductive Yucca brevifolia, Eric James Chameroy

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Glass shards at Pinnacle Point rock shelter 5-~6, South Africa: Are they from the last super-~eruption of Toba?, Amber Elizabeth Ciravolo

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Trace Element Variations in a Stalagmite from Southwest Mexico: Implications for Paleoclimate, Chad Michael Crotty

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Study the Mechanism of the Prompt Emission of Gamma-Ray Bursts, Wei Deng

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Studies of Flerovium and Element 115 Homologs with Macrocyclic Extractants, John Dustin Despotopulos

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Chemical and Electronic Structure of Surfaces and Interfaces in Cadmium Telluride Based Photovoltaic Devices, Douglas Arthur Duncan

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An Investigation into Transitions in Clay Mineral Chemistry on Mars, Seth Gainey

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Predictive Modeling of Terrestrial Radiation Exposure from Geologic Materials, Daniel A. Haber

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Stable Isotope Analysis of Bison latifrons and Paleoecological Inferences, Fabian Ceron Hardy

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Cultivation-Dependent Analysis of Microorganisms Associated with Various Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Anthony Harrington

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Constraining the Progenitor and Central Engine of Gamma-ray Bursts with Observational Data, Lu Houjun

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High Pressure Behavior of Mullite-Type Oxides: Phase Transitions, Amorphization, Negative Linear Compressibility and Microstructural Implications, Patricia Kalita

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Solving differential equations with least square and collocation methods, Katayoun Bodouhi Kazemi

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Hydrothermal Routes to Technetium Cluster Compounds, William M. Kerlin

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The Effects of Honeybee (Apis mellifera) Antimicrobial Peptides on Paenibacillus larvae, Jasmin Camille Khilnani

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Versatile Synthetic Methods for Photoluminescent Pyrylium Tosylates, Jung Jae Koh

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Modeling Background Radiation using Geochemical Data, Kara Marsac

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Exact Statistical Inferences for Functions of Parameters of the Log-Gamma Distribution, Joseph F. Mcdonald

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Generalized Markoff Equations, Euclid Trees, and Chebyshev Polynomials, Donald Joseph Mcginn

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A Comparison of Recent Results on the Unicity Conjecture of the Markoff Equation, Brandon John Metz

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Beryllium is a potent and unique GSK-3β inhibitor with potential to differentially regulate glycogen synthase and β-catenin, Ata Ur Rahman Mohammed Abdul

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Characterization of Gold and Related Mineralization at the North Bullion Carlin System, Railroad Project, a Nevada Carlin-~type Gold Prospect, Melanie Nicole Newton

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Ediacaran ocean redox evolution, Swapan Kumar Sahoo