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 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

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Dissolution of Nontronite in Low Water Activity Brines and Implications for the Aqueous History of Mars, Michael Henry Steiner

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Scardovia Wiggsiae Prevalence in Orthodontic Patients, Brandon Joseph Streiff

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Modeling studies and numerical analyses of coupled PDEs system in electrohydrodynamics, Yuzhou Sun

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A study of sequential inference for the risk ratio and measure of reduction of two binomials, Zhou Wang

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Carbon Isotope Variations Associated with a Middle Ordovician Karstic Unconformity, Patricia Suzanne Williams

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Three WRKY Transcription Factors and an NHL Protein Work Together to Regulate the Signaling of the Hormones GA and ABA in Rice Seed Germination and the Response of Vegetative Tissues to Abiotic Stresses, Liyuan Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Mars-Relevant Phosphate Minerals and Implications for Martian Habitability, Christopher Adcock

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Morphometric Assessment of the Internal Auditory Canal for Sex Determination in Subadults Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), Saoly Benson

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Speciation of Pentavalent Technetium Complexes with Aniline and Thiobenzene Derivatives, Kyle E. Childs

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The effect of single crystal elastic and plastic anisotropy on stress and strain heterogeneity: comparison of olivine to other common minerals, Christopher Joseph Cline Ii

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Observability in Traffic Modeling: Eulerian and Lagrangian Coordinates, Sergio Contreras

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The Application of Zircon (U-Th)/He Thermochronology to Determine the Timing and Slip Rate on the Willard Thrust, Sevier Fold and Thrust Belt, Northern Utah, Bryan Eleogram

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Ore Classification and Breccia Formation in the 144 Zone Gold Deposit: A Chemical Replacement Model, Bare Mountain Range, Nevada, William Thomas Fischer

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Ore Characterization of the Estelle Property in the South-~Central Alaska Range, Ember Flagg

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Physics of Gamma-ray Bursts and Multi-messenger Signals from Double Neutron Star Mergers, He Gao

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Spectroscopic Investigation of the Chemical and Electronic Properties of Chalcogenide Materials for Thin-film Optoelectronic Devices, Kimberly Horsley

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Li+ Ion Transport in Select Lithium-Rich Antiperovskites, John William Howard

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The Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes, Pugio: Hypoxic Influences on Embryonic Development, Christensen C. Javier

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Subalklaine Volcanism in the Eastern Basin and Range Province: Examples from the Miocene McCullough Range Volcanic Field and the Pliocene to Holocene Black Rock Desert Volcanic Field, Racheal Leighann Johnsen

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Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) Offspring Recruitment on the Carrizo Plain National Monument: Evaluating the Effects of Low Population Density and Marginal Habitat Quality., Diego Ramirez Johnson

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Binary Technetium Halides, Erik Vaughan Johnstone

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Modeling and Analysis of Pedestrian Flows, Romesh Khaddar

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Using Seismic Reflection to Locate a Tracer Testing Complex South of Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada, Levi Kryder

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Garnet Dating, Pressure-Temperature Time Paths and Kinematic Analysis of the Schist of Upper Narrows, Raft River Mountains, Northwestern Utah: Tectonic Implications of Pressure-Temperature-Time-Deformation Paths, Alison Christine Lacy

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Numerical Simulations of Traffic Flow Models, Puneet Lakhanpal

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Understanding how honey bee flight and senescence are connected through oxidative stress., Joseph Margotta

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Porphyry Copper Exploration of the Hualapai Mountains, Mohave County, Arizona, USA: A Multi-faceted Approach, Patrick Kevin Meazell

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N-Dimensional Quasipolar Coordinates - Theory and Application, Tan Mai Nguyen

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Thermal Impacts of Salt on Sandstones and Mudstones in the Lusitanian Basin, Portugal, Brett Perry

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New early Miocene 40Ar/39Ar ages for Nakwai, northwest Kenya, Africa, and Paleontological analysis of Meroehyrax kyongoi dentition, Dawn Elena Reynoso

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Speciation Behavior of Americium Higher Oxidation States for the Separation of Americium from Curium, Catherine Lynn Riddle

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A Survey of Ekeland's Variational Principle and Related Theorems and Applications, Jessica Robinson

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Characterization and Optimization of Extraction Chromatography Resins for Rapid Separations for Safeguard and Nuclear Forensics Purposes, Audrey Roman

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Survival, growth, and settlement of Dreissena rostriformis bugensis veligers in low and high calcium waters, Emma Ruhmann

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Lattice Methods For The Valuation of Options with Regime Switching, Atul Sancheti

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Modern to Late Pleistocene Stable Isotope Climatology of Alaska, Alison Sloat

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Empirical Studies on Interest Rate Derivatives, Xudong Sun

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Estimating Aquifer Characteristics and Identification of a Sub-Basin for Artificial Storage and Recovery, Northeastern Ivanpah Valley, Nevada, Nikolas James Taranik

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A Study of Graphical Permutations, Jessica Thune

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A Physically-Based Type II Supernova Feedback Model in SPH Simulations, Keita Todoroki

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Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Platinum(II) and Platinum(IV) Complexes Containing 4,4′--Disubstituted--2,2′--bipyridine Ligands for the Treatment of Cancer, Van Vo

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Life history tradeoffs and the costs of reproduction in Arizona Bark Scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus), Michael Marie Webber

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Understanding selenium distribution in Lake Mead using a three-dimensional hydrodynamic based water quality model, Xiaolu Wei

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Isolation and Characterization of Paenibacillus larvae Bacteriophages for Use as a Treatment of American Foulbrood Disease in Honeybees, Diane Gerda Yost

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Exact Controllability of the Lazer-McKenna Suspension Bridge Equation, Lanxuan Yu

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A Study of Joinpoint Models for Longitudinal Data, Libo Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Assessing Different Zeolitic Adsorbents for their Potential Use in Kr and Xe Separation, Breetha Alagappan

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Assessing Growth Response to Climate Controls in a Great Basin Artemisia Tridentata Plant Community, Lorenzo F. Apodaca

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Comparison of Mesh and Meshless Methods for Partial Differential Equations of Galerkin Form, Wallace F. Atterberry

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How Accurately Can the Inclination Angle, Position Angle, and Location of the Dynamic Center be Measured from the Neutral Hydrogen Disk in the Central Regions of Dwarf Galaxies?, John Henry Boisvert

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Paleoecology of Late Pleistocene megaherbivores: Stable isotope reconstruction of environment, climate, and response, Aubrey Mae Bonde

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Kinematic analysis of axial rotations and the effects of stress selection on takeoff flight performance, Michael L. Brewer

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Strategic Electronic Property Control of Self-Assembling Pyrazine-Acenes, Lacie Brownell

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What Can Biochemistry Students Learn About Protein Translation? Using Variation Theory to Explore the Space of Learning Created by Some Common External Representations, Thomas J. Bussey

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Cretaceous and Eocene U-Pb Zircon Migmatite Ages from the East Humboldt Range Metamorphic Core Complex, Nevada, Jordan Drew

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Integrating, Developing, and Testing Methods to Generate More Cohesive Approaches to Biogeographic Inference, Mallory Elizabeth Eckstut

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Application of (U-Th)/He and 40Ar/39Ar Thermochronology to the Age of Thrust Faulting in the Sevier Orogenic Belt, Michael Giallorenzo

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Impacts of climate changes on the spatiotemporal distribution of precipitation in the western United States, Peng Jiang

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A Gaming Application of the Negative Hypergeometric Distribution, Steven Norman Jones

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Generalizations of Pascal's Triangle: A Construction Based Approach, Michael Anton Kuhlmann

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A Comprehensive Research Framework for Geographic Parthenogenesis in Whiptail Lizards (Genus Aspidoscelis), Adam Leland