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Big Data Analytics For Complex Systems, Ashraf Mohamed Abou Tabl Sep 2019

Big Data Analytics For Complex Systems, Ashraf Mohamed Abou Tabl

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The evolution of technology in all fields led to the generation of vast amounts of data by modern systems. Using data to extract information, make predictions, and make decisions is the current trend in artificial intelligence. The advancement of big data analytics tools made accessing and storing data easier and faster than ever, and machine learning algorithms help to identify patterns in and extract information from data. The current tools and machines in health, computer technologies, and manufacturing can generate massive raw data about their products or samples. The author of this work proposes a modern integrative system that can ...


Structure-Function Relationship In S-Nitrosoglutathione Reductase And The Development Of Fluorogenic Pseudo-Substrates, Nneamaka Chinwendu Onukwue Sep 2019

Structure-Function Relationship In S-Nitrosoglutathione Reductase And The Development Of Fluorogenic Pseudo-Substrates, Nneamaka Chinwendu Onukwue

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S-nitrosation is the attachment of a nitric oxide moiety to the thiol side chain of cysteine. S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO) acts as a bioactive reservoir for NO to maintain an equilibrium in the concentration of NO in the body. Due to this, the study of the enzyme S-nitrosoglutathione reductase has of great interest because of its ability to metabolize GSNO. S-nitrosoglutathione reductase’s activity has been linked to a number of human diseases. Chapter 1 of this thesis presents a proposed allosteric binding domain on GSNOR. Positive cooperativity (sigmoidal deviation) was observed from steady state analysis of GSNOR which indicated an affinity ...


Optimal Supply Network With Vendor Managed Inventory In A Healthcare System With Rfid Investment Consideration, Mohammed Almanaseer Sep 2019

Optimal Supply Network With Vendor Managed Inventory In A Healthcare System With Rfid Investment Consideration, Mohammed Almanaseer

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Supply Chain Management in the healthcare sector faces several significant challenges, including complexity in healthcare systems, high supply chain costs, balancing quality and costs, delay in delivery, product availability from vendors, inventory waste, and unpredictability and uncertainty. Among those challenges, having an effective inventory management system with an optimal supply network is important to improve the match between supply and demand, which would improve the performance of for healthcare firms. Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system is a replenishment solution in which the vendor monitors and decides the time and the quantity of the inventory replenishment of their customers subject to ...


Effect Of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coating On Tensile Properties Of High Pressure Die Cast Magnesium Alloy Az91, Zixi Sun Sep 2019

Effect Of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coating On Tensile Properties Of High Pressure Die Cast Magnesium Alloy Az91, Zixi Sun

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Magnesium alloy AZ91 is high pressure die cast (HPDC) into rectangular coupons with the section thicknesses of 2, 6 and 10 mm. The first group of samples is employed to investigate the effect of section thicknesses on tensile properties, strain-hardening and fracture behaviours of the die cast AZ91. The results of tensile testing indicate that the ultimate tensile strength (UTS), yield strength (YS), elongation (ef), modulus(E), toughness(Ut) and resilience(Ur) decrease to 129.17, 110.59 MPa, 0.37%, 25.9 GPa, 0.89 MJ/m3, and 236.10 kJ/m3 from 245.54, 169.26 MPa, 4 ...


Learning Embeddings For Academic Papers, Yi Zhang Sep 2019

Learning Embeddings For Academic Papers, Yi Zhang

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Academic papers contain both text and citation links. Representing such data is crucial for many downstream tasks, such as classification, disambiguation, duplicates detection, recommendation and influence prediction. The success of Skip-gram with Negative Sampling model (hereafter SGNS) has inspired many algorithms to learn embeddings for words, documents, and networks. However, there is limited research on learning the representation of linked documents such as academic papers. This dissertation first studies the norm convergence issue in SGNS and propose to use an L2 regularization to fix the problem. Our experiments show that our method improves SGNS and its variants on different types ...


Exploring Causes Of Academic Entitlement: A Mixed-Method Approach, Chelsea Mclellan Sep 2019

Exploring Causes Of Academic Entitlement: A Mixed-Method Approach, Chelsea Mclellan

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This dissertation was guided by two research questions: (1) What causes academic entitlement? and, (2) what is the role of subgroups/typologies of academic entitlement? Relying on a mixed-method approach to explore these questions, survey, interview, and experimental methodologies were pursued. Findings are presented in three manuscripts (Chapters two through four). Chapter two explored the relationship between academic entitlement, learning styles, academic attitudes, and academic performance, and also explored how subtypes/subgroups of academic entitlement differ on the same measures. Undergraduate students (N=433) completed an online survey about their behaviours and attitudes towards university. While some support for the ...


The Influence Of Coparenting Support On Fathers’ Involvement With Their Children With Autism, Jason L. Bloom Sep 2019

The Influence Of Coparenting Support On Fathers’ Involvement With Their Children With Autism, Jason L. Bloom

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The present study investigated how fathers of children with autism spectrum disorders (autism) are supported by their coparents, and the impact of this on fathers’ involvement, motivation for involvement, and parenting stress. Fathers (N = 76) of children with autism aged 4-11 years completed an online survey, and 20 fathers completed an additional phone interview. Multiple regression analyses revealed that fathers’ perceptions of coparenting support was not related to fathers’ outcomes, such as involvement, satisfaction with involvement, parenting stress. Additional analyses revealed that fathers’ perceptions of coparenting support was negatively related to their parenting stress. In turn, lower parenting stress was ...


Machine Learning Enabled Vital Sign Monitoring System, Varun Kumar Vats Sep 2019

Machine Learning Enabled Vital Sign Monitoring System, Varun Kumar Vats

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Internet of Things (IoT)- based remote health monitoring systems have an enormous potential of becoming an integral part of the future medical system. In particular, these systems can play life-saving roles for treating or monitoring patients with critical health issues. On the other hand, it can also reduce pressure on the health-care system by reducing unnecessary hospital visits of patients. Any health care monitoring system must be free from erroneous data, which may arise because of instrument failure or communication errors. In this thesis, machine-learning techniques are implemented to detect reliability and accuracy of data obtained by the IoT-based remote ...


An Approach Of Automatic Reconstruction Of Building Models For Virtual Cities From Open Resources, Sumit Khairnar Sep 2019

An Approach Of Automatic Reconstruction Of Building Models For Virtual Cities From Open Resources, Sumit Khairnar

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Along with the ever-increasing popularity of virtual reality technology in recent years, 3D city models have been used in different applications, such as urban planning, disaster management, tourism, entertainment, and video games. Currently, those models are mainly reconstructed from access-restricted data sources such as LiDAR point clouds, airborne images, satellite images, and UAV (uncrewed air vehicle) images with a focus on structural illustration of buildings’ contours and layouts. To help make 3D models closer to their real-life counterparts, this thesis research proposes a new approach for the automatic reconstruction of building models from open resources. In this approach, first, building ...


Organizational Change Within Christian Higher Education Institutions And The Reactions Of Faculty, Dena Counts Sep 2019

Organizational Change Within Christian Higher Education Institutions And The Reactions Of Faculty, Dena Counts

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Christian higher education in the United States is experiencing frequent transformational organizational change that is impacting faculty. Researchers have asserted that frequent, second-order organizational change correlates with interpersonal conflict, and conflict is associated with counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs). These associations between change, conflict, and negative work behavior are important to understand as faculty actions could significantly impact change efforts. Because of the context of Christian higher education, this study was designed to determine if faculty organizational identification influenced the correlations of the variables. It specifically utilized a cross-sectional survey design to assess faculty (N = 267) perceptions of organizational change, interpersonal ...


Factors Influencing Faculty Use Of Screencasting For Feedback, Berlin Fang Sep 2019

Factors Influencing Faculty Use Of Screencasting For Feedback, Berlin Fang

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This study explored faculty concerns in using screencasting to give feedback, why they choose to adopt it, and what training and support would benefit them in the adoption of such a method. This is a single embedded case study using a stages of concern questionnaire, semistructured and open-ended interviews, as well as media comment reviews as data collection methods. Some 21 professors from a southwestern private university participated in the research, representing 51 potential participants who have been exposed to screencasting for feedback through software ownership, training, or coaching. After the completion of this questionnaire, 16 participants were interviewed in ...


Paleofluid Flow, Fracturing And Reservoir Implications In Foreland Basins: An Example From The Cretaceous Qamchuqa Formation, Kurdistan Iraq, Kareem Hassan Kareem Aug 2019

Paleofluid Flow, Fracturing And Reservoir Implications In Foreland Basins: An Example From The Cretaceous Qamchuqa Formation, Kurdistan Iraq, Kareem Hassan Kareem

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Gali Ali Bag Gorge is located in W-NW Zagros Fault Thrust Belt, Kurdistan Region, northern Iraq. The gorge exposes shallow marine Lower Cretaceous Qamchuqa carbonates along more than 5km. The investigated outcropped carbonate strata and equivalent subsurface sections consist of several dolostone bodies with unique and complex arrays of saddle and zebra dolomite textures especially in fractured intervals. Such carbonates are structurally controlled and affected by hydrothermal fluid flow and represent one of the major and important reservoir rocks in the High Folded oilfields. An integrated study combining field observations, core descriptions, microstructural analysis, petrographic study, stable C, O and ...


Computational Insights Into Bio-Relevant Sulfur Chemistry, Sahar Nikoo Aug 2019

Computational Insights Into Bio-Relevant Sulfur Chemistry, Sahar Nikoo

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Sulfur-containing molecules are chemically and functionally versatile compounds, exemplified by their diverse roles from enzymatic processes to organic synthesis and drug design. With the goal of gaining detailed and deeper insights into the chemistry of such species, multi-scale computational modeling techniques we have applied in this work. Chapter 1 provides a brief summary of the importance of sulfur, its functionality, and reactivity in biological systems including catalytic environments such as enzymes. In Chapter 2, an overview of the key features of the common and contemporary computational approaches is explained briefly. In Chapter 3, systematic benchmark studies are performed to determine ...


The Silver Lining Of Sin: How Ben Johnson And The Dubin Inquiry Resonates With Canadian Olympians Since 1988, Alex Cyr Aug 2019

The Silver Lining Of Sin: How Ben Johnson And The Dubin Inquiry Resonates With Canadian Olympians Since 1988, Alex Cyr

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Since Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for doping at the 1988 Olympic games, only two Canadian track and field Olympians have failed a drug test. ;2 This study examined how the sanctions imposed on Johnson following his transgression over thirty years ago, as well as the anti-doping policies created in response to Johnson’s positive test, resonated with Canadian track and field athletes and influenced their perspective about doping. Nine (n = 9) Canadian Olympians between the ages of 24 and 55 years (M = 36.67, SD = 9.63) having competed in at least one Olympic games since 1988 were ...


E-Commerce Recommendation By An Ensemble Of Purchase Matrices With Sequential Patterns, Mehdi Naseri Aug 2019

E-Commerce Recommendation By An Ensemble Of Purchase Matrices With Sequential Patterns, Mehdi Naseri

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In E-commerce recommendation systems, integrating collaborative filtering (CF) and sequential pattern mining (SPM) of purchase history data will improve the accuracy of recommendations and mitigate limitations of using only explicit user ratings for recommendations. Existing E-commerce recommendation systems which have combined CF with some form of sequences from purchase history are those referred to as LiuRec09, ChioRec12, and HPCRec18. ChoiRec12 system, HOPE first derives implicit ratings from purchase frequency of users in transaction data which it uses to create user item rating matrix input to CF. Then, it computes the CFPP, the CF-based predicted preference of each target user_u on ...


Design And Preparation Of Stretchable Semiconductors Through Polymer Blending, Mariia Selivanova Aug 2019

Design And Preparation Of Stretchable Semiconductors Through Polymer Blending, Mariia Selivanova

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A new strategy for influencing the solid-state morphology of conjugated polymers was developed through physical blending with a low molecular weight branched polyethylene (BPE). This non-toxic and low boiling point additive was blended with a high charge mobility diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based conjugated polymer and a detailed investigation of both electronic (Chapter III) and mechanical (Chapter IV) properties was performed. The new blended materials were characterized by various techniques, including X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Interestingly, the branched additive was shown to reduce the crystallinity of the conjugated polymer, while promoting aggregation and phase separation in the ...


Evolution Of The Material Structure And Resultant Deformation Patterns On The Western Margin Of The Ross Ice Shelf, Clara Deck Aug 2019

Evolution Of The Material Structure And Resultant Deformation Patterns On The Western Margin Of The Ross Ice Shelf, Clara Deck

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The Ross Ice Shelf (RIS), a floating mass of ice tethered to the continent, is integral to the stability of the interior West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Its collapse could lead to an acceleration of land ice toward the ocean and a direct contribution to sea level rise. Rifts, or pull apart fractures in ice shelves, have been linked to ice shelf disintegration in other parts of Antarctica in recent decades. The rifts of interest for this study are on the western lateral margin of the RIS and have been active for at least the past five decades, as documented in ...


The Use Of Fluorite In Assessing Fluid History And Metal Endowment In Hydrothermal Sn-W-Mo Deposits: An Example From Mt. Pleasant, Canada, James Greene Aug 2019

The Use Of Fluorite In Assessing Fluid History And Metal Endowment In Hydrothermal Sn-W-Mo Deposits: An Example From Mt. Pleasant, Canada, James Greene

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The Mount Pleasant Sn-W-Mo deposit is located in southern New Brunswick, Canada and consists of two zones: the North Zone (NZ) and the Fire Tower Zone (FTZ). The North Zone hosts predominantly Sn with minor W-Mo mineralization, whereas the Fire Tower Zone hosts predominantly Mo and W with minor Sn mineralization. Fluorite is an important gangue mineral as it is ubiquitous throughout the deposit and is used to provide a record of fluid evolution. The complexity of the deposit is apparent from the deposit-scale to micrometer-scale trace-element variations in fluorite crystals such that fluorite is key to understanding the composition ...


Measuring Affective Processes In Traumatic Brain Injury, Eva Keatley Aug 2019

Measuring Affective Processes In Traumatic Brain Injury, Eva Keatley

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Changes to emotional functioning are difficult to measure after traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study examines how TBI impacts emotional functioning using self-report measures of psychological symptoms, affect, and social participation as well as objective measures of affective processes. The first experiment consists of the development of a novel measure of facial affect recognition that is validated in a sample of 78 non-clinical participants. The second experiment is an exploratory study examining group differences between 50 individuals with mild complicated, moderate, or severe TBI and 32 demographically similar controls. Correlations between self-reported psychological symptoms, affect, and social participation and performance ...


Deep Benthic Coral Habitats Of Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve, Alaska, Elise C. Hartill Aug 2019

Deep Benthic Coral Habitats Of Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve, Alaska, Elise C. Hartill

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Southeast Alaska is a system of fjords that presents an ideal natural laboratory to study terrestrial, aquatic and marine patterns of succession due to its unique and recent history of deglaciation. The patterns of deep benthic community assemblages in the fjords of Glacier Bay were investigated by quantitative assessment of underwater photo-quadrats collected using a remotely operated vehicle. The percent cover and diversity of species were lowest near the glaciated heads of the fjords and highest in the Central Channel and at the mouths of the fjords of Glacier Bay, where oceanographic conditions ...


Development Of An Electrical Interface For A Lateral Field Excited Sensor System, Thomas J. Leighton Aug 2019

Development Of An Electrical Interface For A Lateral Field Excited Sensor System, Thomas J. Leighton

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Sensor systems are utilized to provide critical information to an end user which may range from a physician in a heath care facility to a soldier in a battle field environment. The "heart" of the sensor system is the sensing platform, examples of which include semiconductor, piezoelectric and optical devices. The responses of these sensors must be converted into a format that the user can read and interpret. This conversion is achieved through integrating the sensing platform with an electrical interface.

The focus of this thesis is the development of the first electrical interface for Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) sensors ...


Identification Of High-Risk Food Coping Strategies Of Maine Food Pantry Clients, Kathryn Cutting Aug 2019

Identification Of High-Risk Food Coping Strategies Of Maine Food Pantry Clients, Kathryn Cutting

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Food coping strategies are strategies adopted by individuals in order to obtain enough food for themselves and their family. Food coping strategies can range from using coupons (couponing) and buying in bulk to skipping meals and stealing food. Although not all strategies are considered to be high risk, all strategies should be accounted for so that nutrition education programming caters to strategies that individuals are employing. This topic has not been widely researched in the United States. The purpose of this study was to identify common food coping strategies of food pantry clients across nine counties in Maine, explore identified ...


Fractures, Fluids, And Metamorphism: Shear Zone Initiation In The Marcy Anorthosite Massif, Adirondacks, New York, Usa, James Hodge Aug 2019

Fractures, Fluids, And Metamorphism: Shear Zone Initiation In The Marcy Anorthosite Massif, Adirondacks, New York, Usa, James Hodge

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Localized shear zones are important rheological features that influence deformation behavior throughout the Earth’s middle-to-lower crust. Therefore, the processes through which shear zones initiate and localize remains an important geologic question. The study of strain localization and shear zone initiation is made difficult due to continued deformation overprinting the microstructures which lead to initiation and obfuscating the context in which localization occurred. The Marcy anorthosite in the Adirondack Highlands, New York, is a nominally granulite-facies, plagioclase-rich massif cut by centimeter-to-meter scale shear zones which provides a natural example of shear zone localization within the middle-to-lower crust. My work focuses ...


Synthesis And Characterization Of Heteronuclear Inorganic Complexes For The Photodegradation Of Persistant Organic Pollutants, Matthew A. Moyet Aug 2019

Synthesis And Characterization Of Heteronuclear Inorganic Complexes For The Photodegradation Of Persistant Organic Pollutants, Matthew A. Moyet

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The focus of this thesis is to investigate the structural modification and characterization potential of common photocatalysts that have various uses for environmental remediation purposes. Pollution involving organic chemicals is one of the most common scenarios found in communities throughout the country. Efforts to rid contaminated drinking water supplies of these chemicals include physical and chemical filters, which have limited ability and efficacy. This lack of efficient filtration services has led to an increased demand for more effective treatment methods. Chemical species that react in the presence of light are known as photocatalysts and have been used in previous studies ...


Mountain Livelihoods In A Time Of Change: A Case Study Of Upper Mustang In Nepal, Sandesh Shrestha Aug 2019

Mountain Livelihoods In A Time Of Change: A Case Study Of Upper Mustang In Nepal, Sandesh Shrestha

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A case study was conducted in a remote Himalayan village—Yara—in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. The goal of this study was to understand and assess the livelihood strategies of local people in the village. The study focused on understanding the socio-economic and environmental driving factors of livelihood vulnerability, prevalent livelihood activities, emergent livelihood strategies, and resulting livelihood outcomes in the village. We used multiple data generation methods, which included both qualitative social science and quantitative biophysical components. For the qualitative component, we utilized multiple data generation methods including key informant interviews, semi-structured household interviews, group discussions, and ...


Social-Ecological Heterogeneity Shapes Resilience Of Small-Scale Fisheries: An Interdisciplinary Analysis Of The Mexican Chocolate Clam Fishery In Loreto, Mexico, Kara E. Pellowe Aug 2019

Social-Ecological Heterogeneity Shapes Resilience Of Small-Scale Fisheries: An Interdisciplinary Analysis Of The Mexican Chocolate Clam Fishery In Loreto, Mexico, Kara E. Pellowe

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All benefits provided by natural systems are embedded within coupled social-ecological systems (SESs). Fisheries are clear examples of SESs: through fishing, humans affect ecosystem structure and functioning, and in turn, receive benefits, including sustenance, employment, and cultural value. Resilience, the ability to maintain structure and function in the face of change, is key to sustaining the social and ecological components of fisheries-related SESs and their interactions. Many factors contribute to resilience, including heterogeneity. By identifying heterogeneity in these complex systems, we are better able to understand the capacity of fishery-related SESs to adapt to change, and contribute to management that ...


Microbial Diversity Of The Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria And Yeast (Scoby) And Its Impact On The Organoleptic Properties Of Kombucha, Danielle L. St-Pierre Aug 2019

Microbial Diversity Of The Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria And Yeast (Scoby) And Its Impact On The Organoleptic Properties Of Kombucha, Danielle L. St-Pierre

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Kombucha is an effervescent fermented tea beverage that is gaining popularity for its probiotic nature and purported health benefits. The market for kombucha is expected to reach $1.8 billion by the year 2020. The composition of microbes that compose the symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) is highly variable with some species commonly found from the Gluconobacter, Acetobacter, Zygosaccharomyces, Saccharomyces, and Schizosaccharomyces genera.

It was hypothesized that different SCOBYs, obtained from different sources would vary in microbial diversity and produce different biochemical and flavor profiles in the resulting beverage over several generations. Kombucha is a fermented product and ...


The Dispersal Pattern Of Thekopsora Minima In Wild Blueberry Determined By A Molecular Detection Method, Nghi Nguyen Aug 2019

The Dispersal Pattern Of Thekopsora Minima In Wild Blueberry Determined By A Molecular Detection Method, Nghi Nguyen

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Blueberry rust caused by Thekopsora minima is a common disease in wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) and other Vaccinium genera. Understanding the spore dispersal pattern and disease cycle of fungal pathogens in wild blueberry is crucial for the development of a more efficient disease management program. Molecular assays for rapid detection and quantification of Thekopsora minima were developed to be incorporated with a spore trap sampling method and weather data collection to examine spore dispersal pattern and production in three different fields: Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro, East Machias, and Spring Pond in Deblois, Maine, in three years 2014, 2015 and ...


Intravital Imaging In A Zebrafish Model Elucidates Interactions Between Mucosal Immunity And Pathogenic Fungi, Linda S. Archambault Aug 2019

Intravital Imaging In A Zebrafish Model Elucidates Interactions Between Mucosal Immunity And Pathogenic Fungi, Linda S. Archambault

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Candida yeasts are common commensals that can cause mucosal disease and life-threatening systemic infections. While many of the components required for defense against Candida albicans infection are well established, questions remain about how various host cells at mucosal sites assess threats and coordinate defenses to prevent normally commensal organisms from becoming pathogenic. Using two Candida species, C. albicans and C. parapsilosis, which differ in their abilities to damage epithelial tissues, we used traditional methods (pathogen CFU, host survival, and host cytokine expression) combined with high-resolution intravital imaging of transparent zebrafish larvae to illuminate host-pathogen interactions at the cellular level in ...


A Tale Of Two Bays: The Development And Applications Of The Saco And Casco Modeling Project, Stephen M. Moore Aug 2019

A Tale Of Two Bays: The Development And Applications Of The Saco And Casco Modeling Project, Stephen M. Moore

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This thesis details the development and application of a finite-volume, hydrodynamic model of Saco and Casco Bays. The primary study conducted herein focused on coupling storm simulations with sea level rise (SLR) to identify vulnerabilities of the two bays. The February 1978 Northeaster and an April freshwater discharge event in 2007 following the Patriot’s Day Storm were modeled by utilizing the Finite-Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM). Both events were repeatedly simulated under SLR scenarios ranging from 0 to 7 ft. Modeled storm responses were identified from the 1978 blizzard simulations and were tracked across SLR scenarios. By comparing changes ...