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126 Microfoundations of firm performance: three essays examining how human capital affects firm performance across strategy and entrepreneurshipBarlow, Matthew AllanThis dissertation examines how an individual's collection of knowledge, skills, and abilities impacts the performance of firms. I look across two contexts, professional sports and mobile application developers, to investigate several aspects of this relationship. I first examine the mobility of st...School of Business
127 Numerical analysis in l-spacesBabenko, ViraThis dissertation consists of two parts that focus on two interrelated areas of Applied Mathematics. The first part explores fundamental properties and applications of functions with values in L-spaces. The second part is connected to Approximation Theory and dives deeper into the analysis of functi...Mathematics
128 The effects of restricted field-of-view on spatial learning while navigating: implications for strategy use and cognitive loadBarhorst-Cates, Erica MarieResearch suggests that spatial memory while navigating with severely degraded acuity demands the use of limited cognitive resources. Peripheral vision is also a vital aspect of successful navigation, both for sensory cues and for obstacle avoidance. In a series of studies, we examined how restricted...Psychology
129 Femen and assemblage politics of protest in the age of social mediaBetlemidze, MariamTransgressing norms and barriers of mundane digital spaces to seize spotlight in the name of social change is breathtaking. Such are modern-day protest groups as they utilize a special mix of skills, tactics, and resourcefulness to become forces of disruptive tensions in the spectacular seas of imag...Communication
130 Reading's effect - a novel perspectiveBereit, Richard MartinThe effect that fiction has on readers has been continuously debated since at least the fourth century B.C.E. In this dissertation, I first analyze historic arguments of philosophers and critics who have participated significantly in the debate. I organize their critical judgments about reading's ef...English
131 Encountering the more-than-human in urban fantasy literatureBeckwith, Carissa MarieCertain types of literature have been heavily studied for their relevancy to the environment, but fantasy literature has been left out of this critical discussion. Ecocriticism of fantasy literature has been dismal, despite the popularity of the genre. I argue that fantasy resonates so strongly with...Environmental Humanities
132 The animal as queer act in comics: queer iterations in On Loving Women and NimonaBarnewitz, Molly ClareThis thesis examines comics' use of animal and otherwise non-normative bodies to portray queer identities and examine how the portrayal of the queer and monstrous can be seen as a reflection of the medium itself. Comics is a hybrid medium in which words and images coexist, favoring neither and flout...Languages and Literature
133 Prevention of spontaneous combustion in underground coal mines with the implementation of pressure balancing techniquesBateman, Christopher ScottMine fires and explosions associated with spontaneous combustion (sponcom) can be the cause of mines closings temporarily or permanently. The risk of fatalities and production losses are also associated with the hazards of sponcom. Over the last 175 years, nearly 13,000 deaths have been recorded and...Mining Engineering
134 Waveform correlation detection methods applied to the 2003-2004 seismic swarm in the marysvale volcanic province of central utahBatchelor, Chase ElizabethEarthquake swarms are defined as clusters of events that occur closely in space and time without the presence of an outstanding main shock. Swarms are especially common within the seismically active region of the Intermountain West, monitored by the University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS). Th...Geology & Geophysics
135 Effect of high strength materials on the seismic performance of reinforced concrete moment resisting framesBishaw, Birhanu BogaleThis research investigates the effect of using a combination of high strength concrete (HSC), high strength steel (HSS), and steel fibers on the seismic performance of moment resisting frames (MRFs). In the first part of the study, reinforced concrete components were tested in the laboratory under m...Civil & Environmental Engineering
136 Approximation and blow-up problems in stochastic differential equationsBezdek, PavelIn the first part of this work, we will show weak convergence of probability measures. The measure corresponding to the solution of the following one-dimensional nonlinear stochastic heat equation $\frac{\partial}{\partial t} u_{t}(x) = \frac{\kappa}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} u_{ t}(x) + ...Mathematics
137 China, social media, and environmental protest: civic engagement on networks of screens and streetsBrunner, Elizabeth AnnThis dissertation advances a networked approach to social movements via the study of contemporary environmental protests in China. Specifically, I examine anti- paraxylene protests that occurred in 2007 in Xiamen, in 2011 in Dalian, and in 2014 in Maoming via news reports, social media feeds, and co...Communication
138 Essays on investor sentiment and institutional trading momentumBulsiewicz, James GerardThis dissertation is composed of 3 chapters on the topics of investor sentiment and institutional trading momentum. In the first chapter, I investigate whether the returns to cross-sectional anomalies reported in the finance literature are due to investor sentiment. I present evidence of a weak rela...School of Business
139 Firm size, idiosyncratic risk, and shareholder gains in corporate acquisitionsButi, KrisztinaSmall acquirers experience greater abnormal returns upon acquisition announcements (other things equal) than large acquirers. In efficient markets, the persistence of differential abnormal returns over time and across industries would imply that shareholder wealth effects of corporate acquisitions ...School of Business
140 Openness to experience and awe: examination of dispositional tendencies, laboratory induction, and daily life experiencesBride, Daniel LyonsPrior research has demonstrated a robust association between positive affect and the personality factor extraversion, and parallel findings consistently link negative affect and Neuroticism, but few studies have explored the personality correlates of various lower order discrete emotions. In separat...Psychology
141 Spatial access and local demand for emergency medical services in UtahBishop, Seth ArthurEmergency Medical Services form the backbone of the prehospital emergency medical care system in the United States. Prompt treatment and transport to a definitive care facility provide the greatest chance for reduced morbidity and mortality. People's ability to use this public service can be a deter...Geography
142 WarpBylenok, LauraThe poems in this collection are situated in the multiple definitions of the verb "warp," which in contemporary usage most often means "to distort," but is also used to describe what happens to space and space-time in the theory of relativity. In addition, the OED entry for the word includes multipl...English
143 Community voices for housing equality: engaging tenants with immigrant and refugee backgrounds in participatory action researchByrne, Kara AnnThis multiple article path (MAP) dissertation is comprised of three interrelated and independent articles that will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Community Voices for Housing Equality (CVHE) is a participatory action research project that developed organically out of reside...Social Work
144 Interrogating the origin and behavior of magnetic resonance diffusion tensor scalar parameters in the myocardiumAbdullah, Osama MahmoudMyocardial microstructure plays an important role in sustaining the orchestrated beating motion of the heart. Several microstructural components, including myocytes and auxiliary cells, extracellular space, and blood vessels provide the infrastructure for normal heart function, including excitation ...Bioengineering
145 Neural and behavioral responses to deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleusAnderson, CollinParkinson's Disease (PD) motor symptoms, characterized most commonly by bradykinesia, akinesia, rigidity, and tremor, are brought about through the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, which leads to changes in electrophysiological activity throughout the basal...Bioengineering
146 Incidence of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries in a hyperpronated athletic populationArduini, Jaclyn BethHyperpronation has been shown to cause increased internal tibial rotation which, when prolonged, is thought to place increased stress on the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and lead to a higher incidence of non-contact ACL injuries in sports. To date, no research has attempted to examine the relat...Exercise & Sport Science
147 Synthesis of fluorinated analogs of oxidative DNA lesions and their use to probe features of recognition and repair by base excision repair glycosylasesCao, ShengDamage to DNA occurs through various sources, both exogenous and endogenous. Base lesions resulting from the oxidation of guanine include 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (OG), guanidinohydantoin (Gh), and spiroiminodihydantoin (Sp). These modified bases can form mismatches and lead to a G - C and G - T tra...Chemistry
148 Advanced methods for depth-to-basement estimation using gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic dataCai, HongzhuThere is a strong interest in developing effective methods to estimate the depth-to-basement. Potential field methods have already been widely used in this application by parameterizing the earth's subsurface into 3D cells. I introduce a new method of solving this problem based on the 3D Cauchy-type...Geology & Geophysics
149 Patterning via optical saturable transitionsCantu, PreciousFor the past 40 years, optical lithography has been the patterning workhorse for the semiconductor industry. However, as integrated circuits have become more and more complex, and as device geometries shrink, more innovative methods are required to meet these ...Electrical & Computer Engineering
150 Using species distribution models to quantify climate change impacts on the rosy-finch superspecies: an alpine obligateConrad, Edward C.Anthropogenic climate change is forcing plants and animals to respond by shifting their distributions poleward or upward in elevation. An organism's ability to track climate change is constrained if its habitat cannot shift and is projected to decrease in geographic extent. Geographic distributions ...Geography
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