Bass Connections Research Informs Theses and Dissertations

The following are just a few examples of students who leveraged Bass Connections participation for their thesis or dissertation.

Undergraduates

Katie Becker, Public Policy
That’s Not FAIR: Fact-checking Trump’s $113 Billion Undocumented Immigration Sticker Price
Project team: Where Does the Money Go? Federal Spending on American Children

Kathy Dai, Neuroscience
Genomic Instability in Alzheimer's Disease: TOMM40 Poly-T Variations
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Jennifer Acosta, Psychology and Neuroscience
First in the Family: Exploring Social and Psychological Variables across Generational Status in College Students
Project team: Schooling and Parenting: Implications for Students' Academic Identity

Kirsten Bonawitz, Neuroscience
Changes in the Expression of Late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Genes throughout
Pathological Progression within Single Neurons
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Indrani Saha, Program II
Being Within: Disruption and Disorientation in Carlos Cruz-Diez's Chromosaturation
Project team: Art, Vision and the Brain

Sophie Alman, Psychology
Can Reminders of Brands Make People Happier than Reminders of Romantic Partners? Perceived Control and Self-esteem as Mediators of Brand/Partner Comparisons
Project team: Aging and Reliance on Memory-based Heuristics

Madeleine Bernstein, Biomedical Engineering
Efficacy of “Thresholding Method” in Identifying On-field Impacts with DASHR Device
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

John D’Angelo, Biomedical Engineering
Baseline Drift Removal with an Electrooculography Headset
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

Daniel O’Connell, Biomedical Engineering
Age Related Differences on a Smooth Pursuit Task in High School and Youth Football Participants: Implications for Baseline Concussion Assessments
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

Julia Tuttle, Global Health
Drug Development for Neglected Tropical Diseases: DNDi and the Product Development Partnership (PDP) Model
Project team: Innovation & Technology Policy Lab

Sonal Gagrani, Neuroscience
The Effect of a TOMM40 Poly-T Variant on Mitochondrial Stress Responses in Alzheimer’s Disease
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Shane Bierly, Neuroscience
A Novel Method for Examining APP Arrest in the TOM Complex
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Jenny Li, Sociology and Global Health
Honors thesis on the role of anesthesia delivery within a health systems context, comparing Ghana’s approach in developing the nurse anesthetist profession with other national approaches to address national crises in staffing of anesthesia providers, and exploring e-learning and distance-based education as a strategy for promoting health workforce sustainability
Project team: Distance-based, Executive-style Degree Completion Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists

Lauren Kane, Neuroscience
Honors thesis on white matter alterations and methionine cycle dysregulations in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Vinay Nagaraj, Mechanical Engineering
Honors thesis related to Bass Connections project research
Project team: Self-guided Parameter Fitting for Cochlear Implant Users

Leena El-Sadek, Cultural Anthropology
Living with Faith for Now: Journey of Iraqi Refugees between Homes
Project team: Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health

Rebecca Brenner, Neuroscience
Honors thesis related to Bass Connections project research
Project team: Moral Judgments by and about Stimulant Users

Laurie Hwang, French Studies & Global Health
“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”: A Comparison of French and U.S. Health Research on the Neurodevelopmental and Epigenetic Effects of Tobacco Exposure on Vulnerable Populations
Project team: Environmental Effects on Cognitive Development

Ryan Buxbaum, Public Policy
Driving Renewable Energy Growth Through Effective Public Policy: A Financial and Policy Analysis of Cash Grants, Tax Credits and Pass-Through Tax Structures (MLPs and YieldCos)
Project team: Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation

Parth Chodavadia, Global Health
Education and Mental Health, India
Project team: Education and the Changing Brain

Matthew Farnitano, Biology
One Gene or Many? Different Genetic Mechanisms Drive Convergent Evolution in Monkey Flowers
Project team: International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM)

Winnie Biwott, Economics
Women’s Land Rights and Empowerment: Impact of the Land Tenure Regularization Reform (LTR) on Contraceptive Use and Domestic Violence in Rwanda
Project team: Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film

Danielle Colson, Mechanical Engineering
Solar Hydrogen Production
Project team: Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation

Elle Gault, Global Health
Critical Analysis of the Efficacy of Task-Shifting in Two Post-Earthquake Humanitarian Crisis Sites: Haiti and Nepal
Project team: Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film

Mark Cullen, Evolutionary Anthropology
Look Out! A Study of Vision in Human Running
Project team: Look Before You Leap! Using Eye Tracking to Understand the Evolution of Locomotor Decision-making

Graduate and Professional Students

Nia Christian, Biomedical Engineering
Efficacy of “Thresholding Method” in Identifying On-field Impacts with DASHR Device
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

Justin Lana, Environment
Dissertation on risk factors for cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Peruvian Amazon
Project team: Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America

Melissa Manus, Evolutionary Anthropology
Inter-Species Microbial Sharing in Rural Madagascar: A Study of Environmental Influences on the Skin Microbiome
Project team: Shining Evolutionary Light on Global Health Challenges

Daniel Ribeiro, Law
Dissertation exploring how administrative law, welfare economics and decision theory can be combined to inform optimal institutional designs and methods for evidence-based policy systems, including a comparison of how ex ante and ex post impact assessment tools are being used by governments and how they can be improved and better integrated
Project team: Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review

Dominic Lucero, Global Health
Factors Associated with Distribution of Leishmaniasis Disease and Vectors in Madre de Dios, Peru
Project team: Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America

Hanzhang Xu, Nursing
Dissertation on the impact of migration and urbanization on Chinese older adults’ experiences, behaviors and health outcomes, focusing on persons with diabetes
Project team: Community Care of Frail Elders in Cross-cultural Settings

Jonathon Free, History
Dissertation about a shift in the coal industry during the 1970s, and how the industry responded to efforts to manage the risks of underground disasters
Project team: Regulatory Disaster Scene Investigation

Libby MacFarlane, Global Health
Participatory Methods for Climate Change and Mental Health Research: Photovoice in Nepal
Project team: Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health

Jessica Bolton, Psychology & Neuroscience
Developmental Programming of Brain and Behavior: A Role for the Innate Immune System of the Placenta and Brain?
Project team: Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain

Brittney Wittenbrink, Global Health
The Relationship Between Support Systems and Disease Burden for Families Coping with Sickle Cell Disease in South Africa and Cameroon
Project team: Integrative Global Health Research on Sickle Cell Disease

Jordan Hashemi, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dissertation on a topic related to Bass Connections project research
Project teams: Information, Child Mental Health and Society and The Lives of Things