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Inter-Rater Reliability of Statistics Based on Reconstructed Individual Patient Data from Published Kaplan-Meier Curves , Megan E. Smith
Statistical Methods for Semi-Competing and Competing Risks Data with Missing Event Types , Ruiqian Wu
Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021
Approximate Likelihood Based Estimations for Joint Models with Intractable Likelihoods , Karl Stessy M. Bisselou
Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020
Bayesian Modeling for Longitudinal Count Data: Applications in Biomedical Research , Morshed Alam
Statistical Modeling of Survival Data Using Frailty Models , Adams Kusi Appiah
Multi-level small area estimation based on calibrated hierarchical likelihood approach through bias correction with applications to COVID-19 data , Nirosha Rathnayake
Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019
Beta Regression Models for Repeated-Measures Data Analysis , Nicholas A. Hein
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Ph.D. students must register for a minimum of 12 credits of SLPA/SPED 999 Dissertation. All SLPA/SPED 999 credits will initially be assigned a grade of IP for Incomplete but in Progress or XP for Incomplete with Inadequate Progress . All incomplete grades will be changed to a pass/no pass once the student successfully defends the dissertation to their Supervisory Committee.
A Ph.D. dissertation represents the beginning of an individual’s scholarly work, not its culmination. As such, dissertation research should provide students with hands-on, directed experience in the primary research/evaluation methods of their discipline and should prepare students for the type of research/scholarship that will be expected of them after receiving the Ph.D. degree. More specifically, the Ph.D. dissertation should: (a) reveal a student's ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize information; (b) demonstrate the student's knowledge of the literature relating to the project and acknowledge prior scholarship underlying the dissertation; (c) describe the methods and procedures used; (d) present results in a sequential and logical manner; (e) discuss fully and coherently the meaning of the results; and (f) demonstrate the student’s ability to convey information clearly through writing. The work must contain sufficient detail to permit replication of the study by an independent investigator.
Dissertations can either be (a) traditional in form and focus on one research project or (b) multi-project in form and consist of a series of related research projects that appear as individual research reports with integrated literature review, discussion, and future directions sections. A student selecting the multi-project dissertation approach should work closely with his/her Supervisory Committee throughout the course of the research to ensure agreement among Committee members about focus, procedures, and analyses.
Students will draft the Introduction/Literature Review and Methods chapters to describe their research questions, rationale for those questions and procedures and proposed analysis for the dissertation study. All Committee members will read the proposal and meet together to share their approval or suggest improvements for the study. The student must receive approval from the Committee before proceeding to secure IRB approval or collecting data.
At least 3-4 weeks prior to the planned dissertation defense, the student must send a copy of the dissertation to the two designated "Readers" of the dissertation for review. This will be a complete dissertation document with Abstract, Table of Contents, and chapters for an Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results and Discussion, References, and Tables and Figures as necessary. If the Readers believe the dissertation is ready for defense, they are to sign the Application for Final Oral Examination form . This form must be signed and submitted to the Graduate Coordinator at least two weeks prior to the scheduled oral defense date.
The final examination for the Ph.D. degree (i.e., the dissertation defense) includes two parts of an oral presentation: a public portion and a closed portion. The public portion includes a presentation of the dissertation research by the student and a general questioning session. This portion is open to members both of the University community and the public. At the end of the public portion, only the Supervisory Committee members, invited faculty, and the student him/herself remain present for the closed questioning portion of the oral examination.
After completion of the closed questioning period, the Supervisory Committee confers in private to decide whether the student’s dissertation work and defense is sufficient in its present form or requires minor or major modification/remediation. Requiring a student to repeat the defense procedures is at the discretion of the Supervisory Committee for any dissertation work judged to need major modification. The earliest a second final examination opportunity will occur is the academic term or summer following the failed attempt. Failure to pass the second dissertation defense attempt results in automatic review of the student's academic and dissertation performance with a possibility of program termination.
If the student is congratulated on a successful defense of his/her dissertation, each member of the Supervisory Committee should sign the Report of Completion form . This signed form should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator as soon as possible following the successful oral defense. The final letter grade for the dissertation credits should be noted on the Report of Completion form; this notation will remove all grades of Incomplete but in Progress for previous dissertation credits.
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Outstanding doctoral dissertation award, award information, application information.
- This award is open to graduate students in the UNL College of Engineering who have submitted their doctoral dissertations for graduation in August 2023, December 2023, or May 2024.
- Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.
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The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements . The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
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The Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management degree was designed as a conduit for professionals working in the construction industry to obtain an advanced degree.
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Groups and Semigroups Generated by Automata , David McCune
Hilbert-Samuel and Hilbert-Kunz Functions of Zero-Dimensional Ideals , Lori A. McDonnell
On a Family of Generalized Wiener Spaces and Applications , Ian Pierce
EXTREMAL TREES AND RECONSTRUCTION , Andrew Ray
Packings and Realizations of Degree Sequences with Specified Substructures , Tyler Seacrest
Global Well-Posedness for a Nonlinear Wave Equation with p-Laplacian Damping , Zahava Wilstein
Properties of the Generalized Laplace Transform and Transport Partial Dynamic Equation on Time Scales , Chris R. Ahrendt
Applications of Linear Programming to Coding Theory , Nathan Axvig
The Cohomology of Modules over a Complete Intersection Ring , Jesse Burke
Vanishing of Ext and Tor over complete intersections , Olgur Celikbas
Mathematical Modeling of Optimal Seasonal Reproductive Strategies and a Comparison of Long-Term Viabilities of Annuals and Perennials , Anthony DeLegge
Fan Cohomology and Its Application to Equivariant K-Theory of Toric Varieties , Suanne Au
Combinatorial and Commutative Manipulations in Feynman's Operational Calculi for Noncommuting Operators , Duane Einfeld
Fan Cohomology and Equivariant Chow Rings of Toric Varieties , Mu-wan Huang
Modeling and Analysis of Biological Populations , Joan Lubben
A Computational Study of the Effects of Temperature Variation on Turtle Egg Development, Sex Determination, and Population Dynamics , Amy L. Parrott
C *-Extreme Points of the Generalized State Space of a Commutative C *-Algebra , Martha Gregg
OSCILLATION THEORY OF DYNAMIC EQUATIONS ON TIME SCALES , Raegan J. Higgins
A Theory of Non-Noetherian Gorenstein Rings , Livia M. Miller
Algebraic Geometric Codes on Anticanonical Surfaces , Jennifer A. Davis
Two Problems in Extremal Set Theory , Joshua Brown Kramer
Factorability in the ring Z[√–5] , Laura Lynch
Numerical Integration of Linear and Nonlinear Wave Equations , Laura Lynch
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All students in the University Honors Program must complete the Honors thesis/capstone/creative project—but this requirement can be met many different ways.
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ABA PhD program ranked top in country
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Nicole Rodriguez, PhD, director of the MMI PhD Program in ABA
The UNMC and Munroe-Meyer Institute’s PhD Program in ABA has been ranked the top in the country by Applied Behavior Analysis Programs Guide .
Nicole Rodriguez, PhD, is the director of the MMI program, which is one of only 10 Association for Behavior Analysis International-accredited programs in the nation. The program has graduated 48 students since its inauguration in 2007. More than 80% of these doctoral graduates have had their dissertations published in peer reviewed, scholarly journals, illustrating the quality of the work being done at MMI, Dr. Rodriguez said.
“Our ranking is a testament to MMI and the ABA PhD program faculty’s commitment to fostering a supportive and productive learning environment for students,” she said.
According to the article, the ranking was created to showcase some of the top degrees in the country. Authors looked at National Center for Education statistics to find schools offering PhD programs in ABA and awarded points based on factors such as student/faculty ratio, average graduate tuition rate and ABAI accreditation.
Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD, director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute, said the institute was proud of the national ranking.
“The is an acknowledgement of the hard work of all involved in this program,” Dr. Mirnics said. “Also, it underscores the national prominence of MMI as a leading teaching and training institution, which is an important part of our mission to be work leaders in all aspects related to intellectual and cevelopmental disabilities.”
Other ranked programs included the University of Nevada, the Teacher’s College at Columbia University and Western Michigan University.
The Applied Behavior Analysis Programs Guide calls itself “the #1 free online resource for exploring the nation’s best degrees for future behavior analysts.”
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Nebraska researchers sending medical robot to space
Posted: January 4, 2024 | Last updated: January 4, 2024
LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - An experiment placed in a box by researchers at the University of Nebraska will soon travel through the stars at 17,000 mph.
Shane Farritor, an engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been building and researching small robots for surgery for the past 20 years.
“Since the robots are small, they have the advantage of being used in remote locations,” Farritor said. “The first thing I think of is rural Nebraska, where there are a lot more hospitals than surgeons.”
A surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center provided the medical know-how, and together, they created a start-up called Virtual Incision.
“We’re a special group because we build things and test things, build things and test things,” Farritor said. “That’s really the only way to get smarter around here.”
A surgical robot built by the group is designed to remove sections of the human colon. Because the incision is so small, the patient can recover in days rather than the typical month-long recovery periods with most open surgeries.
While the operation is in the same room with the robot in a simulation, they could be in different hemispheres.
“The exciting part is that the astronauts will flip a switch over and we’ll actually connect to the robot from Earth,” said Rachael Wagner, a PHD student whose thesis is this exact project.
That thesis project, which is about the size of the microwave, will soon head into the stars.
“This will be the first surgical robot to fly into space,” Farritor said.
A surgeon in Lincoln will operate the robot on the International Space Station, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
“As humans are going further into space — lunar space station or going to Mars — the health of astronauts will be important,” Wagner said.
At some point in the next couple of months, Lincoln, Nebraska, will, for a moment, be ground control for NASA.
“We’ve been trained on talking on the astronaut communication channels,” Farritor said.
It’s one of those experiments that didn’t even seem feasible a few decades ago.
“We’ve received grants from the Army and NASA,” Farritor said. “They want to do surgeries in far off, crazy places.”
The experiment will involve two surgeries on rubber bands. One is pre-programmed to be run by the computer, while the other will be conducted by a surgeon on the ground in Lincoln.
It’s not yet clear when exactly NASA will send the robot into space, as it largely depends on the weather, but it will be in the coming months.
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Harvard seeks to move past firestorm brought on by school President Claudine Gay’s resignation
Harvard President Claudine Gay resigned Tuesday amid plagiarism allegations and outrage that came not from her academic peers but from her political foes, led by conservatives who put her career under intense scrutiny. (Jan. 3)
Harvard University President Claudine Gay resigned Tuesday amid plagiarism accusations and criticism over testimony at a congressional hearing where she was unable to say unequivocally that calls on campus for the genocide of Jews would violate the school’s conduct policy. (Jan 02) (AP video by Rodrique Ngowi) (AP production by Javier Arciga)
A passer-by walks through a gate to the Harvard University campus, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University President Claudine Gay resigned Tuesday amid plagiarism accusations and criticism over testimony at a congressional hearing where she was unable to say unequivocally that calls on campus for the genocide of Jews would violate the school’s conduct policy. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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FILE - Then-Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay addresses an audience during commencement ceremonies, May 25, 2023, on the school’s campus in Cambridge, Mass. Gay, Harvard University’s president, resigned Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, amid plagiarism accusations and criticism over testimony at a congressional hearing where she was unable to say unequivocally that calls on campus for the genocide of Jews would violate the school’s conduct policy. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University on Wednesday sought to move beyond the firestorm brought on by the plagiarism allegations, congressional testimony and resignation of Claudine Gay , the school’s first Black president, as it seeks a new leader and tries to heal divisions at the elite Ivy League school.
But Gay, in a column published online by the New York Times, cautioned Wednesday that the campaign against her was about more than one university and one leader.
“This was merely a single skirmish in a broader war to unravel public faith in pillars of American society,” Gay wrote. “Those who had relentlessly campaigned to oust me since the fall often trafficked in lies and ad hominem insults,” she added.
Gay also wrote that there was a racial element to the attacks, saying that she’s “been called the N-word more times than I care to count.”
“It is not lost on me that I make an ideal canvas for projecting every anxiety about the generational and demographic changes unfolding on American campuses: a Black woman selected to lead a storied institution,” she wrote.
The search for a new president will begin “in due course” and will include “broad engagement and consultation with the Harvard community,” the Harvard Corporation, the school’s 11-member governing board, said in statement Tuesday, adding that will be driven by “core values of excellence, inclusiveness, and free inquiry and expression.”
“At a time when strife and division are so prevalent in our nation and our world, embracing and advancing that mission — in a spirit of common purpose — has never been more important,” leadership said.
As it looks for a new president, the corporation also needs to examine its role in Gay’s appearance before Congress, according to Khalil Gibran Muhammad, who teaches history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and directs the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project.
Muhammad said Harvard capitulated to “a McCarthy-style political attack” in accepting Gay’s resignation and not calling out “the misinformation and outright lies” leveled at her by Republican critics, which he described as a “political witch-hunt.”
“The first mistake was accepting the terms of the congressional inquiry as legitimate,” said Muhammad, who added that he’s equally concerned about another person of color stepping in as president and “having to carry the weight of unfair accusations and character assassination connected to their racial identity.”
The school has tapped Alan M. Garber, provost and chief academic officer, to serve as interim president until a permanent replacement can be named.
Gay is the second Ivy League president to resign in the past month following the congressional testimony: Liz Magill, president of the University of Pennsylvania, resigned Dec. 9.
Following the congressional hearing, Gay’s academic career came under intense scrutiny by conservative activists who unearthed several instances of alleged plagiarism in her 1997 doctoral dissertation.
The Harvard Corporation initially rallied behind Gay, saying a review of her scholarly work turned up “a few instances of inadequate citation” but no evidence of research misconduct. Days later, the corporation said it found two additional examples of “duplicative language without appropriate attribution.”
Gay’s resignation drew a range of reactions from campus groups.
The Harvard Republican Club said the school has a chance to strengthen its commitment to truth.
“We hope that our next President will continue Harvard’s long-standing commitment to fostering an intellectual community where open discourse is not only protected, but expected,” the group said in a written statement.
The Harvard Black Students Association said that while Black students often hold opinions that don’t align with Gay’s, they are “deeply dismayed by the message the University continues to send about who is worth defending and who is not.”
“We understand the representation that Claudine Gay provided to Black students, Caribbean students, and Black women in particular,” the group said in a statement. “We sympathize with and condemn the hatred and unwarranted scrutiny that Gay has had to face.”
Gay’s resignation was celebrated by the conservatives who put her alleged plagiarism in the national spotlight.
“Two Down. One to Go,” New York Rep. Elise Stefanik said Wednesday in a post on X, formerly Twitter. “Your silence is deafening @MIT. Not even an apology issued by your school to date. And zero commitment from your school to combat antisemitism and protect Jewish students.”
Gay, Magill and MIT’s president, Sally Kornbluth, came under fire last month for their lawyerly answers to a line of questioning by Stefanik, a graduate of Harvard, who asked whether “calling for the genocide of Jews” would violate the colleges’ codes of conduct. Kornbluth has retained her job.
The three presidents had been called before the Republican-led House Committee on Education and the Workforce to answer accusations that universities were failing to protect Jewish students amid rising fears of antisemitism worldwide and fallout from Israel’s intensifying war in Gaza ,
In her column, Gay acknowledged mistakes, saying that in her initial response to the atrocities of Oct. 7, she should have stated more forcefully that Hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks to eradicate the Jewish state.
“And at a congressional hearing last month, I fell into a well-laid trap. I neglected to clearly articulate that calls for the genocide of Jewish people are abhorrent and unacceptable,” she wrote.
While she acknowledged attribution errors in some of her academic writing, she wrote that she’s “never misrepresented my research findings, nor have I ever claimed credit for the research of others.”
John Pelissero, an ethics scholar at Santa Clara University, said the rancor that led to Gay’s departure as president is emblematic of how national politics have crept into institutions of higher learning.
“I think that what has changed in universities in the last few years is there is much more scrutiny being given politically to what goes on on university campuses and what kind of a learning culture is there versus a political or ideological culture,” he said.
The episode marred Gay’s tenure at Harvard — she became president in July — and sowed discord at the Ivy League campus.
Gay, who is returning to the school’s faculty, said in her resignation letter that it has been “distressing to have doubt cast on my commitments to confronting hate and to upholding scholarly rigor — two bedrock values that are fundamental to who I am — and frightening to be subjected to personal attacks and threats fueled by racial animus.”