Renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly important as sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. One of these renewable sources, cellulosic biomass, is a relatively inexpensive and abundant resource that can be converted into liquid fuels...
The theory community has worked on Secure Multiparty Computation (SMC) for more than two decades, and has produced many protocols for many settings. One common thread in these works is that the protocols cannot use a Trusted Third Party (TTP), even...
In a variety of applications spanning mobile devices, performance computing, and even renewable energy and automotive, power management and power delivery are an increasing bottleneck in reducing size and cost, improving reliability, and even...
In the past few years there has been a tremendous growth in the usage of digital images. Users can now access millions of photos, a fact that poses the need of having methods that can efficiently and effectively search the visual information of...
In Chapter 2 we look at the distribution of permutation statistics in the context of pattern-avoiding permutations. The first part of this chapter deals with a recursively defined bijection of Robertson [37] between 123- and 132-avoiding...
Sensing light from the environment using photoreceptors is of great adaptive significance to eukaryotes. A prominent feature of the photochemistry of these receptors is the photocycle length, the time taken to decay from the initial signaling light...
Information retrieval -- Mathematical models. ; Electronic information resource searching. ; Computer algorithms. ; Decision making -- Data processing. ; Mathematical optimization.
This thesis presents a unified method for simultaneous solution of three problems in Information Retrieval--metasearch (the fusion of ranked lists returned by retrieval systems to elicit improved performance), efficient system evaluation (the...
Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) has emerged as a noninvasive, quantitative physical examination of the elastic properties of soft biological tissues including breast, liver, prostate, and brain. Implementation of constitutive relations that...
Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is a technique to produce images of the mechanical properties of tissue, which are indicative of a variety of diseases. Tissue motions measured using MRI are used to solve an inverse problem to recover...
In the nervous system, neuronal communication relies critically on the function of membrane ion channels. One of these is the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC), which is essential for the generation and propagation of action potentials in...
Boundary integral methods have long been used to solve boundary value problems for elliptic partial differential equations with piecewise constant coefficients, since they have several numerical advantages over conventional volume discretization....
The fluxes of radiation belt electrons are highly variable, due to a competition between various acceleration, loss, and transport processes. Studies of any of the processes are equally important. My study focuses on electron-EMIC (electromagnetic...
The new APM South Equatorial Strip Catalog $({-}17\sp\circ.5<\delta<2\sp\circ.5)$ is used to select a sample of early-type galaxies in three directions: (1) 15h10-16h10; (2) 20h30-21h50; (3) 00h10-01h30. The distances and peculiar motions of...
Magnetosphere -- Mathematical models. Magnetic reconnection -- Mathematical models.
In this thesis we present the results of two studies of magnetic reconnection at the dayside magnetopause using the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry magnetospheric simulation code. The first study examined the global properties of reconnection as a function of...
Ovaries -- Cancer -- Immunotherapy. Dendritic cells. Small interfering RNA. Nanoparticles -- Therapeutic use. Medical Term Ovarian Neoplasms -- therapy. RNA Interference.
Current therapies for ovarian carcinoma are based on surgical debulking followed by chemotherapy. After more than three decades implementing treatments that selectively target the tumor cell, the 5-year survival rate for metastatic ovarian cancer...
Aberrant activation of cyclin D-Cdk4/6 is commonly found in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Here, we show that PD-0332991, a highly specific inhibitor for Cdk4 and Cdk6, exerted growth inhibitory effects on human PDAC cell lines....
MicroRNA-10b (miR-10b) is considered a marker of disease aggressiveness in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), in view of the fact that lower levels of miR-10b are associated with better response to neoadjuvant therapy, likelihood of surgical...
Thermodynamics, and the classic balance between entropy and enthalpy, provides a proverbial zoo of exotic phase behaviour that chemists can harness to create new materials out of simple liquids and polymers. The diversity of self-assembling...
The purpose of this thesis is to describe methods for detecting hidden crevasses on glaciers in Polar regions. Crevasses form in ice sheets as a result of forces imposed upon the brittle ice. The crevasses are hidden from view by bridges of soft...
This thesis constitutes the first steps in the author's program to investigate the question of when a homotopy of 2-cocycles Ï‰ = {Ï‰[subscript t]}[subscript tâˆŠ[0,1]] on a locally compact Hausdorff groupoid Æ“ induces an isomorphism of the...