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Dissertation Defense: Yinan Liu

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Yinan Liu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, November 19, at 11:00 a.m. in 056 Huntington Hall. Liu’s advisor is Professor Zaline Roy-Campbell. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Rachel Brown, James Bellini, Qiu Wang and Tiffany A. Koszalka. Professor Ian MacInnes will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Multimedia Input Modes, the Modality Principle, and the Redundancy Principle for University ESL Students’ Learning.”

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Dissertation Defense: Stella Rwanda

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Stella Rwanda, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:00 am in 220 Huntington Hall, the Ganders Lounge. Rwanda’s advisor is Professor Louise Wilkinson. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Joanna Masingila, Rachel Brown, Beth Ferri, Michael Gill and Charlotte Sharpe. Professor Amanda Brown will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Translanguaging: Examining Out-of-School Writing and Identities of African-born, Multilingual, Refugee Adolescents.”

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Dissertation Defense: Gaye Ceyhan

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Gaye Ceyhan, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at 9:30 a.m. in 103 Heroy Geology Laboratory. Ceyhan’s advisor is Professor John W. Tillotson. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Nick L. Smith, Qiu Wang, Sharon Dotger, Dalia Rodriguez and Derek X Seward. Professor Julie M Hasenwinkel will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Early-year undergraduate research experience: How students are mentored, how valuable they find this experience, and what kinds of costs they associate with it.”

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Dissertation Defense: Meredith Bonham

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Meredith Bonham, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, November 21, at 2:15 p.m. in 220 Huntington Hall. Bonham’s advisor is Professor Catherine M. Engstrom. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Dawn Johnson, Cerri Banks, Barbara Applebaum and Sharon Bruner. Professor Pamela Brandes will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Knowing leaders: Intersections of gender and identity in women’s leadership of colleges and universities .”

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Dissertation Defense: Emily Ripka

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Emily Ripka, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. in room 4-201 in the Center for Sciences and Technology. Ripka’s advisor is Professor Mathew M. Maye. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Rachel C Steinhardt, John M Franck, Davoud Mozhdehi and Weiwei Zheng. Professor John W. Tillotson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Development and Application of NMR Diffusometry and Relaxometry Methodologies to Study Organic-Inorganic Interactions at Nanomaterial Surfaces.”

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Dissertation Defense: Evan Laksmana

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Evan Laksmana, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m. in 100A Eggers Hall. Laksmana’s advisor is Professor Colin Elman. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Brian D. Taylor, Miriam F. Elman, Margarita Estevez-Abe and Ryan D Griffiths. Professor Renée de Nevers will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Imitation Games: Military Institutions and Westernization in Indonesia and Japan.”

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Dissertation Defense: Shan Zhang

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Shan Zhang, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. in 2-202 Center for Science & Technology. Zhang’s advisor is Professor Pramod K. Varshney. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Biao Chen, Chilukuri K. Mohan, Mustafa Cenk Gursoy and Reza Zafarani. Professor Lixin Shen will serve as chair of the defense.The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Multimodal Data Fusion for Inference with Dependent Observations.”

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Dissertation Defense: Stephen Farnham

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Stephen Farnham, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. in 109 Carnegie Library. Farnham’s advisor is Professor Lixin Shen. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Loredana Lanzani, Yuan Yuan, Dan Coman and Leonid Kovalev. Professor Joseph Paulsen will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Blaschke Decompositions on Weighted Hardy Spaces and the Unwinding Series.”    

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Dissertation Defense: Joseph Gonzalez

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Joseph Gonzalez, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, December 3, at 9:00 a.m. in 210 Heroy. Gonzalez’s advisor is Professor Suzanne Baldwin. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Paul Fitzgerald, Jay Thomas, Laura Webb and Jonathan Kim. Professor John Tillotson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Applications of Elastic Modelling, Thermobarometry, and Thermal History Modelling to (Ultra)high-Pressure Metamorphic Rocks.”

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Dissertation Defense: Humphrey Mensah

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Humphrey Mensah, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, December 3, at 9 a.m. in the 4-287 Center for Science & Technology. Mensah’s advisor is Professor Sucheta Soundarajan. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jae Oh, Chilukuri Mohan, Garrett Katz and Fanxin Kong. Professor Lu Xiao will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Sampling Communities in Social Networks.”  

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Dissertation Defense: Pivithuru Wijegunawardana

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Pivithuru Wijegunawardana, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, December 6, at 1 p.m. in 4- 287 Center for Science & Technology. Wijegunawardana’s advisor is Professor Sucheta Soundarajan. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jae C Oh, Chilukuri K Mohan, Qinru Qiu and Fanxin Kong. Professor Ramesh Raina will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Locating People of Interest in Social Networks.”

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Dissertation Defense: Christopher Hromalik

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Christopher Hromalik, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, December 11, at 1 p.m. in 056 Huntington Hall. Hromalik’s advisor is Professor Tiffany A. Koszalka. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Qiu Wang, Amanda Brown, Louise Wilkinson and Kathleen Hinchman. Professor Matthew Hammill will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “A Model of Community College Students’ Self-Regulated Language Learning.”

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