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Dissertation Defense: Natalie Sommer

The oral doctoral examination of Natalie Sommer, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, April 16, at 12 p.m. in Zoom. Sommer’s advisor is Professor Senem Velipasalar – Gursoy. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Qinru Qiu, Garrett E. Katz, Reza Zafarani, Fanxin Kong, and Leanne Hirshfield. Professor James H. Henderson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Multi-Label/Multi-Class Deep Learning Classification of Spatiotemporal Data.”

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Dissertation Defense: Yu Zheng

The oral doctoral examination of Yu Zheng, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in Zoom. Zheng’s advisor is Professor Senem Velipasalar Gursoy. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Garret Katz, Asif Salekin, Sara Eftekharnejad and Jay Kyoon Lee. Professor Jianshun Zhang will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Adversarial Attacks on Person Re-Identification Network and its Defense.”

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Dissertation Defense: Aleksey Panasyuk

The oral doctoral examination of Aleksey Panasyuk, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Monday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in Zoom. Panasyuk’s advisor is Professor Chilukuri Mohan. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Sucheta Soundarajan, Reza Zafarani, Kishan Mehrotra and Edmund Yu. Professor Ashok Sangani will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Inferring Degree of Localization of Twitter Persons and Topics through Time, Language, and Location Features.”

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Dissertation Defense: Carolyn Garland

The oral doctoral examination of Carolyn Garland, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in Zoom. Garland’s advisors are Professor Kristopher McDaniel and Hille Paakkunainen. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Ben Bradley, Carrie Jenkins and Ned Markosian. Professor Yvonne Smith will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Exploring the Metaphysics of Grief.”

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Dissertation Defense: Dominick Fantacone

The oral doctoral examination of Dominick Fantacone, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Tuesday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in Zoom. Fantacone’s advisor is Professor John Tillotson. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Qiu Wang, Angela Pagano, Tiffany A. Koszalka and Christine Ashby. Professor Dennis Kinsey will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Examining Adolescence Science and Mathematics Teachers’ Views of the Characteristics of Effective Professional Development: A Q-Methodological Study.”

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Dissertation Defense – Xinlei Huang

The oral doctoral examination of Xinlei Huang, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Wednesday, April 21, at 10 a.m. in Zoom. Huang’s advisor is Professor Jesse Q. Bond. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Ashok Sangani, Ian Hosein, Lawrence Tavlarides and Viktor Cybulskis. Professor Arindam Chakraborty will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “An examination of γ-valerolactone ring opening and decarboxylation in mutiphase system and over various solid acid catalysts.”

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Dissertation Defense: Dahae Choo

The oral doctoral examination of Dahae Choo, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Wednesday, April 21, at 5:05 p.m. in Zoom. Dahae Choo’s advisors are Professors Alfonso Flores-Lagunes and Yoonseok Lee. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Yoonseok Lee, Maria B Zhu, John McHenry Yinger and Hugo Borges Jales. Professor Sarah Ellen Hamersma will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Essays on Population and Housing Market in South Korea.”

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Dissertation Defense: Sara Scribner

The oral doctoral examination of Sara Scribner, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. in Zoom. Scribner’s advisor is Professor George Theoharis. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Beth Ferri, Beth Myers, Kal Alston and Melissa Luke. Professor Harriet Brown will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “”You Always Have that One:” A Critical Analysis of the Conceptualizations of Educators Around Classroom Community and Challenging Behavior.”  

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Dissertation Defense: Caleb McWhorter

The oral doctoral examination of Caleb McWhorter, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m. in Zoom. McWhorter’s advisor is Professor Steven Diaz. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Fikreab Solomon Admasu, Graham Leuschke, Claudia Miller and Dan Zacharia. Professor Jennifer Schwarz will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Torsion Subgroups of Rational Elliptic Curves over Odd Degree Galois Fields.”

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Dissertation Defense: Tianyun Zhu

The oral doctoral examination of Tianyun Zhu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, April 23, at 9 a.m. EST in Zoom. Zhu’s advisor is Professor John M. Yinger. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Alexander Rothenberg, Yoonseok Lee, Hugo Jales and Alfonso Flores-Lagunes. Professor Sarah Ellen Hamersma will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Three Essays on the Housing Market.”

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Dissertation Defense: Kelly Gaggin

The oral doctoral examination of Kelly Gaggin, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, April 23, at 12 p.m. in Zoom. Gaggin’s advisor is Professor Dennis Kinsey. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Carol Liebler, Bradley Gorham, Soo Yeon Hong and Amy Lutz. Professor Ravi Shukla will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Toward a Public Relations Theory of Integration.”

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Dissertation Defense: Gabriele Rigo

The oral doctoral examination of Gabriele Rigo, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. in Zoom. Rigo’s advisor is Professor Jay Hubisz. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Simon Catterall, Jack Laiho, Scott Watson and Britton Plourde. Professor Claudia Miller will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Beyond the Standard Models of Particle Physics and Cosmology.”

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Dissertation Defense: Nigar Altindis

The oral doctoral examination of Nigar Altindis, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Monday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Zoom. Altindis’s advisor is Professor Nicole Fonger. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors George Theoharis, Charlotte J.D. Sharpe, Amy Ellis, Bong Gee Jang, and Alan Foley. Professor Jack Graver will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Exploring the Nature of the Co-Emergence of Students’ Representational Fluency and Functional Thinking.” 

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Dissertation Defense: Rachel MacMaster

The oral doctoral examination of Rachel MacMaster, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Monday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Zoom. MacMaster’s advisor is Professor Thomas Keck. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Keith Bybee, Yuksel Sezgin, Shana Gadarian and Christopher Faricy. Professor Jennifer Breen will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Judicial Deference to Administrative Statutory Interpretation in the Modern American Administrative State.”

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Dissertation Defense: Mkrtich Ohanyan

The oral doctoral examination of Mkrtich Ohanyan, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will will be held on Tuesday, April 27, at 1 p.m. ET in Zoom. Ohanyan’s advisors are Professors Claudia Miller and Benjamin Briggs. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Graham Leuschke, Dan Zacharia and Steven Diaz. Professor Jay Hubisz will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Hochschild Cohomology of Short Gorenstein Rings.”

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Dissertation Defense: Ian Tinsley

The oral doctoral examination of Ian Tinsley, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 30, at 2  p.m. in Zoom. Tinsley’s advisor is Professor Robert P. Doyle. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Carlos A. Castaneda, James L. Hougland, Ivan V. Korendovych and Jon A. Zubieta. Professor Jesse Q. Bond will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Peptide Corrination for the Mitigation of Nausea and Emesis in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.”

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