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Dissertation Defense: Kyle Makovsky

The oral doctoral examination of Kyle Makovsky, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, January 28, at 11 a.m. in Zoom. Makovsky’s advisor is Professor Scott Samson. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jay Thomas, Suzanne Baldwin, Marion “Pat” Bickford and David Moecher. Professor John Tillotson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Mesoproterozoic Basement from the Central and Southern Appalachians Reveal High-Temperature Magmatic Conditions and non-Laurentian Origin of Earth’s Most Zircon Fertile Magmas.”

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Dissertation Defense: Angely Martinez

The oral doctoral examination of Angely Martinez, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, February 5, at 2 p.m. in Zoom. Martinez’s advisor is Professor Ryan Griffiths. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Seth Jolly, Margaret Hermann, Brian Taylor and Yael Zeira. Professor Renee De Nevers will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “As a Matter De Facto: State Capacity Dynamics and their Role in Shaping Sovereignty for Unrecognized States.”

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Navigating Challenges of Diversity in the Classroom

This workshop in the Certificate in University Teaching seminar series offers an opportunity to work through true-to-life scenarios related to teaching, diversity, and inclusion. In small groups, participants will role-play reactions to case studies using a framework designed to build equity literacy. Participants apply the framework to various contexts, familiarizing themselves with its steps in preparation for applying it in their teaching practices. The workshop is led by  Jeanine Irons and Martha Diede of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE).

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