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Dissertation Defense: Peter McLaughlin

The oral doctoral examination of Peter McLaughlin, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, August 7, at 10 a.m. in Zoom. McLaughlin’s advisor is Professor Arindam Chakraborty. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Joseph Chaiken, Timothy M. Korter, Weiwei Zheng and John M Franck. Professor Pranav Soman will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Development and Efficient Implementation of Electron-Hole Interaction Kernel for Investigation of Electronic Excitations in Semiconductor and Metallic Nanoparticles.”

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Dissertation Defense: Joash Geteregechi

The oral doctoral examination of Joash Geteregechi, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Thursday, August 13, at 9:30 a.m. in Zoom. Geteregechi’s advisor is Professor Joanna O. Masingila. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Moon-Heum Cho, Jack E. Graver, Duane T. Graysay and Joseph B. Shedd. Professor Steven P. Diaz will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Investigating Middle School Students’ Mathematical Reasoning in a Connected In-school and Out-of-School Context.”

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Dissertation Defense: Kuang Liu

The oral doctoral examination of Kuang Liu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m. EDT in Zoom. Liu’s advisor is Professor Jennifer M Schwarz. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jennifer L Ross, Christian D Santangelo, Alison E Patteson and Joseph D Paulsen. Professor Teng Zhang will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Rigidity in Frictional Particle Packings and Dynamics in Living Polymeric Packings.”

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Dissertation Defense: Ran Zhu

The oral doctoral examination of Ran Zhu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m. in Microsoft Teams. Zhu’s advisor is Professor Jesse Quentin Bond. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Viktor J Cybulskis, Ashok Shantilal Sangani, Ian Dean Hosein and Lawrence L Tavlarides. Professor Arindam Chakraborty will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Kinetics of methyl ketone and levulinic acid oxidative scission over supported vanadium oxide catalysts.”

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Dissertation Defense: Megha Jayachandran

The oral doctoral examination of Megha Jayachandran, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Friday, August 21, at 10 a.m. in Zoom. Jayachandran’s advisor is Professor Ivan V. Korendovych. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Olga V. Makhlynets, Robert P. Doyle, Yan-Yeung Luk and Davoud Mozhdehi. Professor Shikha Nangia will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Expanding the Role of Proteins and Peptides for Biochemical and Therapeutic Applications.”

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Dissertation Defense: Meredith Devennie

The oral doctoral examination of Meredith Devennie, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Monday, August 17, at 10 a.m. in Zoom. Devennie’s advisor is Professor George Theoharis. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Marcelle Haddix, Gretchen Purser, Kal Alston and Melissa Luke. Professor Jamie Winders will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “How the classroom schools: A focused ethnography exploring the built environment and its inhabitants in one kindergarten.”

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