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Dissertation Defense: Wanyi Lu

The oral doctoral examination of Wanyi Lu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 9 a.m. Lu’s advisor is Professor Zunli Lu. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Linda Ivany, Christopher Junium, Gregory Hoke and Karin Limburg. Professor Lixin Shen will serve as chair of the defense.bThe title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Earth’s oceanic oxygen history from Phanerozoic to Pleistocene glacial cycles: insights from the carbonate iodine-to-calcium proxy.”

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Dissertation Defense: Heather Waymouth

The oral doctoral examination of Heather Waymouth, candidate for Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. Waymouth’s advisor is Professor Kathleen Hinchman. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Sharon Dotger, Mario Perez and Julia White. Professor Jason Wiles will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Educators’ understanding of scientific sensemaking and literacy: A cultural-historical activity theory analysis.”

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Dissertation Defense: Yanira Rodríguez

The oral doctoral examination of Yanira Rodríguez, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. Rodriguez’s advisors are Professor Gwendolyn Pough and Aja Martínez. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Genevieve García de Mueller, Carmen Kynard and Chandra Mohanty. Professor Marcelle Haddix will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Cultivating an Ethos of Refusal: What it Takes to (Un)Teach a Student Like Me.”

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Dissertation Defense: Rachel Diethorn

The oral doctoral examination of Rachel Diethorn, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Thursday, April 2, at 2p.m. Diethorn’s advisor is Professor Claudia Miller. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Graham Leuschke, Dan Zacharia, Steven Diaz and Mark Kleiner. Professor Jay Hubisz will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Koszul homology and resolutions over commutative rings.”

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Dissertation Defense: Jack Rossetti

The oral doctoral examination of Jack Rossetti, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, April 3,  at 8 a.m. Rossetti’s advisor is Professor John F. Dannenhoffer III. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Melissa A. Green, Mark Glauser, Ben Akih-Kumgeh and Utpal Roy. Professor James H. Henderson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “A Method of Topology Optimization for Curvature Continuous Designs.”

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Dissertation Defense: Crystal Hendricks

The oral doctoral examination of Crystal Hendricks, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Friday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. Hendricks’ advisor is Professor Lois Agnew. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Krista Kennedy, Eileen Schell, Erin Rand and Stephen Parks. Professor Kishi Animashaun Ducre will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Mobilizing Affect: The Rhetoric and Circulation of Popular Political Satire News Shows.”

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Dissertation Defense: Brandon Melcher

The oral doctoral examination of Brandon Melcher, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Friday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m. Melcher’s advisor is Professor G. Scott Watson. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Carl Rosenzweig, Simon Catterall, Jay Hubisz and Jack Laiho. Professor Prof. William Wylie will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Cosmological Implications of Co-Decaying Dark Matter.”

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Dissertation Defense: Komlan Payne

The oral doctoral examination of Komlan Payne, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, will be held on Friday, April 3, at 2 p.m. Payne’s advisors are Professors Jay Kyoon Lee and Jun Hwan Choi. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Qi Wang Song, Mustafa Cenk Gursoy and Jennifer Warzala Graham. Professor Jeongmin Ahn will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Synthesis of Custom-Size Multilayered Frequency Selective Surface for Contained Plasma-Based Electromagnetic Protection Devices.”

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Dissertation Defense: Xiuming Dong

The oral doctoral examination of Xiuming Dong, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Dong’s advisor is Professor Gary Engelhardt. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jeffrey Kubik, Perry Singleton, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes and Alexander Rothenberg. Professor Emily Wiemers will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Economic Impact of Government Regulations on Marijuana and Immigration.”

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Dissertation Defense: Christopher Barnes

The oral doctoral examination of Christopher Barnes, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 9 a.m. in 304 Tolley. Barnes’s advisor is Professor Roger Hallas. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Carol Fadda, Christopher Hanson, Will Scheibel and Rachel Hall. Professor Robin Lee Riley will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Prison Sights: Carceral Counter-Visions in Documentary Film.”

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Dissertation Defense: Christopher Niemczak

The oral doctoral examination of Christopher Niemczak, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. Niemczak’s advisor is Professor Kathy Vander Werff. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Karen Doherty, Beth Prieve, Jonathan Preston and Curtis Billings. Professor Mary Graham will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Cortical auditory processing of informational masking effects by target-masker similarity and stimulus uncertainty.”

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Dissertation Defense: Kelly Schmid

The oral doctoral examination of Kelly Schmid, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Schmid’s advisor is Professor Jason R. Wiles. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jannice Friedman, Melissa E. Pepling, John Tillotson and Sarah E. Hall. Professor Rebecca L. Schewe will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Undergraduate research experiences in biology: Roles of mentors and impacts of early exposure and types of engagement on student outcomes.”

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Dissertation Defense: Sarah Fleming

The oral doctoral examination of Sarah Fleming, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. Fleming’s advisor is Professor Kelly Chandler-Olcott. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Marcelle Haddix, Barbara Stripling, Joseph Shedd and Benjamin Dotger. Professor Lynn Brann will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Classroom as Inquiry Learning Community: A Practitioner Study of Adolescents’ Developing Critical Literacies.”

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Dissertation Defense: Sara Ledwith

The oral doctoral examination of Sara Ledwith, candidate for the PhD degree will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 10 a.m. Ledwith’s advisor is Professor Marcelle Haddix. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Kathleen Hinchman, Christine Ashby and George Theoharis. Professor Patrick Berry will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Secondary Teachers’ Discourses of Content Area Literacy Reform: A Critical Discourse Analysis.”

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Dissertation Defense: Terrance Burgess

The oral doctoral examination of Terrance Burgess, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 3 p.m. Burgess’s advisor is Professor Sharon Dotger. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Felicia Moore Mensah, Marcelle Haddix, Kal Alston and Zaline M Roy-Campbell. Professor George M Langford will serve as chair of the defense.  The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Understanding the Identity Work of Elementary Students of Color in the Science Classroom.”

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Dissertation Defense: Hoang Pham

The oral doctoral examination of Hoang Pham, candidate for the Ph.D. degree will be held on Friday, April 10, at 11 a.m. Pham’s advisors are Professor Devashish Mitra and Mary E Lovely. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Yoonseok Lee and Kristina Buzard. Professor Sarah Hamersma will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Essays on Globalization, Labor Market and Productivity.”

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