Defenses and Examinations

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Henry John Stegeman, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m. in 145 Eggers Hall.

Stegeman’s advisor is Professor Gladys McCormick. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Karin Rosemblatt, John Burdick, Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn and Norman Kutcher. Professor Deborah Pellow will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “To Plow a Lonely Furrow: Indigenismo and Mapuche Politics in Chile, 1920-1960.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Amy Burnette, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in 320 Hall of Languages.

Amy Burnette’s advisor is Professor Dympna Callaghan. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Stephanie Shirilan, Patricia Roylance, Crystal Bartolovich and Rory Loughnane. Professor Amanda Eubanks-Winkler will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is “Writing Memory in the English Renaissance, 1580-1630.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Patricia Vargas Leon, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in 347 Hinds Hall, the Katzer Room.

Vargas Leon’s advisor is Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Carlos Caicedo, Milton Mueller, John Mathiason, Jeffrey L. Vagle and Joon Park. Professor Kendall Phillips will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Addressing the Ultimate Form of Cybersecurity Control: A Multiple Case Study for the Internet Kill Switch.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Jennifer Edmond, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 13, at 2:15 p.m. in 114 Carnegie Library.

Edmond’s advisor is Professor Jack Graver. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Declan Quinn, Graham Leuschke, Terry McConnell and Andrew Vogel. Professor Simon Catterall will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Structure of 4-Clusters in Fullerenes.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Matthew Kelsey, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in 202 Physics Building.

Kelsey’s advisor is Professor Marina Artuso. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Mitchell Soderberg, Jay Hubisz, Sheldon Stone and Matthew Rudolph. Professor Jaklin Kornfilt will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Measurements of Beauty Production Cross-Sections and Fragmentation Ratios using the LHCb Detector.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Alexandre Dixon, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1-019, the Center for Science and Technology.

Dixon’s advisor is Professor John Chisholm. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Michael Sponsler, Nancy Totah, James Hougland and Weiwei Zheng. Professor Robert Silver will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Exploration of Transition Metal Catalyzed C-C and C-N Bond Formation to Access Synthetically Elusive Small Molecules.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Ryan Milcarek, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, April 16, at 8:30 a.m. in 329 Link Hall.

Milcarek’s advisor is Professor Jeongmin Ahn. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Thong Dang, Jianshun Zhang, Edward Bogucz and Mark Glauser. Professor Todd Moss will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Micro-tubular Flame-assisted Fuel Cell Fundamentals and Applications in Micro Cogeneration.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Sung Yoon Ri, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, April 16, at 9 a.m. in 470 Newhouse 2.

Ri’s advisor is Professor T. Makana Chock. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Frank Biocca, Dennis Kinsey, Leonard Newman and Keren Henderson. Professor Jay Kyoon Lee will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Experiential Journalism: Presence, Emotion, Sharing Behaviors in News Delivered by Virtual Reality, Television, and Internet in Korea and the United States.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Luka Negoita, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, April 16, at 10 a.m. in the Lundgren Room, 106 Life Sciences Complex.

Negoita’s advisor is Professor Jason Fridley. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Mark Lomolino, Douglas Frank, Jannice Friedman and Mark Ritchie. Professor Jacob Bendix will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The effect of plant dispersal on ecosystem function.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Robert Roy, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the 122 Carnegie Library.

Roy’s advisor is Professor Graham Leuschke. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Claudia Miller, Mark Kleiner, Steven Diaz and Stephan Wehrli. Professor Makan Fardad will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Auslander-Reiten Sequences over Gorenstein Rings of Dimension one.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Daniel Moseson, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. in 500 Hall of Languages.

Moseson’s advisor is Professor Joanne Punzo Waghorne. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Gareth Fisher, Philip P. Arnold, Rachel Razza and Patrick W. Berry. Professor Robert Van Gulick will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Religion in Contemplative Studies.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Boqian Jiang, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in 112 Eggers Hall.

Jiang’s advisor is Professor Stuart S. Rosenthal. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Hugo Jales, Abdulaziz Shifa and William C. Horrace. Professor Yilin Hou will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Three essays in Urban and Regional Economics.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Fabio Augusto Rueda De Vivero, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m. in Eggers Hall, Center for Policy Research, the large conference room on the fourth floor.

Rueda De Vivero’s advisor is Professor Jeffrey D. Kubik. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Amy Ellen Schwartz, Perry Singleton, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes and Hugo Jales. Professor Katherine Michelmore will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Three Essays on Labor and Public Economics.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Yifan Gong, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 9 a.m. in 106 Life Science Complex.

Gong’s advisor is Professor James Hewett. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Sandra Hewett, Eleanor Maine, Frank Middleton and Stephen Dorus. Professor Shikha Nangia will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Identifying the genetic mechanisms in seizure threshold regulation.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Suzanne Spinola, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in 432 Huntington Hall.

Spinola’s advisor is Professor Stephen A. Maisto. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Aesoon Park, Kevin Antshel, Randall S. Jorgensen and Sarah Woolf-King. Professor Dessa Bergen Cico will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Effects of Acute Alcohol Consumption on Components of Alcohol Myopia Theory.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Ling Li, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. in 426 Eggers Hall.

Li’s advisor is Professor Perry Singleton. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Gary Engelhardt, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Hugo Jales and Jeffrey Kubik. Professor Janet M. Wilmoth will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Three Essays on Occupational Safety and Labor Market Outcomes.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Giuseppe Passucci, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in 202 Physics Building.

Passucci’s advisor is Professor Lisa Manning. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Zhen Ma, Jennifer Schwarz, Joseph Paulsen and Matthew LaHaye. Professor James Henderson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Self-propelled particle modeling, characterization, and imaging of superdiffusive mouse fibroblast cells on 2D shape memory polymer substrates.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Karrieann Soto Vega, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 2-4 p.m. in 021 HBC.

Soto Vega’s advisor is Professor Eileen Schell. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Lois Agnew, Stephen Parks, Aja Martinez and Victor Villanueva. Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Rhetorics of Defiance: Gender, Colonialism, and Lolita Lebrón’s Struggle for Puerto Rican Sovereignty.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Jeremy Sloane, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. in 103 Heroy.

Sloane’s advisor is Professor Jason Wiles. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors John Tillotson, Julia Snyder, Robin Jones and Ruth Phillips. Professor Marion Bickford will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Consensus Messaging Using Primary Research Literature: Impacts on Students’ Conceptions of Global Climate Change.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Victoria Wambua, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in Ganders Lounge, 220 Huntington Hall.

Wambua’s advisor is Professor Joanna O. Masingila. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Louise Wilkinson, Moira McDermott, Judit Moschkovich, Tom D. Brutsaert and Dalia Rodriguez. Professor Dan Zacharia will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “An Investigation of Practices, Resources, and Challenges in Mathematical Word Problem Solving among the Swahili-speaking African High School Bi-/Multilingual Students in the United States.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Eun Young Jung, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Ganders Lounge, 220 Huntington Hall.

Jung’s advisor is Professor Beth Ferri. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Christine Ashby, Wendy Harbour, Marcelle Haddix and Eunjung Kim. Professor Nancy Mudrick will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Struggles of Korean Americans Labeled with Intellectual Disabilities to Claim Adult Status.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Wancong Fu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, April 20, at 3 p.m. in Eggers Hall, Center for Policy Research conference room.

Fu’s advisor is Professor Jan Ondrich. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Hugo Jales, John M. Yinger and William C. Horrace. Professor David C. Popp will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Essays on Retirement Behavior during the Housing Boom and Bust.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Heather Potts, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in 432 Huntington Hall.

Potts’ advisor is Professor Lawrence Lewandowski. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Kevin Antshel, Brian Martens, Leslie Gellis and Shannon Sweeney. Professor Catherine Engstrom will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Detection of Malingering and ADHD in Young Adults.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Azam Nastasi, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. in 364 Huntington Hall.

Nastasi’s advisor is Professor Gretchen Lopez. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Barbara Applebaum, Emily Robertson, David Knapp and James Bellini. Professor Hille Paakkunainen will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “We Know, Now What? Teaching, Learning, (Un)Knowing and Educating Toward Epistemic Justice.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Tracy Vargas, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in 402 Maxwell Hall.

Vargas’ advisor is Professor Gretchen Purser. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Cecilia Green, Jackie Orr, Don Mitchell and Peter Ikeler. Professor Matthew Huber will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Dollar Store Economy: Reproducing Inequality within the Organization of Retail Service Work.”