Defenses and Examinations

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Ryan Falkenstein-Smith, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. in 220 Link Hall.

Falkenstein-Smith’s advisor is Professor Jeongmin Ahn. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Shalabh Maroo, Jianshun Zhang, Edward Bogucz and Takashi Tokumasu. Professor Weiwei Zheng will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Oxygen transport membrane reactors for oxy-fuel combustion and carbon capture purposes.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Jiuxu Liu, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m. in 369 Link Hall.

Liu’s advisor is Professor Lawrence L. Tavlarides. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Dacheng Ren, Ashok S. Sangani, Jesse Q. Bond and Ian D. Hosein. Professor Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Catalytic synthesis of biodiesel fuel under sub/supercritical conditions: kinetics and phase behavior.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Kimberly Raymond, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. in 441 Falk College.

Raymond’s advisor is Professor Rachel Razza. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Dessa Bergen-Cico, Matthew Mulvaney, Eunjoo Jung and Bruce Carter. Professor Joshua Felver will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Threat Related Attention Bias: Implications for Non-Clinical Social Anxiety and Loneliness in Late Adolescent College Students.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Frederick Filice, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 in 311A H.B. Crouse Hall.

Filice’s advisor is Professor Jeffrey S. Carnes. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Harvey Teres, Donald Mills, Albrecht Diem and Gerald Greenberg. Professor Stephanie Fetta will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Achilles and Batman on the Plane of Immanence: Deconstructing Heroic Models.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Candace Receno, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Women’s Building, Room 303.

Receno’s advisor is Professor Keith DeRuisseau. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Tom Brutsaert, Kevin Heffernan, Donna Korol, Tiffany A. Koszalka, and Qiu Wang. Professor Brian Martens will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Curcumin Supplementation and Aging Skeletal Muscle.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Michael Lasley, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. in 021 H.B. Crouse Hall.

Lasley’s advisor is Professor Stephen Parks. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Eileen Schell, Rebecca Moore Howard, Brice Nordquist and Paul Feigenbaum. Professor Marcelle Haddix will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Post-Neoliberal Citizen: Immigrant Identity as the New Service Learning Center.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Yue Nan, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. in 331 Link Hall.

Nan’s advisor is Professor Lawrence L. Tavlarides. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Radhakrishna Sureshkuma, Ashok S. Sangani, Jesse Q. Bond and Ian D. Hosein. Professor Robert P. Doyle will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Adsorption of Iodine and Water on Silver-Exchanged Mordenite.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Allen Osaheni, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in 414 Bowne Hall.

Osaheni’s advisors are Professors Michelle Blum and Alan Levy. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Barry Davidson, Teng Zhang and Patrick Mather. Professor James Henderson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Design of Tribologically Enhanced Polymeric Materials for Biomedical Applications.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Chuan He, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. in 152 Link Hall.

He’s advisors are Professors Jianshun (Jensen) Zhang and Cliff Davidson. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Shobha K. Bhatia, Eric M. Lui, Svetoslava Todorova and Teng Zeng. Professor Dacheng Ren will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Model-based Testing and Evaluation of Sorption Media for Removing Volatile Organic Compound in Indoor Air.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Natasha Susan Koshy, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 2.30 p.m. in 205 Maxwell Hall.

Koshy’s advisor is Professor Susan S. Wadley. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors John McPeak, John S. Burdick, Thomas A. Perreault and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Enacting “Technology” and Everything Else: Gendered Practices and the System of Crop Intensification.”