Defenses and Examinations

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Yiou Xiao, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Life Sciences Complex, Room 477.

Xiao’s advisor is Professor Chilukuri K. Mohan. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jae Oh, Jian Tang, Ramesh Raina and Kishan Mehrotra. Professor Shikha Nangia will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Associative Pattern Recognition for Biological Data.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Melody Brown, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Peck Hall, Room 422.

Brown’s advisor is Professor Linda Stone Fish. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Dyane Kay Watson, Deborah Anne Coolhart, Rashmi Gangamma and Diane Estrada. Professor Keith Alford will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “ ‘In Our Own Words’: The Phenomenological Exploration Into The African American Experience Of Relational Therapy With White Therapists.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Lei Duan, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. in 151 Eggers Hall.

Duan’s advisor is Professor Norman Kutcher. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Michael Ebner, George Kallander, Terrill Lautz and Elizabeth LaCouture. Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The Prism of Violence: Private Gun Ownership in Modern China, 1860-1949.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Ju Eun Kim, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Huntington Hall, Room 432.

Kim’s advisor is Professor Aesoon Park. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Leslie A Gellis, Sarah E Woolf-King, Stephen A. Maisto and Randall S. Jorgensen. Professor Kevin S. Heffernan will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Interaction Effects between the Cumulative Genetic Score and Psychosocial Stress on Subjective Craving and Attentional Bias for Alcohol: A Human Laboratory Study.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Mustafa Ozmen, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Center for Science and Technology, Room 4-287.

Ozmen’s advisor is Professor M. Cenk Gursoy. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Jian Tang, Pramod K. Varshney, Qinru Qiu and Biao Chen. Professor Cliff I. Davidson will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Wireless Throughput and Energy Efficiency under QoS Constraints.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Tessa Brown, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. in H.B. Crouse, Room 021.

Brown’s advisor is Professor Patrick Berry. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Gwendolyn Pough, Rebecca Moore Howard, Stephen Parks and Marcelle Haddix. Professor Erin Rand will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Schooled: Hiphop Composition at the Primarily White University.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Kayleigh McGovern-Gooch, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Life Sciences Complex, Room 106.

McGovern-Gooch’s advisor is Professor James Hougland. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors John Chisholm, James Kallmerten, Carlos Castaneda and Stuart Loh. Professor Dacheng Ren will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Enzymology and inhibition of ghrelin acylation by ghrelin O-acyltransferase.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Ariel Ash-Shakoor, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Bowne Hall, Room 414.

Ash-Shakoor’s advisors are Professors Patrick Mather and James Henderson. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Teng Zhang, Ian Hosein and Zhen Ma. Professor Michelle Blum will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “The dynamic effects of surface topography and chemistry on cell attachment, alignment, and motility on smart, polyelectrolyte materials.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Tingting Xiong, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. in 112 Eggers Hall.

Xiong’s advisor is Professor Devashish Mitra. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Mary Lovely, William Horrace, Stuart Rosenthal and Abdulaziz Shifa. Professor Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Dynamics of Global Capital and International Trade.”