Defenses and Examinations

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Pallavi Gosavi, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, at noon in 106 Life Sciences Complex.

Gosavi’s advisor is Professor Ivan Korendovych. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Robert Doyle, John Chisholm, Carlos Castaneda and Olga Makhlynets. Professor Kevin Sweder will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Designing peptides and proteins for catalysis, biophysical studies and therapeutic applications.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Julie Ficarra, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Monday, Jan. 14, at noon in 220 Huntington Hall.

Ficarra’s advisor is Professor Gretchen Lopez. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Dawn Johnson, Barbara Applebaum, Jeffery Mangram and Melissa Luke. Professor Margaret Himley will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Producing the global classroom: Exploring the impact of US study abroad on host communities in San Jose, Costa Rica and Florence, Italy.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Mirza Tihic, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. in 056 Huntington Hall.

Tihic’s advisor is Professor Alan Foley. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Dalia Rodriguez, Tom Lumpkin, Duane T. Graysay and Keith C. Deruisseau. Professor Nancy Mudrick will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “Experiences Of Entrepreneurs With Disabilities: A Critical Disability Theory Perspective.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the oral doctoral examination of Jie Zhang, candidate for the Ph.D. degree, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. in the Ganders Conference Room, 220 Huntington Hall.

Zhang’s advisor is Professor Nick L Smith. The dissertation examining committee will be composed of Professors Qiu Wang, Katherine E McDonald, Bong Gee Jang and Yanhong Liu. Professor Aesoon Park will serve as chair of the defense. The title of the candidate’s dissertation is: “A Validation of Critical Constructs of Essential Evaluator Competency and Evaluation Practice: An Application of Structural Equation Modeling.”