Doctoral Oral Exams for Dec. 12 – 16

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

Augusto Espin Tobar, Ph.D., Resource Economics, Monday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m., Stockbridge Hall Room 303. Dissertation: “The Economics of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Our Society” Christian Rojas, Chair

Guilherme Klein Martins, Ph.D., Economics, Monday, Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m., VIA Zoom. Dissertation: “Three Essays on Macroeconomics and Development” Peter Skott, Chair

Alison Fowler, Ph.D., Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m., Morrill Science Center Room 222 and Zoom. Dissertation: “The Effect of Pollen Diet on Pathogen Infection, Immunity, and Gut Bacteria in Bees” Lynn Adler, Chair

Dardon Tenzin Sharling, Ph.D., Communication, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m., VIA Zoom. Dissertation: “Caring for Human, Climate, and Planetary Well-Being: The Dalai Lama’s Rhetoric of Human Values and Environmental Ethics”. Anne Ciecko, Chair

Maria Ishikawa, Ph.D., English, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m., South College Room E501. Dissertation: “Epistemologies of the Unknowable in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature.” Nicholas Bromell, Chair

Schuyler P Lockwood, Ph.D., Chemistry, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m., GSMN Room 153 and Zoom. Dissertation: “Determining Bond Strengths and Dissociation Dynamics of Diatomic Metal-Containing Ions by Photofragment Imaging” Ricardo Metz, Chair

Kedar Prashant Shete, Ph.D., Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., MIE Conference Room ELAB 1. Dissertation: “Heat Transfer Characteristics of Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage” Steve de Bruyn Kops, Dragoljub Kosanovic, Chairs

Yaping Yuan, Ph.D., Mathematics, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m., LGRT Room 1528. Dissertation: “Data-Driven Methods for Quasi-Stationary-Distribution and Sensitivity Analysis” Yao Li, Chair

Cory Robinson Elowe, Ph.D., Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Thursday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m., Morrill Science Center II Room 222 and Zoom. Dissertation “Beyond the Fat: Protein Metabolism and Muscle Function as Part of the Migratory Syndrome of Songbirds” Alex Gerson, Chair

Emily Rose Hennessy, Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Thursday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m., Marcus Hall Room 137. Dissertation: “Spatial Analyses of Pedestrian Network Safety, Accessibility, and Equity Across Metropolitan Regions” Chengbo Ai, Chair

Ipek Sacligil, Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m., Conte Polymer Research Building Room A110/A111. Dissertation: “Controlling Mechanical Properties of Well-Defined Polymer Networks” Gregory N. Tew, Chair

Candice Katherine Travis, Ph.D., Political Science, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m., Thompson Room 620. Dissertation: “The Violence of Nostalgia: Conspiracy Theorism, White Nationalism, and Restoring American Exceptionalism” Roberto Alejandro, Chair

Frances Griswold, Ph.D., Geosciences, Friday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m., VIA Zoom and Morrill Science Center (TBD). Dissertation: “Geomorphology of Tidal Wetlands: Impacts of Extreme and Flood Events to Salt Marsh and Mangrove Systems.” Johnathan Woodruff, Chair

Cody Lu, Ph.D., Management, Friday, December 16, 2022, 9 a.m., ISOM Room 237. Dissertation: “Using Data Manipulation to Justify Biased Reports: Experimental Evidence” Jeremiah Bentley, Chair

Rachel Rybaczuk, Ph.D., Sociology, Friday, December 16, 2022, 11 a.m., VIA Zoom. Dissertation: “Who’s Your Farmer? How Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Intersect in Contemporary Agriculture”. Millie Thayer, Chair

Feiyu Yang, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Friday, December 16, 2022, noon, Life Science Laboratory Room N210. Dissertation: “Engineering Mechanical and Biochemical Gradients to Control Cell Behaviors.” Yubing Sun, Chair