Doctoral Oral Exams for March 11-15, 2024

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

Deborah Cassaro-Snyder, Polymer Science, Monday, March 11, 9 a.m., Conte Polymer Building A110/111. Dissertation: “Embedding Thiols into Choline Phosphate Polymer Zwitterions: Synthesis and Integration into Biomolecular Materials.” Todd S. Emrick, chair.

Xinyue Zuo, Ph.D., Education, Monday, March 11, 2024, 1 p.m., via Zoom. Dissertation: “Exploring Educational Interpreting: A Case Study in a U.S. K-12 School District.” Denise Ives, chair.

Pongpol Thanuphol, Ph.D., Food Science, Monday, March 11, 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. Dissertation: “Study on the Interaction Between Soluble Fiber from the Strawberries and the Human Gut Microbiome.” Hang Xiao, chair.

Neha Gupta, Ph.D., Animal Science, Monday, March 11, 10:30 a.m., Life Science Lab N410. Dissertation: “Investigating the Regulation of Divalent Cation Homeostasis During Fertilization and Preimplantation Embryo Development in Mice.” Rafael Fissore, chair.

Sarah M. Stetson, Ph.D., English, Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m., South College E501. Dissertation: “A Mixed-Methods Study of Basic Writing Teachers’ Engagement with Socially Just Writing Assessment.” Haivan Hoang, chair.

Kyungin Ryu, Ph.D., Management, Wednesday, March 13, 9 a.m., ISOM 219. Dissertation: “Developing and Diminishing Brand Faith: Consumer-Brand Relationships Built on Spiritual Motivation.” Elizabeth Miller and Matthew Godfrey, co-chairs.

Rebecca Sebastian, Ph.D., Neuroscience and Behavior, Thursday, March 14, 11:30 a.m., ISB 221. Dissertation: “Modeling the Contributions of Neurexin-1 Deletions in Neuropsychiatric Disorders using Forebrain Organoids.” ChangHui Pak, chair.

Mousa Moradi, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m., LSL N515 and via Zoom. Dissertation: “Advanced Data Analysis and Computational Modeling for Healthcare Improvements Using Optical Techniques.” Yu Chen and Joyita Dutta, co-chairs.

Phoenix Quinlan, Ph.D., Neuroscience and Behavior, Thursday, March 14, 1 p.m., French Hall 209. Dissertation: “The Role of Multisensory Integration for Navigation in the Nudibranch Berghia stephanieae.” Paul Katz, chair.

Hillary Montague-Asp, Ph.D., Education, Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m., via Zoom. Dissertation: “(Ref)Using the Master’s Tools to Dismantle the Master’s House: Examining the Curricular and Pedagogical Choices of Faculty in Higher Education and Student Affairs Graduate Programs.” Ximena Zuniga and Catherine Dimmitt, co-chairs.

Mercedes Melo, Ph.D., Environmental Conservation, Friday, March 15, noon, Holdsworth 105. Dissertation: “Survival of American Kestrels Across Eastern North America and Investigations into Overlooked Drivers of the Continental Population Decline.” David King, chair.