Doctoral Oral Exams for July 27–31

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates. All exams will be held via video conferencing. Contact the department for online meeting information.


Final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates are scheduled as follows:

Kayla Preito-Hodge, Ph.D., Sociology, Tuesday, July 28, noon, Dissertation: “Too Black for the Blues, too Blue for the Blacks: An Exploration of Black Police Officers in the Era of Black Lives Matter.” Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, chr.

Jake Shechter, Ph.D., Physics, Thursday, July 30, 10 a.m. Dissertation: “Transitions between Radial and Bipolar Liquid Crystal Drops in the Presence of Novel Surfactants.” Jennifer Ross, chr.

Yong Du, Ph.D., Physics, Thursday, July 30, 11 a.m. Dissertation: “Searching for New Physics at Colliders and from Precision Measurements.” Michael Ramsey Musolf, chr.

Deniz Azarmanesh, Ph.D., Public Health and Health Sciences (Nutrition Option), Thursday, July 30, noon, Dissertation: “The Cross-sectional Association of Dietary Inflammatory Index with Inflammatory Biomarkers and Depression among Americans Participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005 – 2010.” Elena Carbone, chr.

Kristen Nelson, Ph.D., College of Education, Thursday, July 30, 1 p.m. Dissertation: “Making Meaning in the Anthropocene: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Investigation of College Student Response to Planetary Ecological Crises.” Ryan Wells, chr.

Christina Beaubien, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Friday, July 31, 11 a.m. Dissertation: “Surrogate Histories: Demystifying the Franco-female in Transitionary Spain.” Barbara Zecchi, chr.

Benjamin Padilla, Ph.D., Environmental Conservation, Friday, July 31, 11 a.m. Dissertation: “Improving Understanding of Forest Communities and Biodiversity with Multi-Dimensional Landscape Gradients.” Chris Sutherland, chr.

Xuzhi Zhang, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering. Friday, July 31, 11:30 a.m. Dissertation: “System Design and Implementation for Hybrid Network Function Virtualization and Network Emulation.” Russell Tessier, chr.