Doctoral Oral Exams for March 19-23

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

Allison Hunter, Ph.D., College of Education, Monday, March 19, 10 a.m., S115 Furcolo Hall. Dissertation: “The Role of Prior Knowledge, Situational Interest, and Case Study Pedagogy in the Undergraduate Biology Classroom.” Martina Nieswandt, chr.

Daniel de la Torre, Jr., Ph.D., College of Education, Monday, March 19, 12 p.m., S125 Furcolo Hall. Dissertation: “The History of Massachusetts Transfer and Articulation Policies in Contexts of Evolving Higher Education System Structure, Coordination, and Policy Actors.” Ryan Wells, chr.

Jodi Drury, Ph.D., College of Education, Tuesday, March 20, 9 a.m., N113 Furcolo Hall. Dissertation: “Educational Leaders’ Perspectives on Their Preparation, Practice, and Professional Development in MTSS.” Michael Krezmien, chr.

Helen-Ann Ireland, Ed.D., College of Education, Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m., S167 Furcolo Hall. Dissertation: “The Knowledge They Possess: Elementary Teachers’ Expertise and Where it Becomes Usable Knowledge in the MA Education System.” Sharon Rallis, chr.

Joshua Bittinger, Ph.D., College of Education, Tuesday, March 20, 10 a.m., S125 Furcolo Hall. Dissertation: “STEM Pipeline for Students with Disabilities: From High School to Intentions to Major in STEM.” Ryan Wells, chr.

Chaia Flegenheimer, Ph.D., Neuroscience and Behavior, Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m., 521B Tobin Hall. Dissertation: “The Neural Correlates of Stereotype Threat and the Stereotype Inoculation Model in Young Women.” Jennifer McDermott, chr.

Hsin-Lun Huang, Ph.D., Linguistics, Tuesday, March 20, 4 p.m., N400 Integrative Learning Center. Dissertation: “The Head-quarters of Mandarin Arguments.” Kyle Johnson, chr.

Charisse Pickron, Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Tuesday, March 20, 12 p.m., 423 Tobin Hall. Dissertation: “Two of the Same? Infants’ Conceptual Representation of Faces Based upon Gender, Race, and Kind Information.” Erik Cheries, chr.

Kelly Carriere, Ph.D., College of Education, Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m., S167 Furcolo Hall. Dissertation: “Using a Systematic Approach to Establish Need and Buy-in Prior to Selecting a Schoolwide Model: A Mixed Methods Sequential Explanatory Design.” Michael Krezmien, chr.

Sharmin Hossain, Ph.D., School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Thursday, March 22, 12:30 p.m., 210A Chenoweth Laboratory (Nutrition Library). Dissertation: “Epigenetic Modification of Vitamin D-induced Gene Expression in Human Colorectal and Breast Cancer Cell Lines.” Richard Wood,chr.

Raeann LeBlanc, Ph.D., College of Nursing, Thursday, March 22, 2 p.m., 010 Skinner Hall. Dissertation: “The Effect of Social Networks on Self-Care Behaviors and Health Outcomes among Older Adults Living with Multiple Chronic Conditions.” Cynthia Jacelon, chr.

Yuan Huang, Ph.D., Physics, Thursday, March 22, 2:30 p.m., 1033 Lederle Graduate Research Tower Lounge.  Dissertation:  “First-Principles Approaches to Strongly Correlated Quantum Spin Systems.”  Boris Svistunov, chr.

Jennifer McCallen, Ph.D., Isenberg School of Management, Friday, March 23, 10 a.m., 237 Isenberg School of Management. Dissertation: “Examining the Sleeper Effect in Auditors’ Evaluations of Audit Evidence.” Christopher Agoglia and George Bennett, co-chrs.

Mary V. Daiz Santana, Ph.D., School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Friday, March 23, 1 p.m., 321 Arnold House. Dissertation: “Investigation of the Roles of Acculturation in Cancer Screening and Phthalates in Breast Cancer Risk and Weight Gain.” Katharine Reeves, chr.

Mary Scherer, Ph.D., Sociology, Friday, March 23, 1 p.m., 1028 Thompson. Dissertation: “Unequally Adrift: How Social Class and Institutional Context Shape College Academic Experiences.” Joya Misra, chr.

Barbara Mann, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Friday, March 23, 2 p.m., 221 Integrated Sciences Building. Dissertation: “Motor Protein Regulation in Mammalian Mitosis.” Patricia Wadsworth, chr.

Katherine Freedman, Ph.D., History, Friday March 23, 2:30 p.m., 601 Herter Hall. Dissertation: “A Tangled Web: Quakers and the Atlantic Slave System, 1625-1770.” Barry Levy, chr.

Isabel Espinal, Ph.D., English, Friday, March 23, 3 p.m., S415 Integrative Learning Center. Dissertation: “Kiskeyanas Valientes en Este Espacio: Dominican Women Writers and the Spaces of Contemporary American Literature.” Mari Castenada and Jenny Spencer, co-chairs.

Candan Turkkan, Ph.D., Political Science, Friday, March 23, 3 p.m., 420 Thompson Hall. Dissertation: “Embodied, Rationed, Precarious: Conceptualizations of Sovereignty in Urban Food Regimes.” Roberto Alejandro, chr.