April 2016.2



109Low | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | Columbia University
Of Professional Interest
How to Ask for a Recommendation
Requesting letters of recommendation: asking for them, providing the necessary information, and supervising the process through submission.
"Ladies, Let's Negotiate"
Advice on how women can effectively negotiate salary and other benefits.
Organization is a Skill, Not a Trait
Techniques and strategies for remaining productive and organized.
The Shrinking Ph.D. Job Market
As the number of new Ph.D.s rises, the percentage of doctoral graduates without a job waiting for them is also increasing.
New Scholarly Books by Field
(Requires Columbia connection or subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Dissertations Defended

Talesnik, Daniel. The itinerant Red Bauhaus, or the Third Emigration. Advisor: Reinhold Martin.

Art History and Archaeology
D’Arista, Carla. Building blocks of power: The architectural commissions of the Pucci family in the Renaissance. Advisor: Francesco Benelli.

Eaker, Adam. Lore of the studio: Van Dyck, Rubens, and the status of portraiture. Advisor: David Freedberg.

Biomedical Engineering
Cigan, Alexander. Nutrient channels to aid the growth of articular layer-sized engineered cartilage constructs. Advisor: Gerard Ateshian.

Wang, Ji. Plate-rod microarchitectural modeling for accurate and fast assessment of bone strength. Advisor: X. Edward Guo.

Earth and Environmental Engineering
Leung, Emi. A study of the utilization of niobium oxides in heterogeneous catalysis in environmental applications. Advisor: Robert Farrauto.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Veitch, Stephen. Glacial earthquakes and glacier seismicity in Greenland. Advisor: Meredith Nettles.

Shousha, Samer. Essays in international macroeconomics. Advisor: Martín Uribe.

Soares, Ilton. Essays in industrial organization. Advisors: Katherine Ho and Michael H. Riordan.

Electrical Engineering
Warren, Steven. CMOS-integrated carbon nanotube arrays: Towards wide-bandwidth single-molecule sensing systems. Advisor: Kenneth L. Shepard.

Genetics and Development
Patel, Tulsi. Cell fate restriction is orchestrated by chromatin organization and transcription factors. Advisor: Oliver Hobert.

Salgado, Alfonso. A family like ours: The private and public life of communists in twentieth-century Chile. Advisor: Pablo Piccato.

Castellano, Robert. Kuranishi atlases and genus zero Gromov-Witten invariants. Advisor: Dusa McDuff.

Krishnamoorthy, Subrahmanya. Graph theory, dynamics, and Barsotti-Tate groups: Variations on a theme of Mochizuki. Advisor: Aise Johan de Jong.

Pal, Vivek. Simultaneous twists of elliptic curves and the Hasse principle for certain K3 surfaces. Advisor: Wei Zhang.

Potashnik, Natasha. Derived categories of moduli spaces of semistable pairs over curves. Advisor: Aise Johan de Jong.

Smirnov, Andrey. Quantum difference equations for quiver varieties. Advisor: Andrei Okounkov.

Wang, Yinghui. Viscosity characterizations of explosions and arbitrage. Advisor: Ioannis Karatzas.

Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection
Lee, Jaeyop. Delineating the human dendritic cell development. Advisor: Kang Liu.

Neurobiology and Behavior
DePasquale, Brian. Using firing-rate dynamics to train recurrent spiking neural networks. Advisor: Laurence F. Abbott.

Hill, Heather. Probing the band structure in transition metal dichalcogenides monolayers and heterostructures by optical spectroscopy. Advisor: Tony F. Heinz.

Rigosi, Albert. Investigation of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides via optical and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. Advisor: Tony F. Heinz.

Veicht, Aaron. Through the forest of speckles: Robust spectroscopy of extremely faint companions of nearby stars. Advisor: William A. Zajc.

Sustainable Development
Fuje, Habtamu. Essays on development economics. Advisor: Wolfram Schlenker.

TC / Measurement and Evaluation
Li, Huacheng. Estimation for DINA model using the constrained G-DINA model. Advisor: Matthew S. Johnson.

TC / Science Education
Heyman, Jeremy. Pathways into STEM among low-income, urban immigrant English language learners: Opportunity, access, and persistence. Advisor: Felicia Moore Mensah.

Varthis, Spyridon. Students' perception of blended learning and its effectiveness as a part of second year dental curriculum. Advisor: O. Roger Anderson.

TC / Social-Organizational Psychology
Redding, Nicholas. Complexity engagement during a complex conflict: Relationships between requisite complexity attributes and dynamic decision-making processes. Advisor: Peter T. Coleman.

Dissertation Proposals Filed

Art History and Archaeology
Carlson, Raymond. Michelangelo between Florence and Rome: Art and lyric culture in sixteenth-century Italy.

Crockett, Vivian. 'The skin of all': The racial politics of an anthropophagic return in Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape.

Aghamolla, Cyrus. Essays on analyst herding and disclosure.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
He, Xin. Damage mechanisms in coating/substrate system and quality controls of asphalt pavements compaction.

Computer Science
Da, Fang. Surface only liquids.

Kontaxis, Georgios. A client-side approach to network security.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Gibson, James. Controls on surface processes, fluid flow, and sediment physical properties on active and passive margins from borehole, multi-beam sonar, and multi-channel seismic reflection data.

Beckhart, Sarah. Defined by drugs: The cultural and political ramifications of drug consumption in Mexico 1960-1986.

Golaszewski, Devon. Reproductive labors: Mande reproductive expertise and biomedical legibility in West Africa.

Koeth, Stephen. The suburbanization of American Catholicism: Postwar political realignment and religious restructuring, 1945-1980.

Okan, Orcun. Coping with transitions: The connected construction of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq (1918-1928).

Chida, Nassime. Kinship and local power in Dante's Commedia.

DeWitt, Allison. Digitally mapping Dante's World: Geography, trade, and material culture.

Pace, Matteo. Of poets and physicians medical and scientific thought from Scuola Siciliana to Boccaccio (1230-1350).

Palanti, Alessia. De-regulating gender: Female subjectivities in the 21st century Italian women's cinema.

Political Science
Kopas, Jacob. Legitimizing the state or a grievance?: The effect of right-recognition on political engagement.

Lotito, Nicholas. Military response to popular uprisings: The Arab Spring in comparative perspective.

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