January 2012.2

 

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  Of Professional Interest  
  The Job Market in HistoryThe Deputy Director of the American Historical Association offers significant insights on the current professional front. Some encouraging news here.   We Have Met the EnemyIf the digital humanities are going to have a future, we will have to redefine collectively what counts as scholarship and how it is to be evaluated.  
  History Job Market   Digital Humanities  
  The Graduate Student as EntrepreneurThe days of a graduate career as a form of monastic seclusion with little worldly contact is definitely over, proposes this current doctoral candidate.   Skype  
  Ten Words for Affect that Have No Equivalent in English There is a word in Brazilian Portuguese to describe the act of running one's fingers tenderly through someone's hair: "cafuné."   Your Next Interview Will Be on SkypeSearch committees are increasingly eschewing travel to national conferences and using digital video communication to interview candidates instead.  
  To Copy is HumanEvolutionary biologist Mark Pagel argues that we evolved for mimesis.   New Scholarly Books by Field(requires Columbia connection or subscription to CHE)  
   
  DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED Biomedical Engineering
Chen, Brenda. Investigating mechanisms of hemodynamic control in the brain.
Communications
Sonnevend, Julia. Beyond iconic photographs.
Computer Science
Agarwal, Apoorv. Area of specialization: Natural language processing and machine learning.
El Kholy, Ahmed. Area of specialization: Machine translation.
Jee, Kangkook. Area of specialization: Security.
Reiter, Austin. Area of specialization: Computer vision and robotics.
Sánchez García, Félix. Area of specialization: Computational biology.
Szczodrak, Marcin. Area of specialization: Computer engineering.
Philosophy
Ingram, Harold. Teaching English as a second language: A philosophy of language-based approach.
Psychology
Denny, Bryan. Examining the temporal dynamics of emotion regulation via cognitive reappraisal.
Wimmer, George Elliott. Learning systems in the human brain supporting decision making.
Sociology
Alp, Erin Elif. Screen cleaning: A social history of film governance from censorship to classification, 1930-1970.
Legewie, Joscha. The problem with boys: How the school context shapes educational outcomes for boys and girls.
Shin, Eun Kyong. The Korean resistance movements, 1895-1945.
Urban Planning
Touber, Julie. Why does informality persist in the presence of formal institutions?
 
   
  DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED Applied Physics
Frei, Michael. Mechanical properties of single molecule junctions. Advisor: Latha Venkataraman.
Gao, Jie. Chip-scale photonic devices for light-matter interactions and quantum information processing. Advisors: Richard M. Osgood, Jr. and Chee Wei Wong.
Kamenetska, Maria. Single molecule junction conductance and binding geometry. Advisor: Latha Venkataraman.
Biological Sciences
Green, Lisa Christine. Transacting factors that affect retroviral recoding. Advisor: Stephen P. Goff.
Naglieri, Benedetta Marie. In vivo characterization of retinoblastoma gene transcriptional regulation. Advisor: Lili Yamasaki.
Biostatistics
Chen, Huaihou. Topics in flexible models for complicated single-level and multi-level data. Advisor: Yuanjia Wang.
Zhang, Yulei. Cox model with point impact predictor. Advisor: Ian McKeague.
Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Brent, Jonathan Robert. The AIS genes TDP-43 and FUS/TLS regulate a common pathway in the Drosophila nervous system. Advisor: Brian McCabe.
McFaline Figueroa, José Ricardo. Mitochondrial inheritance and lifespan in budding yeast. Advisor: Liza A. Pon.
Tung, Jennifer Jean. The effects of chloride intracellular channels 4 and 1 on developmental and pathological angiogenesis. Advisor: Jan Kitajewski.
Chemistry
Wang, Lingle. Towards more robust and efficient methods for the calculation of protein-ligand binding affinities. Advisor: Bruce J. Berne.
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Kuznetsov, Sergey. Homogenization methods for problems with multiphysics, temporal, and spatial coupling. Advisor: Jacob Fish.
Computer Science
Gusev, Alexander. Quantifying recent variation and relatedness in human populations. Advisor: Itsik Pe'er.
Khan, Imran Farid. Methods for computing genus distribution using double-rooted graphs. Advisor: Jonathan L. Gross.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Tessler, Zachary David. Sill overflow processes in the Philippine archipelago. Advisor: Arnold L. Gordon.
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Bajema, Ramona Tern. Art across borders: Japanese artists in the United States, 1895-1955. Advisor: Carol Gluck.
Hino, Takuya. A study of the Tachikawa-ryū: Genealogy of a 'sinister' way. Advisor: Michael Como.
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Macedo, Marcia Nunes. Tropical deforestation and the land-water interface: A multi-scale study of land use change and stream ecosystem function in the Amazon's agricultural frontier. Advisor: Ruth DeFries.
Electrical Engineering
Hsu, Yu-Jen. The integration and applications of organic thin film transistors and ferroelectric polymers. Advisor: Ioannis Kymissis.
Johnston, Matthew L. Bulk acoustic wave resonators on CMOS for physical sensing applications. Advisor: Kenneth L. Shepard.
Weltin-Wu, Colin. Design of low-power and high-speed level-crossing ADCs and continuous-time DSPs. Advisor: Yannis P. Tsividis.
English and Comparative Literature
McArthur, Elizabeth Andrews. Narrative topography: Fictions of county, city, and suburb in the work of Virginia Woolf, W. G. Sebald, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ian McEwan. Advisor: Jenny Davidson.
Environmental Health Sciences
Just, Allan Carpenter. Exposure to phthalate mixtures and inner-city pediatric allergic disease and airway inflammation. Advisor: Robin M. Whyatt.
Epidemiology
Hsu, Chien-Chin. Epidemiological features of central nervous system (CNS) infections in Taiwan and molecular investigation of CNS infections of unknown etiology. Advisor: W. Ian Lipkin.
Materials Science and Engineering
Akey, Austin Joseph. Nanomaterials from nanocomponents: Synthesis and properties of hybrid nanomaterials. Advisor: Irving P. Herman.
Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies
Rezai, Hamid. State, dissidents, contention: Iran 1979-2009. Advisor: Hamid Dabashi.
Philosophy
Stevenson, Michael Robert. German idealist theories of subjectivity and Heidegger's theory of selfhood. Advisor: Frederick Neuhouser.
Physics
Young, Andrea Franchini. Quantum transport in graphene heterostructures. Advisor: Philip Kim.
Zhao, Yue. Quantum Hall transport in graphene and its bilayer. Advisor: Philip Kim.
Political Science
Gürbey, Sinem. Rethinking popular sovereignty and secularism in Turkey and beyond. Advisor: Jean L. Cohen.
Kim, Hyun Kyoung. The politics of employment insecurity. Advisor: Gerald L. Curtis.
Social Work
Akashi, Rumiko Kakishima. Psychological well-being among three age groups of the soon-to-be-old, the young-old, and the old-old living in the community. Advisor: Ada C. Mui.
Jones, Kenneth Terrill. A multilevel analysis of neighborhood compositional characteristics on HIV sexual risk and prevention activities among young black and white men who have sex with men. Advisor: Julien O. Teitler.
Sociomedical Sciences
Pelto, Debra Jane. Intimate negotiations: The political economy of gender, sex, and family among Mexican immigrants in New York City. Advisor: Richard Parker.
Teachers College: Applied Anthropology
Gogel, Leah Pearce. In the house of change: The making and remaking of female youth in residential treatment. Advisor: Charles C. Harrington.
Teachers College: Applied Behavioral Analysis
Moreno, Jalene Donica. The effects of imitation instruction using a mirror on the emergence of duplicative responses by preschool students diagnosed with developmental delays. Advisor: R. Douglas Greer.
Teachers College: Clinical Psychology
Tsuman-Caspi, Liat. The identity formation of psychotherapists in training: A dialectical and personal process. Advisor: Barry A. Farber.
Teachers College: Cognitive Studies in Education
Krenn, Jamie L. Primetime television shows affect viewers' mathematics and science knowledge and confidence. Advisor: John B. Black.
Vitale, Jonathan Michael. Promoting the development of an integrated numerical representation through the coordination of physical materials. Advisor: John B. Black.
Teachers College: Comparative and International Education
Omoeva, Carina. Student-centered instruction in the post-Soviet state: A mixed methods analysis. Advisor: Gita Steiner-Khamsi.
Sabic-El-Rayess, Amra. Making of a voiceless youth: Corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina's higher education. Advisor: Henry M. Levin.
Teachers College: Counseling Psychology
Gelder, Karen Monique. Understanding the role of cultural values in the experience of work-family conflict among professional Latinas. Advisor: George V. Gushue.
Smith, Sidney III. The influence of spiritual coping and racial identity on psychological well-being in black Americans. Advisor: Robert T. Carter.
Teachers College: Developmental Psychology
Beckmann, Katherine Anne. Association of maternal cumulative risk during pregnancy and IQ in preschoolers: Role of the glucocorticoid receptor gene. Advisor: Matthew S. Johnson.
Teachers College: History and Education
Nimetz, Janice Marciano. How much do we practice: The curricula for the applied pianist at the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music from their inception to 1945. Advisor: Megan Laverty.
Teachers College: Mathematics Education
Jo, Lydia Hyeryung. Generational differences in the mathematics success and confidence in Asian American college students and the model minority stereotype. Advisor: Erica Walker.
Karrass, Margaret. Investigating a relationship between visual reasoning skills and geometric knowledge of pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli.
Teachers College: School Psychology
Elliott, Nicole Kristen. An analysis of the state-trait anger expression inventory ratings of traumatized children and adolescents relative to non-traumatized controls. Advisor: Philip A. Saigh.
Gleason, Jessica Dawn. An investigation of a lecture note-taking intervention in adolescents with and without attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Advisor: Stephen T. Peverly.
 
   
  Deadlines and Events  
  Last Day to DepositFebruary 3 is the last day to deposit a dissertation for February 2012 conferral of the degree.  
  Teaching Center WorkshopsHow to Make Your Discussion Section More Dynamic and Engaging. Tuesday, January 17, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Philosophy Hall 302. As a discussion leader you have many responsibilities: set the agenda; clarify concepts and issues; promote discussion; keep students engaged and the section on track; and handle problematic behavior. Learn strategies to address these various classroom functions while maintaining student interest. Active and Inquiry-Based Teaching. Tuesday, January 24, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Philosophy Hall 302. A growing body of research suggests that students learn more when they are engaged in active forms of learning, such as taking part in a debate, engaging in a role-playing exercise, or keeping a journal. But the most effective forms of active learning involve a vigorous process of inquiry, exploration, and problem-solving. Effective Testing. Tuesday, January 31, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Philosophy Hall 302. A well-designed test provides a good measure of how well students are mastering a subject, but it can also help an instructor gauge success in teaching course material. Learn how to create testing instruments that will help you assess these outcomes. Lunch will be provided at all workshops. For more information, please contact Steven Mintz. Sponsored by GSAS.  
  Announcements  
 
New Psychoanalytic Studies Program. A new graduate certificate program at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) is open to students currently enrolled in a graduate program in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia. The Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP) is a non-degree and non-clinical program, and is designed for students in the humanities and social sciences who want to gain a strong background in psychoanalytic concepts of mind, culture, and science to enrich their graduate training and inform their dissertation research. Students receive a graduate certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies upon fulfillment of the program’s requirements. In addition to issues of research, the PSP deals with the theory, application, and history of psychoanalytic thought and practice across a broad range of disciplines. Housed in ICLS, the PSP is offered by the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Requirements and application instructions can be found on the ICLS website.   Freud
Global Learners Open Writing Workshops for International Graduate Students. Do you want to develop an effective writing process, engage your readers, and understand your discipline’s discourse community? Join a weekly writing community of your peers — international students earning graduate degrees at Columbia — who share your goal to produce excellent research papers, journal articles, theses, and dissertations. This workshop is a chance to get feedback on drafts, talk to others about how they write, and ask questions about anything related to writing. Come discuss your writing process, the transition to a new academic world from other cultures, and the discursive conventions of your discipline. Bring your own projects; no extra work is involved. Please contact Sue Mendelsohn, director of the Writing Center, for more information.   Writing
Register with ISOS Before You Travel. Political turmoil and natural catastrophes around globe underscore the need for graduate students to ensure their preparedness to deal with emergencies during travels abroad. Students who expect to travel outside the U.S. for degree-related study or research must register with International SOS, an agency that provides help and support in case of emergencies of all kinds. Registering with ISOS can save time, trouble, and distress in unexpected situations. Graduate students who travel outside the United States with funds disbursed by GSAS are required to register with ISOS. All others are strongly encouraged to do so as well. To register with ISOS, please go here. Click here for more information about ISOS.   ISOS
 
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