March 2016.1



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Of Professional Interest
Make a Better Writing Assignment by Design
A Ph.D. candidate discusses several strategies for improving instructional design.
How to Fire Your Advisor
An English professor offers advice on “firing” advisors and taking control of your education.
Become Your Own Writing Teacher
Graduate school curriculum seldom includes formal training in the craft of writing for publication. Improve your writing skills by making a conscious effort to observe the nuances of academic prose.
Can Crowdfunding Fill the Science Funding Gap?
A science entrepreneur considers how crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Patreon can be used to finance research.
Collaborate: An Imperative for Graduate Students
A doctoral student explains how opportunities for collaboration can be advantageous in the long run.
When the Job Search Seems Hopeless
A senior career advisor provides tips on finding jobs after graduation.
New Scholarly Books by Field
(requires Columbia connection or subscription to Chronicle of Higher Education)

Dissertation Proposals Filed

Khan, Sohaib. From fatwas to finance: An ethnography of Shari'a compliant banking in Pakistan.

Art History and Archaeology
Foner, Daria. The artist and the child: Images of children in Renaissance Florence, 1430- 1530.

Biomedical Engineering
Vogel, Edward. Pathobiological mechanisms of electrophysiological dysfunction following blast-induced traumatic brain injury.

Yee, Ethan. The burden of forgiveness: Franciscans' impact on penitential practices in the thirteenth century.

Nutritional and Metabolic Biology
Lerea, Jaclyn. Early intervention in a mouse model of childhood obesity.

Bagnall, Adrianna. Managing adulthood: Guardianship and autonomy for people with development disabilities.

Dissertations Defended

Biological Sciences
Rajbhandari, Presha. Selective discovery of transcription network driving MYCN-amplified subtype of high-risk neuroblastoma. Advisor: Andrea Califano.

Yoh, Kathryn. Repression of p63 and induction of EMT by mutant Ras in mammary epithelial lines. Advisors: Carol Prives and Ron Prywes.

Kinz-Thompson, Colin. Dynamics of stop-codon recognition by release factor 1. Advisor: Ruben L. Gonzalez, Jr.

Berger, Lynn. Photography distinguishes itself: Law and the emerging profession of photography in the 19th-century United States. Advisor: Michael Schudson.

Computer Science
Viennot, Nicolas. Record-replay mechanisms applied to operating systems and distributed systems. Advisor: Jason Nieh.

Earth and Environmental Engineering
Shen, Yang. Chemical fate studies of mining reagents: Understanding the decomposition behavior under various conditions. Advisor: Ponisseril Somasundaran.

Sapra, Katherine. The natural history of pregnancy loss. Advisor: Cande Ananth.

Johnston, Katherine. Atlantic bodies: Health, race, and the environment in the British Greater Caribbean. Advisor: Christopher L. Brown.

Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Rodríguez, Verónica. On violence and tyranny. Advisor: Jesús R. Velasco.

Bruggeman, Cameron. Dynamics of large rank-based systems of interacting diffusions. Advisor: Ioannis Karatzas.

Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection
Thome, Joseph. The effect of aging on human T cell subset compartmentalization and maintenance in tissue sites. Advisor: Donna Farber.

Liu, Lian. The study of B20 Skyrmion Systems: MnSi and (Mn,Fe)Si. Advisor: Yasutomo Uemura.

Wolfe, Michael. The world could not contain the pages: An Akbarian reading of the Gospel of John. Advisor: Peter J. Awn.

TC / Mathematics Education
Marushina, Albina. Mathematical extracurricular activities in Russia. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli.

TC / Social-Organizational Psychology
Stilwell, Rebecca. Change manager behavioral inventory: Development and validation of an instrument. Advisor: Debra A. Noumair.

Urban Planning
Touber, Julie. Institutional schizophrenia: The African development disease. Advisor: Robert A. Beauregard.

West, John. The rule of choice: Translating economic theory into urban governance in New York City, 2002-2013. Advisor: Robert A. Beauregard.

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