March 2016.2



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Of Professional Interest
Put Your Work Ethic to the Task
Learn how agency, mastery, and intrinsic motivation can help you forge an academic legacy.
Take Yourself Out on a Scholar Date
Most advice for preventing burnout focuses on physical care, but a doctoral candidate makes the case for nurturing your intellectual health as well.
She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings.’
A female scientist discusses how sexual harassment from the professoriate makes women leave graduate programs in science.
Managing the Contract Minefield 
A college dean explains that a job offer is not the culmination of the hiring process; it is the beginning of negotiations.
Is Scientific Publishing About to Be Disrupted?
Read an introduction to ASAPbio, a new movement that may upend the traditional publishing structure in the interest of speeding up scientific discovery and making scholarship more publicly accessible.
From Bench Science to Analyzing Science Careers
A policy analyst shares his experience making the transition away from bench science, and explains how graduate students can build careers outside of academia.
New Scholarly Books by Field
(requires Columbia connection or subscription to Chronicle of Higher Education)

Dissertation Proposals Filed

Art History and Archaeology
Berninghausen, Gale. Kangra's Folios in Fresco Secco: Eighteenth to nineteenth century wall paintings in royal temples and palaces of the Kangra Valley.

Du, Xiaohan. On a snowy night: Yishan Yining (1247-1317) and the development of Zen calligraphy in medieval Japan.

Biomedical Engineering
Bernhard, Jonathan. Engineering hypertrophic chondrocyte-based grafts for enhanced bone generation.

Biomedical Informatics
He, Jing. Systems biology approaches for personalized medicine.

Computer Science
Garcia Cota, Emilio. Enabling the Accelerator Era: Integration and simulation techniques for heterogeneous many-core systems.

Li, Hongzhi. Multimodal visual pattern mining.

Mantovani, Paolo. Scalable system-on-chip design.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Brenner, Logan. Paleoceanographic-proxy development in Scleractinia (stony corals): Exploring the variable utility of stable isotopes and trace metals in oceanographic reconstructions.

Ramesh, Nandini. The predictability of pacific decadal variability and its effects on global ocean heat uptake.

Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Neelakantan, Amrita. Resettlement from protected areas: Reconciling conservation goals and food security.

Katz, Paul. Crime, sin, and counterrevolution: The struggle against torture in Brazil and Argentina, 1959-1989.

Mechanical Engineering
Zhang, Fan. Piezoelectricity and dark exciton brightening of TMDCs.

Gabard-Durnam, Laurel. Experience-dependent development of amygdala-prefrontal cortex circuitry and function.

Poletto, Alessandro. The culture of everyday life in early medieval Japan: A microhistorical study in premodern epistemology.

Dissertations Defended

Art History and Archaeology
Beeny, Emily. Poussin, ballet, and the birth of French classicism. Advisor: David Freedberg.

Biomedical Informatics
Lachmann, Alexander. Confounding effects in gene expression and their effect on downstream analysis. Advisor: Andrea Califano.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Allen, Victoria. Circadian, nutritional, genetic and age-based regulation of innate immunity in drosophila. Advisor: Mimi Shirasu-Hiza.

Mushett, Travis. The Bohemian horizon: 21st-century little magazines and the limits of the countercultural artist-activist. Advisor: Todd Gitlin.

Computer Science
Abbassi, Zeinab. Characterizing and leveraging social phenomena in online networks. Advisor: Vishal Misra.

Li, Yinxiao. Data driven recognition and manipulation of deformable objects. Advisor: Peter K. Allen.

Electrical Engineering
Yazicigil, Rabia. Compressive sampling as an enabling solution for energy-efficient and rapid wideband RF spectrum sensing in emerging cognitive radio systems. Advisor: Peter Kinget.

IEOR: Operations Research
Lu, Brian. Essays on approximation algorithms for two-stage robust linear optimization problems. Advisors: Daniel Bienstock and Vineet Goyal.

Qiu, Zhen. Approximation algorithms for demand-response contract execution and coflow scheduling. Advisor: Garud N. Iyengar.

Mechanical Engineering
Chenet, Daniel. 2D materials: Synthesis, characterization, and applications. Advisor: James C. Hone.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Merel, Joshua. New perspective on learning, inference, and control in brains and machines. Advisor: Liam Paninski.

Zhang, Wujie. Network models of the lateral intraparietal area. Advisor: Kenneth D. Miller.

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