May 2012.1

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Of Professional Interest

Why Women Leave Academia
A new report examines the factors that prompt some women to search for careers outside academe.

Related: The Next Step for Female Scientists

Why I Tossed Your Résumé

Good Deeds That Are Most Punished: Research
Tips on how to allocate your time carefully.

Why I Tossed Your Résumé

Why I Tossed Your Résumé
Employers look for ways to reduce their number of candidates; avoiding these common mistakes will help you survive the first cull.


The Community College Primer
An introduction to teaching at community colleges.


Whither Scholarly Societies?
Examining the future of disciplinary societies through the lens of Bowling Alone.

Tiger Kids and the Success Frame
Examining the educational attainment of second-generation Chinese- and Vietnamese-Americans, a sociologist posits that their academic success lies not in "something essential about Chinese or Asian culture" but is rather the result of a particularly American emphasis on education.

Related: Asian Americans, the New Jews on Campus

Wikipedia and the Shifting Definition of Expertise

Wikipedia and the Shifting Definition of "Expert"
Researchers develop a new articulation of expertise after examining the Internet habits of Wikipedia editors.

The First Global Man

The First Global Man
An overview of the vicissitudes in the academic depiction of Christopher Columbus, and a summary of the school of thought that identifies 1492 as the "central pivot of world history."

Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, Rembrandt
Is Philosophy a Science?
Exploring the debate over scientism.
New Scholarly Books by Field
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Deadlines and Events
Students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty are invited to attend sessions on Responsible Conduct of Research and Academic Integrity.
Participation counts toward fulfilling NSF and NIH RCR Training requirements as well as the GSAS Certification of Participation in Research and Scholarly Ethics Training.
Events listed below are part of the Fostering Integrity in Research, Scholarship, and Teaching (FIRST) series.

Data Management Practices for Successful Researchers
Friday, May 4, 12-1 p.m. 414 Schapiro
Open to PhD students and Postdocs. Lunch will be provided.
Managing your data is critical to the success of your research and your career. From the moment you conceive of a research project, there are management issues about your data that you need to be aware of.

  • What counts as data?
  • Who owns your data?
  • Who can use? For what purposes?
  • How should data be stored? For how long? In what format?
  • How much of your data do you need to make available to other researchers?
  • What do funding agencies require?

On Being an Expert: Using Your Research in Consulting and Courtrooms
Thursday, May 31, 12 p.m., 301 Philosophy Hall
As an academic, you will be asked to comment on news articles, consult with private corporations, or even contribute to legal briefs and testify in court. This session will examine issues of ethics, compensation, and controversies surrounding the role of the chemist, the historian, the sociologist, the psychologist, the political scientist, etc., in public disputes. We’ll discuss the precautionary, real case study of what happened to graduate students who assisted in research used by their faculty who served as expert witnesses in recent tobacco litigation. Join us for a lively discussion and lunch.

Coming in May

  • Working Successfully with an Editor (and Agent)
  • Mentoring:  Working with Mentors and Tormentors

Coming in June

  • Permissions: A Survival Guide (Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property) with author and University of Chicago Press editor Susan Bielstein
  • A Journal Editor Shares Advice for Productive (and Ethical) Publishing
  • Responsible Conduct of Research in Interdisciplinary Collaborations (June 11)
  • The Academic Job Search: Avoiding Mistakes That Make You Lose the Job Before You Get it (June 12)

Columbia University Film Festival
Friday, May 4 - Saturday, May 10
Opening night: Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Columbia University Film Festival with a selection of student shorts representing the history and progression of the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts. In addition, excerpts from early works of Lisa Cholodenko, Nicole Holofcener, Courtney Hunt, Kimberly Peirce and many others will be included. $25, $10 for Columbia students; purchase tickets at the Ticket Information Center in Lerner Hall to receive the student discount.

Institutional Review Board: New Policy and Upcoming Events

The Columbia University IRB has released a  new policy that clarifies which research projects or activities conducted by students require review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The IRB has also released a very important guidance document for student research at Columbia University that should significantly  facilitate the submission of proposals by students to the IRB.

The new policy and guidance document are available on both the Morningside IRB website and the Medical Center IRB website.

Upcoming Event

  • IRB Education Conference
    Monday, May 7 - Tuesday, May 8
    Our annual conference is designed to provide advanced level education and training on the challenges faced by IRBs and investigators. The conference will focus on how the protection of human subjects will need to evolve over the next decade, due to multiple factors such as expanding public health concerns, increasing demands and diminishing resources, the explosion of social media, and potentially a changing regulatory environment.

Leveraging the Scientific Mindset in the Entrepreneurial World
Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences

Paul Tumpowsky, Chairman of InSITE, will discuss the challenges, risks and blessings of being an entrepreneur. The discussion will address the kinds of skills that make an entrepreneur successful and present how the scientific mindset can be leveraged to successfully navigate the business world and produce positive results.

Pallav Kosuri, Columbia graduate student and current InSITE fellow, will present his first-hand experience with InSITE. This elite program is an opportunity for some of New York's most talented graduate students to advise New York entrepreneurs in the development of their businesses, support venture investors, and gain exposure to the entrepreneurial community.

Fall 2012 Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program
The New York Academy of Sciences announces the 2012-2013 Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program, with a range of curriculum choices to match your content area, schedule, geographic location, and level of commitment.

The Program will train eligible graduate students and postdoctoral fellows engaged in STEM fields – to teach engaging, hands-on afterschool science enrichment courses in middle schools.  Mentors who complete 24 hours of teaching and training will receive the Academy Education Fellow Teaching Credential.

**Applications will be accepted May 1, 2012 through June 1, 2012 with placements in New York City Metro Area ONLY **

How to submit your application:
For more information and how to apply, visit or contact Stephanie Wortel at

Public Safety Discount Bike Lock Program (.pdf)
Public safety has a variety of bike locks available. See .pdf for details or visit 111 Low or Room 109 in the Black Building (650 W. 168th Street).

Dissertation Proposals Filed
Art History and Archaeology
Scheier-Dolberg, Joseph. Yu Zhiding (1646-1716) and the envisioning of the early Qing world.
Computer Science
Demme, John.  Area of specialization: Computer architecture.
Levitan, Rivka.  Area of specialization: Spoken language processing.
Petras, Iasonas.  Contributions to information-based complexity and to quantum computing.
French and Romance Philology
Magin, Johanna. Philosophies as Terapeia in Montaigne and Pascal: The somatic experience.
Barragan, Yesenia. The darkest place in New Granada: Race, freedom, and the politics of place in Chocó, Colombia, 1821-1852.
Sarwar, Omar. From the classroom to the nation and beyond: The rise of Islamism among students in Pakistan, 1968-1977.
Siddique, Asheesh. Daring to ask: The questionnaire and the problem of knowledge in the late eighteenth-century British Atlantic Enlightenment.
Whitford, Andrew. The special relationship at Turtle Bay: Anglo-American relations at the United Nations, 1975-1980.
Mechanical Engineering
Wang, Bin. MEMS-based temperature-dependent characterization of biomolecular interactions.
Forster, Jeremy James. Hegel, Nietzsche, meaning, and culture.
Politicial Science
Blake, Jonathan. Contentious culture: Individual participation in loyalist parades in Northern Ireland.
Brown, Joseph. The bomber who calls ahead: Why non-state terrorists issue advance warnings and why governments believe them.
Buckley, Noah. Managing risks and rents: Mechanisms for monitoring and controlling bureaucracy under autocracy.
Hooper, Mira Rapp. All-weather friends? Signaling security umbrellas in international politics.
Blankholm, Joseph Lee. Making believers out of atheists: Religious pluralism and unbelief in the contemporary United States.
Dissertations Defended
Applied Mathematics
Monard, François. From ill-posed to better posed inverse problems with applications to stability improvements in imaging modalities. Advisor: Guillaume Bal
Applied Physics
Berry, Sean Lawrence. Transit dosimetry for patient treatment verification with an electronic portal imaging device. Advisor: Cheng-Shie Wuu
Art History and Archaeology
Loh, Joseph Faii. When worlds collide: Art, cartography, and Japanese nanban world map screens. Advisor: Robert E. Harrist, Jr.
Ng, Aimee Czarina. Ruptures in painting after the sack of Rome:  Parmigianino, Rosso, Sebastiano. Advisor: David Rosand
Watson, Mark James. Diplomatic aesthetics: Globalization and contemporary native art. Advisor: Elizabeth W. Hutchinson
Biological Sciences
Denny, Christine Ann. Impact of adult hippocampal neurogenesis on behavior. Advisor: René Hen.
Lynch, Christopher David. The endoplasmic spreading mechanism of fibroblasts: Showcasing the integrated cytoskeleton. Advisor: Michael P. Sheetz
Salam, Ambar Asghar. HDAC6 activity is required for efficient cellular polarization and intracellular transport of organelles in directionally migrating cells. Advisor: J. Chloë Bulinski
Yu, Qinghui. Developmental monoamine signaling impacts adult affective and aggressive behaviors. Advisor: Jay Gingrich
Biomedical Engineering
Mendelson, Avital. Chondrogenesis of stem/progenitor cells by chemotaxis using novel cell homing systems. Advisor: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Xiong, Wei. Sparse functional regression models: minimax rates and contamination. Advisor: Ian W. McKeague
Cohen Mohliver, Aharon Yehuda. Essays on corporate deviance across ownership structure. Advisor: Bruce Kogut
Gunes, Damla. Understanding carry trade risks using Bayesian methods: A comparison with other portfolio risks from currency, commodity, and stock markets. Advisor: Michael Johannes
Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Hsu, Pei-Ken. MicroRNA dysregulation in neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive dysfunction. Advisor: Joseph A. Gogos
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Hiriyur, Badri Krishna Jainath. Developments in the extended finite element method and algebraic multigrid for solid mechanics problems involving discontinuities. Advisor: Haim Waisman
Montoya, Arturo Humberto. A new methodology to estimate the reliability and safety of suspension bridge cables. Advisor: Haim Waisman
Johnson, Hawley M. Model interventions: The evolution of media development strategies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia from 2000-2007. Advisor: Michael Schudson
Computer Science
Johnson, Maritza Lupe. Toward usable access control for end-users: A case study of Facebook privacy settings. Advisor: Steven M. Bellovin
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dueker, M. Elias. Connecting water quality with air quality through coastal microbial aerosols. Advisor: Maria Uriarte
Levy, Jennifer Hailey. Belowground carbon pools and fluxes in a northern temperate deciduous forest and their response to stand disturbance. Advisor: Kevin L. Griffin
Chee, Christine Pal. Essays in health economics. Advisor: Douglas Almond
Herrmann, Mariesa Ann. Three essays on the economics of education. Advisor: Miguel S. Urquiola
Honryo, Takakazu. Essays on communication in game theory. Advisor: Navin Kartik
Lim, Wilfredo Alorro. Essays on health economics. Advisor: Douglas Almond
Loginova, Uliana. Four essays on strategic communication. Advisor: Navin Kartik
Maitra, Madhura. Essays on firms’ behavior in international trade with vertical specialization. Advisor: Donald R. Davis
Tapia, Heriberto Antonio. Economic policies, volatility, and wealth. Advisor: Pierre-André Chiappori
Walker, William Reed. The economics of public goods:  Applications in environmental economics. Advisor: Wolfram Schlenker.
Electrical Engineering
Chan, Jong Wu. Architectural exploration and design methodologies of photonic interconnection networks. Advisor: Keren Bergman
Genetics and Development
Arora, Ripla. Development of vessels, airways, and cartilage rings: The role of T-box genes. Advisor: Virginia E. Papaioannou
Germanic Languages
Legutko, Agnieszka. Possessed by the other: Dybbuk possession and modern Jewish identity in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Jewish literature and beyond. Advisor: Jeremy Dauber.
Ponichtera, Sarah Elizabeth. Yiddish and the avant-garde in American Jewish poetry. Advisor: Jeremy Dauber
Asen, Daniel Scott. Dead bodies and forensic science: Cultures of expertise in China, 1800-1949. Advisor: Madeleine Zelin.
Jones, Thai Stein. More powerful than dynamite: Radicals, plutocrats, progressives, and New York’s year of anarchy. Advisor: Alice Kessler-Harris.
Liu, Yifeng. Arithmetic inner product formula for unitary groups. Advisor: Shou-Wu Zhang.
Penev, Irena. Forbidden substructures in graphs and trigraphs, and related coloring problems. Advisor: Maria Chudnovsky.
Petkova, Tsvetelina Vaneva. Bordered Heegaard Floer homology, satellites, and decategorification. Advisor: Peter Ozsváth
Rizzardo, Alice. On Fourier-Mukai type functors. Advisor: Aise Johan de Jong
Sultan, Harold Mark. The asymptotic cone of Teichmüller space: Thickness and divergence. Advisor: Walter Neumann
Music (Ph.D.)
Riggs, Kristy Kaye. On colonial textuality and difference: Musical encounters with French colonialism in nineteenth-century Algeria. Advisors: Walter M. Frisch and Karen Henson
Seto, Mark. Symphonic culture in Paris, 1880-1900: The bande à Franck and beyond. Advisor: Walter M. Frisch
Music (D.M.A.)
Bianchi, Oscar. Formal and structural issues in ‘Thanks to My Eyes,’ chamber opera. Advisor: Alfred W. Lerdahl
Liu, Qi. Kaon to two pions decays from lattice QCD: $\delta I=1/2$ rule and CP violation. Advisor: Norman H. Christ
Penson, Alexander Vincent. Search for excited gravitons decaying to a pair of Z bosons using leptons and jets at the ATLAS detector. Advisor: Gustaaf H. Brooijmans
Political Science
Ardanaz, Martín Jorge. The politics of booms and busts: Fiscal policy over the business and electoral cycle in developing countries. Advisor: Maria Victoria Murillo
Huang, Reyko. The wartime origins of postwar democratization: Civil war, rebel governance, and political regimes. Advisor: Virginia Page Fortna
Paler, Laura Beth. Essays on how revenue and information affect the political behavior of citizens. Advisor: Macartan Humphreys
Vaishnav, Milan. The merits of money and ‘muscle’: How serious criminality affects democracy in India. Advisor: Maria Victoria Murillo
Denny, Bryan Thomas. Examining the temporal dynamics of emotion regulation via cognitive reappraisal. Advisor: Kevin Ochsner
Van Snellenberg, Jared Xavier. An investigation of the neural correlates of working memory in healthy individuals and individuals with schizophrenia. Advisor: Edward E. Smith
Kluchin, Abigail Suzanne. The allure of affect: Rigor, style, and unintelligibility in Kristeva and Irigaray. Advisor: Wayne Proudfoot
Social Work
Ghesquiere, Angela Rosabelle. Patterns and outcomes of bereavement support-seeking among older adults with complicated grief and bereavement-related depression. Advisor: M. Katherine Shear.
Hutto, Nathan David. The relationship between proximity to homicides and birth outcomes. Advisor: Julien O. Teitler
Spector, Anya Yankovich. Research collaboration matters: A mixed-methods study of HIV service providers’ involvement in research and their use of evidence-based practices. Advisor: Rogerio Pinto.
Sustainable Development
Anttila-Hughes, Jesse Keith. Essays on climate impacts and human capital. Advisor: Douglas Almond
Johnston, Geoffrey Louis. Mathematical modeling of malaria: Theories of malaria elimination. Advisor: David A. Fidock
Sanoh, Aly D. W. Essays on infrastructure development and public finance. Advisor: Vijay Modi
TC – Applied Anthropology
Yilmaz, Kamil. Individual disengagement of ‘Turkish penitents’ from political violence as rite of passage: Voices from the cracks of the social structure. Advisor: Charles C. Harrington
TC – Applied Behavioral Analysis
Howarth, Matthew Charles. The induction of emergent relations in children with severe cognitive and language delays. Advisor: R. Douglas Greer
Sterkin, Victoria Lynn. The effects of social listener reinforcement protocol on the audience control of stereotypy and social operants for students with developmental delays. Advisor: R. Douglas Greer
TC – Behavioral Nutrition
Di Giorgi, Mary F. Factors associated with weight regain after bariatric surgery. Advisor: Isobel R. Contento
Hsu, Chia-Hao Damien. Are depression, anxiety, body mass index, and types of surgery predictive of psychological outcomes after bariatric surgery? Advisor: Isobel R. Contento
TC – Clinical Psychology
Sherman, Brian John. The temperament-psychopathology link: How does difficult temperament affect risk for and presentation of major depression among offspring at high and low risk for depression. Advisor: Helen Verdeli
TC – Cognitive Studies in Education
Fadjo, Cameron Lawrence. Developing computational thinking through grounded embodied cognition. Advisor: John B. Black
Kang, Seokmin. As I sow, so shall you reap: The different roles of different gestures in knowledge construction. Advisor: John B. Black
TC – Comparative and International Education
Beaubrun, Elizabeth. Distance learner ecologies of the University of the West Indies Open Campus program. Advisor: Hope Jensen Leichter
Martínez Restrepo, Susana. The economics of adolescents’ time allocation: Evidence from the Young Agent project in Brazil. Advisor: Francisco Rivera-Batiz
Russell, Cambria Dodd. Gender, academic achievement, and meanings of schooling in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Advisor: Regina Cortina
Scheiber, Laura Ann. Social entrepreneurs in Rio de Janeiro: Learning experiences and social capital. Advisor: Lesley Bartlett
Yano, Satoko. Overeducated? The impact of higher education expansion in post-transition Mongolia. Advisor: Mun C. Tsang
TC – Counseling Psychology
Lee, Amy Yi-Jung. Exploring the impact of Asian stereotype endorsement, multicultural counseling competence, and motivation to respond without prejudice on White therapists' clinical judgment. Advisor: George V. Gushue
TC – Developmental Psychology
Holod, Aleksandra. Parental time or money: What matters more for children’s school success. Advisor: Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
TC – Economics and Education
Dadgar, Mina. Essays on the economics of community college students’ academic and labor market success. Advisor: Thomas R. Bailey
Hodara, Michelle Ellen. Language minority students at community college: How do developmental education and English as a second language affect their educational outcomes? Advisor: Henry M. Levin
Yamasaki, Izumi. The effect of education on earnings and employment in the informal sector in South Africa. Advisor: Francisco Rivera-Batiz
TC – Educational Leadership
Sun, Jeffrey. Intellectual freedom of academic scientists: Cases of political challenges involving federally sponsored research on national environmental policies. Advisor: Jay P. Heubert
TC – English Education
Choo, Suzanne Shen Li. Conceptualizing literature pedagogy: World, global, and cosmopolitan orientations to teaching literature in English. Advisor: Ruth Vinz
TC – History and Education
Pierson, Sharon Gay. A center of influence: A case study of Alabama State College Laboratory High School in historical context, 1920-1960. Advisor: Thomas James
TC – Mathematics Education
Cho, Hoyun. The use of cartoons as a teaching tool in middle school mathematics. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli
Murray, Diane Rose. A cabinet of mathematical curiosities at TC – David Eugene Smith’s collection. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli
Nasar, Audrey Augusta. A pre-programming approach to algorithmic thinking in high school mathematics. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli
Shloming, Jennifer Rebecca. Evolution of mathematical fiction with geometric themes. Advisor: Alexander P. Karp
TC – Measurement and Evaluation
Gugga, Saranda Sonia. Schematic effects on probability problem solving. Advisor: James E. Corter
TC – Philosophy and Education
Cammarano, Cristina. The philosophically educated teacher as traveler. Advisor: David Hansen
Ildefonso, Givanni Marie. Recovering leisure: Otium as the basis of education. Advisor: David Hansen
TC – Politics and Education
Bork, Rachel Julia. From at-risk to disconnected: Federal youth policy from 1973 to 2008. Advisor: Jeffrey Henig
d’Entremont, Chad. Circles of influence: Rational decision-making, strategic positioning, and the formation of charter school clusters in New Jersey. Advisor: Jeffrey Henig
TC – School Psychology
Melmed, Lisa Reingold. Cognitive style as a mediator between parental psychological maltreatment and depression in adolescent boys. Advisor: Marla R. Brassard
Sichel, Kelly Lynn. Aggressive mating strategies in young adolescent girls. Advisor: Marla R. Brassard
TC – Science Education
Berg, Alissa Bethany. De-marginalizing science in the early elementary classroom: Fostering reform-based teacher change through professional development accountability and addressing teachers’ dilemmas. Advisor: Felicia Moore Mensah
Bhairam-Raza, Gita C. P. Using forensic science as a context to enhance scientific literacy. Advisor: Felicia Moore Mensah
Taher, Tanzina. Exploring the impact of the implementation of reality pedagogy: Self-efficacy, social capital, and distributed cognition. Advisor: Christopher Emdin
TC – Social-Organizational Psychology
Liberman, Benjamin Ezekiel. The mediating role of family-work conflict on the relationship between family and work domain variables and employment trade-offs. Advisor: Loriann Roberson
TC – Sociology and Education
Baldridge, Bianca Jontae. (Re)imagining black youth: The social, political, and educational dimensions of community-based spaces. Advisor: Amy Stuart Wells
TC – Teaching of Social Studies
Goldberg, David Russell. Museum-based teacher education: Teacher meaning-making at a Jewish heritage museum. Advisor: William Gaudelli
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