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March 18, 2015


Faculty member, alumna team up

woman with sax and man on Gibbs Street
Pianist Dariusz Terefenko, associate professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School, and alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino ’14E have released a new album, Crossing Paths, and teamed up for international performances, lectures, and classes.

Russell Peck
Russell Peck

Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of English, was presented with the Medieval Academy’s 2015 Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies. The award is presented annually to a member of the organization for their leadership in developing, organizing, and sponsoring work in medieval studies.

Deborah Ossip
Deborah Ossip

Deborah Ossip, professor of public health sciences and of oncology, has been elected 2016 president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. The international society coordinates and advances research related to nicotine and tobacco from molecular to societal levels, and it publishes the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Joshua Dubler
Joshua Dubler

Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion and classics, has been awarded a 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to study connections between religion and mass incarceration. He and Vincent Lloyd, assistant professor of religion at Syracuse University, are one of 10 teams of scholars selected to receive the competitive grant, which gives two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate on projects designed to ask big questions and whose scope and breadth exceeds the capacities any one researcher could bring.

Joe Testani
Joe Testani

Joe Testani has been named assistant dean and executive director of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. Testani will join the University in June 2015. Testani succeeds Burt Nadler, current director of the center, who announced his intent to retire after 16 years in the position. Nadler will continue to assist with the transition to new leadership and officially retire this spring. Testani is currently director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Career Center.

PhD Thesis Defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses and lectures were scheduled recently:

  • James Brennan, biomedial engineering, “Using Fibronectin Matrix Mimetics to Stimulate Three-Dimensional Cellular Self-Assembly,” Feb. 25. Advisor: Denise Hocking
  • He Ba, electrical and computer engineering, “Enabling Energy Efficient Sensing and Computing Systems,” Feb. 25. Advisor: Wendi Heinzelman
  • Ah Rah Kim, biomedical genetics, “Regulation of Erythroid Self-Renewal,” March 9. Advisor: James Palis
  • Kathleen Burke, biomedical engineering, “Second Harmonic Generation to Study Breast Cancer Progression and Predict Metastatic Potential,” March 10. Advisor: Edward Brown
  • Timothy Rutkowski, biomedical genetics, “The Role of the Notch Target Genes, Hes1 and Hes5, in Mesenchymal Progenitor Cell Differentiation and Chondrocyte Hypertrophy,” March 12. Advisor: Matthew Hilton
  • Qiuyu Zhu, physiology, “The Role of STXBP5, VAMP8, and SNAP23 in Endothelial Exocytosis,” March 12. Advisor: Charles Lowenstein
  • Rachael Day, clinical psychology, “Resilience Across Generations: An Examination of Resilience Processes Within Mother and Preadolescent Daughter Dyads,” March 16. Advisor: Fred Rogosch
  • Chi-Sheng Chang, materials science, “Plasmonics for Improved Thin-Film Photovoltaic Cells and Enhance Light Extraction from Organic Light Emitting Diodes,” March 24. Advisor: Lewis Rothberg
  • Prabha Nagarajan, biology,  “Double Strand Break Repair and Genetic Analyses of Rad27p in Mitochondria of Sachharomyces cerevisiae,” March 25. Advisor: Elaine Sia
  • Kathryn Phillips, philosophy, “Towards an Empirically Adequate Virtue Ethics,” March 25. Advisor: William FitzPatrick
  • Nathan Burggraff, music theory, “Music and Religion in a Postmodern Culture:  Selected Analyses from Music by Glass and Reich,” March 27. Advisor: Elizabeth Marvin
  • Tyler Cassidy-Heacock, musicology, “The Sung Self of Syllables: Interpretive Paradigms for Contemporary Vocal Music,” March 31. Advisors: Jonathan Dunsby and Holly Watkins
  • Joan Huguet, music theory, “Formal Functions and Voice-Leading Structures in Beethoven’s Early Sonata-Rondo Finales,” April 8. Advisor: William Marvin

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