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David WilliamsDavid Williams—the William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics, director of the Center for Visual Science, and dean for research in Arts, Sciences, & Engineering—has been named the recipient of Sigma Xi’s 2015 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement. The prize is given annually since 1950 in recognition of “outstanding achievement in scientific research and demonstrated ability to communicate the significance of this work to scientists in other disciplines.” The recipient is asked to select a younger scientist to receive a $5,000 “grant-in-aid of research.” Williams chose Sarah Walters, a PhD student in the Institute of Optics and Center for Visual Science.

Lynne MaquatLynne Maquat, the J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, was awarded the 2015 Canada Gairdner International Award. She is one of five scientists that was honored with the award, which recognizes the achievement of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. The founding director of the University’s Center for RNA Biology, Maquat studies what happens in human cells during disease.

Ann DozierAnn Dozier, acting chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dozier was inducted in October during the Academy’s annual policy conference in Washington.

Martha Mock, associate professor at Warner School and the director of the Institute for Innovative Transition, and Julie Christensen, director of employment programs for the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, were among the recipients of the Golisano Foundation’s first “Move to Include” award, which recognizes those who work to advance inclusion in the community.

Mark Fiorini Mark Fiorini has been named vice president of clinical operations for Visiting Nurse Service. Fiorini, who has 20 years of experience in the home health care sector, will oversee all direct clinical care services. Visiting Nurse Service is UR Medicine’s not-for-profit, Medicare-certified home health care agency.

PhD Thesis Defenses

The following thesis defenses and public lectures were scheduled recently.

Sage Begolly, toxicology, “Response of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells to Single Dose and Fractionated Irradiation: Potential Implications for Central Nervous System Radiation Late Effects,” Thursday, November 5. Advisor: Kerry O’Banion

Michael Skibo, developmental psychology, “Biological Sensitivity to Parental Discipline: The Tole of Vagal Tone in Development of Children’s Self-Regulation,” Thursday, November 5. Advisor: Melissa Sturge-Apple

Robert Gray, optics, “Investigation of the Filed Dependance of Aberration Functions of Rotationally Non symmetric Optical Imaging Systems,” Friday November 6. Advisor: Jannick Rolland

Dejun Lin, biophysics, “Thermodynamics of Antimicrobial Lipopeptides Interaction with Lipid Membranes,” Friday, November 6. Advisor: Alan Grossfield

John DiMaio, chemistry, “Functional Materials Composed of Supramolecular Fibrils,” Friday, October 30. Advisor: Bradley Nilsson

Alexander Partin, electrical engineering, “Shear Wave Imaging and Tissue Characterization using Vibration Elastographic Techniques,” Thursday, October 29. Advisor: Kevin Parker]

Laura Ackerman, chemistry, “Multimetallic Catalysis for the Formation of Carbon-Carbon Bonds,” Monday, October 26. Advisor: Daniel Weix

Cong Fu, chemical engineering, “Synthesis and Characterization of Hydroxyapatite Coatings for Medical Applications,” Thursday, October 22. Advisor: Matthew Yates

Michael Fisher, history, “American Re-envisionings of the Self: From The Lonely Crowd to est,” Wednesday, October 21. Advisor: Joan Rubin

Lukiana Anka-Lufford, chemistry, “Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Aryl Halides with Alkyl Electrophiles,” Monday, October 19. Advisor: Daniel Weix

Nicole Scott, genetics, “Targeting Lysosphingolipid-Induced Lysosomal Impairment as a Critical Point for Therapeutic Intervention in Lysosomal Storage Disorders,” Wednesday, October 14. Advisor: Mark Noble

Jeremy Arnold, political science, “Three Essays on Conflict and Financial Markets and Political Methodology,” Thursday, October 15. Advisor: Randall Stone

Morgan Monaghan, biochemistry, “Identification of A2 Inter-Subunit Interactions in Factor Vlla of the Blood Clotting Pathway,” Thursday, October 15. Advisor: Eric Phizicky

Hen Prizant, pharmacology, “mTOR-mediated Leiomyoma Growth in Uterine-specific Tsc2-null Mice is Exclusively Dependent on Estradiol Signaling—Implications in the Treatment of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM),” Thursday, October 15. Advisor: Stephen Hammes

Yegang Wu, physics, “Statistical Properties of Disordered jammed Packings of Frictionless Disks,” Thursday, October 15. Advisor: Stephen Teitel

Jeremy Wolcott, physics, “Measurement of the Charged-Current Quasi-Elastic Cross-Section for Electron Neutrinos on a Hydrocarbon Target,” Friday, October 9. Advisor: Steven Manly

Yang Zhao, chemistry, “Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Epoxides and Aziridines,” Friday October 2. Advisor: Daniel Weix

Ravi Patel, electrical engineering, “Memristive Circuits for On-Chip Memories,” Thursday, October 1. Advisor: Eby Friedman

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