science as a force for peace,
or source of conflict?
I wrote my Master’s thesis in the History of Science program at Oxford on the relationship between science, exploration, and the geopolitics of peace. For a case study I focused on the Siachen glacier, a chunk of ice in contested Kashmir that holds the distinction as the world’s longest non-polar glacier, and the somewhat more dubious distinction as the world’s highest-altitude battlefield.
Patients don’t take meds
To learn why they don’t, ask them,
not computer files
The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
My dissertation assessed why people don’t take prescribed medications. I assessed whether the relationship with the prescriber or the prescribers’ specialties mattered. The database I used proved inadequate to fully answer these questions.
Pipes sync in a line
Could hasten with confluence
University of Toronto
Thesis title: “Pipeline Threading of Legacy Applications for Commodity Multicores”
My research is on applying a re-purposed technique to provide performance gains for existing software on new multicore computers. Turns out there aren’t many easy answers, even small architectural differences can wildly vary the benefits possible.
“Bright youth draw near to
Thought, but not for naught: to save
their souls from science”
University of Notre Dame
My dissertation examines critical normative conceptions in American collegiate writing during the period 1870-1910. Its chief finding is that some students gravitated toward idealism as a way of coping with scientific naturalism.
two hundred daltons
and even dense membranes failed
the bleached water smells off
University of California at Berkeley
My work in environmental analytical chemistry focused on the occurence, fate and control of low-molecular weight trace contaminants in advanced water treatment infrastructures using case studies of disinfection-by-products and off-flavor compounds in reverse-osmosis desalination and water recycling systems.
Blood got red, not thick
While the clone increased within
Bloody death awaits
Tel Aviv University
Thesis title: “The Relation between JAK2-V617F mutational load in Polycythemia Vera patients and the clinical characteristics of their disease”
Polycythemia Vera is a disease caused by a mutated clone of blood cells containing the JAK2-V617F mutation, which causes them to reproduce uncontrollably. As the clone gets bigger, the red cell mass in the blood stream also gets bigger. The study found that a bigger clone doesn’t increase the risk for thrombus formation while it does increase the risk for leukemia.
old, nude, criminal, and queer--
exceeds true or false
In my dissertation, Bodies of Evidence: Portraits of Post-Feminine Performance, I argue that photographic portraiture is a performative practice where the ambiguity between reality and artifice demands that viewers take an active role in ascribing meaning to an image. This pursuit of meaning is fraught with particular social and cultural values when portraiture subjects are figures who I describe as “post-feminine”: culturally defined women whose physicality is biologically female but whose social positions or personal actions exceed the boundaries of the conventionally feminine, such as the “Gyaheti” figures captured by Japanese documentary-portraitist, Manabu Yamanka; the female serial killer Aileen “Lee” Wuornos as framed by British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield; and the figure of the non-operative transman, (specifically murder victim, Brandon Teena).
Varied symptoms, many genes
How does it arise?
Sarah E. Bergen
Virginia Commonwealth University
Title: Genes and Symptoms of Schizophrenia: Modifiers, Networks, and Interactions in Complex Disease
My dissertation explores the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia and the variable symptom profiles often manifest in this disorder as well as methods to detect susceptibility-modifier genes and gene-gene interactions in complex diseases in general.
movement never lies
all (loss) being satellite
this body dances
University of Houston
Dissertation Title: “Deep Skin: Essays on the Body, Dance, Movement and Culture” (1999).
My dissertation was a collection of creative nonfiction prose and prose poems with a critical apparatus on the body in language.
privacy is lost
e-commerce protocols choose
ease over design
L. Jean Camp
Carnegie Mellon University
I advanced the frontier of the conflict between reliability, which requires auditing, and privacy. I developed highly atomic transactional protocols for electronic commerce, resolving open problems on the relationship between anonymity and atomicity in anonymous atomic transactions.
The last thing through the
zombie cockroach brain alas.
Wasp venomous sting.
The Ben Gurion University, Israel
Dissertation Title: Biochemistry and Physiological Action of Ampulex Compressa Venom Cockroach Prey.
We studied different aspects of the cockroach-mind-controlling sting of the parasitoid wasp Ampulex compressa. Briefly, the wasp stings a roach into the brain and the venom subdues the prey to become wasp larvae food. We published some papers and it also got some nice attention in the popular science arena.
Depression drug ads
I guess I am not normal
University of Arizona
My dissertation, “Normalizing Happiness: The Rhetoric of Depression in Direct-to-Consumer Advertisements,” argues that pharmaceutical advertisements for depression and antidepressants reinforce the boundaries between normal and abnormal emotional health by persuading consumers that certain behaviors are desirable and other undesirable ones can be changed through medication.
not just self-love but
self-duty and widening love
University of Connecticut
Dissertation Title: “Practical Reasoning and Contractarian Ethics”
My dissertation combines a Humean, naturalistic account of practical reasoning with a Hobbesian, reductionist version of contractarianism that derives moral principles from non-moral practical reasoning in strategic contexts. But with this twist: I argue that besides instrumental reasoning there are other forms of practical reasoning involving sympathy and commitment. Then I endeavor to show that the version of contractarianism with this new twist can avoid the problems besetting the best available instrumentalist version of the same (i.e., Gauthier’s), and that the former will arrive at normative conclusions very different from those of the latter.
See a painted tree:
tis there, tis not. Not deceived--
State University of New York at Albany
My dissertation concerns Ernst Gombrich’s theory that the way in which pictures represent objects involves some kind of illusion. When we we see a picture of a tree we do see a tree, even while at the same time knowing that we are not seeing an actual tree. It is simply the case that the features in the picture can trigger off a similar visual experience to that of the object—thus, illusion.
Touching the holy
Surrounded by the mundane
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
My dissertation is focusing on life and work of the forgotten architect, Antonio Barluzzi, who rebuilt the holiest Christian places in the Holy Land in the 20th century. In my dissertation I show how his work is rooted in contexts of Religion, Art and Politics
By index guiding,
single mode propagates in,
Mid-IR wide band
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Design, fabrication and optical testing of endlessly single-mode, silver-halides, photonic crystal, index guiding fibers, for the mid-IR. With a wide spectral band and large mode area.
C-symmetries are many,
But not infinite.
R. Travis Kowalski
University of California at San Diego
Dissertation Title: “Formal equivalences between real-analytic hypersurfaces”
An investigation (in part) of the complex-analytic equivalences between three-dimensional geometric shapes (called hypersurfaces) inside of a complex, two-dimensional universe (called C^2). My primary result is that the number (or dimension) of the self-symmetries of such shapes with a specific type of degeneracy (called infinite 1-type) can be arbitrarily huge, but nevertheless finite.
Results were not good
Title: Before and After Adjustment: The Effects of Economic Reform on Women’s Employment in Latin America
Si tú eres doble
tu voz es una lanza
clavada en ti.
Nineteenth-century Latin American novels have usually been studied as allegorical vehicles for spreading hegemonic discourses of national homogeneity. I believe that in most of those novels it is possible to discover the simultaneous coexistence of both hegemonic and counter-hegemonic, contestatory discourses. I read the old allegories as what I call “contragorías”: national allegories corroded from inside by a series of dissident discourses.
Christian Right arose;
fought Roe, feminists, gay rights.
Gender is the key.
Dissertation title: “Defending Manhood: Gender, Social Order, and the Rise of the Christian Right in the South, 1965-1995” (2007).
My dissertation explored the emergence of the Christian right, arguing that conservative evangelicals’ underlying motivation for political action was concern for a social order based on “biblical gender roles.” This led them to oppose liberal reforms that threatened this gendered order, notably abortion, feminism, and gay rights.
Infinite as one
And infinite as many
What’s the connection?
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation Title: Spinoza’s Conception of the Infinite
In my dissertation I explore the relationship in Spinoza’s metaphysics between the conception of infinity as indivisible and unique that pertains to the nature of substance and the conception of infinity as divisible and plural that pertains to the nature of modes. I contend that the relationship between these two conceptions is central to the structure of Spinoza’s metaphysical system, and develop an account wherein the attributes function as a middle term in the relation between substance and modes insofar as each attribute expresses both forms of infinity.
A long time ago,
teacher in-service meetings
were more fun than now.
The University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation Title: “The Peripatetic Normal School”: Teachers’ Institutes in Five Southwestern Cities (1880-1920)
Across the Empire
Opera led the way.
University of Western Australia
Ph.D. Title: ‘Operatic performance practice across the British Empire in the Victorian Era: a comparative study of operatic performance practices in Victorian Bristol, Calcutta and Melbourne with particular reference to the social, economic and broader cultural contexts of each centre.’
This thesis will discuss the way in which opera both reflected and drove the cultural, political and social phenomena of its context, while linking each centre to the parent (British) culture and wider Westernisation. In India opera is at the heart of the political and cultural shift and may be seen as a tool of colonisation. In Australia, opera had a less overtly political function, which represents the nature of colonialism in a ‘white dominion’.
were never mainstream, but they
thought they ought to be.
I titled my dissertation, “Constituting the Protestant Mainline: The Christian Century, 1908-1947.” It’s about a magazine through which a small group of liberal American Christians both built and projected cultural authority.
What improves teaching
Proximate influence works.
Age does add value.
University of Michigan
Dissertation title: Institutional and Departmental Factors Influencing Faculty Adoption of Innovative Teaching Practices (2001).
Faculty tend to be most responsive to teaching improvement introduced at the departmental or peer levels, and less responsive to top-down institutional efforts. Older faculty tended to be more innovative in teaching practices than younger faculty, a positive benefit of tenured status.
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