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Katharine Miller PhotoThis November, Katharine Miller, a first year master's student in Communication, presented a research paper at the National Communication Association conference in Chicago. Katharine's research, entitled Identity Rhetoric in the YMCA's Annual Campaign, explores how the YMCA, the nation's largest nonprofit, communicates who they are and what they do through various rhetorical efforts aimed at promoting the organization's Annual Campaign. As a nonprofit organization, the YMCA relies on the financial support of donors and members in order to exist. The YMCA's largest and longest-running fundraising effort, the Annual Campaign, is dedicated to providing much-needed financial support for families throughout the community who are unable to afford programs or the full cost of membership. This campaign aligns perfectly with the organization's mission to build a strong community through promoting an active, healthy lifestyle. In order to promote the campaign's success, the YMCA produces rhetoric that works to establish legitimacy and reinforce the organization's identity. Identity building and reinforcement is of practical consequence for any organization as it serves as the "building block" for objectives, projects, activities, and so on, thus it becomes a fitting perspective for understanding the YMCA's Annual Campaign rhetoric. Katharine hopes her research will contribute to the conversation regarding nonprofit organizations as a whole, with a focus on how crucial it is for these organizations to communicate who they are to both internal and external stakeholders.



Samantha Miller photoSamantha Miller, a 4th year Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, had the honor of presenting her research at the Pappas Patristics Institute Conference in Boston this October. Samantha's paper, entitled Fear Not: John Chrysostom’s Demonological Discourse as Motivation for Virtue, discusses how John Chrysostom, a fourth-century bishop and theologian, used speech about demons as a way to encourage his congregation to be more virtuous. This research looks specifically at his emphasis on a person’s proairesis, which is something like their free will, and the relationship between his emphasis on proairesis when speaking about demons.  Through this it becomes apparent that demons, which are very real, are useful for Chrysostom’s goal of getting his audience to be virtuous. This is significant to theological studies because it offers a way to see Chrysostom’s moralizing tendencies as significant in themselves and worthy of study rather than dismissing the man wholesale because he preaches about morality and not “systematic theology." Upon completing her degree, Samantha hopes to find a tenure-track position teach and researching historical theology.



This October, International Affairs Master's student Yasir Kuoti presented a paper at the Wisconsin Political Science Association and Wisconsin Sociological Association Conference. His paper, entitled How Do Autocratic States Survive Economic Sanctions? The Case for Religious and Tribal nationalism in Iraq, examines how the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein countered the effects of the most comprehensive multilateral sanctions ever imposed by United Nations Security Council. It argues that early in the 1990s Saddam’s regime reluctantly institutionalized Islam and tribalism into the Iraqi secular state after recognizing the potential threats of these two powerful sources of domestic (in)stability. It concludes that such institutionalization is key to understanding Iraq’s survival strategy. This is significant not only to the academic scholarship but also to policy makers who must, if all possible, fully understand the true underpinning of autocratic states before such punitive measures are imposed. Yasir also published an article in Militant Leadership Monitor this year, entitled A Post-Mortem Analysis of Muhsen al-Fadhli—Former Head of Syrian AQ Affiliate Khorasan.



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Jiangbiao He, a current Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program, recently presented a paper at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) in Pittsburgh, PA. His paper, entitled Diagnosis of Stator Winding Short-Circuit Faults in an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine, focuses on the reliability improvement and condition monitoring of electric motor drive systems, which have been widely used in energy conversion units of electric/hybrid vehicles, renewable energies, and so on. This paper presentation introduced a novel diagnostic method for detecting stator winding short-circuit faults in permanent magnet machines. The invented method has low cost, fast fault diagnosis speed, and high resolution. After completing his Ph.D. degree at Marquette University in spring of 2015, Jiangbiao would like to work in industry in the area of power and automation technologies. Jiangbiao He also obtained the Outstanding Research Assistant Honor Award from Marquette College of Engineering in April 2014.



Matt Seib, a PhD candidate in the Marquette University Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the 2014 STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellowship from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The prestigious fellowship supports environmental engineering and science graduate students working in areas that serve national interest. The STAR Fellowship provides total benefit up to $42,000 per year for two years. Matt is conducting research regarding sustainable systems to treat municipal wastewater with a focus on energy and nutrient recovery. Using his results, wastewater treatment systems can be converted from net energy users to anaerobic membrane bioreactors that produce methane that can be burned as a renewable energy source. In conjunction with his M.S. studies at Michigan Tech, Matt also spent two years (2009-2011) in the Peace Corps as a water/sanitation engineer in Mali, West Africa, where he conducted research examining water quality at different sources and points-of-use in the village where he was living. Matt is now working at Marquette University within the research group of Dr. Daniel Zitomer in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. For more information on Matt's research and the STAR Fellowship, see and



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Second year Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences Ph.D. student Chris Sundberg had the opportunity to present his research poster at the Integrative Physiology of Exercise conference in Miami, FL. His research focus on sex differences in muscle fatigability during short-duration, high-intensity cycle ergometry. Chris explains that human locomotion, athletic performance and the ability to carry out everyday activities are determined by the ability of our neuromuscular system to repetitively generate force or power. A fundamental consequence of repeated activation of the neuromuscular system, however, is the force- and power-generating capacity becomes impaired—i.e., the muscle fatigues. Studies that elucidate the causes of muscle fatigue in men and women performing different tasks is important to inform exercise prescriptions used to not only improve athletic performance but to restore or maintain physical function in both healthy and diseased populations. The results demonstrate that while men could generate markedly greater amounts of force and power, the time course of muscle fatigue and the neuromuscular activation patterns were similar, suggesting that the causes of fatigue were the same between men and women. After finishing his doctoral studies, Chris hopes to obtain a tenure track faculty position where he can continue to research and teach the marvels of human physiology.



Joe Packhem photoJoe Packhem, a 2nd year Master's student in Marquette's Civil Engineering program, recently participated at the European Society for Engineering Education conference in Birmingham, England. Joe coordinated a day-long educational workshop for students, deans, professors, and researchers in engineering education, as well as presented a paper. His paper, entitled Insight to Global Engineering Challenges: Study and Analysis, is a collaboration between the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED), and the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) to track global trends in engineering education.  General information was gathered about the person taking the survey regarding what year they are in school, what department are they in, where are they located, what methods are being used for teaching at their university, what would they like to see more of in their education, do they have access to research opportunities and funds, and do they have availability for international exchange programs (also if so, where does the funding come from).  This information was gathered to help policy makers at universities make decisions, and further uses are being developed in a following paper for the World Engineering Education Forum in Dubai this December. Joe currently works part-time for the Masonry Advisory Council in Illinois and plans to continue working there after graduation.


Stacy Stolzman, a Ph.D. student in Marquette's Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science program, was awarded a 2014-2015 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). This prestigious award was granted to a total of just 244 scholars for the 2014-15 academic year. Stacy describes the award as an amazing honor that will allow her to focus on her research. Stacy is a pediatric physical therapist with over fifteen years of experience evaluating children and making exercise prescriptions to improve health status. Her current dissertation project investigates the role of body composition, physical fitness, and inflammation on pain in adolescents. Her goal is to obtain tenure at a research university teaching pediatric physical therapy.


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Phil Mack photoPhil Mack, a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Philosophy, won the American Philosophical Association 2014 Prize in Latin American Thought. This is a blind-reviewed, national prize sponsored by the APA Committee on Hispanics in Philosophy. Phil's prize winning essay, entitled Should a Concept of Truth be attributed to Nahuatl Thought? Preserving 'the Colonial Difference' between Concepts of the West and Nahua Philosophy, will be presented at the APA Eastern, published in the Newsletter and earned a cash prize.




Niknam photoMehrdad Niknam, a 3rd year Civil Engineering Ph.D. student, recently presented his research at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference. His work, entitled A Social Networking Website for AEC Projects, presents a project social networking website that facilitates professional interactions among a project’s participants and provides a dynamic project knowledge base that would allow combining knowledge created during various phases of a project life cycle. Architecture, Engineering and Construction projects involve a number of individuals and organizations with different roles and responsibilities. In a new project, participants may initially not know each other; however, to be effective, those with a common interest must be able to easily find each other to share their knowledge about the project. Another requirement for effectively managing a project is the ability to easily add new knowledge to the project knowledge base. The current format for representing, accessing, and sharing project data cannot take advantage of the full potential of the Internet. In Niknam's proposal, the participants in a new project may join the project website using OpenID. The project website uses a Semantics-based approach to information modeling that allows project website members to add new knowledge to the project knowledge base and perform graph query on project data. 

Nicholas Winninger, a first year MBA student in the Graduate School of Management, won at both the Marquette ImpactNext Business Plan Competition and the Rice University Business Plan Competition this past spring. He was accompanied by College of Engineering students Devin Turner and Charlie Beckwith who created FocalCast, a versatile presentation app, the primary venture of their company Narsys LLC. Together they won the Graduate Student Team prize and the Top Overall Business Model Prize at Marquette’s Impact Next competition receiving $3,000 in prize money. Later that same week, they traveled to Rice University in Houston to compete in the “Richest and Largest Business Plan Competition”. There they competed in a rigorous week-long competition against 42 international ventures selected from a pool of over 600 applicants. As a result, they won the $3,000 Gimmal Group Outstanding IT Prize and the Trailblazer Capital Start-up Entrepreneur Investment Prize for $50,000. Since their success, the group has been featured in a variety of publications including the Journal Sentinel and the Milwaukee Business Journal. Moving forward, the venture has been approached by numerous accelerators offering to help grow the company.


This June, Biomedical Engineering master's student Josh Hughey was awarded 2nd

place for his poster in the Biofluids category of the World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) MS poster competition in Boston. Josh's poster was titled Impact of stent platform on wall shear stress distributions after implantation: Insights from computational fluid dynamics simulations using optical coherence tomography and coronary CT angiography​. In addition to Josh and Dr. John LaDisa, Associate Professor of  Biomedical Engineering at Marquette, the coauthors on this work were Hiromasa Otake MD and Ken-ichi Hirata MD of Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. The WCB is a prominent meeting held every 4 years in a different international location, and features the best work in many areas of biomechanics from around the globe.



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1st year Mechanical Engineering master's student Merit Schumaker presented his paper entitled Mesoscale Simulations of Dry Sand at the Society for Experimental Mechanics conference this June. Merit explains that there is an interest in producing accurate and reliable computer simulations to predict the dynamic behavior of heterogeneous materials and to use these simulations to gain further insight into experimental results. In so doing, a more complete understanding of the multiple-length scale involved in heterogeneous material compaction can be obtained. In this work, planar shock impact experiments were simulated using two different hydrocode formulations: iSALE and CTH. The simulations, which were based on a Georgia Tech experimental setup, consisting of a flyer of different thicknesses impacting dry sand over a range of impact. Average particle velocity traces obtained from the computer simulations were compared to experimental measurements. The mesoscale simulations compare well with the dynamic behavior of dry sand. Improvements on these simulations with the inclusion of these mesoscale phenomena were presented with this paper. Upon completion of his master's degree, Merit hopes to begin a career in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering for government contractors or various government agencies in and around Washington DC, with hopes of someday returning to academia as an instructor.


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Jeff LaJeunesse, a first year M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering, recently presented a paper at a conference for the Society for Experimental Mechanics. His work, summarized in his paper entitled Simulating the Planar Shock Response of Concrete, sought to create computational simulations that predicted the shock response of high strength concrete under blast loading. Experimental test data was obtained from an Air Force Research Laboratory senior research engineer, Dr. Bradley Martin, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Simulations were performed using a hydrocode software in which material response under shock loading can be observed and characterized. Computational simulations involving concrete, and other granular materials, have been of great interest to the Air Force due to the vast use of concrete in roads, bunkers, etc. After finishing his master's work at Marquette, Jeff will consider pursuing a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering or entering industry in a related field. 


This May, 4th year Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student Hugo Maxwell Pereira presented an academic poster at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, FL. His presentation, entitled Cognitive Stress and Visual Gain Affects Force Fluctuations at Low Forces looks at further investigating sex difference in neuromuscular physiology. Understanding sex differences in neuromuscular physiology will improve exercise prescription for training and rehabilitation. This study investigated different levels of cognitive demand imposed during sustained elbow flexor contraction in different intensities. Results showed that that increased cognitive demand impaired steadiness of the elbow flexor muscles in women, especially at very light contractions. The amount of visual feedback also influenced steadiness in women; however, manipulating the visual feedback did not offset the decline in steadiness when cognitive demand was imposed. These results highlight the influence of cognitive demand in the control of force especially in women. Understanding these sex differences will help to prevent work related injuries during light contractions under dual task activities that requires cognitive demand.


This June, first year Computational Sciences Ph.D. student Drew Williams, will be presenting a poster at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference in Indianapolis, IN. His research and poster, entitled Smartphone-based Light Intensity Calculation Application for Accessibility Measurement, is part of the Access Ratings for Buildings project, in conjunction with UWM and funded by the National lnstitute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Drew and his team have developed a light meter that runs as an application on a smart phone and determines whether or not a particular environments' lighting is accessible for users as outlined by ADA guidelines. As the application can assist building and business owners in determining if their buildings and businesses are accessible for disabled users quickly and easily, without the need to buy additional hardware, this in turn can greatly improve the quality of life for those with differing abilities, allowing them to visit a wider variety of establishments. Last year, as a Computational Sciences master's student at Marquette, Drew won an A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Upon completing his Ph.D., Drew hopes to become a research scientist, creating accessible human-computer interfaces.


Christina Figueroa PhotoThis April, Christina Figueroa, a 3rd year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student, presented a posted and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society's conference in Boston. Her poster, entitled Reinforcement Learning in Individuals at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease, aimed at providing a novel method of differentiating individuals who carrier a genetic risk factor for AD from those who do not using reinforcement learning. By so doing, her findings are the first to assess this population within this cognitive domain, effectively filling a gap within the literature and helping to bridge a divide between various areas of psychological research (cognitive, clinical, and neuroscience). This conference was the first national presentation of Christina's work and publication is expected to follow in the near future. After completing her Ph.D. from Marquette, Christina plans on pursuing a career in clinical neuropsychology, either within academia or at an academic medical center.


Katie Hazlett photoKatie Hazlett, a 4th year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student, presented a poster entitled Executive functioning and risk for Alzheimer’s disease: Family history predicts performance on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society's conference in Boston this April. Given the sensitivity of the WCST in the context of Alzheimer's disease (AD), examining differences in performance among at-risk cognitively intact individuals (i.e., those with positive family history (FH) of AD) would provide valuable insight into preclinical cognitive changes. The current study examined WCST performance in 24 FH- and 17 FH+ older adults. Results revealed significant group differences for multiple WCST variables, such that the FH+ group consistently exhibited poorer performance. Moreover, family history predicted performance on the WCST above and beyond the contribution of demographic variables such as age. These results speak to the potential role of executive functioning (EF) in bolstering our understanding of early cognitive markers of future decline. Expanding our understanding of the relationship between additional domains of cognitive functioning (i.e., EF) and risk for AD may allow for better prediction of cognitive decline and potential progression to AD. After graduation, Katie plans to pursue a career in neuropsychology, either in an academic setting or within an academic medical center. She was also recently selected to receive the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J. Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.


Lauren and Ashley PhotoAshley Beaudoin (left) and Lauren Thomas (right) are 2nd year Masters students of the College Student Personnel Administration program in the College of Education. Recently, they co-presented with Tina McNamara, the Director of Undergraduate Advising in the College of Education, at the National Academic Advising Association's Regional V Conference in Madison, WI. Their presentation, entitled Not Just Minions: Graduate Assistants and Practicum Students as Advising Partners, discussed different strategies for graduate students to gain meaningful opportunities and experience in academic advising that will benefit an advising office. The presentation gave an overview of the reasons a graduate assistantship position in advising was created at Marquette, the challenges associated with the assistantship, the evolution of a summer practicum experience, and the benefits of both opportunities. Marquette's Advising Assistantship Experience and Practicum Guidelines lends itself to be a model for programs at peer institutions.  


Corey Haala photoCorey Haala, a Master's student in History, recently presented his research at the Midwest Labor and Working-Class History Conference at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His presentation, entitled Time for a New 'Minnesota Leader': Mounting Left-Wing Frustration with the DFL after 1944, analyzes breaks within the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in the 1970s through the lens of the revived party press of the old Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota Leader. It discusses how the authors of the Minnesota Leader invoked the memory of the old tradition of progressive radicalism in Minnesota to rebuild the political coalitions which instituted progressive change in the state in the 1930s. This work serves as a jumping-off point for Cory's intended Master's thesis. Upon graduation from Marquette, Cory hopes to pursue his Ph.D. in 20th-century Midwestern political history.


Shelley Bobb photoThis April, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student Shelley Bobb will be presented with the Marquette Alumni Leadership Excellence Award by Marquette's College of Professional Studies. Shelley previously completed a Master's in Dispute Resolution at Marquette, writing her thesis on practices that could make clinical healthcare teams do their work more effectively and prevent disputes. Over the past three years, she has been invited to give presentations of her work at several conferences, both nationally and internationally, including the University of Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Conference; The National Communications Association; Rhetoric in Society (Antwerp, Belgium); International Healthcare Communication Conference ( St. Andrews, Scotland); and International Healthcare New Practices (Belfast, Ireland). Upon completion of her Ph.D., Shelley would like to work either in a hospital setting in organizational development or consult with clinical teams to strengthen communication, leadership, and teamwork, as well as engage in qualitative research studies for healthcare teams, mediation, systems design, strategic planning, and organizational assessment.


Fr. Matthew S. C. Olver, a first year doctoral student in the Theology Department, presented a paper entitled The Downfall of Darkness: A Theological and Canonical Readings of 1 John 3:8 on March 31, 2014 at the Eschatology and Moral Order Conference hosted by the University of Chicago Divinity School, who cosponsored the event with the University of Notre Dame and the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. The paper discusses the claim made in 1 John 3:8 that the reason for the incarnation of Jesus concerned the “destruction of the works of the devil.” The paper set this claim within the context of the treatment of Satan in the Gospel of John and 1 John, showed their strong overlap, and situated this reading within the larger claims of the New Testament. Fr. Olver, a priest in the Episcopal Church and a recipient of a Graduate Fellowship from the Theology Department, has been a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. since 2006, and assists at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee. His research interests are in the development of liturgy considered as theological development, ecumenism, and ecclesiology. He hopes to teach at the seminary level.


Theresa Kapke photoTheresa Kapke is a current Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program. This March, she presented a poster, entitled Rates and Predictors of Psychopathology for Latino Youth: Influence of Paternal Acculturation, at a conference for the Society for Research on Adolescents in Austin, TX. Results from her study suggest that Latino youth demonstrate comparable rates of psychopathology to normative samples. Additionally, parental acculturation appears to predict the incidence of psychopathology in Latino youth, with youth of “traditionalist” (i.e., high orientation to Latino culture and low orientation towards Anglo culture) parents demonstrating increased odds of anxious/depressed problems. Implications include the need for outreach to Latino youth of traditionalist parents in an effort to prevent the development of psychopathology in this subpopulation. More culturally-sensitive research that is conducted with generalizable Latino samples is needed to fully support these initial findings. After she completes her degree at Marquette, Theresa plans to work as a clinical child psychologist in a community or outpatient medical center, where she hopes to be able to do clinical work and conduct research. 


Christina Ciaozzo, a second year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student, recently participated in a poster presentation at the Society for Research on Adolescence conference in Austin, TX. Her project, entitled Exploring the Connection Between Personality and Attachment in the Perpetration of Physical and Sexual Abuse, focused on exploring the risk and protective factors of physical and sexual perpetration in adolescent romantic relationships. According to her research, many adolescents engage in dating violence perpetration. Being involved in an aggressive incident increases the likelihood that you will experience more aggression in the future. Understanding more about the causes of aggression will help prevention and intervention efforts. To date, physical perpetration and sexual perpetration have been either lumped together or treated as completely different. This research explores how the risk factors related specifically to personality contribute to both and which risk factors are unique to each form of violence. Additionally, this research looks at how relational factors may operate as protective mechanisms for physical and sexual perpetration. After completing her degree at Marquette, Christina would like to work as a child psychologist in an outpatient medical center, where she hopes to have the opportunity to teach as well as conduct research. 


Jiangbiao He photoJiangbiao He, a 4th year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, had the opportunity to present an academic paper at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition. His paper, entitled Loss Balancing SVPWM for Active NPC Converters, focuses on the reliability improvement and condition monitoring of electric motor drive systems, which are widely used in powertrains of electric/hybrid vehicles, aircrafts and ships, renewable energies, and medical instruments. The presentation introduced a novel control method developed for multilevel power converters widely used in power train systems, of which the system reliability can be significantly improved with such novel control method. After completing his Ph.D. degree at Marquette University in spring of 2015, Jiangbiao would like to work in industry in the area of power and automation technologies.

Maggie Nettesheim Hoffmann is a first year Ph.D. student in the History department studying the history of American philanthropy and religious movements. She is presenting her paper entitled Mammon in the Temple of the Lord: Financial Management Practices at the New York Catholic Worker, c. 1959-1980 at the American Catholic Historical Association's Spring Meeting at Xavier University on March 29, 2014.

Maggie was awarded the ACHA's Presidential Graduate Scholarship which provides travel funds for graduate students to present research at their conferences. The award amount was $500. The research she conducted is rooted in the Dorothy Day-Catholic Worker collection housed in the Marquette University Archives. She would also like to express her gratitude to Marquette archivist Phil Runkel for his assistance, knowledge, and guidance regarding the Catholic Worker collection.


Kevin Berg pictureKevin Berg, a first year master's student in Civil Engineering, recently presented a poster at a conference for the University of Michigan Civil/Environmental Engineering & Michigan Section of American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA). His poster, entitled Pyrolysis of a Combined Waste Stream for Energy Recovery and Solids Reduction, describes how pyrolysis, the thermal processing of organic matter in the absence of oxygen, could be used to generate combustible gas from food waste. Overall, pyrolysis of combined waste streams can yield renewable energy in the form of combustible gas, convert waste solids into valuable products, and reduce landfill use for products with recoverable energy potential. Once he completes his graduate work, Kevin hopes to pursue work in the wastewater engineering field specializing in anaerobic treatment.


Bridget Kapler photoBridget Kapler, a second year English Ph.D. student, attended the

Southeastern Society of Eighteenth Century Studies

conference in Knoxville, TN in February. Her presentation, entitled

Mapping Science and the Pseudo-Sciences: Within the Familial Structures in Maria Edgeworth’s 'Belinda,' focused around the early adoptions of science into literature, with particular attention to how science is defined and approached in familial settings. In this novel, Edgeworth can be seen as a rational supporter of a modified system of domestic loyalty and the promotion of education through scientific and reasoned means, but not beyond a socially accepted brink that would challenge the dominant social structures, which means that the scientifically-minded Percival family cannot completely convince the Delacour family to act rationally and appreciate the validity of science as a means of understanding the world. Her presentation explained how to measure the success of science’s integration into the British system of domestic loyalty in the early nineteenth century. After completing her Ph.D. at Marquette University in spring of 2016, Bridget would like to become a tenure track professor at a Catholic arts and sciences university.


Darren M. Henson, a Religious Studies Ph.D. student, presented “End-of-Life Decisions in Minority Populations: Insights and Critiques from the Preferential Option for the Poor and Marginalized” at the Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA on January 11, 2014. He also presented during a webinar on January 22, 2014 as part of the Catholic Health East / Trinity Health Series on Catholic Social Practices and the Health Care Setting.

Jakob K. Rinderknecht, a Religious Studies Ph.D. student, has been named a graduate fellow for the Collegium 2014 Summer Colloquy. Collegium is a national organization of Catholic colleges and universities within  the ACCU. Each colloquy brings together faculty and advanced graduate students to discuss the Catholic academic vocation and its contemporary challenges.  It will be held June 20-27, 2014 at Holy Cross College of Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Kidd, a first year Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, will be presenting a paper at a conference sponsored by the Florovsky Society at Princeton Seminary, February 14-16, 2014. His paper, entitled The Doctrine of Creation in St. Cyprian of Carthage: an Eschatological Ecology? explores expanding horizons of what we might consider the "Patristic doctrine of creation." In addition to his Ph.D. work at Marquette, Nathaniel is a priest in the Anglican Church and anticipates doing theology in and for the Church. He has already done some short-term teaching in Pakistan and hopes to maintain that relationship throughout the course of his career.

Alex Martins, a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, recently won the 2014 CHA Graduate Student Essay Contest for his work entitled Healthy Justice: A Liberation Approach to Justice in Healthcare, and was awarded a $500 cash prize. His paper is about the issue of justice in global health from a perspective of those who are suffering because social injustice and inequalities in health. It presents that struggling against social unfairness and inequalities in health to promote population health is a battle that must begin from below to be consistent, concrete, and democratic. Alex will present his essay at the Theology and Ethics Colloquium, which will be held in St. Louis, March 10-21, 2014 that is sponsored by the Catholic Health Care Association in the U.S.  CHA's Theology and Ethics Colloquium entitled, "Shifting Structures for Catholic Health Care, Paradigm Shifts for Catholic Health Care Ethics," will delve further into the profound impact of national health policy initiatives, evolving business models and new delivery systems on Catholic identity and organizational ethics. 

John Neuman, a first year Master's student in Mechanical Engineering, presented a research paper at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Scitech conference in Washington D.C. in January 2014. His paper, entitled The Influence of Non-Uniform Initial Conditions on Temperature Field Development in Rapid Compression Machine Experiments, explored the connection between non-uniform initial temperature fields and the development of compressed temperature fields determined from heated experiments run in a Rapid Compression Machine (RCM). It consisted of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation which explored the effects of a cool piston on the two gas regions formed in flat-piston RCM experiments. The study  explored several cases in which the initial and boundary conditions replicated those seem in RCM experiments. This is significant in the combustion research field as it attempts to uncover an uncharacterized source of error between experiments run with different RCM’s.

Stacy Stolzman, MPT, PhDc, is in her 3rd year of the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitative Health Sciences (CTRH) PhD Program.  She presented a research poster Does Body Composition Influence Physical Fitness and Pain Reports in Adolescents? at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2013.  Her results indicated the distribution of body fat (gynoid versus android) can significantly influence adolescents’ physical fitness values and pain intensity during flexibility testing.  Pain also decreases following a maximal aerobic exercise test only at the exercising muscle independent of weight status.  Stacy is the recipient of a Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Grant for her PhD dissertation project and a PODS I Award through the American Physical Therapy Association.  She plans to pursue a tenure track physical therapy professor position when her PhD is complete in May 2015. 


Paul Monson, a doctoral student in Religious Studies, has been awarded a Charles M. Ross Trust Scholarship for 2013-14.  The Charles M. Ross Trust was established under the Last Will of Charles Marion Ross, for providing graduate training for gifted students of promise who are committed to world service. In accordance with the terms of the Will of Mr. Ross, grants are usually confined to students in the fields of religion, sociology, medicine, and teaching.


Hugo Pereira, a 4th year Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student, recently presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Neuroscience in San Diego, CA.  His presentation, Sex Difference in Motor Fatigue for Old Adults in Response to Increased Cognitive Demand, investigates different levels of cognitive load imposed during a sustained elbow flexor contraction until task failure. The results showed that old women presented greater declines in time to task failure when a cognitive load was imposed to the fatiguing contraction compared to old men. The greater decline in time to task failure with increased cognitive load was associated with lower baseline maximal strength. This results highlight the greater risk of women to fatigability with cognitive load and the influence of baseline maximal strength. Understanding these sex differences will help to better prevent functional and cognitive decline with aging.

Allen Williams, a Master’s student in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, recently presented a poster presentation in the Netherlands.  The presentation entitled,Optimizing Regeneration Eluate of Mainstream Municipal Wastewater Ion Exchange Columns for Ammonium Recovery, researches ammonium recovery from wastewater for beneficial use as a fertilizer. This topic is relevant to environmental engineering as it deals with energy demand and global warming. People use a vast amount of energy to make nitrogen fertilizer from nitrogen gas and then wastewater treatment plants use more energy to convert ammonium-nitrogen back into nitrogen gas. The researched technology would allow municipalities to recover the nitrogen for sale as a fertilizer. This would reduce global energy demand and therefore reduce greenhouse gases emission from coal fired power plants. It would also reduce the nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas) emissions from conventional wastewater treatment plants using nitrification/denitrification to remove ammonium. All of this would be accomplished while still meeting regulatory requirements for discharge of nitrogen to waterways.   Allen is also the recipient of the 2013 CSWEA Academic Excellence Award and 2012 FET Scholarship.  He is anticipating graduation in December 2013.  Allen hopes to work as an environmental engineer in manufacturing, consulting, or with a governmental agency.


Stephanie Pritchard, a Master’s student in counseling has been awarded a Charles M. Ross Trust Scholarship for 2013-2014. The Charles M. Ross Trust was established under the Last Will of Charles Marion Ross, for providing graduate training for gifted students of promise who are committed to world service. In accordance with the terms of the Will of Mr. Ross, grants are usually confined to students in the fields of religion, sociology, medicine, and teaching.


Dora Clayton-Jones

Dora Clayton-Jones, a Ph.D. student in the College of Nursing presented her paper, Religiosity and Spirituality in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease at the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Indiana State University.  Dora’s research is a qualitative study. The aims are to describe religiosity and spirituality as experienced and perceived by adolescents living with sickle cell disease, to examine the role of religiosity and spirituality in coping with a chronic illness, and to examine the role of religious and spiritual development in shaping beliefs about health and illness. Dora plans to continue research with children and adolescents living with sickle cell disease.  She will continue to teach pediatric nursing courses, and build upon the integration of spirituality into the nursing curriculum to include pediatric spirituality.  Dora is also an Arthur J. Schmitt Fellow, and was a student speaker for the 50th Anniversary of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation.


Dan GarciaDan Garcia recently traveled to Western Illinois University to present his research, The Graduate School Search: Deciding, Applying, ThrivingThe paper takes undergraduate students through the introspective process of choosing a student affairs program and graduate school that meets their personal and professional goals, provides a general outline of the application process (i.e. personal statements, the GRE, and references), and offers advice on the transition from an undergraduate to a graduate level of education.  Dan is a Master’s student studying in College Student Personnel Administration.  He hopes to change lives by working in enrollment management and student services, while working toward his aspiration of leading a division of student affairs as a vice president.


Paul KaeferPaul Kaefer, a Master’s student in Computational Sciences, recently traveled to the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in Manchester, UK.  There he presented a paper, Computational Awareness in a Tactile Responsive Humanoid Robot Comedian.  The research was sponsored by MU’s Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) lab and coauthored by Kevin Germino, Dustin Venske, and Dr. Andrew B. Williams.  The research studied joke-telling robots that respond to audience feedback. Their goal was to have the robot change its routine based on whether or not the audience enjoyed a given joke. The significance of the research is in computational awareness, which involves enabling machines to be aware of and responsive to human behavior.  Paul graduated with his Bachelor’s in May 2013, Magna Cum Laude, from Marquette’s Computer Engineering program.  He currently works as a research assistant in MU’s GasDay lab and hopes to work in data analysis or robotics upon earning his Master’s.


Catlyn OrigitanoCatlyn Origitano recently traveled to the FEAST Conference (The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory), in Tempe Arizona to present her paper, Pluralistic Perspectives and Moral Imagination: A Cautionary Tale. Catlyn’s paper investigates the role of imagination in our everyday moral understanding and deliberation. In particular, she critiques the idea that one can easily place herself in another person’s shoes and from there discover the best course of action. While imagination does allow for such empathetic activities, Catlyn argues that we must admit that there are limitations to such exercises and that in fact they can be dangerous and harmful if by doing so we do not allow the other to speak for herself.  Catlyn is currently ABD in Philosophy.


Dan Carey, a PhD student in Environmental Engineering, presented his paper/poster at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago, IL. His presentation entitled, Biosolid Derived Biochar to Immobilize and Recycle Ammonium from Wastewater For Agronomy, describes research which beneficially uses waste solids (eg. biosolids) from wastewater treatment facilities.  In this process, biosolids are heated to a high temperature in an atmosphere that lacks oxygen; this process is often referred to a pyrolysis.  The products of pyrolysis include methane, which can be used as a renewable fuel in place of natural gas, and biochar.  Biochar is very similar to charcoal.  The biochar is then used to capture nutrients from wastewater and recycled as a fertilizer.  This research revealed that biochar produced and treated in this manner can be as effective as chemical fertilizers.  Overall this process creates renewable fuel, sequesters carbon in the form of biochar, and recycles nutrients from wastewater.


Mohammad AdibuzzamanMohammad Adibuzzaman's paper entitled, Towards In Situ Affect Detection in Mobile Devices: A multimodel Approach, was presented at RACS 2013 in Montreal, Canada, where it was selected as the best paper of the conference.  His paper investigates affect detection in a natural environment using sensors available in smart phones.  He has found an important correlation between facial image and energy, validating Russell’s two dimensional theory of emotion using arousal and valence space.   In summer 2013, Adib worked for the Medical Counter Measure Initiative at the US Food and Drug Administration by an appointment to the Research Participation Programs at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  Adib is a PhD student in Computational Sciences.


Hannah WernerHannah Werner recently attended the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference in Boulder, Colorado, where she presented her paper, Lady Florence Dixie Reconsidered: Surveying the Conventional Foundations of an Unconventional Victorian Woman. Hannah is a second year Master’s student in the History department.  She is studying Modern Britain, gender, and imperialism.  She hopes to continue her research on women, identity, and travel within a doctoral program next fall.


Jeff Ramsey, a PhD student in Marquette’s History Department, will present his paper, Big Men on Campus: The Administrative History of Title IX in the Big Ten, 1970-1976, this October in St. Louis at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference.  In September, he also presented A ‘New’ Conference: The Incorporation of Women’s Athletics into the Big Ten in the Wake of Title IX at the Northern Great Plains History Conference in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Jeff is ABD and will be completing his dissertation this spring.


Marcus A. BouterseMarcus A. Bouterse attended the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference (RHIMC) at the University of Colorado-Boulder on September 21, 2013 where he presented his paper, Metaphorical Refuse and the Crystal Palace, 1851: Nature Left Defenseless against the Ambitions of England.  Marcus is a second-year History MA student.  He is currently is in the application process for doctoral programs in modern Britain and environmental history and intends to build on the research he presented at RHIMC.


Cheryl PetersenCheryl L. Petersen, a doctoral student in Marquette University’s College of Nursing, was awarded a Graduate Student Research Travel Award to present a concurrent session lecture at the 2013 Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Conference in Louisville, KY, on September 20, 2013.  Cheryl is a currently completing her final year of coursework in the BSN-PhD Program.  Her lecture was entitled “Care of the Spirit for Children with Cancer at the End of Life” and highlighted ways for nurses to address the spiritual needs of these special children and their families.  Her mentors on this project included, Dr. Margaret Callahan, PhD, CRNA, FNAP, FAAN, Dr. Marianne Weiss, DNSc, RN, and Dr. Richard Fehring, PhD, RN, FAAN.

In August, 2013, Cheryl was chosen from over 50,000 applicants nationwide to receive a Tylenol Future Care Scholarship.   This scholarship is awarded to individuals who exemplify academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement with a dedication to a health career. 

The Journal of Advanced Nursing has accepted Cheryl’s manuscript, “Spiritual Care of the Child with Cancer at the End of Life:  A Concept Analysis,” for publication.  The concept analysis is currently in press.


Matthew Henningsen presented at the International Aldous Huxley Symposium at Oxford University on September 2. His paper discussed Aldous Huxley's relationship to the grotesque tradition in literature, and especially analyzed Huxley's landmark 1932 novel, Brave New World.



A.K.M. Jahangir Alam Majumder

A.K.M. Jahangir Alam Majumder will be presenting his paper, smartPrediction: A Real-time Smartphone-based Fall Risk Prediction and Prevention System at the 10th International Conference on ACM RACs (Association for Computing Machinery Research in Adaptive and Convergent Systems) in Montreal, Canada, October 1-4, 2013.  Established in 1947, The ACM is the world’s leading educational and scientific computing society.  In March of this year, Jahangir also presented a research paper at the 28th ACM SAC (Symposium on Applied Computing) as an ACM SIGAPP Award Recipient, in Coimbra, Portugal. 

Mr. Majumder’s research explores the Smartphone- and SmartShoe-based fall prevention system.  In his system, the Smartphones are integrated with two powerful sensors -accelerometer and gyroscopes- with pressure sensor embedded shoes to identify abnormalities in walking patterns.  The system is useful for fall prevention in the elderly, as well as gait disorders found in children, physical rehabilitation patients, and individuals with autism, among others.

On Marquette’s campus, Mr. Majumder has been honored as a CSSRP summer 2013 Research Assistant, as well as with the Richard W. Jobling Fellowship. We are also pleased to announce that he recently passed his comprehensive exams as he works toward the completion of his PhD in Computational Sciences in the MSCS department.


Katelyn Lucas

Katelyn Lucas has been awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.  This honor is given to the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Katelyn says the fellowship presents an incredible opportunity for students.  Beyond her excitement of a funded graduate degree, Katelyn is ecstatic knowing that after graduating she will be taking on a position as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  In addition to financial support, The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program also provides opportunity for internships and mentoring.  Katelyn will also serve as a research assistant in Political Science and International Affairs. 


Bethany Harding has been awarded the Filson Fellowship at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky.  Bethany is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Early United States History.


Claire Van Fossen has been selected for the A. David Schwartz Future of Change Award, which will be presented at the 24th annual Champions for Change banquet on Wednesday evening, September 25, 2013 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Expo Center. 

This annual award is given to an outstanding, young community leader who has made notable contributions to building a more just, caring, and healthy community in Greater Milwaukee.  Claire were chosen for this award because of her inspiring work in community education and dedication to improving the academic achievement of Milwaukee's central city students. Some of her work includes serving as a Trinity Fellow and Master's Candidate in Nonprofit Management at Marquette University; a Communications and Development Manager at WINS for Children; a FemSex Co-founding Co-facilitator; a BoardCorps Member; a Secretary of the Board of Arcos Milwaukee; and a Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Member.



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