Graduate School Student Success

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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