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Research examines role of motorcycle taxi drivers in red-shirt movement

9 July 2014

Claudio Sopranzetti, an Italian visiting researcher at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, on Monday delivered a presentation "Moving in the cracks: Motorcycle taxi drivers, street protests and the fragility of power in the Thai capital” based on his doctoral dissertation in anthropology at Harvard.

Read more at http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/4201


Dissertation findings appear in Nature Physics

30 June 2014

Yu Chen developed a novel way to fabricate superconducting nanocircuitry as part of his doctoral dissertation in the Goldman Superconductivity Research Group at the University of Minnesota.
 

Typically superconductivity and dissipation are thought to be mutually exclusive because dissipation, a process in thermodynamic systems whereby electric energy is transformed into heat, is a feature of a normal—versus a superconductive—state. Chen, along with his thesis adviser, Allen M. Goldman, and theoretical physicist Alex Kamenev, both of the University of Minnesota, spent years seeking an explanation for these extremely puzzling effects. "But we discovered that superconductivity and dissipation can coexist under rather generic conditions in what appears to be a universal manner," Chen said.

Read more at http://phys.org/news/2014-06-counterintuitive-phenomenon-coexistence-superconductivity-dissipation.html


Dissertation Advisers and Their Motives

30 June 2014

Competition for graduate students, some of it inevitable, occurs frequently within and among graduate programs. They may vie with each other to attract the most desirable candidates for admission.

Most troubling, however, are the techniques some professors use to encourage students to choose themselves as dissertation director.


The 2-Year Dissertation

30 June 2014

Top 10 steps that I took in order to successfully go from the stage of writing and defending my proposal in September of 2012, to completing the writing and defending my dissertation within two academic years.

 

1) Shift from thinking about a dissertation to writing a dissertation. 2) Write every weekday. 3) Create layers of virtual accountability. 4) Monitor your mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health. 5) Research OR write vs. Research AND write. 6) Plan ahead for potential outside funding opportunities. 7) Following your bliss vs. your chapter outline. 8) Use conference deadlines to you keep a good pace of writing. 9) Create a feedback loop. 10) Network with scholars in your field.

 

Read more at http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/06/11/essay-how-finish-dissertation-two-years#sthash.vecWleNV.BSsAG7q5.dpbs


Ohio Academy of History Dissertation of the Year Awarded to Dr. Steven Haynes.

7 April 2014

An almost life-long interest and passion was channeled into the hard work of writing a '300 and something'-page dissertation that was recently named 2014 Dissertation of the year by The Ohio Academy of History. Dodge City Community College Professor, Dr. Steven Haynes, who first learned of his nomination November of last year, said to win the award is a good feeling.

Read more at http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20140314/News/140319499