Academic Dissertations in the News

Augmentation of labor with higher doses of oxytocin does not reduce rate of cesarean sections

2 February 2019

In her dissertation, Lotta Selin, a midwife, studied data on a total of 2,775 births in Sweden. She has focused on the risk and outcomes of delayed labor and how augmentation of labor with oxytocin is managed.

She found that delayed labor increases the risk of a cesarean section, even among women who receive oxytocin for augmentation of labor. The rate of cesarean section among first-time mothers is not reduced if the administered dose is doubled either, according to a dissertation from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Read more at

Preventing Dissertation Burnout

4 January 2019

Some advice to help you push through the stress during the final stages of your dissertation by Megan Poorman

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Duke Mathematician Jiuya Wang Wins Dissertation Prize

24 December 2018

Jiuya Wang, Phillip Griffiths Assistant Research Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded the 2019 Dissertation Prize by the Association for Women in Mathematics


Saleforce’s chief data scientist, Richard Socher, puts his dissertation theory to work

11 December 2018

Richard Socher, who’s now Saleforce’s chief data scientist, demonstrated in his dissertation "that deep learning — layered mathematical functions loosely modeled on neurons in the human brain — could solve several different natural language processing tasks simultaneously, obviating the need to develop multiple models. At MetaMind in 2014, using some of the same theoretical principles, he and a team of engineers to produce a model that achieved state-of-the-art accuracy on ImageNet."

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