Department of Psychology Graduate Students at Orientation

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Department of Biological Sciences

Malle Carrasco-HarrisCongratulations to Malle Carrasco-Harris who has been selected as a University of Memphis Society Doctoral Fellow. The student receiving this award is selected by a committee of faculty from across the university who evaluate a student's academic achievement and their dedication and expertise as a scholar. Malle is a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Steve Reichling at the Memphis Zoo and Dr. Judy Cole, co-chair of her dissertation committee.

Department of Biology newsCongratulations to Dr. Emily Elderbrock who successfully defended her dissertation this afternoon! Dr. Elderbrock did her dissertation work in the lab of Dr. Stephan Schoech with the assistance of Dr. David Freeman.

Defenses and Degrees

Emily Elderbrock successfully defended her dissertation entitled " Early Environmental Effects on Nestling Behavior, Physiology, and Future Adult Phenotype of the Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) on March 31st, 2017. Dr. Elderbrock performed her dissertation work in the lab of Dr. Stephan Schoech with Dr. David Freeman as co-chair of her dissertation committee.

Pictured above (left to right): Dr. Emily Elderbrock and Dr. Gayatri Mamidanna Scenes from the NCUR open house: Top: Darrell Brandon (blue plaid shirt) and Adam Ramsey (blue checked shirt) discuss their work in the Mandel lab. Center left: Liangqun Lu at her poster Center right: Dr. Keith Bowers talking with a visitor. Bottom: A bit of the crowd. Pictures courtesy of B Daigle, Jr., J Mandel and C Lessman.

Gayatri Mamidanna successfully defended her dissertation on May 19th. Dr. Mamidanna's dissertation work, entitled "Comparison of PTH peptides, PTH (1-34) and PTH (7-34): effects on cell signaling, proliferation and gene expression in the Saos2 human osteosarcoma cell line" was performed in the laboratory of Dr. Judy Cole

Adam RamseyThe Genetics Society of America (GSA) announced the newly appointed leaders of their Early Career Scientist Steering Committee, which includes graduate student , who is a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Mandel. The committee is charged with understanding the interests, concerns, and challenges of early career scientist members of the GSA. Adam also received the Bill A. Simco Scholarship, which was established in 2014 to honor the many years of service provided to the Department by Dr. Simco and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society Earl Core Award established by the Society in 1996 to provide financial assistance in support of student research projects in plant taxonomy, systematics, and ecology. Adam also received a travel award to attend the International Botanic Congress in Shenzhen, China.

Department of Computer Science

Congratulations to the winners of the oral and poster presentations at the 13th Annual Computer Science Research Day.

Computer Science faculty and students gathered  in the University Center, Fountain View Room in order to view presentations from over 20 participants in a variety of exciting research areas. We awarded the top three places in both categories; however, all of the participants did an excellent job. Each of the first place winners received Amazon Echoes, second place winners received Roku Expresses, and third place winners received Camelback water bottles.

Computer Science Students

Oral Presentations:

Austin Z. Henley (top left), A Tool to Improve Modern Code Review at Microsoft
Soujanya Chatterjee (top center), mCrave: Continuous Estimation of Craving during Smoking Cessation
McKittrick Swindle (top right), Linux Encrypted Containers: Implementing Data at Rest

Poster Presentations:

Tyler Moore (bottom left), Markov Chain Approximations of Self-assembly
Robert Edstrom and Berkeley Willis (bottom center), Understanding Social Engineering Attacks through Simulated Cyber Environment – PBL II
Adithya K. Murthy (bottom right), Big Data Analysis using Hadoop & Spark

Tigers Tech Expedition

Tigers Tech Expedition Alumnus Herve Aniglo and community partner Meka Egwuekwe were featured on WREG News Channel 3 speaking about the upcoming Tigers Tech Expedition camp. Funded by Google's igniteCS program, the Tigers Tech Expedition camp will provide students with exposure to topics such as creating websites, mobile apps, and video games, as well as drone programming. The camp covered five Saturdays starting on April 8. The full Channel 3 newscast can be seen on YouTube.

Department of English

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Graduate Awards in Creative Writing

Service Award: Ryan Stembridge and Marisa Manuel

Poetry Award: Devan del Conte, "Sister"

Honorable Mentions: 

Jeanna Paden, "Of Earth"
Hunter Keough, "Conceptions of Missing Pleasure"
Alyssa Radtke, "The Poet Asked Me What the Wheelchair Symbolized"
Judge: Donna Long, Editor of Kestrel
Nonfiction Award: Sarah Slack, "Dancing on an Edge"
Honorable Mention: Breanne Hager, "Natural Magnets"
Judge: Marilyn Sadler, former senior editor of Memphis Magazine
Fiction Award: Hunter Keough, "A Distant Piano"
Judge: Margaret Skinner, author Cold Eye and other works of fiction

Department of History

Troy Hallsell, PhD Candidate, in The Metropole

[6 September 2017] PhD Candidate Troy Hallsell was interviewed for the Urban Histimage of troy and booksory Association's blog The Metropole as part of their "Member of the Week" series. You can read about Troy's research, teaching, and his favorite Memphis sites here.

Keith Wood, PhD candidate, publishes in Black Ball

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[30 August 2017] Congratulations to PhD candidate Keith Wood, who has published an article entitled "The Harassment of Dr. J.B. Martin: A Story of Southern Paternalism in 1940 Memphis," in the journal Black Ball: New Research in African American Baseball History. Keith teaches history at Christian Brothers High School and is writing a dissertation entitled, "Larry Finch's Memphis: Race, Basketball, and the City, 1967-1997."

Erika Feleg, PhD candidate, appears in episode of "Unearthed"

[27 July 2017] PhD student Erika Feleg appears in the most recent episode of the program "Unearthed," a show that decodes mysteries and combines scientific investigations with CGI animation to reveal the hidden secrets of iconic structures and monuments from around the globe. The episode highlights the Egyptian mega-temple at Karnak, which was once the political powerbase of the ancient pharaohs and the home to strange religious rituals. Erika is working on the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project, under the direction of Dr. Peter Brand. Erika appears about twenty minutes into the episode. You can view the episode at this website.

Isabel Machaho, PhD candidate, and the "Redneck Nightmare Genre"

[29 June 2017] Isabel Machado, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, has published an article in "Study the South" entitled "Revisiting Deliverance: The Sunbelt South, the 1970s Masculinity Crisis, and the Emergence of the Redneck Nightmare Genre." You can check it out by following this link.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Spring 2017 The Dr. Ralph Faudree Award

Buddhika Priyasad recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award Congratulations to Buddhika Priyasad, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Mr. Priyassad gave the presentation Stabilizing the Turbulence of Navier-Stokes Equations in Besov and Lp-based Sobolev Spaces.


Stephen Smith recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award

Congratulations to Stephen Smith, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Mr. Smith gave a presentation investigating Zero Forcing in graphs.

Visit the Department of Mathematical Sciences website for more information about the award.

Department of Political Science

Political Science Major Rachell Davis has been selected as the 2016-2017 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student. This award recognizes an undergraduate student who has displayed outstanding academic achievement, as well as strong leadership, character, scholarship, and contributions to department and campus activities. Rachell received the award from Dean Tom Nenon at the Honors Assembly on Sunday, April 23. Also, this is the fourth political science major to be recognized as the Outstanding Student in the College over the past eight years, a record that underscores the quality of our majors and our political science program. 

Department of Psychology

Lauren Dahlke selected as Van Vleet Fellow at the UofM. Congratulations to Lauren

Lauren Dahlke was selected as a Van Vleet Fellow at the UofM. This prestigious award goes to outstanding candidates who show great promise as scholars. Lauren is in the MSGP program and will enroll in the Clinical Ph.D. program in the fall.

Department of Sociology

Congrats to another of our MA students, ReKeycha Harris, who successfully defended her thesis!!! Great job!!!

MA students, Anthony Stone and Daisy Angeles successfully defend their thesis proposals! Good job!!

Melissa Garcia defended her thesis and is set to graduate this Spring! Awesome!

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