Graduate School Student Success

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 Photo Ashley 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. 


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