Elaine Hernandez successfully defended her dissertation, "The Unintended Consequences of Biomedical Advances," on Friday August 26, 2011. Her advisor is Professor John Robert "Rob" Warren. Starting fall 2011, Elaine will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with the Population Research Center at the University of Texas-Austin. Congratulations, Elaine!
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Nicole MartinRogers, a member of the 2005 graduate cohort, successfully defended her dissertation, "Individual, Family, and Community Factors that Predict Economic Self-Sufficiency: An Analysis of Minnesotans Who Receive Community Action Agency Services," on Aug. 1, 2011. Dr. MartinRogers, whose advisor is Prof. Phyllis Moen, is the first in her cohort to obtain her degree. Nicole plans to continue in her position as Survey Research Manager at the Amherst Wilder Foundation, St. Paul. Congratulations, Nicole!
On July 18, 2011, Xi Zhu successfully defended his dissertation, "Delineating Cognitive Maps in Teams: The Structure, Antecedents, and Consequences of Transactive Memory Systems." His advisor is Prof. David Knoke. Beginning fall 2011, Dr. Zhu will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Congratulations, Xi!
UMN sociology graduate student Elaine Hernandez has been awarded the F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The highly competitive and prestigious three-year fellowship begins in 2011-12 and is housed in the University of Texas Population Research Center. Elaine plans to defend her dissertation on August 26, 2011 and then quickly move to Texas for a September 1 start date. Good luck, Elaine!
Sociology graduate student Xi Zhu just finalized contract negotiations with the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Health Management & Policy. Xi will defend his dissertation later this summer and plans to begin his appointment in the fall of 2011. Congratulations, Xi!
UMN sociology graduate student Elaine Hernandez has won the 2011 Louise Johnson Scholar award from the American Sociological Association (ASA). The award is one of the top student awards of the ASA Medical Sociology Section, and is based on academic merit and the quality of an accepted ASA paper related to medical sociology. Congratulations, Elaine!
Erika Busse successfully defended her dissertation, "Transnational Threads in the Peruvian/American Family Fabric: Interweaving Gender, Class, and Culture," on Monday April 25, 2011. Her co-advisors are Professors Elizabeth Boyle and Douglas Hartmann. In 2011-12 Dr. Busse will be an IDEA Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Minnesota, Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy), and a visiting professor at the Univ of WI - River Falls. Congratulations, Erika!
Jin Woong Kang successfully defended his dissertation, "Understanding the Dynamics of State Power in North Korea," on Friday, April 8, 2011. Dr. Kang will assume a Postdoctoral Associate position in the fall of 2011 at Yale University's Council on East Asian Studies where he will be conducting research on North Korean refugees' lives in South Korea and teaching an undergraduate course titled "Understanding North Korea." Prof. Michael Goldman is the proud advisor. Congratulations and best wishes, Jin Woong!
Soc. PhD student Ryan Alaniz was recently selected to be one of only twenty-five doctoral students from around the world to attend and present a paper at the United Nations University in Germany. The summer 2011 academy is sponsored by the UN Institute for Environment and Human Security and is themed "Climate Change and Fragile States: Rethinking Adaptation." Ryan will present his dissertation research on fragile states' capacity for post-disaster relief. Congratulations, Ryan!
Sociology graduate student Shelly Schaefer recently accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Criminal Justice Program at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Her advisors are Professors Christopher Uggen and Candace Kruttschnitt (University of Toronto). Congratulations, Shelly!