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A selection of TCU’s doctoral research candidates who are expanding the boundaries of knowledge

MARJORIE PROKOSCH, Ph.D. candidate in psychology

“CAUTION IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA: DISEASE THREATS DECREASE RISK TOLERANCE”

Prokosch’s paper focuses on disease cues — in the environment or in the body — that lead people to have a lower risk tolerance toward disease and display lowered risk-taking abilities. She co-authored the paper with Sarah Hill, associate professor of psychology at TCU, and the University of Michigan’s Josh Ackerman. — Makenzie Stallo

 

JORDON WHITE, Ph.D. candidate in psychology

“HIPPOCAMPAL Aβ EXPRESSION, BUT NOT PHOSPHORYLATED TAU, PREDICTS COGNITIVE DEFICITS FOLLOWING REPEATED PERIPHERAL POLY I:C ADMINISTRATION”


At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto, White presented data from an experiment in which peripheral poly I:C, an immunostimulant, was given to animals to test for the accumulation of amyloid-beta peptides, the accredited amino acids involved in Alzheimer’s disease. — Nick Ferrandino

 

JAMES CHASE SANCHEZ, Ph.D. candidate in rhetoric and composition

“ERASING THE NOOSE: THE (LACK OF) PUBLIC MEMORY OF MEXICAN LYNCHINGS”

Sanchez brings attention to the forgotten history of Latino tragedies in a country where race is often viewed in terms of black and white. He presented this paper at the Rhetoric Society of America conference in Atlanta in May 2016. — Nick Ferrandino

 

MARIANNE BURNETT, Ph.D. candidate in chemistry

“INVESTIGATION INTO THE SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION, AND IMMOBILIZATION OF MODIFIED ELECTROCHEMICAL BIOSENSORS UTILIZING A BIOTIN-FERROCENE PLATFORM”

Burnett, whose goal is to develop electrochemically active biosensors for cancer diagnostics, presented her paper at the American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego in March 2016. — Will Konig

 

MIRIAM VILLANUEVA, Ph.D. candidate in history

“LIFTING THE CURTAIN ON THE CULTURAL INFLUENCES OF THE TORRIJOS-CARTER TREATIES”

Villanueva’s study reinterprets dictatorships in the Spanish-speaking world by focusing on the cultural tools Panama’s regime used to seize control of the Panama Canal in the 1970s. She presented her paper in a panel on cultural politics at the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Congress in Alberta, Canada, in June 2016. — Will Konig

 

HUNG DOAN, Ph.D. candidate in biophysics

“MECHANOTHERMALLY INDUCED CONFORMATIONAL SWITCH OF A PORPHYRIN DIMER IN A POLYMER FILM”

Doan’s research shows that by stretching a polyvinyl alcohol film, scientists can induce a conformation bias in the embedded porphyrin dimer. He presented the paper at the International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines in Nanjing, China, in July 2016. — Will Konig




A selection of TCU’s doctoral research candidates who are expanding the boundaries of knowledge