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San Francisco State Graduate Recognition Ceremony 2016

August 30, 2019


[ Cheering and Applause ] [ Music ]>>Good evening, everyone. Please be seated.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our graduates recognition ceremony. At
this ceremony we pay tribute to the accomplishments of our most distinguished students earning
graduate degrees this year. The graduate students we honor today have met the highest academic
standards in our most challenging degree programs. They were selected by their program, department,
school, and college faculty to receive the graduate student distinguished achievement
award. This award, the highest we give to graduate students, is based not just on grade
point average or test scores, but also upon exceptional academic accomplishments including
publications, inventions, creative works, and outstanding exhibits and performances.
These students have also served the university by participating and engaging as leaders in
student and professional organizations. Our very best students are those who give the
most back to the community through distinguished contributions, and formal internships, and
field placements, and through volunteer work and service. In their interactions with faculty
and fellow students they have demonstrated cooperation and helpfulness by tutoring and
mentoring others, embodying the highest ideals of professionalism and collegiality. San Francisco
State University takes great pride in the achievements of these excellent students.
Please won’t you join me in applauding them? [ Applause ] Representatives of the university community
are here to join in this celebration. You will meet many of them as the ceremony continues,
but before we proceed I would like to introduce the following representatives of the faculty
and members of the platform party. Please stand as I call your name, and please hold
your applause until all are introduced. Professor Troi Carleton of our English Language and
Literature Department is the Chair of the Academic Senate. She has provided extraordinary
faculty leadership in this demanding and challenging role. Our marshals leading the students into
the theater were Professor Burcu Ellis, Graduate Coordinator for our International Relations
program; Professor Sheldon Gen, Graduate Coordinator for our Public Administration program; Ellen
Hines of our Geography Department and Associate Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for
Environmental Studies; and Mi-Sook Kim, Chair of our Kinesiology Department. Leading the
faculty into the theater were our faculty marshals, Professor Yvonne Bui, Chair of our
Communication Disorders and Special Education programs; Professor Doris Flowers, Chair of
our Equity Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies program; Professor Dane Johnson
of our Comparative and World Literature department; and Professor Sanjit Sengupta, Director of
our Graduate Business programs. On the platform, I would like to recognize Mary Ann Begley,
Dean of Students and Deborah Masters, the university Librarian. Let’s give them all
a hand. [ Applause ] It is now my pleasure to introduce to you
the university Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Sue V. Rosser. [ Applause ] Thank you, President Wong. Our ceremony today
provides an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of graduate programs at San Francisco
State University. A Master’s degree or Professional Doctorate has become increasingly necessary
for success in most academic and professional areas. The speed of changes in the job market,
sparked by advances in technology, dramatically increases the demand for flexible, adaptable,
well-educated professionals with advanced skills. Graduate education continues the lifelong
learning process that keeps knowledge and skills current and makes possible ground-breaking
discoveries. San Francisco State University exemplifies the emphasis that the California
State University system has placed on access to graduate education, particularly for students
who are under-represented in doctoral study and various professions. Our Division of Graduate
Studies is one of the largest and most prestigious in the California State University system.
Here are some highlights, according to a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation,
San Francisco State ranks fourth nationally among Master’s-level colleges and universities
for the total number of graduates who go on to receive research doctorates. San Francisco
State’s Graduate History program sends more students into PhD programs than any other
Master’s-only or comprehensive university in the country. U.S. News and World Report
consistently ranks the doctoral program in Physical Therapy, offered jointly with the
University of California at San Francisco, among the top physical therapy programs in
the country, and first among public universities in California. Other graduate programs listed
among the best in the United States by U.S. News and World Report include Art, Communicative
Disorders, and Public Administration. Our Creative Writing, Cinema, Broadcast in Electronic
Communication, Arts, Philosophy, Museum Studies, Computer Science, Psychology, and Business
programs are nationally recognized and draw top applicants from around the globe. Graduate
students seeking degrees in the fields of science develop their skills in the conservation
genetics laboratory, the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, the cell and molecular
imaging center, the fields [inaudible], and the Sierra Nevada field campus. These provide
just a sample of our highly-regarded graduate programs which include 97 Master’s degree
programs, the Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and three doctoral programs offered jointly
with the University of California. Our graduate faculty members are outstanding teachers and
scholars who compose music, publish novels, explore the natural world, train our educators
and health practitioners, and solve urban social and economic problems. Students from
countries all over the world compete for acceptance into some of our graduate programs. Alumni
who have earned their Master’s and Doctoral degrees from this campus have distinguished
themselves nationally and internationally. In addition, we are confident that you, our
graduate honorees, will take your place among those distinguished graduates. Here today,
we have students who have been admitted to doctoral programs at Boston College, University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Washington-Seattle,
University of Texas-Austin, Stanford University, and University of California campuses in San
Francisco, Berkeley, and San Diego. We also have students who have assumed positions in
business and industry; published books, stories, poetry and articles; exhibited artwork and
won international design competitions. They have served as advocates for the powerless
members of our society and taken leadership rolls in community organizations including
museum boards, health and environment agencies, and public schools. The students recognized
here today are already making an impact on our world, and we anticipate eagerly the contributions
that they will make in the future in their chosen field. It is a privilege for me to
join with the college Deans in presenting the graduate student class of 2016. [ Applause ] And now Dean of Graduate Studies Ann Hallum
will introduce the Deans of the colleges who will, in turn, introduce their faculty and
then present the recipients of the Graduate Distinguished Achievement Awards. Dean Hallum. [ Applause ]>>Thank you, Provost Rosser. I’m pleased
to introduce to you the Deans of the colleges who will present their honored students for
hooding. Please hold your applause until all are introduced. Will you please stand when
I call your name? Linda Oubre, Dean of the College of Business; Judith Munter, Dean of
the Graduate College of Education; Kenneth Monteiro, Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies
[cheering]; Alvin Alvarez, Dean of the College of Health and Social Sciences [cheering];
Sophie Clavier, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts; and Keith Bowman,
Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. Please join me now in acknowledging the Deans
of the colleges. [ Applause ] Students, faculty, and the platform party
are dressed today in academic regalia for the ceremony this evening, linking today’s
activities with the traditions of scholastic antiquity. Many of our academic rituals date
from the Middle Ages in Europe when church was the center of learning. The earliest colleges
in Europe reflected — adopted some of the mood and styles of the monasteries, which
is reflected in the gowns and mortarboards worn by scholars today. The hood represents
the cowl, which was formerly used to cover the head. It is worn now as an emblem upon
which the silk, satin, or velvet borders can denote the wearer’s academic degree, their
field of study, and the institution from which the degree was granted. The official colors
of the university line the inside of the hood, in our case purple and gold, and the outer
color indicates the field in which the degree was earned. By placing the hood on the candidate,
we proclaim that the graduate has joined the company of scholars recognized throughout
this world. The Deans of our six colleges will now introduce faculty representatives
and present the recipients of the Graduate Student Distinguished Achievement Awards and
the student from each college who has been selected for special recognition by the college
faculty. Dean Oubre.>>Good evening, I will introduce the faculty
representing the College of Business. Please hold your applause until I introduce all the
faculty. The faculty members representing the College of Business are — please stand
— Daniela Balkanska, Finance; Anoshua Chaudhuri, Economics; Jamie Eng, Decision Sciences; Theresa
Hammond, Accounting; Colin Johnson, Hospitality and Tourism Management; Brenda Mak, Information
Systems; Mitchell Marks, Management; Sanjit Sengupta, Marketing; and Lihua Wang, International
Business. Please join me in applauding of the faculty. [ Applause ] You may now be seated. The students receiving
the Distinguished Achievement Award in the College of Business are — — Ryana Barbosa,
Master of Business Administration. [ Applause ] Ms. Barbosa’s culminating project focused
on the investigation of the strategic implications of Tesla’s commitment to sustainability. This
summer she’ll be taking courses in international business at Lappeenranta University of Technology
in Finland. Yuan Feng, Master of Business Administration. [ Applause ] Mr. Feng’s culminating project focused on
analyzing Airbnb’s current business strategy and performance. He was part of a team of
students who placed second in a national student market study competition in New York sponsored
by Smith Travel Research. [ Applause ] Elizabeth Hamm, Master of Business Administration.
Ms. Hamm’s final project is titled “Sustainable Strategies for Community Acupuncture in San
Francisco.” She provided suggestions to Circle Community Acupuncture, a socially-driven business,
to transition into 501C3 charitable organization status and continued adoption of accessible
and affordable acupuncture treatments. [ Applause ] Anton Li, Master of Arts in Economics. Mr.
Lee participated in the College of Business Ethics Week debates, held workshops on the
use of LaTeX software, and worked to increase economics literacy in the national online
Up To Us campaign. His area of focus in inequality, income, and wealth distributions. [ Applause ] Karolina Zosicz, Master of Business Administration.
Ms. Zosicz is a bright, hardworking, and dedicated student who has demonstrated critical thinking,
communication, and interpersonal skills. For her final project, Ms. Zosicz was part of
a team doing a case analysis of the strategic management at Netflix. [ Applause ] It is my pleasure — [ Laughter ] We’ll do this again. It is my pleasure to
acknowledge the student who has been selected by the faculty of the College of Business
for special recognition. Amie Lewis, Master of Business Administration. [ Applause ] With a background in green building consulting,
lead TM certification, and energy commissioning, Ms. Lewis completed her degree with a concentration
in sustainable business. Her interest is in working in the clean tech movement, particularly
in clean energy. Her final project explored whether Tesla Motors was an energy company
that made cars or a car company that has lines of business in energy. She also completed
an internship with MoolaHoop, helping support the national launch of a crowd-funding platform
serving women-owned small businesses. Currently Ms. Lewis serves as a committee member on
Women in Clean Tech and Sustainability, a nonprofit network of about 1000 professionals
working to build a green economy. After graduating she has continued to serve the College of
Business through her participation on the Dean’s, or my, taskforce designed to redevelop
the MBA foundation requirements. Please join me in applauding Amie Lewis. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] And now Judith Munter, Dean of the Graduate
School of Education. [ Applause ]>>Good evening, everyone. I will begin by
introducing the faculty representing the Graduate College of Education. Please hold your applause
until I introduce all the faculty. The faculty members representing the Graduate College
of Education are — please stand as I call your name — Josephine Arce, Elementary Education;
Yvonne Bui, Special Education and Communicative Disorders; Davide Celoria, Equity Leadership
and Instructional Technologies; Marguerite Conrad, Elementary Education; Patricia Donohue,
Equity Leadership and Instructional Technologies; Yanan Fan, Secondary Education; Doris Flowers,
Equity Leadership and Instructional Technologies; David Hemphill, Equity Leadership and Instructional
Technologies; Barbara Henderson, Elementary Education; Mina Kim, Elementary Education;
Ming-Yeh Lee, Equity Leadership and Instructional Technologies; Daniel Meier, Elementary Education;
Patti Solomon-Rice, Special Education and Communicative Disorders; Pamela Wolfberg,
Special Education and Communicative Disorders. Please join me in applauding the faculty of
the Graduate College of Education. [ Applause ] The students receiving the Distinguished Achievement
Award from the Graduate College of Education are Anne Martin, Specialist Credential in
Reading and Literacy Leadership. Ms. Martin conducted a research study on the effectiveness
of using a project-based approach to teaching language skills to low-income, predominantly
African-American students. She found this approach encouraged engagement, voice, and
connection in her young students. [ Applause ] Jennifer Ann Maloney [assumed spelling], Single-Subject
Credential. With a background in history and classics, Ms. Maloney has been student teaching
in Latin at Miramonte High in Orinda where the Latin students just won the California
State Classical Convention for the fourth time in a row. She will be double certified
in Classics and Social Sciences. [ Applause ] Jaqueline Dias Novo, Specialist Credential
in Early Childhood Special Education. Ms. Novo undertook a creative work that will help
early childhood educators to effectively partner with families to support the development of
young children who are dual-language learners, including those with diagnosed disabilities. [ Applause ] Patricia Bouvet, Master of Arts in Education
with a concentration in Language and Literacy. In her field study, “Providing Choice, an
Examination of Increasing Motivation and Comprehension in Middle School Students,” Ms. Bouvet found
that the deliberate incorporation of choice in an eighth-grade social studies classroom
increased students’ motivation to succeed in their tasks, enhancing comprehension. [ Applause ] Paulina Irene-Agcanas Fraser, Master of Arts
in Education with a concentration Equity and Social Justice in Education. Ms. Fraser’s
thesis is titled “Breaking the Code, Students’ Voices Redefining Academic Success.” She received
the Education Studies Scholar award from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in support
of her doctoral studies in literacy, language, and culture. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Bryn Potter O’Shea, Master of Arts in Education
with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Ms. O’Shea completed a study titled “In Dialogue
with Young Children, Teaching Critical Thinking Through Critical Dialogue.” The study suggests
that inquiry-based methods are powerful tools for prompting children’s critical thinking
about social identity, bias, and fairness. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Jolene Rocchio, Master of Science in Communicative
Disorders. Ms. Rocchio participated in Project Common Ground, a demanding personnel preparation
project focused on family-centered care of children on the autism spectrum. She also
piloted an e-portfolio project that will serve as a model for the Communicative Disorders
program. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Katherine Song, Master of Arts in Education
with a concentration in Educational Administration. Ms. Song’s professional and scholarly work
is focused on the practical implications for transformative leadership in secondary education.
She is concerned with laying the foundations for an equitable learning environment, particularly
for students of color and students with diverse learning needs. [ Applause ] Justin Gabriel Steinberg, Master of Arts in
Special Education. Ms. Steinberg’s creative work was a curriculum guide titled “Self-Advocacy
Instruction for Eighth Grade Academically-Oriented Students with Visual Impairments.” He focused
on the development of skills needed for students with visual impairments to successfully transition
to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Chelsea Waters, Master of Arts in Special
Education. In her thesis titled “Parent/Caregiver Experiences of Raising a Young Child with
Multiple Disabilities,” Ms. Waters sought to capture families’ perspectives pertaining
to special education services as their child transitions from early intervention to school-based
services. Congratulations. [ Applause ] [ Cheering ] Ashley Christine Williams [cheering], Master
of Arts — Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
Ms. Williams’ study titled “Merging Theory and Practice, Supporting Future Teachers Through
an Early Teaching Practicum,” explored a pilot teaching practicum focused on supporting the
development of workforce-ready, skilled, and reflected early childhood educators. Congratulations. [ Cheering ]>>You go girl! [ Cheering ]>>My sister!>>Megan Philip Woodrich, Master of Arts in
Education with a concentration in Secondary Education. Ms. Woodrich conducted a study
titled “Google Docs as a Tool for Collaborative Writing in the Middle School Classroom.” She
examined how an online word processing tool could be used to encourage participation among
students of different language backgrounds. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Timothy L. Weeks, Doctor of Education in Educational
Leadership. Dr. Weeks’ dissertation “Characteristics of High-Performing Charter Schools Serving
Minority and Low-Income Students” looked at the effectiveness of charter schools that
are working with diverse student populations. He has been invited to present his work this
year at the American Educational Research Association. Congratulations. [ Applause ] It is a great pleasure to introduce the hood
of the Graduate College of Education, Ms. Sana Aaser. Sana Husain Aaser — [ Applause ] Sana Husain Aaser, Master of Arts in Education
with a concentration Equity and Social Justice in Education has been selected for special
recognition by the faculty of the Graduate College of Education. Ms. Aaser is a strong,
committed, emergent voice for change in education. As a practitioner, scholar, author, and activist
dedicated to the inclusion of the American Muslim experience in education, she seeks
to understand the effects of an antagonistic society on the construction of young selves.
Her thesis titled “From Islamophobia to Identity Crisis, Self-Esteem Among American Muslim
Children” explores the learned attitudes and behaviors children may develop about their
Muslim identity. The study provides recommendations for educators to better support American Muslim
children and address their identity development needs. Ms. Aaser has also been deeply engaged
in service to the educational community. In her role as College Representative to the
Associated Students, Incorporated, ASI, she worked collaboratively with students, faculty,
and administrators to plan and implement a series of workshops on racial equity, awareness,
and leadership, interactive sessions designed to initiate campus-wide conversations about
social justice. For summer 2016 she has been selected to participate as a fellow in the
Educational Pioneers program which partners with 200 educational organizations in 20 cities
across the U.S. Please join me in congratulating Sana Husain Aaser. [ Applause ] It’s my pleasure to introduce my colleague,
Dean Ken Monteiro. [ Applause ]>>Thank you, Dean Munter. Good evening. I
will introduce the faculty representing the College of Ethnic Studies. Again, please hold
your applause until I introduce all the faculty. The faculty representing the College of Ethnic
Studies are — and please stand as I call your name — Laureen Chew, Ethnic Studies
program and Asian American Studies; Dawn-Elissa Fischer, Africana Studies; Mai-Nhung Le, Asian
American Studies; Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Dean, College of Ethnic Studies; Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales,
Asian American Studies; Wesley Ueunten, Asian American Studies; Grace Yoo, Asian American
Studies. Would you thank them? [ Applause ] Please be seated. The students receiving the
Distinguished Achievement Award in the College of Ethnic Studies are Nicole Leopardo, Master
of Arts in Ethnic Studies. Ms. Leopardo’s research adds to the burgeoning field of food
studies by examining how evolving traditions around food become a vehicle for self-identification
in multiracial families. Her thesis is titled “Food Rituals, an Entree into Multiracial
Family Culture.” [ Applause ] Francis Wong, Master of Arts in Asian American
Studies. An award-winning saxophonist, composer, and music director, Mr. Wong has also consulted
for several Asian-American nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. His thesis is
titled “Asian Improv Arts and Its Impacts on the Artistic and Professional Development
of Affiliated Artists.” [ Applause ] The College of Ethnic Studies [cheering] has
selected Dale Maglalang, Master of Arts in Asian American Studies with special recognition
by the faculty of the College of Ethnic Studies. Mr. Maglalang’s focus as a graduate student
has been on health disparities facing Asian-Americans. He worked with faculty members on several
research projects and co-authored two publications for peer-reviewed journals, “The Journal of
Cancer Education” and “The California Journal of Health Promotion.” The findings from his
ground-breaking Master’s thesis on e-cigarette use titled “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems,
Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors Among Asian-Americans in California” will bring major contributions
to public health and social work researchers as well as practitioners. Although e-cigarette
use is a growing public health concern in the U.S., there has been no previous research
on where, how, and why Asian-American youth initiate e-cigarette use. Mr. Maglalang has
accepted — has been accepted into a combined Master’s and PhD program in — at Boston College
and will begin in the fall with a four-year fellowship. Please join me acknowledging Dale
Maglalang. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>You go, Dale! [ Applause ] And I’d now like to introduce my colleague,
Dean Alvarez, College of Health and Social Services — Social Sciences. [ Applause ]>>Thank you, Dean Monteiro. Good evening.
I will now introduce the faculty representing the College of Health and Social Sciences.
Please hold your applause until I introduce all the faculty. The faculty members representing
the College of Health and Social Sciences are — please stand up as I call your name
— Diane Allen, Physical Therapy; Rebecca Carabez, Nursing; Fangyu Cho, Nursing; Jessica
Fields, Sociology and Sexual Studies; on the stage up here, Sheldon Gen, Public Administration;
Gretchen George, Consumer Family Studies, Dietetics; Kate Hamel, Kinesiology; Jocelyn
Hermoso, Social Work; Marialice Kern, Kinesiology; on the stage with me, Mi-Sook Kim, Kinesiology;
Mary Beth Love, Health Education; Graciela Orozco, Counseling; Tiffany O’Shaughnessy,
Counseling; Judith Ottoson, Health Education; Nancy Rabolt, Consumer Family Studies and
Dietetics; Jennifer Shea, Public Administration; Genie Stowers, Public Administration; Patricia
Van Velsor, Counseling; Darlene Yee-Melichar, Gerentology. Please join me in congratulating
our faculty. [ Applause ] Please be seated. The following students have
been selected by the faculty of the College of Health and Social Sciences to receive the
Distinguished Achievement Award. Amanda Akers [assumed spelling], Master of Public Administration.
In her thesis, Ms. Akers compared the growth rates of nonprofits in service delivery versus
those in policy advocacy, which often provide political voice to disadvantaged groups. She
found that advocacy organizations grow more slowly, particularly in Washington, D.C.,
and among large organizations. Congratulations, Amanda. [ Applause ] Bea Ayala, Master of Science in Counseling.
Ms. Ayala’s area of emphasis is gerontological counseling. Her culminating project, “An Existential
Approach to Counseling,” she seeks to demonstrate that existential theory allows for a deeper
and more complex understanding of trauma, including post-traumatic growth. Congratulations,
Bea. [ Applause ] Emily Blanchard, Master of Science in Kinesiology.
Ms. Blanchard’s thesis is titled “Influence of Aerobic Fitness on Post-Exercise Cardiac
Autonomic Control.” She recently presented her thesis findings at the Southwest American
College of Sports Medicine Conference in Costa Mesa, California. Congratulations, Emily. [ Applause ] Kate Haisch, Master of Arts in Family and
Consumer Sciences. Ms. Haisch’s thesis is titled “Effects of Harvest-of-the-Month Curriculum
on Mediators of Children’s Vegetable Intake.” She tested the California Department of Health’s
Harvest-of-the-Month curriculum with fourth graders in Half Moon Bay and made suggestions
for more effective curriculum. Congratulations, Kate. [ Applause ] Andrea Leann Bueno, Master of Science in Counseling.
Ms. Bueno’s area of specialization is school counseling with an emphasis in college counseling.
Her culminating project was a program design about empowering undocumented high school
students in urban schools to help them succeed academically and develop a sense of community.
Congratulations, Andrea. [ Applause ] Maria Christina Menguito, Master of Science
in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Fernandez will present
her project, “Efficacy of Low Microbial Diet in Immunocompromised Adult Bone Marrow Transplant
Patients,” at the Sigma Theta Tau Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. [ Applause ] They liked that one. Her culminating experience
study was on the management of gout for adults in outpatient settings. Congratulations, Maria. [ Applause ] Kevin Page Gilday, Master of Public Administration.
With an emphasis in urban administration, Mr. Gilday has developed a series of outstanding
projects on important community issues including solutions addressing foreclose properties,
how to improve the effectiveness of the low-income housing tax credit, and customer satisfaction
with publicly-owned utilities. Congratulations, Kevin. [ Applause ] Alice Guan, Master of Public Health. Ms. Guan
received an outstanding oral abstract submission award at the Annual Meeting of Scientific
Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Her culminating experience project is titled
“Unacceptable Accepted Racism, Exploring the Dangers of the Model Minority Myth.” Congratulations,
Alice. [ Applause ] Sahana Magal, Master of Arts in Gerontology.
Dr. Magal has a degree in Internal Medicine from India. As an intern at the Alzheimer’s
Association Northern California, Nevada Chapter she worked to raise awareness of dementia
and Alzheimer’s among the Asian Indian community. For her culminating project she developed
culturally-sensitive educational materials in Hindi. Congratulations, Sahana. [ Applause ] Olga Munoz, Master of Social Work. In her
culminating project, Ms. Munoz addresses the estrangement that immigrant Latino parents
and children face when they reunify after a period of separation when parents immigrate
to the U.S. She uses stories as a resource to facilitate the reunification process. Congratulations,
Olga. [ Cheering and Applause ] Jade Rivera, Master of Public Health. Mr.
Rivera’s culminating project is titled “Urban Campesinos Community Farm at Crocker Amazon
Park, Growing Food, Building People Power, and Reclaiming Land.” She examines urban farming
as a public health model for accessing healthy food and green space while building intergenerational
and intercultural community. Congratulations, Jade. [ Applause ] Megan Brianna Scott, Master of Science in
Nursing. As a graduate student, Ms. Scott presented her research at three national conferences
and published three manuscripts including her culminating project titled “Nurses Don’t
Deal with These Issues, Nurses Role in Advanced Care Planning for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgender Patients.” Congratulations, Megan. [ Applause ] Natalie Taylor-Ketchum, Ms. Taylor-Ketchum’s
thesis titled “Stereotype Threat, Effects on Mobility in Older Adults” studied how the
fear of confirming negative age-related stereotypes affect gait performance. She will enter the
jointly-offered UCSF-SFSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in June. Congratulations,
Natalie. [ Applause ] Valerie Block, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Science. Ms. Block’s dissertation is entitled “Fitbit Remote Physical Activity Monitoring
in Multiple Sclerosis.” She has presented her work at national and international conferences
and published a meta-analysis of the effects of physical therapy on incontinence in MS.
Her goals include post-doctoral work in MS care and research. Congratulations, Valerie. [ Applause ] Amanda Leah Dauphinee, Doctor of Physical
Therapy. Ms. Dauphinee conducted a meta-analysis examining the effect of digitally-delivered
self-management programs on health outcomes and costs for people with chronic pain. Her
analysis determined that currently these Internet delivery programs are associated with significant
decreases in the patients’ pain levels and cost of care. Congratulations, Amanda. [ Applause ] Whoo! [ Applause ] Selected for special recognition by the faculty
of the College of Health and Social Sciences is Jamie O’Quinn, Master of Human Sexuality
Studies. Ms. O’Quinn has won multiple scholarships and awards in recognition of her academic
excellence, feminist scholarship, teaching, including the prestigious CSU Sally Casanova
Pre-Doctoral scholarship. She has presented her research at annual meetings of the American
Sociological Association, Pacific Sociological Association, and Sociologists for Women in
Society. Her thesis titled “The Limits of Inclusions, Queerness and Progressive Visions
of Sexuality Education” conducts an analysis of the first proposed national standards for
comprehensive sexual education, the future of sex education. She explores how life course
theories, sociological feminist analyses, and queer theory can advance our vision of
sexuality education’s capacity to effect social change. Ms. Quinn has been admitted with significant
funding to top U.S. sociology programs, including the University of Texas at Austin, where she
will begin her doctoral study this fall. Please join me in congratulating Jamie O’Quinn. [ Applause ] And now I would like you to welcome my colleague,
Associate Dean Sophie Clavier. [ Applause ] Good evening. I will not introduce the faculty
representing the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. Please hold your applause until I introduce
all the faculty. The faculty member representing the College of Liberal and Creative Arts are
— and please stand up as I call your name — Michael Anderson, Classics; Michael Arcega,
Art; Bruce Avery, Theater Arts and Dance; Troi Carleton on the stage, English Language
and Literature; Maxine Chernoff, Creative Writing; Jessica Elkind, History; Burcu Ellis,
International Relation; Laura Garcia-Moreno in Humanities; Dane Johnson, Comparative and
Word Literature; Elisabetta Nelsen, Modern Languages and Literature; Nancy Reist, Broadcast
and Electronic Communications; Christina Sabee, Communications Studies; Evren Savci, Women
and Gender Studies; Greta Snider in Cinema; and Shelley Wilcox in Philosophy. [ Applause ] The following students have been selected
by the faculty of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts to receive the Distinguished
Achievement Award, Lisa Alden, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Ms. Alden’s culminating
project is a book of poems titled “Truth and Subsidiaries.” Her work has appeared in several
publications, and her poem “Stars After” was selective for a collaborative art project
between the Creative Writing Department and the School of Art. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Jace Allen, Master of Arts in Communication
Studies. During his grad program Mr. Allen co-authored four published articles. He served
as an outstanding graduate teaching associate and completed additional training to teach
Metro Academy courses. His area of study for his comprehensive exams was gender, social
criticism, and intercultural communication. [ Applause ] Lisa Ang, Master of Arts in English with a
concentration in Literature. Ms. Ang wrote an exceptional thesis titled “Deconstructing
Postcolonial Memory Through Filipino-American Literature,” one of the first theses on Filipino
literature from the English Department. Upon graduation she was offered a part-time position
as an instructor at Los Medanos College. Congratulations. [ Applause ]>>Yeah!>>Kimberley Arcebo Arteche, Master of Fine
Arts in Art. Ms. Arteche works in photography installation and social practice. Her final
creative work [inaudible] is an ambitious, humanistic, and visually-arresting project
where she intimated how a relationship with her own heritage has been mediated by the
Internet. Congratulations. [ Cheering and Applause ] Sejla Avdic, Master of Arts in International
Relations. Ms. Avdic’s thesis is titled “Russia/Germany Energy Security, Constructivist International
Norm Theory on Energy Security.” Focusing on energy security interdependence between
Russian and Europe, this work is the first step toward a promising career in sustainable
development and renewable energy. [ Applause ] Shane Baker with a Master of Arts in Humanities.
Mr. Baker’s thesis is titled “Beyond Speech, Beyond Species, the Human/Nonhuman Binary
in an Ethics of Sublimity.” His concern was locating conceptual tools within psychoanalysis,
phenomenology, and biology for unsettling the human/animal or human/nonhuman binary.
Congratulations. [ Applause ] Renee Brittany Carson, Master of Arts in Women
and Gender Studies. Ms. Carson’s thesis “Citizen Buddy, the Eugincal Foundation of the United
States and Contemporary Hauntings” examines the history of eugenics to explore how citizenship,
ability, race, and reproduction converge in present-day genetic screenings, sterilization,
and discourses of good motherhood. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Serena Crosson, Master of Arts in Classics.
In her fascinating thesis, “The Political Implication of the Hero in Romano-British
Mosaics,” Ms. Crosson examined the imagery in the mosaics from fourth-century sea villas
in order to understand what the adoption of Christianity meant politically to Roman Britains. [ Applause ] Bernadette Marie Flynn, Master of Fine Arts
in Theater Arts. Ms. Flynn’s interned with [inaudible] troupe in New York City. Her creative
works include two fully-produced [inaudible] designs for performances on campus. And her
final creative project was a theatrical production design for the “Sleeping Beauty” ballet. [ Applause ] Lea Gabay, Master of Arts in English with
a concentration in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Ms. Gabay completed a
culminating project on promoting self-authoring among female learners in Afghanistan through
an online-based curriculum. Teaching through Alliance for International Women’s Rights
with the help of a digital tool called VoiceThread, she views self-authoring as a process of taking
control of one’s life. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Samuel Ginn, Master of Arts in Philosophy.
In his thesis, “There Is No Perspective Without Experience,” Mr. Ginn argued that a first-person
perspective entails conscious experience. As a graduate teaching associate he taught
a wide range of philosophy courses and mentored fellow graduate students. [ Applause ] Monica Juliet James, Master of Arts in Women
and Gender Studies. A Fulbright Scholar, Ms. James combines contemporary queer theory with
her interest in the politics of hope, critical cinema studies, and contemporary cultural
studies. Her thesis is titled, “Queer World Making in the Present, Reimagining Hope as
a Modality of Living.” [ Applause ] Emma James with a Master of Arts in Museum
Studies. In her thesis titled “Digital Preservation in Museums,” Ms. James examined the ways that
museums manage digital assets as technology changes. She interviewed leaders in the field
of digital preservation and outlined best practices for this rapidly-changing area of
museum practice. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Fred Jenga, Master of Arts in Communication
Studies. Mr. Jenga has presented at numerous conferences, and he is a celebrated editorial
writer and television/radio guest in Uganda, speaking about human rights, environmental
politics, and African civil society. He will enter a PhD program in Communication at the
University of Texas-Austin. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Ying May Jeung [assumed spelling], Master
of Arts in Chinese. Having served as a community interpreter for new immigrants, Ms. Jeung
completed a research project examining the nature of note taking by Chinese interpreters
and how to navigate between using traditional Chinese characters, simplified Chinese characters,
and English. [ Applause ] Sherry Kennedy [assumed spelling], Master
of Arts in History. Ms. Kennedy’s emphasis is on medieval history with special interest
in funerary customs and the supernatural. She has presented two conference papers. The
most recent one titled “Starving for Remembrance, the Discourse of the Dead in Greco-Roman Society.” [ Applause ] Ashley Meredith [assumed spelling], Master
of Arts in Philosophy. In here thesis “The Pitfalls of Contempt in Liberatory Struggles,”
Ms. Meredith employs and Aristotelian virtue ethical perspective to scrutinize the role
that contempt plays in liberatory social movements. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy.
Congratulations. [ Applause ] Diatila Mohali [assumed spelling], Master
of Arts in Theater Arts. A Fulbright Scholar from the African nation of Lesotho. Ms. Mohali’s
thesis is an ambitious plan for theater education titled “Institutionalization of Drama Education
in Lesotho.” She has also completed a project analyzing how the school of theater and dance
creates its performance seasons. [ Applause ] Jessica Mossby [assumed spelling], Master
of Arts in Comparative Literature. Combining in-depth knowledge of Spanish literature with
world literature breadth, crystalline prose, and fascinating comparative choices, Ms. Mossby
has presented research papers at seven academic conferences. She completed her degree while
building a successful career in publishing and in banking. [ Applause ] Kogi Osuwa [assumed spelling], Master of Arts
in Anthropology. Mr. Osuwa’s thesis used original fieldwork to apply archeology to uncover everyday
life at World War II Japanese-American incarceration camps. He represented SF State at the CSU
Student Research Competition and will continue his politically engaged work in a Ph.D. program
at Stanford. [ Applause ] Jenna Rentz [assumed spelling], Master of
Arts in History. Ms. Rentz’s area of emphasis is United States Foreign Policy. She has made
nine conference presentations over the last few years with topics ranging from U.S. imperialism
in Panama Canal to housing segregation and government policy in the United States. [ Applause ] Shadia Sowo [assumed spelling], Master of
Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Ms. Sowo completed a novel-length
first person narrative titled “Q” in which she explored human trafficking and foster
care in the United States. As editor in chief of the literary journal “Fourteen Hills,”
she focused on diversifying and broadening the communities participating. Congratulations. [ Applause ] Linda Swanson, Master of Arts in English with
a Concentration in Composition. For a culminating project, Ms. Swanson examined student feedback
on instructor feedback and ways to implement effective instructor practices for responded
to student writing. She currently teaches composition as SFU and plans to continue a
research with instructor response. [ Applause ] Natasha Denerstein-Tanzi [assumed spelling],
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Ms. Tanzi’s poetry collection “Anatomize” was
published by Norfolk Press in 2015. Her master’s creative work “Triptych Californ” [assumed
spelling] is a poetry collection in three interrelated parts, cinema, California, and
kink. The poems speak to each other across and within the sections. [ Applause ] Rene [assumed spelling] Juarez Vasquez, Master
of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Mr. Juarez Vasquez is the
curator of the bilingual monthly reading series “Voz sin tinta.” In his novella “The Lime
Trees of Michoacan,” he explores family and cultural inheritance in modern times with
the shadow — or within the shadow of organized crime. Congratulations. [ Cheering and Applause ] Cherry Velasquez [assumed spelling], with
a Master of Arts in English with a Concentration in Linguistics. Ms. Velasquez completed a
cross-linguistic study of verbal frames in English and Spanish for a culminating project.
She showed how the divergent patterns of verbs, such as touch in English and tocar –>>Yes.>>– in Spanish explain the difficulty in
mastering equivalent verbs for second language learners. Congratulations. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>Go Cherry.>>Yeah. [ Cheering and Applause ] Erin Wiggin, Master of Arts in Cinema Studies.
Ms. Wiggin has published her work in several online and print magazines and presented at
the 2015 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Her thesis is titled “Who Can
Be Eaten? Consuming animals and humans in a cannibal horror film.” [ Applause ] Tara Wolfe [assumed spelling], Master of Arts
in French. Ms. Wolfe was the recipient of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts Scholarship
and has distinguished herself with her sharp analytical skills and avid enthusiasm to enrich
her knowledge. She hopes to teach French in the Sacramento area. Congratulations. [ Applause ] The College of Liberal and Creative Arts Faculty
has selected for special recognition Carly Stark [assumed spelling], Master of Arts of
Fine Arts in Cinema. Ms. Stark’s beautiful films have inspired, provoked, and transported
audiences at screenings from the Pacific Film Archive to the British Film Institute. Exploring
human experience and memory through a queer lens, her films use a superbly crafted sense
of the poetic to question the relationship between photography, memory, and sexuality.
Her thesis film, “2076 Elegy,” looks at ways in which familial history and queer identity
are communicated through the archived photographic image. Ms. Stark has also made a powerful
impact in her curatorial work, connecting with broad and frequently under served audiences.
She was head curator of “Quoting Ourselves,” a queer archive in SFU Cesar Chavez Art Gallery,
and she has co-chaired “Quiet Revolutions, Politically Subversive Cinema,” at the SFSU
Graduate Cinema Conference. She will curate the queer student short film program at the
San Francisco International LGTBQ festival this year and serves as curator of the Great
Wall of Oakland, which reclaims public space as exhibition space for Oakland’s diverse
audiences. Please join me in congratulating Carly Stark. [ Cheering and Applause ] And now, let me introduce the dean of the
College of Science and Engineering, Dean Bowman. [ Applause ]>>Thank you. I’d like to introduce the faculty
of the College of Science and Engineering. Please hold your applause until I introduce
all of them. Faculty members, please stand as I announce your name. Federico Ardia [assumed
spelling], mathematics. Chen Cheng [assumed spelling], engineering. Louis Chen [assumed
spelling], biology. Ed Cheng [assumed spelling], engineering. Diana Chew [assumed spelling],
biology. Migumi Fuse [assumed spelling], biology. Helen Heinz from geography, also representing
marine science. Ryan Howe [assumed spelling], psychology. How Yeung [assumed spelling],
engineering. John Kim [assumed spelling], psychology. Susan Lee [assumed spelling],
physics and astronomy. Mary Leech [assumed spelling], Earth and climate sciences. Ariel
Lavigne [assumed spelling], computer science. Bruce Manning, chemistry. Robert Ramirez [assumed
spelling], associate dean for the College of Science and Engineering. Kimberly Tanner
from biology. And Amy Yeung [assumed spelling] from computer science. Thank you, faculty. [ Applause and Cheering ] The following graduate students have been
selected by the faculty of the College of Science and Engineering to receive the Distinguished
Achievement Award. Chase James Boyer, Master of Arts in Psychology with Concentration in
Developmental Psychology. Mr. Boyer’s novel and important thesis explores the longitudinal
link between earlier experiences with family dysfunction and later conflict in romantic
relationships. He has also conducted research on parental decisions to immunize their children.
Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ]>>Woah. Yes [laughter].>>Abraham King Cada [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry. Mr. Cada developed a novel
method for revealing the elusive mechanism by which nitric oxide is produced physiologically
by nitric oxide synthase. He has presented his research at conferences and won several
awards. He will be attending a Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley this fall. Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ] Han Cho [assumed spelling], Master of Arts
in Psychology with a Concentration in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Ms. Cho has investigated
thought control paradigms and their possible application to the treatment of psychopathology.
Her thesis is titled “Cognitive Bias in Involuntary Cognition Towards Negatively Valence Stimuli
in Anxious Depressive Groups.” She has published four articles in scientific journals. Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ] Riley Chew [assumed spelling], Master of Arts
in Psychology with a Concentration in Developmental Psychology. Mr. Chew has studied factors that
promote academic achievement and alleviate adverse mental health among ethnic minority
adolescents, and he’s presented research at several conferences. His thesis is titled
“The Relations Amongst Self-Compassion, Implicit Theories of Intelligence, and Mental Health
Among Chinese Adolescents.” Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ] Michael Joseph Duffield [assumed spelling],
Master of Science in Engineering with a Concentration in Structural Earthquake Engineering. His
thesis is titled “Behavior of a Five-Story Moment-Resisting Steel Frame Structure Subjected
to Elevated Temperature.” His research was performed using two highly sophisticated finite
element modeling programs to help create realistic fire scenarios in a steel frame building.
Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ] [ Laughter ]>>Uh-oh.>>Ryan Essoman [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Computer Science. Mr. Essoman developed important new features for a medical
records system widely used in developing countries. The contributes from his thesis, which is
titled “Structuring Unstructured Clinical Narratives in Open MRS with Medical Concept
Extraction,” will enable clinicians to provide more effective treatment. Congratulations,
Ryan. [ Applause and Cheering ]>>Whoo.>>Nathan Gray [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Geographic Information Science. His thesis is titled “Composition and Analysis
of Vessel Speeds Off the Coast of Washington State.” His research will inform the National
Marine Fisheries Service and the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary about management need to
prevent ship-strikes to large whales. Congratulations, Nathan. [ Applause and Cheering ] Violetta Griegescu [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Physics. Her thesis, “Measurements of Small Lesions Near Metallic Implants with
Megavoltage Cone Being CT,” has specific application to the detection of bone lesions formed near
the metallic stem of a hip prosthesis. This is a condition of major concern in hip replacement
recovery. Congratulations, Violetta.>>Thank you. [ Applause and Cheering ] Casey Hardy [assumed spelling], Master of
Science in Engineer with a Concentration in Imbedded Electrical and Computer System. Mr.
Hardy’s design for his thesis project “A Low Power Filterless Class D Audio Amplifier”
was able to achieve high audio fidelity along with high power efficiency. This can translate
into significantly longer playback times for battery operated headphone applications. Congratulations,
Casey. [ Applause and Cheering ] Trevor Clinton James Jackson, Master of Arts
in Psychology with a Concentration in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Mr. Jackson’s research
focuses on musically induced analgesia. His findings indicate that self-selected music,
whether happy or sad, can improve pain tolerance while self-selected happy music can reduce
pain intensity. His work has implications for patient health, specifically in surgical
recovery. Congratulations, Trevor. [ Applause and Cheering ] Beatrice Angela Kowalski [assumed spelling],
Master of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Microbiology. Her thesis focused on the
DNA modification phosphorothioation, in the bacteria Salmonella. She highlighted the genes
responsible for the modification and investigated the potential contribution to the pathogenesis
of the organism. She has presented her work at several conferences. Congratulations, Beatrice. [ Applause and Cheering ] Muthrie Quarr [assumed spelling], Master of
Arts in Psychology with a Concentration in Developmental Psychology. Her research examines
psychological factors that inform clinical practice, especially for Indian populations.
Her work on Indian adolescents in religious schools has been published in a peer-reviewed
journal. Her thesis is titled “Anxiety and Perspectives Toward the Past, Present, and
Future Among Adolescents.” Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ] Nathan Luis [assumed spelling], Master of
Science in Computer Science. His culminating project was entitled “Abuna [assumed spelling]
Third Party Customer Supported Software for Small Medium Sized eBay Sellers.” He also
collaborated on research that resulted in a paper in the fifth annual International
Conference on software engineering advances. Congratulations, Nathan. [ Applause and Cheering ] Leslie Mateo [assumed spelling], Master of
Science and Biology with a Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. Her study “Understanding
How Environmental Exposures Affect Transgenerational Epigenic Inheritance in Mice” investigated
how phthalate exposure affects cells destined to become sperm or eggs. She is accepted in
numerous Ph.D. programs and will attend Stanford University this fall. Congratulations, Leslie. [ Applause and Cheering ] Morgan Myers [assumed spelling], Master of
Science in Marine Biology. Ms. Myers’ research shows the effect of ocean acidification on
the ability of copepods to reproduce, with the major implications for the marine food
web. She represented her work at the Annual Ocean Science Meeting and was highlighted
in Eos, the magazine of the American Geophysical Union. Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ] Andrew Niebless [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Geosciences. He performed research fieldwork in the Indian Himalayas in 2014
and completed a thesis focusing on understanding the pressure, temperature, time, deformation,
history of the Lahua [assumed spelling] Valley in northwest India. He has presented his research
at national conferences. Congratulations, Andrew. [ Applause and Cheering ] Luis Kindenia [assumed spelling], Master of
Science in Biology with a Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. His research focuses
on understanding how sperm segregate their DNA. In the lab, he was able to make a specific
molecular construct that several students have spent years trying to make. He will attend
a Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Congratulations,
Luis. [ Applause and Cheering ] Puya Rasabi [assumed spelling], Master of
Arts in Psychology with a Concentration in Social Psychology. Mr. Rasabi’s thesis examines
the emotion regulation patterns of lonely individuals and how negative beliefs about
emotional expressions explained why they suppressed their emotions. He was admitted to several
Ph.D. programs and will attend the University of Oregon. Congratulations. [ Applause and Cheering ] John Rodriguez, Master of Science in Biology
with a Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. During his graduate studies, Mr.
Rodriguez has combined interest in interdisciplinary thinking, biomimicry, engineering, and biology
education. He represented SF State at the CSU Student Research Competition with his
study “Investigating How Science Students and Faculty Organize Their Science Knowledge.”
Congratulations, John. [ Applause and Cheering ] Cedric Sneflidge [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Biomedical Science with a Concentration in Stem Cell Science. In this thesis, he investigated
the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to brain aging and the rejuvenation
of the aged brain in experimental mouse models. He will continue his innovative research path
in the Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences at UC San Diego. Congratulations, Cedric. [ Applause and Cheering ] Anna Justine Studwell [assumed spelling],
Master of Arts in Geography. In her thesis “Predicting Non-Resident Seabird Foraging
habitat to inform conservation planning, she modeled non-resident seabirds in two marine
sanctuaries to predict where birds not bound to a colony are foraging. She evaluated how
high use foraging sites can be prioritized for protection. Congratulations, Anna. [ Applause and Cheering ] Dennis Tabuena [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Physiology. For his thesis, “A Novel Model
for Sensitization of No Seception [assumed spelling] in the Caterpillar Onu Casexta [assumed
spelling].” Mr. Tabuena developed a model for pain research that spans biomedical interest
and evolution. He will enter a Ph.D. program in neuroscience at the University of Washington
in Seattle. Congratulations, Dennis. [ Applause and Cheering ] Jose Hanquila [assumed spelling], Master of
Arts in Mathematics. Every semester, he has taken advanced topics courses beyond the degree
requirements, ranging from advanced number theory to algebraic geometry. For his thesis
“Partially Calibrated Cameras in Computer Vision and Multi View IDOs [assumed spelling],”
he has used geometry to solve problems in computer vision. Congratulations, Jose. [ Applause and Cheering ] Danielle Whithorpe [assumed spelling], Master
of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Her
thesis “Exploring the Characteristics and Outcomes of Workplace Rivalries” is a groundbreaking
look at a little studied issue. Her research includes how to measure rivalry, the circumstances
that lead to rivalry, and the outcomes for employees in organizations. Congratulations,
Danielle. [ Applause and Cheering ] Meredith Wye [assumed spelling], Master of
Science in Engineering with a Concentration in Energy Systems. In her thesis “Evaluation
of Total Equivalent Global Warming Impacts of Supermarket Refrigeration Systems,” she
carried out modeling to investigate the emissions of greenhouse gasses from supermarket refrigerator
systems during regular operation, maintenance, and end of life disposal. Congratulations,
Meredith. [ Applause and Cheering ] The student selected by the faculty of the
College of Science and Engineering for special recognition is Claudia Corona [assumed spelling],
Master of Sciences in Geosciences. With an extraordinary record of environmental leadership,
community service, and academic achievement, Ms. Corona works tirelessly to better the
science of hydrology and water resources for the direct benefit of her home state of California.
Her thesis research “Climate Variability in Zone Controls on the Dampening of Transient
Recharge Fluxes” was designed to better understand the effects of climate variability, like El
Nino, on groundwater resources in California and beyond. Using state of the art subsurface
flow models and original code, she spearheaded a project stimulating the influence of soil
water on water flux through the subsurface with hundreds of thousands of model simulations.
Her results have important implications for improving subsurface flow models and water
resource management as competing demands on water resources raise the importance of accurately
predicting groundwater storages and fluxes. She has coauthored two papers on water conservation
and hydrogeology and also received a travel grant to present her thesis research at the
2015 American Geophysical Union Conference. Won’t you please join me in congratulating
Claudia Corona at this time. [ Applause and Cheering ] This has been an evening of celebration in
which we have recognized our most outstanding graduate students. While we take great pride
in their achievements, we have by no means been solely responsible for their successes.
Without the love and support of families and friends, they would not be here to take part
in this evening’s festivities. Therefore, in honoring them, we also honor you. I would
like the deans, the faculty, and especially the students to join me in applauding you,
family members and friends, who have advised, encouraged, and supported these students. [ Applause and Cheering ] This concludes the formal portion of our ceremony.
A light reception has been prepared for all of our guests immediately following this ceremony
and I would like to invite everyone here to join us for that reception in Jack Adams Hall
on the top floor of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Signs will direct you there. We look
forward to meeting you there as well. I now ask that our guests remain seated until our
students and faculty have left the room. Will the platform party with student honorees and
our university faculty please rise. Congratulations, students. [ Applause and Cheering ] [ Music ]

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