Thesis defences — July 15 to 19

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19.

All are open for the University community to attend.

PhD thesis defences

Matthew Mallette, a PhD candidate in Applied Health Sciences, will defend his thesis, titled “Effects of local muscle temperature manipulations on neuromuscular function,” on Monday, July 15 at 1 p.m. in South Block 361.

The examination committee includes Stephen Cheung, Supervisor; David Gabriel, Michael Holmes and Joffre Mercier, Advisory Committee; Christopher McNeil, External Examiner (Faculty of Health and Exercise Development, University of British Columbia); Stephen Emrich, Internal Examiner; and Heather Gordon, Chair.


Kevin McGuiness, a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities, will defend his thesis, titled “The Boogeyman in the Cultural Imaginary: From the Fairytale to the Slasher Film,” on Tuesday, July 16  at 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 147.

The examination committee members are Cristina Santos, Supervisor; Barry K. Grant and Leah Bradshaw, Advisory Committee; William Indick, External Examiner (Associate Professor of Psychology, William Paterson University); Christie Milliken, Internal Examiner; Heather Gordon, Chair.

Master of Science thesis defence

Heather Marie VanVolkenburg, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present her thesis defence on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. in MCH 313. 

Her thesis is titled “Exploring Diversified Vineyard Ecological Soil Management Strategies: Impacts of cover cropping, Spanish River Carbonatite, and smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus) interactions on an agroecosystem.”

The examination committee includes: Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Kevin Stevens, External Examiner (Wilfrid Laurier University); Liette Vasseur, Supervisor; and Fiona Hunter and Frederique Guinel, Committee Members.

Master of Arts thesis defence

Xiaoyang (Nick) Xia, a Master of Arts candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend his thesis, titled “An Alternative Measure for Attitudes towards Bisexual People,” on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.

The examination committee includes: Dawn Zinga, Chair; Michael Ashton, Supervisor; Christine Tardif-Williams, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Child and Youth Studies, Brock University); Michael Busseri, Graduate Program Director; and Andrew Dane and Gordon Hodson, Committee Members.

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