PhD in Biological Sciences — James WillwerthJames Willwerth will present his thesis defence on Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Delineation of Within-site Terroir Effects using Soil and Vine Water Measurements in Riesling Vineyards within the Niagara Peninsula.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Ian Merwin, Cornell University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Marilyn Jollineau, internal examiner; Helen Fisher and Doug Bruce, committee members. PhD in Biological Sciences — Gabriel BalintGabriel Balint will present his thesis defence on Monday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Impact of different irrigation strategies on grapes and wine quality of four grapevine cultivars (Vitis sp.) in cool climate conditions. Investigation into the relationship among ABA, water status, grape cultivar and wine quality.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Sara Spayd, North Carolina State University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Tony Shaw, internal examiner; Helen Fisher and Gary Pickering, committee members. Master of Education — Paul WhitePaul White will present his thesis defence on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Introduction to Engineering: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Course in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.” External examiner: Ronald Hansen, University of Western Ontario; supervisor: Xavier Fazio; committee members: Joe Engemann and Louis Volante; chair of the examining committee: Tiffany Gallagher.Master of Education — Jennifer BrantJennifer Brant will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Aboriginal Women in Education: Honouring Our Experiences – A Vision of Access and Success to and within the University.” External examiner: Carmen Robertson, University of Regina; supervisor: Michael Manley-Casimir; committee members: Michelle McGinn, Mary-Louise Vanderlee, and John Hodson; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld.Master of Arts — Sandy KovacsSandy Kovacs (MA Leisure Studies) will defend her thesis on Monday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Walker Complex 204B. Title: “Weathering a Hidden Storm: An Application of Andersen’s Behavioral Model of Health, and Health Services Use for Those with Diagnosable Anxiety Disorder.” Supervisor: Glenn Stalker; committee members: Ann Duffy and John Cairney; external examiner: Sue Arai, University of Waterloo; chair: Dr. Michael Plyley.Master of Education — Kerry ArmstrongKerry Armstrong will present her thesis defence on Monday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Academic Advising, Eh: A Profile of Undergraduate Academic Advising at Ontario Universities.” External examiner: Jocelyn Aubrey, Trent University; supervisor: Michelle McGinn; committee members: Xiaobin Li and Patrick O’Neill; chair of the examining committee: Sandra Bosacki. MSc in Management – Ji LinThesis defence for Ji Lin, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Tuesday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The title of her thesis is “Liquidity, Institutional Ownership and Regulation Fair Disclosure.” Her examining committee members are Joe Kushner, chair; Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, external examiner, UCLA; Lawrence He, supervisor; Unyong Pyo and Samir Trabelsi. MSc in Management Thesis Defence – Zhanpeng HeMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Zhanpeng He, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “Using Bayesian Model for Bankruptcy Prediction: A Comparative Approach.” His examining committee members are: Robert Dimand, chair; Peter Easton, external examiner, University of Notre Dame; Samir Trabelsi, supervisor; Lawrence He and Martin Kusy. Master of Education — Melissa AugustinMelissa Augustin will present her thesis defence on Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Breaking the Silence: Exploring the Workplace Experiences of Six Women With Learning Disabilities.” External examiner: Dorothy Griffiths, Brock University; supervisor: Nancy Fenton; committee members: Nancy Taber and Sheila Bennett; chair of the examining committee: Hilary Brown. If you require any accommodations to attend this defence, please contact Melissa Augustin at firstname.lastname@example.org, before April 28 if possible. Master of Education — Jennifer HansonJennifer Hanson will present her thesis defence on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “An Examination of Outdoor Experience in the Development of Character in Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes.” External examiner: Dawn Prentice, Brock University; supervisor: Mary Breunig; committee members: Ann-Marie DiBiase and Anne Elliott; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld. All are welcome to attend the thesis defences.