Sept. 10, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Eight students received doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University at the end of summer session in August.
The students received doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in five fields: English, mechanical engineering, physics, psychology and sociology.
Jassim Mohd Al-Nasr, P.O. Box 19877, Kalamazoo, earned an Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of his dissertation was "Job Satisfaction Among Governmental and Private Sector Employees in Qatar."
Terri Lynne Belville-Robertson, 41378 Westfield Circle, Canton, Mich., earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of her dissertation was "Coping Strategy and Social Support Differences Among COPD Patients: Effects on Psychological Well-being, Functional Status and Health Care Utilization." The daughter of Robert and July Belville, she received a master's degree from WMU and a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. She is a psychology fellow at Henry Ford Hospital Behavioral Health in Detroit, Mich.
William Henry Dozier, P.O. Box 32, Cassopolis, Mich., earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of his dissertation was "The Role of Race in the Perpetuation of Inadequate Housing."
Lisa Marie DuRose, 2645 Garfield Avenue #2B, Minneapolis, Minn., earned a Ph.D. degree in English. The title of her dissertation is "Another Person's Skin: Imagining Race in the Works of Crane, Dunbar, Cather and Stevens."
Daniel P. Renusch, 48659 Oriole, Utica, Mich., earned a Ph.D. degree in physics. The title of his dissertation was "Evaluation of Raman Spectroscopy and Ruby Piezospectroscopy as Tools for Investigating the Corrosion of Metallic Alloys." The son of Muriel J. Renusch, he received a master's degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Oakland University. While a graduate student at WMU, he conducted research at Argonne National Laboratory.
Kellie June Wells, 2236 Crest Drive, Kalamazoo, earned a Ph.D. degree in English. Her dissertation was titled "Skin: A Work of Fiction."
Douglas W. Woods, 261 Kenneth Drive, St. Henry, Ohio, earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of his dissertation was "Evaluating the Social Acceptability of Persons with Habit Disorders: The Effects of Topography, Frequency and Gender Manipulation." The son of William and Jane Woods, he earned a master's degree from North Dakota State University and a bachelor's degree from Ohio University. He is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wis.
Marcellin Bahouely Zahui, 660 Charlie Court #1-C, Portage, Mich., earned a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering. He is the first student to receive a Ph.D. degree from WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His dissertation was titled "Active Local Volume Displacement Cancellation of a Vibrating Baffled Beam."
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