# Ph.D. Graduations this Year

**Aug. 26, 2009**

A total of six graduate students have obtained or will obtain their Ph.D. degrees in our department during the calendar year 2009:

Andrea Bruder graduated in May. Her thesis is entitled "Applied left-definite theory: the Jacobi polynomials, their Sobolev orthogonality, and self-adjoint operators"; her Ph.D. advisor is Lance Littlejohn. Dr. Bruder is now teaching at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Alex Cornelius graduated in August. His Ph.D. supervisor is David Ryden and the title of his thesis is "Inverse Limits of Set-Valued Functions". Alex and his wife, Ly, are heading to Portland, Oregon.

Britney Hopkins also graduated in May. Her thesis is entitled "Multiplicity of Positive Solutions of Even-Order Nonhomogeneous Boundary Value Problems"; her thesis advisor is Johnny Henderson. Britney is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Leslie Jones graduated in May. Leslie's major professor is Brian Raines and the title of her thesis is "Adding Machines". Leslie is a visiting professor at the University of Arizona.

Alice Ramos also graduated in August. Alice's Ph.D. supervisor is John Davis; the title of her thesis is "Stability of Hybrid Dynamic Systems: Analysis and Design". Alice is a new Assistant Professor at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Davut Tuncer will graduate in December. His thesis is entitled "The Left-Definite Spectral Analysis of the Legendre-type Differential Equation"; his major professor is Lance Littlejohn. Davut is now teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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