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Rebecca Alexander

Director of Academic Planning, Wake Downtown & Professor, Department of Chemistry

Alexander combines scientific expertise and creativity to apply science across the curriculum.

Expert Areas: Biochemistry | Molecular Chemistry | Protein Structures | RNA-Protein Interactions | Protein Biosynthesis | Women in Science and STEM | Molecular dissection of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase structure and function | Nucleic acid structure and function | Computational modeling of protein dynamics

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Martha Allman

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Allman has become an expert on test-optional admissions, interviews in the admissions process and other admissions trends.

Expert Areas: Test-Optional Research Policies

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Miriam Ashley-Ross

Professor of Biology

Ashley-Ross is an expert in salamander locomotion and a leader in the study of how some species of fish move on dry land.

Expert Areas: Biomechanics of Animal Locomotion | Evolution of Animal Location | Comparative Physiology | Muscle Physiology | Comparative Anatomy

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Michael Berry

Department Chair, Professor of Health and Exercise Science and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory

Berry researches the interaction between exercise and the respiratory system.

Expert Areas: Exercise and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) | Effects of exercise on individuals with respiratory diseases | Delivering exercise interventions to patients with acute respiratory failure | Human Physiology

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Deborah Best

William L. Poteat Professor of Psychology

Best is a psychologist who studies child development with a particular focus on gender stereotypes and young children.

Expert Areas: Developmental Psychology | Cognitive Development | Memory Development | Stereotypes and Attitudes | Cross-cultural psychology | Health Psychology | Gender Roles Development

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Tom Brister

Senior Lecturer of Political Science

Brister is an expert in terrorism, globalization and intelligence trends.

Expert Areas: Terrorism | Intelligence | Globalization | International Relations | Comparative Politics | Religious Groups | Terrorism and Political Violence | Intelligence and International Politics

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Christy Buchanan

Professor of Psychology; Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising

Buchanan studies how parents’ expectations affect teen behavior.

Expert Areas: Children and Divorce | Teens | Adolescence | Relationships Between Teens and Parents | Parent-Child Relationships | Developmental Psychology | Civic Development in Adolescents and Young Adults | Parenting Adolescents | Adolescent Development

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Eric Carlson

Associate Professor of Physics

Carlson demands scientific explanations for the seemingly inexplicable.

Expert Areas: Particle Physics | Particle Astrophysics | Numerical General Relativity | Semi-Classical Gravity | Skepticism | Numerical Patterns | Wormholes | Neutrino Stars | Quantum Mechanics | Astronomy | Cosmology | The Scientific Method

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David Carroll

Director, Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials

Carroll and his research team aim to provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Expert Areas: Nanotechnology | Green Technology | Solar/photovoltaic cells | “Green” lighting/light bulb alternatives | Thermoelectrics | Nanotechnology and medicine/tumor eradication | Environmental/health effects of carbon nanotubes | Biomedical nanotechnologies | Thermoelectric Power Felt | Organic solar cells | Nanocomposite-based display and lighting technologies

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Justin Catanoso

Journalism program professor of the practice and freelance journalist sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Catanoso specializes in covering and speaking on global climate change from international policy to tropical forests and ocean ecosystems.

Expert Areas: Travel Writing | Catholic Saints and Saint-Making | Faith and climate change | Global climate change policy | Climate change and Earth ecosystems | Sustainability in cities and businesses | Importance of free press | Italian Culture

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