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Gloria Muday

Director, Center for Molecular Signaling and Professor of Biology

Muday pursues research on how plant hormones modulate root development.

Expert Areas: Molecular Biology of Plants | Genetically Modified Organisms | GMOs | Stem Education

Linda Nielsen

Professor of Adolescent and Educational Psychology

Nielsen’s special interest is helping divorced and estranged dads and daughters reunite or strengthen their bonds.

Expert Areas: Family Dynamics | Educational Psychology | Fathers and Daughters | Portrayal of Fathers in Media | Asolescent Psychology | Divorce and Stepfamilies | Shared Residential Parenting | Fairy Tailes and Fatherhood Myths | Restoring Relationships

Paúl Pauca

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Pauca has combined his professional research and personal passion to improve the lives of people all over the world.

Expert Areas: Hyperspectral and LiDAR image analysis | Human-computer interfaces for disabilities | Mobile and pervasive devices | Computer Science Education | STEM and entrepreneurship | Pitt Hopkins Syndrome | Non-profit organization development | Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Peter Siavelis

Professor of Political Science & Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Siavelis' research currently focuses on electoral politics in Latin America, specifically candidate selection.

Expert Areas: Latin American Politics | Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection | U.S. Immigration | International Political Economy | Interamerican Relations | Democratic Institutional Design

Miles Silman

Director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and Professor of Biology

Silman has been a leader in the sustainability movement since beginning his doctoral research more than 20 years ago.

Expert Areas: Tropical Ecology | Tropical Biodiversity | Community Ecology | Plant Evolution | Plant Ecology | Techniques in Mathematical Biology | Advanced Ecology | Sustainability | Climate Change

Robin Simon

Professor of Sociology

Simon has conducted groundbreaking research regarding the impact of parenthood on adults’ happiness and health.

Expert Areas: Social Relationships and Health | Parenthood and Happiness | Gender Emotion and Mental Health | Women and Depression | Romantic Relationships

Joseph Soares

Professor of Sociology

Soares is a driving force behind the national movement to rethink college admissions and adopt test-optional admissions policies.

Expert Areas: Sociology | Standardized Tests | National Educational Policies | Social Discrimination | Privilege in Society | Societal Trends

Mike Summers

Director, Employer Relations

Summers helps students build relationships and seek internships as they explore and secure career paths from their first year to their last.

Expert Areas: Employer Relations | Job Hunting | Networking | Career Development | Personal Development | Employer | Higher Education | Talent Recruitment | Employment/Hiring Trends

Timo Thonhauser

Associate Professor of Physics

Thonhauser sees much potential for using hydrogen to power vehicles.

Expert Areas: Condensed Matter Physics | Carbon Capture | Physics | Quantum Physics | Hydrogen Storage | Metal Organic Frameworks

Robert Whaples

Professor of Economics

Whaples is a strong advocate of eliminating the penny.

Expert Areas: Economic History of the U.S. | Employment and Unemployment | History of Labor Markets | Minimum Wage | Walmart and Big Box Retailers | Economics of Climate Change | Economics of Natural Resources | Elimination of the Penny

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