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

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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 | Comparative Anatomy | Comparative Physiology | Evolution of Animal Location | Muscle Physiology

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Kristen M. Beavers

Associate Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science

Beavers studies how nutrition and exercise influence weight loss and health outcomes in older adults.

Expert Areas: Predictors and determinants of functional decline in older adults | Using advanced biomedical imaging techniques to better understand age- and intervention-related changes in body composition | Weight-loss strategies to optimize health in older adults

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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: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Delivering exercise interventions to patients with acute respiratory failure | Effects of exercise on individuals with respiratory diseases | Exercise and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) | 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: Cognitive Development | Cross-cultural psychology | Developmental Psychology | Gender Roles Development | Health Psychology | Memory Development | Stereotypes and Attitudes

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Tom Brister

Senior Lecturer of Political Science

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

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

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

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Eric Carlson

Associate Professor of Physics

Carlson demands scientific explanations for the seemingly inexplicable.

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

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

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

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