Fellows

2007-2009

Janina Scarlet

Janina received her BA in psychology and theatre from Brooklyn College, and her MA and PhD in psychology: Cognition, Brain and Behavior at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research focused on figuring out which neural substrates are implicated in sensory-specific associations in conditioned flavor preference paradigms. Janina participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2008 to 2010.

Val Andrewlevich

Val Andrewlevich received a BS in Marketing and French from Penn State University. She studied for her MS in Education at Bank Street College she received an MA degree in Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College in 2009. Val is interested in autonomous agents and robotics. She also works to broaden the participation of women in computer science and is interested in issues related to gender and technology. Val participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007 to 2009.

Vincent Campese

Vinn received his BS from Brooklyn College, and his MA and PhD in psychology: Cognition, Brain and Behavior at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Vinn's research aims to identify and examine neurobiological substrates important for various psychological phenomena such as motivation, learning and memory. Vinn participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007 to 2009. 

Michael Grinshtein

Michael Grinshtein received his BS in forensic science from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. While participating in GK-12, he was pursuing an MA degree in Chemistry at Brooklyn College. His research involved measurement of arsenic in biological specimens. Michael participated as a GK-12 fellow from 2008 to 2009.

Marek Marcinkiewicz

Marek received his BS in computer science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Columbia University. While participating in GK-12, he was working to obtain a PhD in computer science through the CUNY graduate center. Marek's research falls in the area of robotics. More specifically, the locomotion and stabilization of vision in legged robots. Marek participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007 to 2009.  

Matt Meyer

Matt received a BA in Theater from Southern Methodist University, a MA in Computer Science from Brooklyn College and is currently a PhD student, studying Computer Science, at the City University of New York (CUNY). His eclectic background includes stage, film and television appearances as well as a four year stint as the Systems Administrator for a Manhattan technology consulting firm. Matt is a firm believer in the power of technology to transform lives. Matt participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007 to 2009.

Natasha Nadler

Natasha received her BS from Cornell University, and is currently working towards a PhD in Cognition, Brain and Behavior at CUNY: Graduate Center. Natasha's research explores the area of learning with human participants. She studies learning behaviorally using a computer model and seeks to determine the brain structures involved via imaging techniques. Natasha participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007 to 2009.

Katherine Nutter-Upham

Katherine Nutter-Upham received her BA from the University of Montana, and her MA and PhD in psychology: Cognition, Brain and Behavior at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Katherine has conducted research on the preclinical stages of Alzheimer's, verbal fluency abilities in older adults, and the nature of procrastination in undergraduates. Katherine worked on understanding genetic influences on the aging process by analyzing grey and white matter distributions in the healthy elderly. Kate participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007 to 2009. 

Suzanne Tamang

Suzanne Tamang is a doctoral student in computer science at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests include the application of artificial intelligence and natural language processing to clinical informatics. Other interests include the use of web technologies and mobile computing for medicine and public health, healthcare quality and long-term care policy. Suzanne received her master of science from Brooklyn College. She participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007 to 2009.

Maxim Titley

 Maxim was a student in the Masters Program in Computer Science at Brooklyn College, and an adjunct in the Department of Computer and Information Science. He was also a past participant in the Bridges program at Brooklyn College. Maxim participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2008 to 2009. 

Marlyn Gonzalez

Marlyn worked in the lab of Dr. Peter Lipke while pursuing her doctorate at the Graduate Center CUNY. Post finishing graduate school and while working in Dr. Noel Goddard’s lab in the Physics Department at Hunter College, Marlyn Gonzalez developed a high-throughput screen for identifying the genes involved in the adhesion process in yeast. Marlyn participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2007-2008.

Javier Suarez

Javier received a B.S. in Biology in Venezuela and worked as a research technician in a molecular genetics lab at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research for two years. He came to New York and received his MPh and PhD in Biochemistry at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Currently, Javier is a research associate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research interests are the study of molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the study of the catalytic mechanism of the heme enzyme catalase-peroxidase KatG. Javier worked with GK-12 in the 2007-2008 academic year.

Rich Cohen

Rich received his BS in Meteorology from Penn State, and his MA in Secondary Education from Adelphi University. While participating in GK-12, he was working to obtain a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from The Graduate Center. Rich's research interests include energy consumption, climate change, and science education. Rich worked with GK-12 in the 2007-2008 academic year.

2009-2011

Nick DiFrancesco

Nick is currently a graduate student of Geoscience at Brooklyn College.  He received his Bachelor of Science from Stony Brook University in 2004, with a senior thesis in experimental igneous petrology.  From there Nick worked as a hydrogeoloist for a consulting firm in Long Island.  In 2005, Nick moved back to Brooklyn to pursue a Masters in Teaching at Pace University and subsequently taught high school and junior high school science in the New York City school system, until enrolling in the Masters and GK-12 programs at Brooklyn College. Nick participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Kim Handle

Kim earned her BA at Hunter College in Studio Art with a minor in Environmental Studies. While participating in GK-12, she was working on Masters in Geology at Brooklyn College.  Prior to joining the fellowship she worked as a Science Instructor for Professional Development at the New York Hall of Science. Kim participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Kendall Eskine

Kendall earned his BA in psychology and philosophy from Loyola University New Orleans and his PhD in psychology (Cognition, Brain, and Behavior) at The Graduate Center of CUNY. He conducted his research on the embodiment and bodily feedback underlying self-understanding. He currently works under the umbrella of embodied cognition, specifically in the areas of concept formation, figurative language and metaphor acquisition, and spatial representations of power. Kendall participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Jesse John

Jesse received BS in Geology, BA Earth Science Teacher and MA in Geology from Brooklyn College. Jesse is currently a PhD candidate at SUNY at Stony Brook. His research involved strontium isotopic signatures in the enameloid and dentine of upper Cretacious and modern shark tooth for paleoecological and geochronological implications. Jesse participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Adam Johnson

Adam received a MA degree from NYU with a concentration in Social Psychology as well as a BA degree in Communication Studies from the University of Richmond (where he met his wife, Niya!). Adam received PhD student in Cognition, Brain & Behavior program from The Graduate Center CUNY.  His research in the Hardin Social Cognition Lab examined the personality variables and cognitive processes that cause variability in people's political beliefs. Adam participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Mark Kanner

Mark earned his BS in Electronic media from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He also has a masters of teaching from Hamline University in Minnesota. After teaching abroad for a few years, he went to San Francisco to study physics and worked as a research assistant in the medical physics lab at UCSF. Currently he is working towards his PhD in physics, studying properties of Life Cycle Assessments. Mark participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2010-2011.

Mike Magee

Michael received his BA in Acting from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, his MA in Experimental Psychology and PhD in Cognition Brain and Behavior from The Graduate Center CUNY. Michael worked within the field of social cognition, and his research has explored the interpersonal foundations of religious belief. Specifically, Michael is interested in how threats to religious commitment are related to the relationships we have with our parents. Michael’s dissertation research applied these ideas to the topic of anti-atheist prejudice. Mike participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Sheila Nightingale

Sheila received her BA in archaeology and physical anthropology from Yale University.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in Archaeology at the CUNY Grad Center.  Sheila has conducted archaeological and paleoanthropological fieldwork in England, the Republic of Georgia, and Turkey, and is interested in studying early modern human evolution and migration. Sheila participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Anna Petrovicheva

Anna received a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College. Currently Anna is working on her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology though the CUNY Graduate center. The research is in botany and microbiology, focusing on Agrobacterium, the causing agent of Crown gall disease in plants, and plant transformation. Anna participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

Reena Rahi

Reena is working on obtaining her PhD in Chemistry, in the sub-discipline of Nanotechnology & Materials Science through CUNY, Graduate Center. The focus of her research is the use of metal nanoparticles as catalysts to achieve cleaner fuel. Reena participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2009-2011.

2011-2013

Greg Barord

Greg completed his B.S. in Marine Biology, as well as a minor in Chemistry, at Texas A&M University at Galveston from 2001-2005. Greg worked at the National Resource Center for Cephalopods maintaining large scale aquaculture systems for octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses and conducting various research projects from 2003-2008.  After graduating from Texas A&M, he began working at the quarantine facility at the Aquarium at Moody Gardens diagnosing and treating all of the animals at the aquarium.  From 2008-2010, Greg worked on fishing boats in the Bering Sea collecting data for the National Marine Fisheries Service to manage the quotas of the various fisheries in Alaska.  Currently Greg is a 2nd year Ph.D. student at the City University of New York, Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, working with the chambered nautilus.  The chambered nautilus (in photo) is a cephalopod, related to octopus, squid, and cuttlefish and is the only cephalopod with an external shell.  His work focuses on the learning and memory abilities of the chambered nautilus in the lab.  The chambered nautilus is also heavily over-fished in the Indo-Pacific region (Philippines, Australia, etc.) for its shell so a large part of his research also focuses on collecting information on the size of their wild populations to determine whether or not the chambered nautilus should be listed as an endangered species. Greg participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Jennifer Drieves

Jen is currently a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying archaeology.  Her research interests include archaeological science and the investigation of unique prehistoric construction materials.   Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cooper Union and a master’s degree in history from the University of Southampton in Southampton, England.  Prior to pursuing her degree in archaeology, Jen worked as a mechanical engineer designing HVAC systems. Jen participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Malgorzata Frik

Malgorzata is working on obtaining  her PhD in Chemistry, in the sub-discipline of Inorganic Chemistry through CUNY, Graduate Center. Her research involves studies of luminescent gold compounds with phosphine as antimicrobial agents. Malgorzata received her BA in Chemistry and Anthropology at Brooklyn College. Malgorzata participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Andrea Huska

Andrea received her BA in Geology from DePauw University in Indiana. She is currently working towards a M.A in Geology in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Brooklyn College. Her research involves stream tin deposits that are associated with Bronze Age settlement sites in Western Serbia. Andrea participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Annesia Lamb

Annesia received her B.S. in molecular biology from Western Kentucky University.  Before continuing her education in the Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD program at CUNY's Graduate Center, she trained as a research assistant in a neuroscience laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine.  Currently, Annesia is studying the impacts of eutrophication in urban water bodies of New York City.  She received a National Park Service Learning Center Fellowship to analyze the trends of water quality indicators in Jamaica Bay, New York. Annesia participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Lilja Nielsen

Lilja completed a BA in biology, with special projects focused in marine biology. After two years running a general biology laboratory, and a year as a volunteer math teacher in Angola, Africa, she returned to school. Her MS was completed in the University of Aarhus in Denmark, which led to a publication on the effect of environmental estrogens on the guppy. Currently a PhD student of the CUNY Graduate Center, she is investigating the effect of environmental estrogens on neuronal circuitry in the lab of Dr. Forlano. Lilja participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Remy Rovelli

Remy Rovelli completed his B.S. in Geology at CUNY Brooklyn college from 2007-2011. He is now doing his Masters in Geology at CUNY Brooklyn College, with specific interest in Paleontology. Remy has been working with the American Museum of Natural History since 2009 looking at the Cretaceous/ Paleocene boundary in Monmouth Ct. New Jersey, where they have found possible evidence of extinct cephalopods knows as Ammonites surviving past their perceived extinction date, including the first occurrence of ammonite jaws found in the North Atlantic Coastal Plain. Remy has had the opportunity of presenting his research at several GSA conferences, as well as an International Conference for Cephalopods in Dijon, France. As well as Geology, Remy has studied education, and has done a few years of Student teaching in Public High Schools in Brooklyn. He hopes to continue his research to reveal even more previously undiscovered historical events, and to eventually plans on becoming a College Professor or Museum Curator. Remy participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Tashana Samuel

Tashana earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology at Brooklyn College.  She is currently a doctoral student in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior Psychology program at The Graduate Center/Brooklyn College campus.  Her research in the Infant, Child and Adult Cognition Lab at Brooklyn College under the direction of Dr. Laraine McDonough, seeks to investigate acquisition and everyday event representation in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Tashana has recently examined functional generalization of objects and sequential understanding of novel and familiar events in children with cognitive and language delays and will replicate this experiment on children with autism. Tashana participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.

Suzie Stempel

Suzie is currently a Doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate center in the Earth and Environmental Sciences program.  Her research interests include urban water systems, stormwater, geochemistry, environmental policy, and public science. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Florida Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. Before moving to NYC to pursue her Doctorate, she worked for the Natural Resources Management Office of Brevard County, FL as an Environmental Specialist working on stormwater quality assessments in the inter-coastal waters of Florida. Suzie participated as a GK-12 Fellow from 2011-2013.