2017 Penn Fellows
Ezekiel Dixon-Román, Associate Professor and Chair, Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate Program in the School of Social Policy and Practice, rethinks the use of quantitative methods from a critical theoretical lens, particularly for the study of social reproduction in human learning and development, such as inheritance and the social reproduction of “difference” and critical inquiry on social policies that seek to address issues of inequality, social mobility and education.
Daniel Gillion, Presidential Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Arts & Sciences, studies racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public policy and the American presidency, including the role of protest and how political dialogue on race alters the public policy process and shapes societal and cultural norms to improve the lives of racial and ethnic minorities.
Carolina B. Lopez, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, studies the signals that turn on and regulate the immune system during infections with common respiratory viruses (such as the influenza virus or the respiratory syncytial virus), aiming to better understand the factors that modulate virus pathogenesis and develop better vaccines and antiviral therapies.
Christopher Marcinkoski, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, PennDesign, is a licensed architect and urban design consultant who studies “speculative urbanization”–the implications of urbanization activities that are out-of-sync with economic and demographic realities, most recently projects in Africa emulating speculative building in places such as Spain, Ireland, Dubai and China.
Katherine L. Nathanson, Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies the genetics of human cancer, both germline changes which confer susceptibility to cancer and somatic genetic changes associated with outcome, including germline genetic changes associated with breast cancer susceptibility, genetic changes associated with testicular cancer susceptibility and somatic genetic markers in melanoma as determinants of response to therapy.
Sandra Ryeom, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies the molecular mechanisms that regulate the tumor microenvironment, with a particular focus on the vasculature, and how the tumor microenvironment is assembled and maintained, with particular focus on the generation and maintenance of the tumor blood supply (tumor angiogenesis), a dynamic process involving continuous elaboration and remodeling of blood vessels.
Maurice Schweitzer, Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions in the Wharton School, studies emotions, ethical decision-making and the negotiation process, with a focus on trust and deception, including the recent co-authored Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both, which examines how to maximize success by navigating between cooperation and competition.
Susan Yoon, Associate Professor in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division in the Graduate School of Education, focuses on instructional improvement of complex systems in middle and high school science courses through the integration of learning tools such as mobile technologies and multi-computational models. She has worked in conjunction with the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Franklin Institute of Science Museum.