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2014-2015 Academic Affairs Research Fellows

Carrie Rothstein-Fisch

Carrie Rothstein-Fisch (Educational Psychology & Counseling) - What’s the Problem with Problem Solving? A Case Study of Kindergarten Teachers and their Students. Using an ethnographic approach, kindergarten teachers will be observed planning, implementing, and evaluating their lessons on mathematical problem solving. Variables such as the teachers’ instructions, use of groups, math materials, and debriefing processes will be explored with regard to teaching, learning, and the Common Core State Standards in Math.

Ani Nahapetian

Ani Nahapetian (Computer Sciences) - In the course of her project, “WristSnoop: Private Data Retrieval via Wearable Computing Malware” Prof. Nahapetian will develop an application to demonstrate the inherent security weakness and the possibility of eavesdropping due to the powerful sensors on current mobile devices. The project will also investigate potential defenses to prevent or hinder the accuracy of such attacks.

Helene Rougier

Hélène Rougier (Anthropology) - The project aims to reassess the importance of the French site of Saint-Césaire toward understanding the replacement of Neandertals by modern humans throughout Eurasia between about 30,000 and 40,000 years ago. This population process is an important part of the evolutionary background that resulted in more recent human biological diversity.

Brian Burkhart

Brian Burkhart (American Indian Studies) - Dr. Burkhart's project, titled “The Logic of Kinship: Indigenizing Environmental Philosophy” contributes to the important dialogue on sustainability and environmental activism. The project will also impact discussions of global philosophy, ethics and diversity in theorizing environmental science.

J'aime Morrison (Theatre) - Professor Morrison will be developing a new theatre piece based on the depression-era novel Ask the Dust, which is set in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of Los Angeles but moves throughout 1930s L.A. Dr. Morrison will develop this multimedia work in collaboration with theatre students and faculty in the Fall of 2014.

Cristina Rubino

Cristina Rubino (Management) - Dr. Rubino's project, “What Do You Bring to the Table? Examining the Role of Personal Resources in Various Work Contexts,” has significant potential both for advancing theory relative to diversity and non-standard work dynamics and for enhancing employee well-being and organizational performance. Building upon her earlier work on employee strain, the research addresses the conflict-induced stress that can arise when virtual, temporary and permanent employees coming together in the workplace.