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Experts (55)

Richard Alley

Earth Science

RichardAlley

Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Glaciology
  • Polar Melting
  • Climate Change
Iliana Baums

Earth Science

IlianaBaums

Associate Professor of Biology

Eberly College of Science

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Coral Reefs
  • Climate Change
Michael Berkman

Politics & Policy

MichaelBerkman

Director for the Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Political Science

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Elections
Sean Brennan

Engineering & Technology

SeanBrennan

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Transportation
  • Autonomous Vehicles
Martin Bucknavage

Agriculture

MartinBucknavage

Senior Food Safety Extension Associate

College of Agricultural Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Quality
Jeffrey Catchmark

Sustainability & Environment

JeffreyCatchmark

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,
Affiliated Faculty of the The Rock Ethics Institute

College of Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Biomedical Materials Engineering
  • Packaging Materials Engineering
  • Food Materials Engineering
  • Nanomaterials Engineering
  • Biological Materials Engineering
  • Politics & Policy
  • Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Ethics Education
Douglas M. Charles

Social Sciences

Douglas M.Charles

Associate Professor of History

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • History
  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
Felecia Davis

Sustainability & Environment

FeleciaDavis

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture ,
Director of SOFTLAB@PSU

College of Arts and Architecture

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Solar Fabrics
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Sustainable Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials Science
Jenni Evans

Earth Science

JenniEvans

Professor of Meteorology,
Director for the Institute for CyberScience

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Hurricanes
  • Extreme Weather
  • Climate Change
Kevin Furlong

Earth Science

KevinFurlong

Professor of Geosciences

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Earthquakes
Fariborz Ghadar

Business

FariborzGhadar

William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies and Planning,
Founding Director, Center for Global Business Studies

Focus Areas

  • Business
  • Economic Development
  • International Business
  • Globalization
  • Global Tectonics
  • Future Business Trends
Stephan Goetz

Social Sciences

StephanGoetz

Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics,
Director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Economics
  • Agriculture
  • Law and Policy
  • Business
  • Economic Development
Christina Grozinger

Sustainability & Environment

ChristinaGrozinger

Distinguished Professor of Entomology,
Director, Center for Pollinator Research

Entomology

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Pollinators
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • Genomics
  • Pollinator Physiology
  • Pollinator Behavior
Terrence Guay

Business

TerrenceGuay

Clinical Professor of International Business

Smeal College of Business

Focus Areas

  • Business
  • International Business
  • Globalization
Nichola Gutgold

Politics & Policy

NicholaGutgold

Professor of Communcations Art & Sciences

Communications Art & Sciences, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Voting Behavior
  • Women in Politics
Simon  Haeder

Health & Medicine

Simon Haeder

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Research to Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Law and Policy
  • Politics & Policy
Marie Hardin

Journalism & Media

MarieHardin

Dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Focus Areas

  • Journalism & Media
  • Sports Ethics
  • Women in Media
  • Civil Rights
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Diversity
  • Education
Peter Hudson

Health & Medicine

PeterHudson

Willaman Professor of Biology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Ecology
Joshua  Inwood

Social Sciences

Joshua Inwood

Associate Professor of Geography and African Studies

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • History
  • Civil Rights
  • Racism
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Politics & Policy
  • Politics
  • Ethics Education
Dennis Jett

Politics & Policy

DennisJett

Professor of International Affairs

School of International Affairs

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • International Affairs
  • Foreign Aid Administration
  • American Foreign Policy
Kevin Kinser

Education

KevinKinser

Professor of Education,
Department Head of Education Policy Studies

Focus Areas

  • Education
  • Education Policy
Flynt Leverett

Politics & Policy

FlyntLeverett

Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Congress
  • International Affairs
  • Middle East
  • Chinese Foreign Policy
Ben Locke

Health & Medicine

BenLocke

Senior Director for Counseling & Psychological Services,
Director for the Center for Collegiate Mental Health

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Collegiate Mental Health
Sally Mackenzie

Sustainability & Environment

SallyMackenzie

Professor for Biology and Plant Science

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Plants Biology
  • Agriculture
Daniel Mallinson

Politics & Policy

DanielMallinson

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration

School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Pennsylvania Politics
  • Politics
  • Drug Policy
Michael Mann

Earth Science

MichaelMann

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science,
Director of the Earth System Science Center

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Extreme Weather
  • Climate Change
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Weather Risk
John Mauro

Engineering & Technology

JohnMauro

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Engineering Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program,
Associate Head for Graduate Education, Materials Science and Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Glass
Patrick McDaniel

Engineering & Technology

PatrickMcDaniel

William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology,
Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research

College of Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Cyber Policy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Election Hacking
Susan McHale

Health & Medicine

SusanMcHale

Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies,
Director for the Social Science Research Institute,
Associate Director for the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Family Gender Dynamics
  • Sibling Relationships
  • Social Sciences
  • Family Dynamics
Sascha Meinrath

Telecommunications

SaschaMeinrath

Palmer Chair in Telecommunications,
Director of the X-Lab

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Focus Areas

  • Telecommunications
  • Cyber Policy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Election Hacking
Vijaykrishnan Narayanan

Engineering & Technology

VijaykrishnanNarayanan

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Computer Architecture
  • Design Automation
Michael  Nelson

Law and Policy

Michael Nelson

Associate Professor of Political Science

Focus Areas

  • Law and Policy
  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Pennsylvania Politics
  • Politics
Jennie Noll

Health & Medicine

JennieNoll

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies,
Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Human Development
  • Research to Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Family Dynamics
  • Population Research
Mary Beth Oliver

Journalism & Media

Mary BethOliver

Co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory

Focus Areas

  • Journalism & Media
  • Emotional and Cognitive Effects of Media
  • Media Violence
K. Sandeep Prabhu

Health & Medicine

K. SandeepPrabhu

Department Head of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology,
Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis Program, co-lead, Penn State Cancer Institute

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Immunology
Shashank Priya

Sustainability & Environment

ShashankPriya

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering ,
Associate Vice President for Research

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Biological Materials Engineering
Christopher Rahn

Sustainability & Environment

ChristopherRahn

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Technology
Jason Rasgon

Health & Medicine

JasonRasgon

Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Hurricanes
  • Climate Change
  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • Vector-born Diseases
  • Mosquitoes
  • CRISPR
Andrew Read

Health & Medicine

AndrewRead

Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences,
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Genetics
Tom Richard

Sustainability & Environment

TomRichard

Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Biofuels
  • Agriculture
Yvette Richardson

Earth Science

YvetteRichardson

EMS

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Extreme Weather
  • Tornadoes
  • Weather Risk
Robert Roberts

Health & Medicine

RobertRoberts

Professor of Food Science

Agricultural Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Food Science
  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Quality
Joyce Sakamoto

Agriculture

JoyceSakamoto

Assistant Research Professor

Focus Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
Alexis  Santos

Social Sciences

Alexis Santos

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Polar Melting
  • Social Sciences
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • Economics
Steven Schiff

Health & Medicine

StevenSchiff

Director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering,
Harvey F. Brush Chair in the College of Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics and Physics,
Professor of Neurosurgery at Penn State College of Medicine

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Neural Engineering
  • Infectious Disease
Amit Sharma

Health & Medicine

AmitSharma

Director of the Food Decisions Research Laboratory

HHD

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Food Science
  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Quality
  • Business
  • Consumer Behavior
Robert Speel

Politics & Policy

RobertSpeel

Associate Professor of Political Science

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • American Presidency
  • Politics
  • Elections
  • Voting Behavior
  • Congress
  • International Affairs
S. Shyam Sundar

Digital Media Technologies

S. ShyamSundar

James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects,
Co-Director, Media Effects Research Laboratory

Focus Areas

  • Digital Media Technologies
  • Psychological Effects of Digital Media Technologies
  • Interactive Media
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Media
  • Customized and Personalized Media
  • Online Credibility
  • Online Privacy
  • Fake News
  • Virtual Assistants
Alan Taylor

Sustainability & Environment

AlanTaylor

Director of Vegetation Dynamics Lab

EMS

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Wildfires
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Ecology
Jennifer Van Hook

Social Sciences

JenniferVan Hook

Sociology and Demography, The College of the Liberal Arts

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • Politics & Policy
Bradford Vivian

Politics & Policy

BradfordVivian

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences,
Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation in Penn State's McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Communications Arts and Sciences, The College of the Liberal Arts

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Ethics Education
  • Historical Commemoration
Shoba Wadhia

Civil Rights

ShobaWadhia

Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar,
Clinical Professor of Law,
Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic

Focus Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Racism
  • Diversity
  • Law and Policy
  • Immigration Law
  • Education
  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • International Affairs
Lacey Wallace

Social Sciences

LaceyWallace

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice, Penn State Altoona

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Law and Policy
  • Gun Control
Karen Winterich

Sustainability & Environment

KarenWinterich

Smeal

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
Jason Wright

Astronomy & Astrophysics

JasonWright

Associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics

Focus Areas

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Exoplants
  • Space
  • Stars
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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