Faculty Fellows

This fall the Office of University Scholarships and Fellowships debuted a new program for sophomore merit scholars entitled the Faculty Fellows Program. Fourteen distinguished faculty members representing a wide range of disciplines from across the university are leading small groups of 6-7 students in discussions of academic articles throughout the year. Each group will meet four times during the year—twice in the fall semester and twice in the spring semester. The listing of Faculty Fellows and their discussion topics are listed below.

Tyson BrownTyson Brown, Sociology
Discussion topic: Population Health Equity: Challenges and Opportunities

Minna NgMinna Ng, Psychology and Neuroscience
Discussion topic: Exploring the Mind through Key Studies of Human Behavior
Nicolette CagleNicolette Cagle, Nicholas School of the Environment
Discussion topic: What is the Relevance of Natural History in Today’s Modern Era?
Sophia SantillanSophia Santillan, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Discussion topic: Complex System Models to Study Social Networks, the Internet, and Disease Spread
Joseph DonahueJoseph Donahue, English
Discussion topic: Occult Traditions and Modern Thought
Nicole Schramm-SapytaNicole Schramm-Sapyta, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Discussion topic: Law Enforcement, the Judicial System, and Mental Health
Lola FayanjuLola Fayanju, Medicine
Discussion topic: Toward Equity: Reframing the Narrative on Health Disparities
Jason SomarelliJason Somarelli, Duke Cancer Institute
Discussion topic: Oceans, Evolution, and Cancer: How the Evolution of Biodiversity in the Marine Environment can Inform on Human Health
Molly GoldwasserMolly Goldwasser, Education
Discussion topic: Access and Equity in Education
Priscilla WaldPriscilla Wald, English
Discussion topic: Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice
Deborah Hicks-RogoffDeborah Hicks-Rogoff, Social Science Research Institute
Discussion topic: An Appalachian Spring: Empowering Rural Youth through Education
Jory WeintraubJory Weintraub, Science and Society
Discussion topic: Science Obfuscation: Why and How Corporations and Politicians Miscommunicate Science to Advance their Agenda (and What We Can Do about It)
Thomas NewpherThomas Newpher, Psychology and Neuroscience
Discussion topic: Novel Techniques to Manipulate Neural Activity, Map Brain Circuits, & Treat Neurological Disorders
Makeba WilbournMakeba Wilbourn, Psychology and Neuroscience
Discussion topic: Culture, Race, & Communication: How Culture and Context Shape Our Nonverbal Communication and Why that Matters