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Rebecca Alexander

Director of Academic Planning, Wake Downtown & Professor, Department of Chemistry

Alexander combines scientific expertise and creativity to apply science across the curriculum.

Expert Areas:
Biochemistry
Molecular Chemistry
Protein Structures
RNA-Protein Interactions
Protein Biosynthesis
Women in Science and STEM
Molecular dissection of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase structure and function
Nucleic acid structure and function
Computational modeling of protein dynamics

Martha Allman

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Allman has become an expert on test-optional admissions, interviews in the admissions process and other admissions trends.

Expert Areas:
Test-Optional Research Policies
Admissions Process Including Interviews

Michael Berry

Department Chair, Professor of Health and Exercise Science and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory

Berry researches the interaction between exercise and the respiratory system.

Expert Areas:
Exercise and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Effects of exercise on individuals with respiratory diseases
Delivering exercise interventions to patients with acute respiratory failure
Human Physiology

Deborah Best

William L. Poteat Professor of Psychology

Best is a psychologist who studies child development with a particular focus on gender stereotypes and young children.

Expert Areas:
Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Development
Memory Development
Stereotypes and Attitudes
Cross-cultural psychology
Health Psychology
Gender Roles Development

Polly Black

John C. Whitaker Jr. Executive Director Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Practice

Black has 20-plus years of experience as a corporate executive, consultant and entrepreneur.

Expert Areas:
Advertising
Business Strategy
Brand Strategy & Positioning
Entrepreneurship
Marketing Communications
New Product Development
Social Media
Social Media as an Entrepreneurial Tool

Tom Brister

Senior Lecturer of Political Science

Brister is an expert in terrorism, globalization and intelligence trends.

Expert Areas:
Terrorism
Intelligence
Globalization
International Relations
Comparative Politics
Religious Groups
Terrorism and Political Violence
Intelligence and International Politics

Christy Buchanan

Professor of Psychology; Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising

Buchanan studies how parents’ expectations affect teen behavior.

Expert Areas:
Children and Divorce
Teens
Adolescence
Relationships Between Teens and Parents
Parent-Child Relationships
Developmental Psychology
Civic Development in Adolescents and Young Adults
Parenting Adolescents
Adolescent Development

Eric Carlson

Associate Professor of Physics

Carlson demands scientific explanations for the seemingly inexplicable.

Expert Areas:
Particle Physics
Particle Astrophysics
Numerical General Relativity
Semi-Classical Gravity
Skepticism
Numerical Patterns
Wormholes
Neutrino Stars
Quantum Mechanics
Astronomy
Cosmology
The Scientific Method

David Carroll

Director, Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials

Carroll and his research team aim to provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Expert Areas:
Nanotechnology
Green Technology
Solar/photovoltaic cells
“Green” lighting/light bulb alternatives
Thermoelectrics
Nanotechnology and medicine/tumor eradication
Environmental/health effects of carbon nanotubes
Biomedical nanotechnologies
Thermoelectric Power Felt
Organic solar cells
Nanocomposite-based display and lighting technologies

Justin Catanoso

Director of the Journalism Program

Catanoso specializes in covering climate change globally, with an emphasis on Peru and faith-based initiatives.

Expert Areas:
Journalism
Writing Reporting and Editing
24-Hour News Cycle
Evolving Media Landscape
Investigative Reporting
NC Business and Economic Issues
Catholic Saints and Saint-Making
Travel Writing