Back row, left to right: Matilde Lalin, Robert Scott Evans, Sarah Helen Cross, Kirill E. Novoselov
Front row, left to right: Aaron Michael Shield, Kathryn Ann Ebel, Stephen Maldonado, Jennifer Barrett, President Larry R. Faulkner
Not pictured:Jamie Mitchell Bacher
Previous degree from University of Southern California
UT Austin: Department of Sociology
Jennifer Barrett's research examines issues of religion, reproductive health, and infant mortality as they relate to post-Soviet societies. Barrett uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the processes linking religious beliefs and practices to maternal and child health outcomes in Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation.
Robert Scott Evans
Previous degree from Georgia Institute of Technology
UT Austin: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Robert Evans investigates the nature of design as it applies to the development of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) devices and associated fabrication processes.
Previous degree from Princeton University
UT Austin: Department of Mathematics
Matilde Lalin's research focuses on number theory. She is specifically interested in extending the known connections between the Mahler measure of several-variable polynomials, polylogarithms, volumes in hyperbolic space, and special values of L-functions, and seeing these connections in the general framework of Beilinson's conjectures.
Previous degree from University of Iowa
UT Austin: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Stephen Maldonado's work focuses on electrochemistry and the chemistry of fuel cells, a topic central to the development of non-polluting automobiles.
Kirill E. Novoselov
Previous degree from University of North Dakota and the
Moscow Institute for Electronic Machine Building
UT Austin: Department of Accounting
Kirill Novoselov's work focuses on management accounting and its impact on organizations. Particularly, Novoselov is interested in such areas as corporate governance and control, performance measurement, and management compensation.
Aaron Michael Shield
Previous degree from Wesleyan University
UT Austin: Department of Linguistics
Aaron Shield's research examines the linguistics of signed and spoken languages, and the relationships, similarities, and differences between the two. He is also interested in how hearing and deaf children acquire language through both the audio and visual channels, and what this process can teach us about our own evolution and the origins of human language.
Jamie Mitchell Bacher
Previous degree from McGill University
UT Austin: Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
Jamie Bacher's research addresses the question, "How late in the evolution of early organisms might the genetic code have been amenable to change?" Bacher approaches this problem by examining the evolvability of three systems with regard to their adaptability to an unnatural amino acid. The three systems include a whole organism, the bacteriophage Qß, and the protein Cyan Fluorescent Protein.
Kathryn Ann Ebel
Previous degree from The University of Texas at Austin
UT Austin: Department of Geography and the Environment
Kathryn Ebel explores the spatial expression of an Ottoman imperial culture and identity, and the role that geographic imagery played in the creation of that imperial culture. She examines the ways in which the populations of the empire's cities may in turn have adopted, reinterpreted, invented, and resisted such images of urban life.
Sarah Helen Cross
Women's and Gender Studies
Previous degree from Duke University
UT Austin: Center for Women's and Gender Studies
Sarah Cross explores the communicative strategies of historical resistance thinkers. She pursues a combination of archival research of the paper trail of pacifists from the 20th century and oral histories of both veteran and newly radicalized peace activists.