Current Faculty Fellows

Afiya Fredericks

Afiya Fredericks

University of the District of Columbia
UT Department Host – College of Natural Sciences

Afiya Fredericks is an assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. She seeks to understand the impact of growth mindset — the belief in the malleability of our intelligence and abilities — and social and emotional learning (SEL) on achievement and motivation, and to determine the best strategies in teaching and implementing growth mindset and SEL in various contexts. During her time as a Harrington Fellow, she investigated the impact of implicit beliefs on motivation and achievement, and how to cultivate a more inclusive learning environment.

Phillip Weston Stokes

Phillip Weston Stokes

University of Tennessee
UT Department Host – Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Phillip Stokes, an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, explores how Arabic developed historically, how it relates to the other Semitic languages, and how it has intersected with various social and communal identities throughout its history. His current project includes Christian Arabic texts dating from the 9th - 15th centuries CE. In addition to providing the first comprehensive linguistic description of medieval Christian Arabic, this work reveals ways in which Christians interacted with both Muslims and Jews in Arabic to create a distinctive Christian Arab identity under Islamic rule.

Yoav Shechtman

Yoav Shechtman

Israel Institute of Technology
UT Department Host – Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering

Yoav Shechtman is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of He heads the Nano-Bio Optics Laboratory in the Technion Faculty of Biomedical Engineering. He is a member of the Helen Diller Quantum Center and a member of the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering. His studies focus on optical design and fabrication, wavefront shaping, computational imaging, AI for image processing and optics-design, sensitive diagnosis, and DNA imaging. He applies his expertise in signal processing and optics to solving some of the most challenging issues faced by current biological microscopy.  He is currently researching the development and application of novel optical and signal processing methods for observing life on the micro/nano-scale. 



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