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2013 UGRC KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

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Lisa Marie Anderson

Associate Professor

German Department

Lisa Marie Anderson received her BA from Rutgers University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Hunter in 2006, she taught at Lock Haven University and Duke University. Professor Anderson’s research considers the intersections between religion, philosophy, and literature in modern German culture. She is the author of German Expressionism and the Messianism of a Generation (2011) and has contributed chapters to the books Women in the German Press (forthcoming), Messianic Thought Outside Theology (forthcoming), On the Outlook: Figures of the Messianic (2007), and Messianism, Apocalypse, Redemption: 20th-Century German Thought (2006). Her articles have appeared in Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, and Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. She is currently working on articles about the parable as literary paradigm and the German novella as a response to trauma. Professor Anderson’s translations have appeared in The Journal of Nietzsche Studies and Translation. A joint translation with the students in a 2011 seminar at Hunter will appear with Cerise Press this year. Her translation of G.W.F. Hegel’s essay on the eighteenth-century German writer Johann Georg Hamann was published as Hegel on Hamann (2008), and she is also the editor of the book Hamann and the Tradition (2012). She is currently working with Hunter undergraduate Aleksandr Itskovich on a translation of Rilke's early poetry. Professor Anderson teaches a wide range of courses on German language, literature, and culture.

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Sarit A. Golub

Associate Professor

Psychology Department

Sarit Golub is Associate Professor in the Psychology at Hunter, and is the Chair/Area Head of the Basic and Applied Social Psychology doctoral program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her MPH from Columbia University and her PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard.  She directs the Hunter AIDS Research Team (HART), and is Principal Investigator of three NIH-funded research studies.  Her current research projects include: a) investigating  the implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs, policies, and messaging;  b) integrating interdisciplinary approaches to risk perception and decision-making; and c) investigating the ways in which internal conflict (e.g. between competing desires, between personal values and perceived social norms) impacts risk behavior.  Her work applies findings across disciplines (including social psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral economics and decision sciences) to inform new approaches to HIV prevention and care. She currently collaborates with community-based organizations throughout NYC to ensure the translation of study findings into programs and policies for vulnerable populations.

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Benjamin Hett

Associate Professor

History Department

Benjamin Hett is a specialist in the history of 20th century Europe, focusing particularly on the rise and fall of Nazism in Germany and its various legacies. Born in New York, Hett grew up in Canada and spent a few years working as a trial lawyer in Toronto and Vancouver. He holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta (1987), a J.D. and an M.A. from the University of Toronto (1990 and 1995), and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University (2001). He has taught in Harvard’s History and Literature Program, and at the Harvard Law School. He came to Hunter College in 2003 and has also been on the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center since 2006. Hett is the author of Death in the Tiergarten: Murder and Criminal Justice in the Kaiser’s Berlin (Harvard University Press, 2004), Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Burning the Reichstag: The Last Mystery of Hitler’s Reich (forthcoming Fall 2013, Oxford University Press). He is presently at work on books about the siege of Leningrad, and on German intelligence services in the early Cold War. Hett has been the recipient of the Hans Rosenberg Prize, the Wiener Library’s Fraenkel Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Donna McGregor

Donna McGregor

Distinguished Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor

Chemistry Department

Donna McGregor earned her BA in Chemistry from Hunter College and her PhD., in Analytical Chemistry from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her personal research interests lie mainly in the fields of Chemical Education pedagogy and technetium-99 radioactive waste remediation using polyoxometalates (POMs) as mimics for metal oxide storage matrices. In addition, she is interested in the immersion of undergraduate students in authentic research projects and works with a small group of undergraduate students on a variety of research projects - primarily in the fields of basic coordination chemistry and/or radiotherapeutic drug design.

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Benjamin Ortiz

Associate Professor

Biology Department

Benjamin Ortiz is a scientist, instructor, academic advisor and research mentor. He pursues research on gene regulation during immune system development, while fostering the professional development of numerous members of Hunter’s undergraduate and graduate student body. He’s been awarded several grants for his research, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award and an “R01” grant from the National Institutes of Health. He was also among the first recipients of individual investigator research grants from the Empire State Stem Cell Research Program (NYSTEM). His lab studies a Locus Control Region (LCR), a DNA segment harboring potent gene regulatory activity in the T cells of the immune system. His lab has most recently pioneered the study of LCR activity in T cells derived in vitro from embryonic stem cells. This breakthrough promises to speed the translation of basic research on LCR activity to the design gene therapy strategies against diseases such as cancer, inherited immunodeficiencies and AIDS. Dr. Ortiz is a Brooklyn native and product of the NYC public schools. He received his B.A. in Biology at Hunter. The NIH Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program launched his research career, which began in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Dottin. He graduated from Hunter in 1990, won a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship, earned his PhD in Immunology from Stanford University in 1996 and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ortiz has been on the Hunter Faculty since January 2000.

 

 

 

 


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