The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts the highest-achieving researchers from premier universities in the United States and Canada to do postdoctoral research in Israel. Six postdoctoral scholars entered the STEM Leadership Program in 2016. Here are their profiles.
At Brandeis, where he received his doctorate, he took part in a teacher training program for graduate students that included an apprenticeship program followed by teaching his own sections.
Dr. Cordes also used his pedagogical skills in several volunteer settings, including the Posse Foundation, started by a Brandeis graduate, which focuses on students with strong academic potential who might be overlooked by the traditional college-admissions process. In this context, Dr. Cordes taught a group of students from New York City who were accepted to Brandeis as a group to support each other.
Dr. Cordes takes collaboration seriously. He and current Zuckerman postdoc Emily Stark are pursuing research at the Technion together with five other researchers from around the world. He also strives to bring many different viewpoints to the material he teaches.
Dr. Kinghorn-Taenzer has played several roles in connection with ATLAS, including maintainer of the ATLAS jet calibration software packages, a role which involved not only software development but also providing support to ATLAS colleagues who used the software.
Dr. McCaslin has enjoyed teaching and leading from a young age, and during summers in college she organized four 14-day leadership workshops. In graduate school she participated in the Inspire Mentorship Program where she assisted an undergraduate student in preparing a research paper and presentation on the topic of women’s underrepresentation in STEM fields. The student then presented at the 21st Annual Conference on Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies.Visit Website
In recognition of these efforts, he was awarded both an endowed scholarship and a teaching award from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He looks forward to contributing to projects of the operator algebras group at the Technion.Visit Website
During his time at UCLA, he served as one of two student representatives selected from all University of California schools to meet with the governor and a team of state legislatures. The school representatives discussed research at the different campuses and made the case for increased funding for graduate student programs. Dr. Wernick is noted for his strong commitment to sustainability, his social skills, and his ability to make his ideas clear and engaging. His very strong background in metabolic engineering is a welcome addition to the field in Israel.Visit Website
She has previously done research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado where she participated in an expedition to study the atmospheric composition in southwest Pacific and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts where she reconstructed changes in temperature during the last deglaciation in western Atlantic. She has served as a New York Academy of Science Mentor as a teaching fellow and more recently, as a mentor working with junior high level students in environmental restoration. Dr. Yanchilina has also made several trips to Washington, D.C. as a proponent of earth science in national and international policy.Visit Website