ORS is proud to announce the 2017-18 CRC Fellows.  Congrats All!:

Edelina Burciaga, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on undocumented migration, education, socio-legal studies, and Latina/o sociology. She completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California,eburciag_304108 Irvine. She also has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and practiced law in Massachusetts before returning to graduate school. Her current book project, The Latino Undocumented 1.5-generation: Navigating Belonging in New and Old Destinations, examines how state laws and policies mediate opportunities for social mobility for Latino undocumented young adults living and growing up in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA. Her CRC fellowship builds on her interest in how place and spatial inequality matter for immigrant integration.


CJLeonardDr. Carly Leonard is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver.  She studied both Psychology and Economics as an undergraduate at Rutgers University, followed by doctoral work in Psychological & Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.  After postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis Center for Mind and Brain, she arrived at CU Denver in 2016 and setup the Laboratory for Integrative Vision.  Her research is focused on the question of how visual perception and cognitive mechanisms interact to influence behavior and subjective experience.  She is particularly interested in how this might vary across mental health disorders, as well as within the typical population.  Multiple methodologies including psychophysics, EEG recording, and eye-tracking are used to investigate these questions.

Dr. Meng Li is a psychologist and behavioral scientist who studies the systematic difference between what we think “rational” people ought to do, and what peopleMicrosoft Word - Document7 actually do (decision biases). She uses her research on decision bias to design interventions and policies that harness these biases and nudge people toward more socially optimal behavior in domains such as preventive health behavior, compliance with safety guidelines at work, and environmental conservation. She has successfully applied the default effect to promote vaccination and healthy eating, used decoy options to promote hand sanitation among food workers, and harnessed price transparency and savings framing to increase the appeal of flu vaccines. Dr. Li has a PhD in psychology from Rutgers University, a masters in basic medical research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MD (equivalent) from Beijing University Health Science Center.  



Carrie Makarewicz, PhD. is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research focuses on the interactions between physical infrastructures and public policies and the consequences for individual well-being and sustainability. Topic areas include affordable housing, transportation equity, urban school reform, and community development. She has a BBA from the University of Michigan, a MUPP. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.




Carolyn McAndrews, PhD. is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on how transportation and land use systems shape the distribution of hazards and risk in cities and regions, and how transportation and land use planning, policy, and organizing can reduce health disparities.






Dr. Jae‐Do Park received his Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in 2007. Dr. Park is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. His research interests are in the energy system applications such as renewable energy sources, energy harvesting systems, flywheel energy storage systems, grid‐interactive distributed generation2017Park systems, and micro grid systems. His research has been sponsored by federal research agencies, such as National Science Foundation (NSF) and Office of Naval Research, including an NSF CAREER award in 2016. He has actively been publishing his research outcomes in top-tier journals and conferences; he is also interested in technology transfer to industrial sector through CU TTO. Prior to his arrival at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Park worked for Pentadyne Power Corporation in California as the Manager of Software and Controls, where he took charge of control algorithm design and software development for the high‐speed flywheel energy storage system. He also worked at the R&D Center of LG Industrial Systems in Korea developing induction machine drive systems such as high‐speed elevator drives and general purpose inverters as a research engineer.

Dr. Timberley Roane received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1999.  Dr. img_2115Roane is currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver.  Her research interests are in the discovery of innovative microbial applications such as in ecosystem restoration, chemical mitigation, and energy production.  Her research has been sponsored by federal research agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.  Regularly publishing and presenting their research, Dr. Roane’s program combines conventional, and advanced molecular and biochemical approaches to the study of microorganisms, and involves students at all levels.  Dr. Roane is currently the Interim Department Associate Chair and is the faculty sponsor of the CU Denver American Indian Science and Engineering Society group.

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Yang Wang, PhD. is an assistant professor of art history.  Her ongoing book project, Provincializing National Art in Maoist China: The Chang’an School of Ink Painting, 1942–1976, examines the intersection of regionalism, neotraditionalism, Cold War politics, and landscape painting in the early People’s Republic of China. Her research has been supported by Fulbright, the American Oriental Society and P.E.O. International; her writings have been published in Yishu and Modern Art Asia.