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Jamal Nadeem is currently studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Business Management.  He discovered the passion for teaching while working with GEAR UP grant in a TUSD middle school and has continued to work there for the past three semesters. Currently, he is also working in a research lab in the Arizona Cancer Center.  In his spare time he participates in numerous organizations on campus such as Student Association for International Relief Efforts, South Asian Student Cultural Association, and Leaders of Tomorrow.

Alison Macalady is a graduate student in Geography, and her interests relate to disturbance ecology, paleoecology, and climate change.  In her current research she is using tree rings and packrat middens to understand how southwestern ecosystems have been shaped by climate variability and climate change over the last few thousand years. Alison grew up in Golden, Colorado, received her Bachelor's degree in Geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and her Master's degree in Forestry from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.  Before returning to graduate school, she worked for 6 years as an environmental journalist and for environmental NGO's. Alison has also been a teaching assistant in field geology, remote sensing and introductory environmental studies at the undergraduate level, and has helped teach research methods in environmental sciences at the graduate level.  After finishing her PhD, Alison hopes to become a faculty member at a college or university.

Shoshana Mayden started her science career in molecular biology but also took courses as an undergraduate in journalism and creative writing. She worked for a number of years as a science writer and editor helping to produce information about agriculture, life sciences, and climate research for the public. Her interest in the environment—and in particular how people interact with it and use scientific information—led her back to graduate school in 2005. As a master’s student in Geography she conducted research in Costa Rica examining how scientific and local expertise are incorporated into sea turtle conservation and she plans to broaden this work to examine the use of genetic information and geo-technology for her Ph.D. However, getting people excited about science is still one of her main passions and she hopes to integrate outreach work into her future career.



Martin Cisneroz is a graduate student in the College of Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from The University of Arizona where he spent time in a functional genomics laboratory at the Arizona Respiratory Center working with SNP’s in IL-13, a cytokine involved in the pathogenesis of allergic inflammation.  Martin’s hobbies include camping, hiking, competing in triathlons/endurance races, eating contests, and spending much needed time with family and friends. 



Ming Huang is from the Department of Entomology.  He studies how hormones are involved in producing different sizes of workers in ants and why each worker size is important for the survival of the colony.  He will use his knowledge in insect physiology and behavior and artistic skills in the classrooms to get kids excited about science.  Hopefully, he will also win them over with a lot of cool live critters!  Ming will be a part of the CATTS Insect Discovery Program.

Christine Hallman is from Adairville, KY (population 1000) and studying climate and tree-rings in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. She is looking at the influence of elevation, aspect, and climate on tree growth and growing season.  The trees she is studying are bristlecone pines and are some of the oldest living trees on Earth.  Pretty cool, huh?  With a background in geology, geography, weather, climate, and trees she has taught several classes at Pima Community College, worked at the SALT Center, and even substituted in a high school for 9 weeks.  Each semester brings new students who discover how dynamic the Earth is and how scientists investigate the Earth in diverse ways.  She hopes to encourage everyone to appreciate the environment and the stories that both rocks and trees tell us.

And coming soon! New Bios and Pics for our CATTS Fellows

Ariane, Megan and Miraj!

Kyana Young, an undergraduate fellow from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is currently studying Civil Engineering at The University of Arizona.  As an undergraduate, Kyana was granted the opportunity to conduct her own water treatment research at The University of Arizona and at The University of Hong Kong.  Kyana will share her experiences of engineering, world travel, and researching to benefit students at Doolen Middle School, via CATTS.









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