Ranjith Anand is an Organism Engineer at Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, MA, a Visiting Scientist in the Haber Lab at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA and a Microbiology Consultant for Aeronaut Brewing Company, Somerville, MA.
Current Projects: Ranjith’s academic research is focused on understanding how cells repair broken DNA and identify factors responsible for accurate repair. He is also interested in developing strategies to improve current molecular cloning and gene targeting methods. As part of the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program, he is actively involved in teaching, curriculum development and outreach services. A few of the topics he is interested in exploring are engineering organisms for science and commerce, methods in molecular biology, biomolecules in health and disease and careers in Biology.
1. The making of dosa. Have you ever tasted dosa, a south-indian dish? If not, I highly recommend that you do. Making dosa involves a 2 day process that involves a fermentation step (lots of bubbles). I am interested in finding out what organisms (if at all) are responsible for fermentation. A few “take-aways” will be: sterile techniques, methods in general microbiology and molecular biology. Interested?
2. Baker’s yeast/brewer’s yeast have immense commercial value. We will go about local orchards and “collect” yeast. Questions: Do you think yeast collected from an apple smell like one? How about yeast collected from grapes or pears?
Lucas Malo is the Director of Community Service at Brandeis University. In his twelfth year at Brandeis he serves as the advisor to co-curricular student led volunteer clubs, teaches a community engagement practicum course, and manages professional relationships with local and regional community partners. Lucas also serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Prospect Hill Community Foundation in partnership with Waltham’s largest low-income community housing. He is committed to developing passionate and reflective student leaders who embody the value service in partnership with others in their personal and professional careers. He is interested in helping to develop university infrastructures to support our institutions community engagement efforts to align across campus and in a reciprocal way with our local community. His passion for community is undefined by project type, but rather motivated by our greatest community need. He is looking for graduate students who are willing to share their expertise to our students or community partners in a variety of topical area such as cultural responsibility, volunteer management, privilege awareness, marketing, or fundraising. Lucas values change and creative and innovative engagement and would encourage anyone to email him at LMALO@Brandeis.edu or call him at 781-736-3237with ideas, questions, or suggestions.
Marci McPhee is director of campus programs at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. She oversees the Sorensen Fellowship program and other on-campus programs and events. McPhee has been involved in the planning of the Center from its inception in 1998, and played an integral role in the development of the array of Brandeis Rabb School programs, including a founding role in Genesis at Brandeis for high school students. She teaches EL16a, “The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum.” McPhee is also a member of the inaugural Advisory Council of Friends of the Waltham Family School, Inc., and serves as faculty advisor for the Brandeis undergraduate group Net Impact, “using the powers of business to make a positive net social, environmental and economic impact.” During the 2009-10 academic year, she taught English in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific through WorldTeach. Visit http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/atbrandeis/index.htmland click on “opportunities for graduate students”.
Dr. Anique Olivier-Mason is the Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity for the Brandeis Materials Research Science Engineering Center (MRSEC). She is passionate about engaging people in authentic scientific pursuits and broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering. Her current projects involve directing a summer research experience for undergraduates and training current scientists to share their research with local K-12 schools including Waltham High School. She is looking for graduate students who have experience in multi-media and are interested in making videos that can increase public awareness of the science we do at Brandeis OR graduate students who are talented writers and are interested in more experience in science writing. Have another idea? Email her. Her contact info is email@example.com
Ian Roy is the Assistant Director for Research Technology and Innovation in the Technology Services group in Brandeis University’s Library and Technology Services organization. He works with researchers to overcome the technological hurdles they encounter in their workflows, top to bottom, and is constantly running local pilots in new technologies to address their needs. His work touches on desktop/laptop/server break-fix, digital forensics and security tools, institutional storage of Big Data, Cloud collaboration and backup in a Big Data context, and many of the new toolsets in the Maker community, including support of touch and gesture inputs, multiple displays, VR head mounted displays, 3D printing, 3D scanning, robotics, drones, and embedded systems (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Electronic IMP). Ian was the project lead in developing both the Research Technology department and the MakerLab at Brandeis. Ian is interested in projects that use tools that physicalize the digital world, tools that digitize the physical world, AR/VR Head mounted displays and touch and gesture inputs, and Embedded systems and robotics prototyping. We hold weekly trainings in 3D printing, Soldering, and 3D scanning and are super interested in expanding into Unity and Unreal support for AR/VR and prototyping Drone and image data processing applications in higher ed – for both teaching/learning and Research based projects and classes. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Weglinski is the Senior Department Coordinator for Graduate Student Affairs. He is looking forward to helping students make connections across disciplines! His interests are to assist and support the development of programs and initiatives that benefit the graduate student community.