Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About Food Science With Dr. Yeonhwa Park

    Dr. Yeonhwa Park is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science here at UMass Amherst. Dr. Park was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea and attended undergraduate and graduate school (MS) at the Seoul National University, majoring in Pharmacy. She then came to the University of Wisconsin, Madison to attain her Ph.D. degree. She chose to study pharmacy because her father wanted her to have a major with job security and her brother was already studying pharmacy as well. She liked studying pharmacy because she liked knowing that she could potentially help others with their health. By the time she graduated with her MS degree, she wanted to reach more people, so she decided to study Food Science.

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    Summer Programs Faculty Focus: "Moving Beyond Genes" with Dr. Craig Albertson

    Dr. Craig Albertson is an Associate professor in the Biology department here at UMass Amherst. The Albertson Lab focuses on the development and evolution of complex morphologies. In other words, How do complex structures and shapes develop from a single-cell embryo? What makes the human hand different from the horse’s hoof, the bat’s wing, or the flipper of a whale? Dr. Albertson is looking for two bright and passionate high school students to join his team and work in his lab alongside faculty and graduate students. 

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    Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About Developmental Psychology with Dr. Erik Cheries

    Dr. Erik Cheries is an assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst and runs the Infant Cognition Lab on campus. He is looking for a select few high-school-aged research assistants to join him in his lab this summer as a part of UMass Summer Programs' Six-Week Research Intensives Program that places ambitious high-school students in research labs with distinguished faculty members.

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    Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About Memory and Sleep with Professor Rebecca Spencer

    Dr. Rebecca Spencer is an associate professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst. She studies the neuroscientific relationship between memory and sleep, both in children as it relates to learning and adults as it may relate to the loss of memory. Dr. Spencer is looking for up to five high-school-aged research assistants to join her in her lab this summer as a part of UMass Summer Pre-College's six-week Research Intensives program that places ambitious high-schoolers in research labs with distinguished faculty members.

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    Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About Particle Physics with Dr. Brokk Toggerson

    Dr. Brokk Toggerson is a lecturer in the Physics Department here at UMass. He grew up outside of Atlanta and as young "Science Nerd" (his words, not mine), he attended a summer program at the University of Arizona and got interested in Astronomy. Because of his interest, he decided to get his undergraduate degree at University of Arizona. However, when he got there and took stellar astrophysics and hated it, he realized that particle physics was his true passion and talent. Dr. Toggerson moved to Geneva, Switzerland to work on his PhD and to work at the CERN laboratory, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. 

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    Summer Programs Faculty Focus: About "Understanding Your Brain" with Professor Geng-Lin Li

    Professor Geng-Lin Li teaches and does research at UMass Amherst. He grew up in Anhui Province, China and got his Bachelor’s degree at Beijing Normal University and his PhD at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Li has always been interested in math and physics, but found himself studying Biology as an Undergrad in Beijing. When we met in his lab Professor Li recounted to me his dislike of some subjects and absolute frustration at having to identify various types of leaves at school. Luckily, he was able to get into the field of Neuroscience, specifically Neurophysiology, using his knowledge of biology and his natural talent in mathematics and physics to study the hard science behind our brain functions and the messages that our brains send. 

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