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Fall 2020 Fellows

Fall 2020 ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellows

Kira Delmore
Assistant Professor
Biology Department
College of Science

PhD, Zoology, University of British Columbia, 2015
M.A. in Biological Anthropology, University of Calgary, 2009
Assistant Professor, Biology, Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Genetics, Texas A&M University, 2018 – Present

Interests: “A large part of our field work takes place in Canada where we spend a considerable amount of time on Aboriginal land. We recently partnered with several Elementary schools that serve large portions of these populations to integrate our research into their curriculum. We are collaborating with teachers to develop class modules using active learning and nature of science instruction. I do all of my teaching in the Fall and will be adapting a recent grant submitted to NSF for NIH. I also have two Postdocs in my lab that are nearing the end of their contracts and a PhD student who will have spent most of her summer collecting data in the field. I will help her process these data and prepare for her comprehensive exam.”

Zackary Chance Medlin
Learning & Student Engagement Librarian
Texas A&M University Libraries

M.I., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2018
B.S., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2007
Learning & Student Engagement Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries, 2019 - Present

Interests: “My research interests include critical pedagogy, library outreach and engagement with traditionally underserved populations, and information literacy instruction. I am interested in discovering strategies that would help me appropriately devote time to my research projects.  I am interested in writing about my efforts to increase student engagement in their own learning using Bellwork and other active learning strategies that incorporate critical pedagogy into my instruction.”

Shreya Raghavan
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering Department
Texas A&M University

PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Wake Forest University Institute for Regenerative Medicine, 2014
MSE in Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2008
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2020

Interests: “My lab builds engineering platforms that can incorporate patient-derived primary tumor cells within a 3D microenvironment in vitro, to answer questions pertaining to how cancers evade the immune system. My objective through Fall 2020 is to apply to funding mechanisms that support young investigators like me in pursuing high risk/high reward projects with the implication that they will generate impactful hypotheses.“

Irina Bobkova
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Department
College of Science

PhD in Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2014
BS in Theoretical Physics, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2019 - Present

Interests: “As a female mathematician, I actively support wider representation of women in mathematics, because I think that it is very important for graduate and undergraduate students to have role models. I regularly organize and attend events designed to mentor and promote visibilty of women in mathematics, for example I was a panelist at events of undergraduate math clubs and AWM chapters.”