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Michelle Nearon

Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity, Director OGSDD
Warner House 206
203-436-1301
Michelle Nearon's picture

Michelle Nearon

Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity, Director OGSDD
Warner House 206
203-436-1301

Michelle Nearon joined the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2008, where she works closely with students, members of the faculty and administration, and the McDougal Center Offices, to proactively recruit, retain, and assist in the professional development of graduate students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and lifestyle backgrounds.

Dean Nearon received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, respectively. After completing her master’s degree she devoted approximately ten years to both the aerospace and automotive industries, beginning as a research engineer and ultimately becoming a general manager. She then completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in May 2000. Nearon subsequently served on the faculty at Stony Brook University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as director of recruitment and diversification in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences until coming to Yale.

OGSDD Fellows

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Kara Cutrona
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Kara Cutrona

Kara Cutrona is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry. Her research interests include developing potential protein inhibitors for drug design and improving the representation of water for computational simulations of biomolecules. Kara's peer advising hours are Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm and Thursdays 11:00am-1:00pm.

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Sarah Federman
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Sarah Federman

Sarah Federman is a 5th year PhD candidate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She is broadly interested in the evolution and maintenance of tropical biodiversity. Her research focuses on the development of wet-forest biomes in Madagascar, and the ways in which extinctions can structure systems. Sarah’s office hours are Mondays 9:00am-12:00pm.

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Craig Holloway
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Craig Holloway

Craig Lapriece Holloway is PhD candidate in the Sociology Program. His research explores how urban black men navigate race in a supposed post-racial society and status in a transformed and global economy. Holloway is a Graduate Student Coordinator for the Emerging Scholars Initiative Post-Baccalaureate Program.

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Yick Chong Lam
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Yick Chong Lam

Yick Chong Lam is a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Department of Chemistry. His research combines chemistry and biology techniques towards the total biosynthesis of pharmacologically relevant macromolecules. His interests include chemical biology, synthetic biology, and organic chemistry. Yick's peer advising hours are Mondays 11:30am-2:30pm.

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Alexandria Moore
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Alexandria Moore

Alexandria (Alex) Moore is a 3rd year PhD candidate in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on the relationship between species interactions and ecosystem functioning in New England tidal wetlands with implications for ecosystem restoration initiatives. Alex's peer advising hours are Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00pm and Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am.

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Pedro Regalado
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Pedro Regalado

Pedro A. Regalado is a 3rd year PhD Student in the American Studies Department. His research focuses on the intersections of race, immigration, and capitalism in 20th century U.S. Cities. His dissertation project currently explores the history of post-industrial New York City through the lens of Latina/o life. Pedro's office hours are Mondays 2:30pm-4:30pm and Tuesdays 2:30pm-3:30pm.

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Anthony Scruse
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Anthony Scruse

Anthony Scruse is a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on developing new chemical reactions utilizing transition metals, as well as using these reactions to access societally relevant molecules. Anthony’s peer advising hours are Friday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

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Brandi Waters
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Brandi Waters

Brandi is a PhD student in the History and African American Studies departments at Yale. She is interested in colonial Latin American history and the comparative history of slavery in the Atlantic World. Her research explores the impact of slavery on legal and medical institutions in Latin America and approaches to disability among the enslaved in the eighteenth century.

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Yasmin Zakiniaeiz
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Yasmin Zakiniaeiz

Yasmin Zakiniaeiz is a 4th year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. The goal of her dissertation project is to examine sex differences in the neural and molecular mechanisms of tobacco smokers and the effects of stress on smoking-related behaviors. Yasmin is the graduate student coordinator for the NIH-funded Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).