4th of July: Up and Coming Scientists in the USA

In commemoration of the 4th of July, CPG is celebrating up-and-coming scientists we foresee will make a major impact in the realm of science in the United States. Below are brief introductions of each the impressive scientists we have selected to highlight.

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Brian Anderson specializes in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science at West Virginia University (WVU) and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree from MIT in 2004-2005. He returned to WVU where he now teaches and researches. He received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and was recognized for his achievements by President Obama. He also received the 2011 Dept. of Energy (DOE) Secretary Honor Award for his work in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and was selected to the National Academy of Engineering’s 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education workshop.

His work is in the areas of natural gas hydrates, thermodynamic modeling, and sustainable energy and development in the area of geothermal systems. His ultimate goal is to find more viable indigenous energy sources. Anderson and his team intend to find the most feasible ways to harness geothermal hot spots.

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Russell E. Johnson is under our spotlight for his specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He currently teaches at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Akron and his research focuses on the  processes that underlie employee attitudes and behavior. His research has been published in Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesPersonnel PsychologyPsychological Bulletin, and Research in Organizational Behavior, among other journals.

His work has has even been cited in popular news like ForbesHuffington PostandTIME. He is an associate editor at Journal of Business and Psychology, was a guest editor of a special issue at Human Resource Management Review, and served on numerous editorial boards including the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management Review,  and Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.

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Steve Ramirez is a specialist in Neuroscience and obtained his PhD from MIT. Ramirez is currently studying the manipulation of memories through laser beams. His work will contribute to therapy efforts for PTSD sufferers. He also teaches a course called “Neuroscience and Hollywood”. The course discusses many neurological phenomena that are presented in films such as Inception and Memento. Ramirez has a TED talk on memory manipulation in mice that is quickly approaching 1,000,000 views.

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Jon Freeman specializes in Psychology and is currently an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth. Freeman has published more than 35 peer reviewed papers and won numerous awards in his field for his research on information person perception and stereotyping.  A lot of his work focuses on how the brain biases information that creates stereotypes. In addition, Freeman has also developed software designed to analyze biases based on how the participant uses a computer mouse.


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Spencer Nadolsky is a UNC graduate who is making a splash in the medical industry. Not only is Nadolsky a practicing family doctor, but he is the medical editor for examine.com. examine.com was started by an internet fitness community on reddit who were tired of the unscientific “facts” that are consistently thrown around in the fitness communities.
The site was founded on the basis of scientific research and rigor to provide fitness and supplement information to the masses in a way that is easy to understand. To date, they have reviewed tens of thousands of articles. They currently have about 33000 references to scientific works across the various pages. Nadolsky and his colleagues at examine.com are consistently re-educating the public on what is and is not reputable information and what is actually deemed significant in terms of supplemental nutrition.

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