Dr. Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, New SCI-Southwest Co-Director and Ulla Hasager, New SCI-West Co-Director

SENCER Announces New Regional Co-Directors for SCI-Southwest and SCI-West

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new SENCER regional co-directors. SCI-Southwest is joined by Dr. Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan and SCI-West is joined by Dr. Ulla Hasager.

Dr. Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, New SCI-Southwest Co-Director

Dr. Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, New SCI-Southwest Co-Director

Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan received her Bachelor of Science degree in physics at the University of Tehran. She came to the U.S. as a graduate student and accepted her first tenure-track faculty position at Texas Woman’s University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in May of 2013. She teaches algebra-based physics and calculus-based physics. Her research interests include surface-enhanced Raman scattering, interaction of anticancer drugs with DNA, negative ions, and radiation damage to DNA.

Nasrin is already a strong believer in using hands-on experiences to educate students. She is excited to have found a place that values her creative approach to teaching physics, as evidenced by her selection as a TWU Experiential Learning Fellow. Nasrin is a SENCER Leadership Fellow and also co-advisor for the KEM Club (Kappa Epsilon Mu), TWU’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Ulla Hasager, SCI-West Co-Director

Dr. Ulla Hasager, New SCI-West Co-Director

Ulla Hasager is an anthropologist, the Director of Civic Engagement for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and teaches in the Department of Ethnic Studies, where most of her courses are SENCERized. As the college leader of civic and community engagement, Dr. Hasager spearheads efforts to expand the level of civic engagement and community, inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional, national, and international collaboration. She works with students, faculty, administrators, and community partners and leads several large, long-term service-learning programs such as the Mālama I Nā Ahupuaʻa cultural-environmental program, the Pālolo Pipeline educational/public housing/immigrant/STEM support program, and the No Mo’ Haus’ program working with home/houseless in Hawaiʻi.

Dr. Hasager is a key leader in SENCER Hawaiʻi. Her research interests and publications include topics such as civic engagement, public policy, and the politics of teaching in complex multiethnic societies, sustainability, and interdisciplinary curricula around issues such as indigeneity, climate change, and food security.

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The new co-directors were named at the SCI-Southwest 2017 Spring Regional meeting at Texas Woman’s University on February 2-4th. More information about the regional meeting and the co-director meeting will appear in the next issue of the eNews.

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