Union College, Class of ’17 and NY6ThinkTank Fellow
Union College, Student
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Teoria de la Literatura i Literatura Comparada
Coordinador del Doctorat en Humanitats
Arielle Lawton is a first year Biomedical Engineering student at Union College in Schenectady, NY, where she is excited to explore beyond her major to learn about as many topics and fields of study as she can.
Professor of Engineering
Ava is a sophomore studying Biology and Music at Union College, NY.
Carina Sorrentino is a senior at Union College majoring in Political Science, with minors in Anthropology and Classics. Between writing furiously on any facet of campus life, she enjoys meeting interesting people and having thoughtful conversations over coffee.
Creative Entreprenuer and Arts Advocate
Chris McDermott, M.S.EDU is the founder of McDermott Advising, and a former Arts and Education Administrator. Chris seeks to support Non-Profit Business through Political Advocacy, and by creating solutions to help them best serve their mission.
Professor of Spanish, Social Change and Innovation at Union College and co-director of 4Humanities
Chrystopher Spicer currently researches, writes and teaches the Liberal Arts on the Cairns campus of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, situated on the tropical north-
east coast close to the Great Barrier Reef. He’s finally working on a PhD about cyclones as a theme in Queensland literature. He’s written extensively about Australian and American film and history, including an acclaimed centenary biography of the actor Clark Gable and his latest book, Great Australian World Firsts, about Australians who were the first in the world to achieve in their fields.
Majoring in biomedical engineering (hoping to work in vaccine development)
Diane Kaufman, MD is a child psychiatrist, humanism in medicine awardee, poet, and expressive arts educational facilitator. She is the author of Bird That Wants to Fly, a poignant story about healing from trauma, that has become an inspiring children’s opera. Dr. Kaufman’s passion is healing through creative expression. She is the founder and executive director of Arts Medicine for Health & Healing.
Kenneth B. Sharpe Professor of Economics.
Eden Melinger is currently a biology major with the hopes of minoring in both psychology and philosophy.
Senior Mission Specialist for operating the Mastcam cameras on the Mars Science Lab, Curiosity.
Elizabeth is a graduating senior at Union College
Emerita, Leeds Metropolitan University
An international-education consultant, Professor Elspeth has published and spoken extensively on many aspects of the internationalisation of higher education.
Emily is student at Union College, majoring in Biomedical Engineering, and she is a member of the Union College Swimming and Diving team.
Emily Wong is a sophomore at Colgate University who is planning on majoring in History and minoring in Economics. She is passionate about the telling of history and its importance in today’s world.
Union College, Student
Jacob Pessin is an incoming first-year in Mechanical Engineering at Union College.
Jake T. Kim is an incoming student at Union College and plans to double major in Managerial Economics and Political Science. Jake is from Ridgefield, NJ and acknowledges New York City as a second hometown.
A neuroscientist-to-be and a strong believer in the power of education, Jakub wants to fight poverty with comparative-effectiveness research in early childhood pedagogy. In the meantime, he is studying music and biology at Union College. He enjoys composing for piano, hiking, swimming, and trying new things.
Julia Hotz is a graduate of Union College with a degree in Philosophy/Political Science. She is interested in law and public policy, and would love to one day work on education policy issues in Washington, DC.
Katie has degrees in English, Biology, and Bioengineering (and often has trouble deciding which ones to mention when asked). She loves reading journal articles on synthetic biology as much as she does the latest issue of Poetry. As an undergrad, she swam on Stanford’s Varsity Synchronized Swimming Team, started Topiary (a Stanford journal for literature & the arts), interned at NASA, and studied abroad in the UK.
Penn State Mont Alto
Hamman teaches mathematics at Penn State Mont Alto. She is a set theorist by training, but her recent interests are more pedagogical in nature. In particular, she is interested in the intersection of mathematics and social justice issues and in encouraging the development of quantitative literacy courses as an alternative to the traditional algebra sequence. Her Mathematics and Democracy course is one such alternative. Hamman has also spent a great deal of time working on the mathematical education of teachers and on the mathematics of sustainability.
NY6Think Tank Fellow
Lily K. Marks is a senior at Hamilton College. She is a Comparative Literature Major and a Biology Minor.
Madeline Schaeffer is studying English and Psychology at Union College. She is currently working on her first novel.
MaryGrace Wajda is a graduate of Union College with a double major in Classics and Philosophy.
A rising senior at Union College with an interdepartmental major in Biology and Visual arts and a minor in Environmental studies. Maya is involved with sustainable initiatives on campus and environmental youth activism.
NY6Think Tank Student Contributor and Hamilton College student in Biology and Women and Gender Studies
Union College Class of ’17
Union College, Student
University of Central Florida
Planetary Sciences Program
Department of Physics
Union College, Student in Philosophy and Neuroscience
Pursuing a bachelor’s at Troy University in Business Marketing with a minor in English
Union College, Student in Spanish and Political Science
I am a sophomore at Union College studying Psychology and Dance with hopes to go to Graduate School for Dance-Movement Therapy.
Union College, ’14
Samantha K. Tyler graduated from Union College in June 2014. As a neuroscience major on the pre-med track, she hopes to earn an M.D./M.P.H. dual degree and pursue a career in medicine.
Union College alumnus
Samuel is a graduate of Union College with majors in Biology and Spanish. He
aspires to pursue graduate studies in Spanish and Hispanic Culture and also obtain his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College. During his spare time, he likes to read scientific articles and play sports including tennis and basketball.
Union College, Class of 2014
Mechanical Engineer, audio engineer and Writer
Englund Literary Services
A former Ivy League acquisitions editor, Sheri Englund has worked directly with writers for twenty years. After working in acquisitions at the University of Texas Press, Englund joined Cornell University Press, where she was the editor responsible for Cornell’s distinguished list in American history, as well as lists in anthropology, gender studies, and the New York region. She was managing editor for “Voices,” the journal of the New York Folklore Society, from 2004 to 2012 and currently serves as science writer/editor for Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Englund holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephen Yao earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Yao taught at Ohio State University from 1997 to 2002. He is the author of two books, Translation and the Languages of Modernism (Palgrave/St. Martins, 2002) and Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity (Oxford, 2010) which was selected by the Association for Asian American Studies for its Book Award in Literary Studies. He is also co-editor of Sinographies: Writing China (Minnesota 2008), Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto 2009), and Ezra Pound and Education (2012).
Student Advocates for the Future of the Humanities
StuHum’s mission is to ensure a future for the humanities in higher education across the globe.
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Susan Frost is president of Frost Marketing Communications, Inc., De Pere, Wisconsin and an Associate Lecturer in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Frost also gives works shops in critical thinking based in the Humanities.
Graduating Seniors at Union College and NY6Think Tank Designers
NY6 Think Tank Fellow and Skidmore College Student
Tessa is a senior American studies major at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She has a reputation around campus for making pies and having a grumpy, fluffy dog named Ditto.
Timmera Whaley is a graduate of Colgate University with a degree in Global Studies.
Colleges of Distinction
Wes Creel founded Colleges of Distinction in 2001. The organization helps high school students and parents navigate the college admissions landscape. Through their yearly guidebooks and third-party college endorsements, prospective students can find the school that fits them best.
Yilun Zhang is a neuroscience major at Union College who is interested in a career in medicine, and enjoys music, writing and cooking.
site design & build
Building web sites and applications since 1998, Miriam has developed projects for the retail, hospitality, education, insurance, and music industries. Favorite clients include National Geographic, WORT 89.9 FM, and DemocracyNow! She has a B.A. in History.