2014-2015 ReDI Cohort


Elizabeth Bucar

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Professor Bucar received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from The University of Chicago. Professor Bucar works within the Islamic and Christian traditions on issues of gender, politics, and emergent technologies (new media and medical advances). Professor Bucar is currently working on two new comparative projects tentatively titled The Good of Ambiguous Bodies: The Comparative Ethics of Transsexuality and Pious Fashion: The Virtues of Hijabi Fashionistas. She co-chairs the Comparative Religious Ethics Group at the American Academy of Religion and serves on the board of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.

Current Activities: Dean’s Leadership Fellow in CSSH


Jennifer Dy

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Dy earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. Her research interests include machine learning, data mining, statistical pattern recognition, and their application to biomedical image analysis, health, science and engineering. In particular, her research focuses on developing algorithms for clustering high-dimensional data and on applied machine learning.


Deniz Erdogmus

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Erdogmus received his M.S. from Middle East Technical University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. His expertise is in information theoretic and nonparametric machine learning and adaptive signal processing, specifically focusing on cognitive signal processing including brain interfaces and assistive technologies. Professor Erdogmus has been serving as an associate editor IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Transactions on Neural Networks, Signal Processing Letters, and Elsevier Neurocomputing.


Amy Farrell

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professor Farrell received her M.S. in Sociology from the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University. Her research focuses on the administration of justice with primary emphasis on measuring the effect of race and gender in police, prosecution and sentencing practices.  In recent research, she has examined how variable levels of racial group and gender representation among court workgroups relate to district-level differences in sentencing.  Professor Farrell is also engaged in research examining how jury outcomes, particularly the factors that predict and explain acquittals.


Veronica Godoy-Carter

Associate Professor of Biology

Professor Godoy-Carter earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University Medical School. Her research focuses on an MPC formed by components involved in important DNA transactions when cells are exposed to DNA damage, with the long-term goal to learn about the mechanisms that regulate the activity of error-prone Y family DNA polymerases. This will lead to a good understanding of the involvement of error prone Y family DNA polymerases in the evolution of important functions such as antibiotic resistance. This research will contribute to the general understanding of mutagenesis, since Y family polymerases are conserved from bacteria to humans.


Jonathan Grabowski

Associate Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences

Professor Grabowski earned his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests span issues in ecology, fisheries and conservation biology, and ecological economics.  His research involves a variety of estuarine (oyster reef, seagrass, salt marsh, mud bottom) and marine (kelp bed, cobble-ledge) systems to examine how resource availability, habitat heterogeneity and predation risk affect population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystem functioning.


Neal Lerner

Associate Professor of English

Professor Lerner received his Ed.D. from Boston University. His research interests include composition and rhetoric, writing across the curriculum, writing centers, literacy, writing research methodologies. Professor Lerner is the director of Writing in the Disciplines.

Current Activities: Faculty Senate, Writing Program Director


Stacy Marsella

Professor of Computer and Information Science, Psychology

Professor Marsella earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Professor Marsella focuses his research on the computational modeling of cognition, emotion, and social behavior. He also has extensive experience applying these models to the design of virtual humans, or software entities that look human and can use spoken dialog to interact virtually with humans. Before coming to Northeastern, Professor Marsella was a research professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, where he had a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and also served as the director of social simulation research at its Institute for Creative Technologies and co-director of the Computational Emotion Group.


Hilary Poriss

Associate Professor of Music

Professor Poriss received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Music History from the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests are in the areas of 19th-century Italian and French opera, performance practice, diva culture, and the aesthetics of 19th-century musical culture. Most recently, she has received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2013-2014) to work on her newest project, a biography about the nineteenth-century diva Pauline Viardo. Professor Poriss has taught previously at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Chicago, and Columbia University.

Current Activities: Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, CAMD; Academic Plan Working Group  on Faculty of the Future


Carmen Sceppa

Professor and Chair of Health Sciences

Professor Sceppa earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Tufts University, and her MD from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City. She specializes in aging and gerontology, physical activity and exercise, healthy eating and nutrition science, translational research methods. Her major research interests lie in healthy aging; health promotion in the lifecycle; nutrition and physical activity/exercise community-based interventions; chronic disease prevention; translational research. Professor Sceppa is Director of Research in the Human Performance and Exercise Laboratory, Director of the Graduate Program in Exercise Science, and Associate Director in the Institute of Urban Health Research and Practice at Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor of Nutrition at Tufts University, and a Fellow of the Brookdale Foundation and the International Life Sciences Institute.

Current Activities: Chair of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee; Director of Research in the Human Performance and Exercise Laboratory; Director of the Graduate Program in Exercise Science;  Associate Director in the Institute of Urban Health Research and Practice


Anand Venkateswaran

Associate Professor of Finance

Professor Venkateswaran received his Ph.D. in Finance from Georgia State University and an M.S. in Business Administration from the Institute of Management Development and Research in Pune, India. His research focuses on empirical corporate finance with emphasis on incentives of economic agents. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Professor Venkateswaran worked as an investment banker. He has refereed for Journal of Financial Research and Journal of Financial Education.

Current Activities: Edward Philip Chase Fellow


Kate Ziemer

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Associate Vice Provost for Curriculum

Professor Ziemer earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University. Her research involves engineering surfaces in order to integrate wide bandgap semiconductors with functional and multi-functional oxides, organic molecules, and/or biomaterials. Professor Ziemer’s group, in the Interface Engineering Laboratory, takes advantage of the ultra-high vacuum environment to study, at the atomic level, the growth and processing of thin films and nanostructures.

Current Activities: Associate Vice Provost for Curriculum; Vice Chair of Chemical Engineering; Chair of the Academic Plan Working Group on Lifelong Experiential Learning