College Adds Four New Scholars to Faculty: Professors Focus on Human Neuroscience and Health and Behavioral Economics

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After hiring 16 new faculty members in the past two years, the college continued its pursuit of leading scholars in the 2013-2014 academic year. This fall, four new professors joined the faculty, including two neuroscientists with experience in advanced functional MRI techniques and two economists focused on social and health outcomes from public policy.

President David Skorton has made faculty renewal one of the university's key strategic concerns for the next decade--with a goal to recruit as many as 800 new professors. The College of Human Ecology's new faculty members closely align with this effort and help to meet strategic priorities for the college and university. The State University of New York has also backed the hires, providing an Empire Innovation Award to support De Rosa and inviting Anderson and De Rosa to serve in its newly formed SUNY Brain Network of Excellence. Here's a look at the college's four newest professors.

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Adam Anderson, associate professor, human development

Academic focus: affective psychology and neuroscience

Research expertise: Anderson's lab considers all emotions as evolutionarily selected, biological adaptations with their own rationality that is intended to help humans navigate the physical and social environment. He applies this approach to all aspects of human behavior, from sensory encoding to moral judgment, using various research tools including genetics, psychophysics, peripheral psychophysiology, and functional MRI.

Previous positions: associate professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, 2009-2013; research associate, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Center, 2004-2013; assistant professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, 2003-2009

Academic degrees: BA, cognitive science, Vassar College, 1991; PhD, experimental psychology, Yale University, 2000

I chose Human Ecology because: I study how human emotions arise from the interactions of the brain, body, and environment.

Bio: www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=aka47

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Eve De Rosa, associate professor, human development, and Rebecca Q. and James C Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow

Academic focus: comparative cognitive neuroscience

Research expertise: De Rosa applies two related approaches: a cross-species method, which compares models of the neurochemistry of attention and learning in rats to humans, along with an across-lifespan approach that examines the cholinergic hypothesis of age-related changes in cognition. In particular, her lab considers the neurochemistry of cognitive processes using behavioral and functional MRI techniques and other methods. …

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