Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows
Advancing STEM Diversity
The Advancing STEM Diversity area focuses on fellows who are at the forefront of research in various fields like physical and biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and earth sciences. They also explore emerging areas that combine different fields, like artificial intelligence and data sciences, computational biology, and interdisciplinary climate science. The main aim is to encourage diversity and inclusion in STEM by supporting researchers who are breaking new ground in these subjects.
Jennifer S. Sun’s research combines her expertise in microbiology, entomology, neuroscience, and biochemistry to investigate how insects’ sense of smell can be altered by the bacteria which reside in their gut. Insects use their sense of smell to locate mates and food sources which, for biting insects, may include human hosts.
Carla Macias' research lies at the intersection of computational methods and cognitive psychology. More specifically, her research surrounds cognitive development and how children and adults use their expectations about the world to guide their attention and memory. Dr. Macias continuously explores how learners decide what information to attend to, keep track of, and encode from their environment for later use.