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Sherif El-Tawil

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
Sherif El-Tawil is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He graduated with honors from Cairo University in 1989 with a BS in Civil Engineering and received a MS in Structural Engineering in 1991, also from Cairo University. In 1996, he received a PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Central Florida. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2002, where he has since been. He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Rennes, France, in 2008 and the University of California, Irvine. His graduate students and postdocs have all gone into influential positions in academia, industry and government around the world.

Prof. El-Tawil's general research interest lies in computational modeling, analysis, and testing of structural materials and systems. He is especially interested in how buildings and bridges behave under the extreme loading conditions generated by manmade and natural hazards such as seismic excitation, collision by heavy objects, and blast. The focus of his research effort is to investigate how to utilize new materials, concepts and technologies to create innovative structural systems that mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of extreme loading. Much of his research is directed towards the computational and theoretical aspects of structural engineering, with particular emphasis on computational simulation, constitutive modeling, multiscale techniques, macro-plasticity formulations, nonlinear solution strategies and visualization methods. He has published over 250 technical papers and reports, including 90 refereed journal papers in major publication venues. He is also lead author of a recently released ASCE guide for seismic design of hybrid steel-concrete coupled wall systems.

Prof. El-Tawil also has a strong and long-sustained interest in multi-disciplinary research. He has conducted research in human decision making and social interactions during extreme events and the use of agent based models for egress simulations. He is also interested in visualization and has developed new techniques for applying virtual reality in the field of finite element simulations and the use of augmented reality for rapid assessment of infrastructure damage in the wake of disasters. His interest also extends to the development of new high performance materials, such as ultrahigh performance concretes and high performance asphaltic materials.

A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Prof. El-Tawil is Editor-in-Chief for the Society's Journal of Structural Engineering. He was former chair of the Society's Technical Administrative Committee on Metals and is former chair of the committee on Composite Steel-Concrete Construction. He is a member of the ASCE Blast, Methods of Analysis and Seismic Effects committees. He is a holder of two patents and has served as consultant to major companies and to agencies such as the Florida Department of Transportation, Louisiana Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Prof. El-Tawil's teaching, service and research efforts have been recognized through numerous national and international awards. Most notably, he is recipient of the Korean Concrete Institute's Paper of the Year Award and ASCE's State-of-the-Art Award, Huber Research Prize, Moisseiff Award (twice), Wellington Prize, Torrens Award, and Norman Medal.

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Shermin de Silva

Assistant Professor of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, University of California, San Diego
I was a Smithson Fellow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (as it used to be called), a Junior Life Sciences Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University in the Department of Fish Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Prior to my new and current role as an assistant professor, I founded and still serve in leadership of Trunks & Leaves, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats.

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Sherri Lawson Clark

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Dr. Sherri Lawson Clark (Ph.D., American University) is an applied cultural anthropologist, who has conducted ethnographic fieldwork for over 25 years with low-income urban and rural African American, Latino, and white families across the United States. Dr. Clark’s research specialty surrounds housing instability among poor families and examines the intersections of housing policy with health and welfare policies, marriage initiatives, migration, and the effects of residential mobility on the well-being of poor children and families. Her research is guided theoretically through the lens of the built environment in which spaces where the poor live, work, shop, entertain and relax are seen as socially produced, constructed, contested, and embodied.

Dr. Clark teaches courses in cultural anthropology and social stratification in America surrounding her research foci. Many of her courses are cross-listed in the American Ethnic Studies program where she is the Director and Rubin Professor of American Ethnic Studies. In the classroom, she uses her teaching and scholarship to equip students with the necessary knowledge, training, and cultural sensitivities to aid them as future problem-solvers in our global world. Her pedagogy is praxis-oriented whereby students are able to deconstruct and comprehend conceptual arguments by applying them in real life contexts.

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Sherry Seethaler

Director of Education Initiatives, School of Physical Sciences, University of California, San Diego
Sherry Seethaler leads education initiatives and teaches research communications at the University of California, San Diego, and was the Science Questions Answered columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune for more than seven years. Her books Lies, Damned Lies, and Science (FT Press Science) and Curious Folks Ask 1 & 2 (FT Press Science), have been translated into several languages. Her most recent book, Beyond the Sage on the Stage: Communicating Science and Contemporary Issues Effectively (University of Toronto Press, 2024), bridges the gulf between scholarship and practice to inform communication about science, health, the environment and other complex, sometimes controversial, issues. She is trained in the physical sciences (B.Sc. in chemistry and biochemistry, University of Toronto), life sciences (M.S. and M. Phil. in neurobiology, Yale University) and learning sciences (Ph.D. in science education, University of California, Berkeley).

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Sheryl Barringer

Professor of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University
Professor Sheryl Barringer is a Professor in Food Science and Technology at Ohio State. She holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in Food Science from the U of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition from the U of Minnesota, where she was a USDA National Needs Fellow. She is an award winning teacher of fruit and vegetable processing, technical problem solving and chocolate science, being honored twice with the CFAES Outstanding Teaching Award in 2001 and 2005. Barringer is the Associate Editor for the Foods & Food Ingredients Journal of Japan and a member of key food professional organizations. Her outstanding research program in flavor volatiles, coatings, snack foods and fruit and vegetable processing earned several accolades including the 1997 OARDC Outstanding Research Award and the IFT 2004 Samuel Cate Prescott award. She is an elected Fellow of IFT and IUFOST based on her exemplary career.

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Sheunesu Ruwanza

Professor of Environmental Science, Rhodes University
Prof Ruwanza holds a PhD in botany and MSc in conservation ecology from Stellenbosch University (graduated in 2012 and 2009, respectively). Prior to that, he graduated with an MSc in environmental policy and planning and a BSc Honours in geography from the University of Zimbabwe. He is a Y2 National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scientist and a DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) core team member.

His research career started with work in environmental policy and planning, where he researched the socio-economic contribution of urban agriculture to city dwellers in Zimbabwe. To develop a deeper understanding of environmental policy and planning, he embarked on a research project to examine the impact of land resettlement on vegetation cover and wildlife habitat in Zimbabwe. In 2007, he relocated to South Africa and joined the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), where his career in ecology started. His ecological restoration projects looked at old agricultural fields and riparian system restoration. The above-mentioned projects were funded by Biota Southern Africa Phase III and CIB, in collaboration with Working for Water (WfW). Results of the river restoration project have contributed to the development of alien clearing guidelines by WfW. Besides the above-mentioned research projects, Dr. Ruwanza has also examined alien plant responses to climate change and soil nutrient enrichment. After six years of conducting research in the field of ecological restoration, he decided to grow his understanding of plant ecology by researching ecological changes caused by non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvesting. The above-mentioned research work was done in collaboration with the NRF-SARCHI chair in Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods at Rhodes University. At a policy level, he has worked on mainstreaming environmental issues in integrated development plans (IDPs) and development of invasive species control plans. Recently, he has been awarded an NRF-Thuthuka grant to examine social and ecological effects of Lantana camara invasion in Vhembe Biosphere, Limpopo province of South Africa.

His broader future vision is to make progress in research and teaching in the field of ecology. His specific research aims are to carry out projects in ecological systems, producing results that positively improve people’s lives as well as contributing to environmental conservation. He believes that research should change local people’s lives. Besides publishing and communicating his research in scientific journals, he also intends to train young South Africans and graduate more students.

Publications
Mthethwa, K. & Ruwanza, S. 2023. Topsoil & vegetation dynamics 14 years after Eucalyptus grandis removal in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Plants, 12(17). doi.org/10.3390/plants12173047

Thondhlana, G., Amaka-Otchere, A.B.K. & Ruwanza, S. 2023. Encouraging household energy conservation through transdisciplinary approaches in Ghana and South Africa: Assumptions, challenges, and guidelines. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 15(1): 201-214. doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2023.2223531

Ruwanza, S. & Thondhlana, G. 2022. People's perceptions and uses of invasive plant Psidium guajava in Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, Limpopo province of South Africa. Ecosystems & People, 18(1): 64-75.

Ruwanza, S., Thondhlana, G. & Falayi, M. 2022. Research progress and conceptual insights on drought impacts and responses among smallholder farmers in South Africa: a review. Land, 11, 159.

Ruwanza, S. 2021. Effects of Solanum mauritianum Scopoli (bugweed) invasion on soil and vegetation in Vhembe Biosphere reserve, South Africa. Austral Ecology, 46, 342-348.

Ruwanza, S. 2021. Vegetation and soil recovery following Eucalyptus grandis removal in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Journal of African Ecology, 59(1): 241-252.

Pamla, A., Thondhlana, G. & Ruwanza, S. 2021. Persistent droughts and water scarcity: Households' perceptions and practices in Makhanda, South Africa. Land, 10, 593.

Thondhlana, G., Mubaya, C.P, McClure, A., Amaka-Otchere, A.B.K. & Ruwanza, S. 2021. Facilitating urban sustainability through Transdisciplinary (TD) Research: Lessons from Ghana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Sustainability, 13, 6205.

Holmes, P.M., Esler, K.J., Gaertner, M., Geerts, S., Hall, S.A., Nsikani, M.M., Richardson, D.M., & Ruwanza S. 2020. Biological invasions and ecological restoration in South Africa. In. van Wilgen, B.W., Measey, J., Richardson, D.M., Wilson, J.R., Zengeya, T.A (eds.). Biological Invasions in South Africa, Invading Nature - Springer Series in Invasion Ecology, 14, pp 665-700.

Nsikani, M.M., Geerts, S., Ruwanza, S. & Richardson, D.M. 2020. Secondary invasion and weedy native species dominance after clearing invasive alien plants in South Africa: status quo and prognosis. South African Journal of Botany, 132, 338-345.

Ruwanza, S. & Mhlongo, E.S. 2020. Lantana camara invasion along road-river interchanges and roadsides in Soutpansberg, Vhembe Biosphere Reserve in South Africa. South African Journal of Science,116(9/10), Art. #8302, 5 pages. https://doi.org/10.17159/ sajs.2020/8302.

Ruwanza, S. 2020. Potential of soil seed bank and ungulate-mediated endozoochory in old field restoration. Ecological Restoration, 38, 9-12.

Ruwanza, S. 2020. Vegetation and soil recovery following Eucalyptus grandis removal in Limpopo province, South Africa. Journal of African Ecology, doi.org/10.1111/aje.12822.

Ruwanza, S. 2020. Effects of Lantana camara invasion on vegetation diversity and composition in Vhembe Biosphere reserve, Limpopo province of South Africa. Scientific African 10; e00610; doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2020.e00610.

Ruwanza, S. 2020. Top-soil transfer from natural renosterveld to degraded old fields facilitates native vegetation. Sustainability, 12, 3833; doi:10.3390/su12093833.

Panter, B., Ruwanza, S. 2019. Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) planting in degraded thickets improves soil properties and vegetation diversity. Ecological Restoration 37(2), 76-80. doi: 10.3368/er.37.2.76

Ruwanza, S., Dondofema, F. 2019. Effects of exotic guava (Psidium guajava L.) invasion on soil properties in Limpopo, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/aje.12675

Thondhlana, G. & Ruwanza, S. 2019. Homestead tree holdings: Composition, uses and challenges in Checheche Growth Point, South East lowveld, Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology, 10.1111/aje.12691.

Ruwanza, S., Tshililo, K. 2019. Short term soil and vegetation recovery after Acacia mearnsii removal in Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 17(2), 1705-1716. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15666/aeer/1702_17051716

Ruwanza, S. 2019. The edge effect on plant diversity and soil properties in abandoned fields targeted for ecological restoration. Sustainability 11(1), 140. doi.org/10.3390/su11010140

Hirsch, H., Allsopp, M.H., Canavan, S., Cheek, M., Geerts, S., Geldenhuys, C.J., Harding, G., Hurley, B.P., Jones, W., Keet, J-H., Klein, H., Ruwanza, S., van Wilgen, B.W., Wingfield, M.J., Richardson, D.M. 2019. Eucalyptus camaldulensis in South Africa – past, present, future. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa. doi: 10.1080/00359191x.2019.1669732

Vukeya, E.N., Ruwanza, S., 2018. Soil physical properties underneath Pine elliottii and Eucalyptus cloeziana plantations in Vhembe biosphere, Limpopo Province of South Africa. Journal of Forestry Research.

Ruwanza, S., 2018. Nurse plants have the potential to accelerate vegetation recovery in Lapalala Wilderness old fields, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/aje.12536.

Ruwanza, S., Mulaudzi, D.,2018. Soil physico-chemical properties in Lapalala Wilderness old agricultural fields, Limpopo Province of South Africa.Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 16(3), 2475-2486.

Ruwanza, S., 2017. Furrows as centers of restoration in old fields of Renosterveld, South Africa. Ecological Restoration, 35(4), 289-291.

Ruwanza, S. 2017. Towards an integrated ecological restoration approach for abandoned agricultural fields in renosterveld, South Africa. South African Journal of Science 113(9/10), Art. #a0228, 4 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.17159/sajs.2017/a0228

Ruwanza, S., Shackleton, C., 2017. Ecosystem scale impacts of non-timber forest product harvesting: effects on soil nutrients. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(5), 1515-1525.

Sholto-Douglas, C., Shackleton, C.M., Ruwanza, S., Dold, A., 2017. The effects of indigenous invasive shrubs on plant species richness and soils in semi-arid communal lands. Land degradation and development, 28(7), 2191-2206.

Ruwanza, S. 2017. Invasion of abandoned agricultural fields by Acacia mearnsii affect soil properties in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 15(1): 127-139.

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Shevan Wilkin

Researcher at the Institute for Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich
Dr. Shevan Wilkin is an expert in ancient protein research, exploring subsistence through ancient human/animal/plant interactions.

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Shichun Huang

Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee
I use elemental and isotopic tracers, together with petrology and mineralogy, to study the Earth’s mantle and the early Solar System.

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Shih Joo Tan

Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University
Shih Joo (Siru) is a feminist critical criminologist who researches and publishes in the areas of gendered labour, migration, exploitation and violence against women, with a focus on care and domestic labour.

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Shijing Xu

Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor
Dr. Shijing Xu is Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in International and Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Education at the University of Windsor. As the Principal Investigator, she co-directed the SSHRC Partnership Grant Project, “Reciprocal Learning in teacher education and school education between Canada and China” with Dr. Michael Connelly at OISE/University of Toronto (https://reciprocal-learning.ca/pages/). The project has involved six Canadian and Chinese universities, the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB), the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and more than 40 Canadian and Chinese schools participating in reciprocal learning for pre- and in-service teachers and school students. Six cross-cultural research teams of university researchers and graduate students study the process thereby ensuring global impact by bringing social, cultural, educational and economic benefits to both countries. (e.g. See participant events, activities and assessments captured in news reports and conferences here https://reciprocal-learning.ca/pages/news_n_events.php, and here https://reciprocallearning.ca/c2019/ ).

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Shima Baradaran Baughman

Professor Baughman's teaching and scholarship focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law. Shima Baradaran Baughman is a national expert on bail and pretrial prediction and her current scholarship examines criminal justice policy, prosecutors, drugs, search and seizure, international law and terrorism, and race and violent crime.

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Shima Ziajahromi

Advance Queensland Research Fellow, Griffith University
Dr Shima Ziajahromi is an Advance Queensland Research Fellow and lecturer at Australian Rivers Institute (ARI), Griffith University where she completed her PhD on microplastics in wastewater treatment plants, and their toxic effects on aquatic organisms. Her research interests include understanding how microplastics negatively impact aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems with a particular emphasis on the development of novel approaches for the identification and quantification of microplastics. Shima has extensive expertise in the analysis of microplastics from various environmental matrices (water, wastewater, sludge/biosolid, sediment, soil, and air).

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Shingirai Mtero

Postdoctoral Researcher, The Nordic Africa Institute
Shingirai Mtero (PhD) is a cross-disciplinary African scholar whose research and teaching areas include: African Gender Studies, African Feminism(s), African Peace & Security, International Criminal Justice and Critical Security Studies. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, working on the project: Making Politics Safer- Gendered Violence and Electoral Temporalities in Africa.

She holds a PhD in Political & International Studies from the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, where she served as a Lecturer for five years. She was a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and a 2017 Visiting Research Fellow at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen. She serves on the Knowledge Network of the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa and has functioned as an independent consultant for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung –South Africa.

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Shireen Hassim

Canada150 Research Chair in Gender and African Politics and Visiting Professor, WiSER Wits University, Carleton University
Professor Shireen Hassim is a Canada150 Research Chair in Gender and African Politics, Carleton University and Visiting Professor, WiSER Wits University.
She has written and edited several books, including No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policy Making (Zed Books, 2003) and Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia, and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa (Wits University Press, 2008) and The ANC Women’s League (Ohio University Press, 2014). Her book Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006) won the Victoria Shuck Award from the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is

Hassim obtained her PhD from York University (Canada). She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and an elected member of its ASSAf Council.

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Shireen Kanji

Professor of Work and Organisation, Brunel University London
Shireen joined Brunel University London in September 2019. She was previously Reader in Work and Organisation at the University of Birmingham, Senior Lecturer at the School of Management at the University of Leicester and the University of Basel in Switzerland. She had worked for seven years as a Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She obtained a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Prior to working in academia, Shireen had a career in international finance.

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Shireen Sindi

Associate Professor, Center for Alzheimer Research, Karolinska Institutet
Shireen Sindi, PhD is Associate Professor (Docent) at Karolinska Institute, Center for Alzheimer Research, Division of Clinical Geriatrics, Department of Neurobiology Care Sciences and Society, Sweden. She investigates the intricate relationships between sleep disturbances, stress, and sex differences across the spectrum from normal aging to Alzheimer’s disease. She also examines multi-system biological mechanisms contributing to cognitive decline and dementia risk factors and explores the impacts of multidomain lifestyle interventions encompassing diet, exercise, cognitive training, and vascular/metabolic risk management on cognition and sleep including underlying mechanisms such as telomere length and the gut microbiome. In addition to research, she is actively involved in supervising and mentoring students and postdocs at various levels at several institutes (Karolinska Institute, Imperial College London, Stockholm University, University of Eastern Finland), and takes on various leadership roles, such as Chair for Junior Faculty and Chair for National Junior Faculty, Leader of the Sex and Gender Work Group at the Center for Alzheimer Research, and Leader of the International Work Group on Sex and Gender for World Wide FINGERS

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Shirin Dora

Lecturer, Computer Science, Loughborough University
Shirin Dora is currently a Lecturer in Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at Loughborough University. He completed his PhD from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on the topic of developing biologically plausible learning approaches for spiking neural networks. During his PhD, he developed a keen interest in the mechanisms of perception and cognition in the brain.

This led him to pursue a post-doctoral research in computational neuroscience at the cognitive and systems neuroscience group at the University of Amsterdam. In his postdoctoral research, he collaborated with experimentalists in building deep biologically plausible models of perception and multisensory integration in the brain. From October, 2019 to September, 2021, he was a Lecturer of Data Analytics in the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at Ulster University in United Kingdom.

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Shirin Malekpour

Associate Professor in Sustainable Development Governance, Monash University
Shirin Malekpour is a social scientist with expertise in strategic planning and governance for sustainable development. She has been Chief Investigator in multiple transdisciplinary research projects focusing on infrastructure planning, transformative adaptation, futures thinking, scenario planning under deep uncertainty, collaborative governance and localising the SDGs.

In 2020, Shirin was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to a scientific advisory role and as one of the 15 members of the Independent Group of Scientists tasked with writing the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the top 25 young scientists in the world in the field of sustainable development and received the international Green Talents award.

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy – flagship publication of the C40 initiative. She also co-leads a working group on sub-national SDG implementation in the Earth Systems Governance Network. Shirin has an interdisciplinary background and has previously worked as a civil engineer in large urban water infrastructure projects in Africa and the Middle East.

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Shirli Kopelman

Professor of Management & Organizations, University of Michigan
Shirli Kopelman is a negotiation researcher and educator at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Kopelman has been featured in media outlets such as Businessweek, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review and honored with outstanding teaching and prestigious research awards for work published in distinguished academic journals.

Kopelman’s framework, introduced in the book Negotiating Genuinely: Being Yourself in Business, enables drawing on personal strengths to be simultaneously collaborative and assertive, lead with emotions, enhance creativity, and align with one’s moral compass to achieve goals and maximize economic profits in an environmentally sustainable way, while fostering well-being.

Kopelman holds a PhD in Management and Organizations and an MS in Organization Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, is Past President of the International Association for Conflict Management, and former Faculty Director of Research and Practice at the Center for Positive Organizations.

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Shital Thekdi

Associate Professor of Analytics and Operations, University of Richmond
Shital Thekdi is an Associate Professor of Analytics & Operations in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. She has earned a Ph.D. in Systems & Information Engineering at the University of Virginia; and has earned an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in Industrial & Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. She teaches courses in analytics and decision-making. Her research focuses on risk analysis and management in operations.

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Shoba Ittyipe

Associate Professor, Mathematics & Computing, Mount Royal University
Shoba Ittyipe is an associate professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Her expertise lies in developing innovative techniques to extract meaningful insights from complex datasets. Her work also extends beyond traditional data analysis to foster inclusive environments and advance equity in the computing field, addressing barriers and promoting diversity in the field of computing.

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Shobita Parthasarathy

My research focuses on the comparative politics of emerging science and technology, particularly genetics and biotechnology. My first book, Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press, 2007). Its findings influenced the 2013 US Supreme Court case focused on the patentability of human genes. I am a faculty affiliate of UM's Science, Technology, and Society Program.

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Shola Adenekan

Associate Professor of African Literature, Ghent University
I am the author of the book African Literature in the Digital Age and the principal investigator for YorubaPrint – a Starting Grant project funded by the European Research Council. I am currently an associate professor of African literature at the Faculty of Art & Philosophy, Ghent University. I am attached to the Department of Language and Culture, within the African Studies group.

I was previously an assistant professor of literary and cultural analysis at the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. I also recently held a diaspora fellowship at the English Department, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, which was funded by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria). I have a PhD in African studies from the University of Birmingham, UK (2012), and after my PhD, I worked at the University of Leeds (UK), University of Bayreuth (Germany) and University of Bremen (Germany).

Back in 2001, I trained as a journalist at the University of Westminster, London, UK, after which I had various stints as a journalist with BBC News Online, the Christian Science Monitor (USA), The Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), and a few other news media outfits. I am also currently the publishing editor of an online magazine – The New Black magazine.

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Shona Bettany

Professor of Marketing, School of Business, Education and Law, University of Huddersfield
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Shona Murray

PhD candidate, The University of Western Australia
Shona Murray is a marine ecologist and PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on investigating the spatial ecology of sharks with the ultimate aim of informing more effective management practices.

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Shontavia Johnson

Shontavia Johnson joined the Drake University Law School faculty in 2010 and was named the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center in 2016. She teaches Introduction to Intellectual Property, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, Internet Law, Entertainment Law, and Property Law. Named one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers in the US by the American Bar Association, Shontavia was recently placed on the prestigious Fulbright Specialist roster and named a 2016 A. Leon Higginbotham Fellow by the American Arbitration Association.

Shontavia’s research focuses on intellectual property law, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and includes such topics as the protectability and reach of unregistered trademarks used on the Internet, the impact of the America Invents Act on startups and entrepreneurs, the role of the Thirteenth Amendment when permanent tattoos embody commercial trademarks, and viral meme trademarks. Her publications have appeared in the Berkeley Technology Law Review, the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, and the Arkansas Law Review. Shontavia has taught intellectual property law to students in the U.S. and abroad and served as a consultant to both startups and large corporations.

In 2014, Shontavia’s article, Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: An Internet Framework for Common Law Trademarks, was awarded the International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award, a competition that identifies the best article in the world on a trademark law topic. That same year, her article, Memetic Theory, Trademarks & the Viral Meme Mark, won third place in the competition. Shontavia has received the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys Gertrude Rush Award, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Outstanding Alumnus Award, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation 42 Under 40 Alumni Award. In 2013, Shontavia was also named one of 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Bar Association and IMPACT.

Shontavia is also the founder and managing attorney of Jackson Johnson LLC, a boutique law firm serving entrepreneurs and entertainers. She frequently counsels clients in all areas of intellectual property law and consults with clients on entrepreneurial growth and development. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a licensed mediator and arbitrator.

Shontavia received a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University, where she was a Palmetto Fellows Scholar, Coca-Cola Clemson Scholar, and a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar. She received her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she was associate editor of the Arkansas Law Review and a member of the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court team. While in law school, she was named a Vincent W. Foster Scholar, Jim G. Ferguson Scholar, and Harold Flowers Law Society Scholar, and she also served as a judicial extern to Judge Jimm Larry Hendren of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Shontavia also studied international law and comparative constitutional law at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Shoohb Alassadi

Casual academic, University of Sydney
As a Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate, I explored various roles, including working as a Public Health Officer. Alongside my pharmacy background, I gained valuable insights into health systems and policy. Presently, I'm a postgraduate research student at the University of Sydney, while also undertaking roles as a Casual Academic; lab demonstrator, and tutor for the Pharmaceutical Science units of study.

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Shreyas Sen

Elmore Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Shreyas Sen is Elmore Chair Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in Purdue University and the Founder and CTO of Ixana. His current research interests span mixed-signal circuits/systems and electromagnetics for the Internet of Bodies (IoB) and Hardware Security. He has authored/co-authored 3 book chapters, over 200 journal and conference paper and has 20 patents granted/pending. Dr. Sen serves as the Director of the Center for Internet of Bodies (C-IoB) at Purdue. His work has been covered by 250+ news releases worldwide, invited appearance on TEDx Indianapolis, multiple Television shows (CNBC, NASDAQ live) and podcasts. Dr. Sen is a recipient of the 2018 MIT TR35 India Award, 2022 Georgia Tech 40 Under 40 Award, NSF CAREER Award 2020, AFOSR Young Investigator Award 2016, NSF CISE CRII Award 2017, Intel Outstanding Researcher Award 2020, Google Faculty Research Award 2017, Purdue CoE Early Career Research Award 2021, Intel Labs Quality Award 2012 for industrywide impact on USB-C type, Intel Ph.D. Fellowship 2010, IEEE Microwave Fellowship 2008, GSRC Margarida Jacome Best Research Award 2007, and nine best paper awards including IEEE CICC 2019, 2021 and in IEEE HOST 2017-2020, for four consecutive years. Dr. Sen's work was chosen as one of the top-10 papers in the Hardware Security field (TopPicks 2019). He serves/has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Solid States Circuits Letters (SSC-L), Nature Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Electronics, IEEE Design & Test, and TPC member of ISSCC, CICC, CCS, DAC, IMS, DATE, ISLPED, ICCAD, among others. Dr. Sen is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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Shu Zhang

Research Fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
For the past 9 years, I've worked as a nutritional epidemiologist specializing in aging-related research. A major focus of my work has been studying how nutrition can help prevent diseases like dementia and frailty that severely diminish quality of life for older adults. While I examine the nutritional benefits of specific foods, I'm also very interested in understanding the overall health impacts of entire dietary patterns.

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Shubham Mishra

PhD dandidate, faculty of geo-information science and earth observation, University of Twente
I am an urban planner trained at the International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC, now part of University of Twente), the Netherlands and School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi. I also hold a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Delhi. My interest lies in exploring landscapes – both built and natural – to link the present to the past. Most recently, it has translated into GIS mapping and designing of a tree database around the Humayun’s Tomb Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in New Delhi. In the past, he has provided planning/GIS support to Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Bank, and NGOs such Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) and Forum for Organized Resource Conservation and Enhancement (FORCE) on issues centered on sustainable urban habitat. He plans to delve deeper into the use of digital technologies to visually depict the varied narratives that have and continue to make the urban.

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Shukla Poddar

Senior Research Fellow, School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW Sydney
Shukla is a post-doctoral research fellow and will be working on an ARENA project of advanced O&M modelling. Her research focuses on understanding the implications of extreme weather events on energy generation, exploring synergy between wind and solar technology, modelling future PV module degradation rates.

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Shukri F. Mohamed

Associate Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Center
Dr Shukri Mohamed is a public health specialist with experience in global health epidemiology. She has over 15 years’ experience in research, project planning and management, and has four years of clinical pharmacy practice experience. She also has strong skills in proposal writing, project management, project implementation, data quality assurance, data analysis and scientific writing. Dr Mohamed has authored over 65 peer reviewed publications. She attained PhD from the University of Warwick, a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Pharmacy. Her areas of interest include include non-communicable disease prevention and control with an emphasis on cardiovascular disease, health systems research and translating research to policy and action. Dr Mohamed has served on a number of expert/technical working group such as the technical working group on non-communicable diseases prevention policies and the Kenya Cancer Research track group. Dr. Mohamed also successfully coordinated the first ever special issue on data from WHO STEPS survey for Kenya.

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Shuo Gao

PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, University of Oxford
I am a post-growth economist broadly focused on themes of ecological compensation, no net loss/net gain, environmental and conservation psychology, social justice, and human well-being. I am particularly interested in (i) improving the effectiveness of incentive-based conservation instruments such as payment for ecosystem services and biodiversity offsetting, (ii) developing conservation strategies that can lead to the desired outcomes from both nature and people perspectives, and (iii) understanding the socio-psychological mechanisms behind human attitude and behaviour towards the environment.

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Shurlee Swain

Professor of Humanities, Australian Catholic University
Shurlee Swain is a social historian who has researched extensively in areas relating to treatment of women and children in the past.

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Shuye Yu

Research scientist, University of Oxford
Shuye Yu joined the Health Economic Research Centre at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, as a researcher in 2023. Shuye is currently working on several projects aiming to conduct economic evaluations on different interventions for child anxiety.

Before starting at HERC, Shuye worked as a lecturer at the University of Groningen, where he also received his PhD degree in Economics. His PhD research focused on the health impacts of flexible working arrangements. Shuye obtained his MSc in Economics at UCL and MSc in Health Economics at the University of York.

Shuye’s research interests lie in applied microeconomics with a focus on health, labour, population and household topics.

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