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Areas of Interest: Effect of diet on glucose and insulin metabolism in horses, nutritional management of stress induced immune dysfunction in horses.
My Story: Ralston, Sarah L. Sarah on JHL Mirfraz in Colorado, circa 1970 Never say “Never” has been a major theme in my life. I was born in Elyria, Ohio. My mother was a “homemaker” who not so secretly wished she could have used her master’s degree in marketing, and my father was an automotive engineer who specialized in international sales. My earliest memories were of counting how many horses I saw in a day/week but my mother, though supportive of my passion for animals, would say “we will...
Areas of Interest: Feminist Geography, Women's Agency, Transnational Political Activism, Women's Political Spaces, European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Caucasus.
My Story: As a child growing up in Poland under the Communist Regime, I was not able to travel abroad much until I was a student at the university. Yet there was always a desire in me to interact with people from different places and see how they lived, worked, and functioned in their societies. Perhaps the lack of travel fueled my interest and when I was able to take my first international trip, my interests were solidified. Poland has a different education system than the United States and the system has even changed since I went through it. Back then, there was no flexibility to change disciplines...
Areas of Interest: Environmental Organic Chemistry, Organic Contaminants and Pollutants.
My Story: Rodenburg (formerly Totten), Lisa Ann Lisa Rodenberg in Paris as an undergraduate circa 1989 I was raised in Centerville, Ohio, which is a suburb of the thriving cultural Mecca of Dayton, Ohio (home of the Wright brothers, the Dayton Peace Accords, and not much else). Both of my parents have PhDs in chemistry. They are still married after more than 45 years, two PhDs, five children, and several careers. I was the fourth child. My mother once told me that I was the only one they...
Areas of Interest: Inequalities, Work-Family, Sociology of Work, Gender and Work, Stratification.
My Story: “Army Brat” to Academic Sociologist   Roos, Patricia Pat with her husband and son, 1996 I was born in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, the second of five children. My father was an Army civil engineer and my mother stayed home with us. When I was six months old, we sailed to Germany aboard the USS Patch. We spent three years in Heidelberg and Stuttgart, where I reportedly spoke German before English (and learned all about the local pubs with my baby sitter while my parents and older brother...
Areas of Interest: Implicit Social Cognition, Stereotypes and Prejudice Intergroup Relations, and Gender Discrimination.
My Story: Rudman, Laurie A. Laurie (right) in Fiddler on the Roof, Loni Anderson (center), Livia Genise (left), 1972. For much of my life I was enthralled with dance and theatre, and my role models were great choreographers (like Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins). Growing up, I was interested in the arts much more so than science. What changed my mind? I went back to school in my 30s and fell into John Fleming’s lab at the University of Minnesota. His advisor was John Darley at Princeton, a...