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Daniel Barkley (Summer 1998, TRB /TRB Studies) is the founder and Executive Director of Economics On The Move (EOTM), a nonprofit organization that uses tours to teach economics.  EOTM classes have toured Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, Ohio), Sony Pictures (Los Angeles, Calif.), Toyota Manufacturing (Georgetown, Ky.), Federal Reserve Bank (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) among others.  Through the use of grant funding, EOTM is able to enroll youths in under-served communities into courses in economics, statistics, and financial literacy at some of the leading colleges and universities in the nation.   In the summer of 2011,  former EOTM students will be teaching pre-college classes in "International Economics Development" and "Prices, Profits + Providing" at Yale University; "Creating a Business" at Wellesley College, "Statistics" at the University of California, San Diego; and "Today's Learners, Tomorrow's Leaders" at the University of Cincinnati.  Also in the summer of 2011, EOTM will be partnering with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to offer a graduate-level course that uses the experiences of Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil to teach development economics.  Dr. Barkley will be teaching the course which includes 10 trips to three countries where students will learn about the development process first-hand. Contact via email. (Updated 2/2011)

Merrie Cartwright (Summer 1998, DELS/OSB)  received her BS in biological sciences from Florida Institute of Technology and her MS and PhD in zoology from the University of Maine.  After participating in the Fellowship program she decided to focus her career on public service.  She has worked as a program coordinator for a nonprofit granting organization, as adjunct university faculty teaching environmental science and as a fishery biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Currently a natural resources management specialist with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Merrie resides in New Mexico with her husband, daughter and two dogs. Contact via email. (Updated 02/2013)


Angela Chuang (Summer 1998, NRC/CPSMA) has been working towards her PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley , majoring in electrical engineering and computer sciences in the field of power systems.  She obtained her master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences at Berkeley, and completed a management of technology certificate in 1998 at the Haas School of Business and College of Engineering at Berkeley.  Her research interests include power systems planning, optimization, and game theory. She hopes to broaden her perspectives in interdisciplinary fields towards a career in technology management and energy consulting.


Kara Drolet (Summer 1998, NASEO/ONPI) is currently the associate director of the Research Integrity Office at Oregon Health & Science University, with responsibility for compliance oversight for human subjects research, recombinant DNA/infectious agent research (biosafety), and conflicts of interest.  She also serves as co-chair of the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Genetic Privacy and Research.  Contact via email. (Updated 03/2010)



1998S Frakt_Austin2Austin Frakt (Summer 1998, NAS/OCGA) is a health economist with the Department of Veterans Affairs and an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health.  He also blogs at TheIncidentalEconomist.comHe studies economic issues pertaining U.S. health care policy with a recent, but not exclusive, focus on Medicare and the uninsured.  He has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy.  His papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Milbank Quarterly, Health Care Financing Review, Health Affairs, Health Economics, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals. He has contributed many columns to Kaiser Health News, commentary for the New York Times’ Room for Debate forum, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning EditionDr. Frakt can be contacted at (Updated 10/2011)

Sekou Franklin (Summer 1998, DBASSE and PGA) received his doctorate in political science from Howard University. (Updated 2/2011)





After her graduate work and teaching at University of Illinois Eileen Gebbie (Summer 1998, NAS/RRC) , worked in relational community organizing and non-profit administration. Ms. Gebbie is now at Chicago Theological Seminary, preparing for ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ. (Updated 12/2010)



Amanda Greene (Summer 1998, IOM) has been working towards a PhD in nursing with a minor in health policy/health services research at the University of Maryland.  She received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of North Carolina and holds a post-master's certificate in nursing administration from Duke.  She is a family nurse practitioner (FNP).  She has more than 18 years of experience in Nursing and her long-term goal is to work with a multidisciplinary research team in primary health care services including development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policy.  Contact via email.


Erin Hannan (Summer 1998, NAS/OPUS) has been working towards a master’s degree in marine policy from the University of Delaware.  She received her bachelor's degree in biology from University of California, Santa Cruz.  Most recently she worked on an NSF-funded research project entitled Identity and Environmental Action.  Her research goals are to find a bridge between policy and science and to effectively communicate her research to people at all levels.  Her future plans include pursuing a PhD in marine conservation biology or natural resource management, with the goal of teaching at the university level. Contact via email.


Shelly Hargrave Conner (Summer 1998, PGA/OSEP) received her PhD in Psychology at the University of Michigan.  She received her B.S. in Psychology from Drexel University.  Her OSEP project was an evaluation of different funding options for graduate students.  Currently, Shelly is an Assistant Dean for the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.  She leads many core initiatives, including graduate student funding (which directly relates to her NRC internship project) and graduate program improvements.  Contact via email. (Updated 8/2010)


Jennifer Harris (Summer 1998, DBASSE) has been working towards a joint MD/PhD in medical sociology in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois.  She has a master’s degree in international health from the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina.  She is particularly interested in learning how to apply the sociological and public health skills she has learned to issues related to the health and well-being of women and adolescent girls.  Her long-term career goal is to work on adolescent health care issues.


Michael Hostetler (Summer 1998, PGA/GPRA) has been working towards his JD at Duke Law School.  He was planning to study issues at the interface of science, technology, and law. He had been doing post-doctoral work at the University of North Carolina and the University of Illinois.  He holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from MIT.



Priscilla Johnson (Summer 1998, NAE) has been working towards a PhD at Purdue University specializing in civil infrastructure systems.  She has her master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue and a bachelor’s degree in communications studies with a specialization in mass media from New York University.  She is interested in promoting public awareness and understanding of scientific issues. Contact via email.



Lesley Lydell (Summer 1998, PGA/OSEP) is a research and policy analyst with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, a cabinet-level agency in St. Paul, Minn.  Her work focuses on outcomes for postsecondary students, including student learning and employment, and the financial costs associated with pursuing higher education.  She is the lead for the state's postsecondary accountability report. Contact via email. (Updated 8/2010)




Micah Milton (Summer 1998, IOM) is a health scientist with the National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has been in the Presidential Management Fellowship program and served her rotation with the CDC. She graduated from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 1999 with her master’s degree in public health.  She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University.  She has research experience in the behavioral aspects of disease epidemiology.  She is particularly interested in disease prevention issues and research in cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Contact via email.



Christine Mirzayan (Summer 1998, DBASSE/CSMEE) served in the Commission on Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE).  She had recently finished her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and had been selected as a 1998 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional fellow.  At UCSF, her research focused on the development of the vertebrate nervous system.  In particular, she analyzed the molecular mechanism by which diffusible cues guide the migration of developing axons.  While at UCSF, she found that although she enjoyed basic research, she was increasingly interested in the role that science plays in society and looked forward to a career that would allow her to utilize her scientific knowledge to address the political and social problems facing our nation.  Tragically, she was unable to reach that goal when she lost her life during the last week of the fellowship program. The National Academy of Sciences has named the fellowship program in her honor.


Cassandra Moore-Crawford (Summer 1998, DELS/BANR) received her PhD in animal science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005.  After being a Mirzayan Fellow in the summer of 1998, she taught science and math courses at a private high school in Silver Spring, Md. for five years.  She is currently a biology professor at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. (Updated 9/2009)



Kaatrick Ramasubramanian (Summer 1998, NRC/CETS) has been working towards his master's degree in telecommunications and computers at George Washington University.  His bachelor’s degree is in electronics and communications engineering from Bharathiar University in India. He is particularly interested in aerospace programs and technology.  He hopes his experience with the Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems (CETS) has expanded his knowledge in telecommunications.



James Sexton (Summer 1998, DBASSE) has been working towards a PhD in social psychology with a minor in statistics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  He has a master’s degree in social psychology from UMass as well as a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Miami University.  He is interested in science and technology policy because he has been involved in research for many years. He is interested in exploring  practical applications of research to answer vital social issues.



Katharine Shobe (Summer 1998, DBASSE/BOHSI) has been working on her PhD in psychology at Yale.  She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Yale as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois.  Her dissertation looks at illusory memory, and she plans on studying traumatic memory as a post-doc.  She plans to pursue a career as a non-academic researcher.  After receiving her PhD she would like to have a research position in government or law enforcement. Contact via email.



Lisa Vandemark (Summer 1998, NAS/NSRC) is is a professional geographer and an advanced practice nurse.  She is currently an assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University.  Dr. Vandemark also currently serves as a consultant to the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing, in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) to community health planning.  She has also served in this capacity as a consultant for international and national organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  From 2008-2009, Dr. Vandemark was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Thailand.  Her research interests include health geography, community-based participatory research, and health policy. She currently has funded research focused on obesity and social violence in disadvantaged communities in the Southern U.S. and in Northeastern Thailand.  Contact via email.  (Updated 2/2011)


Janet Whitley (Summer 1998, DELS/CLS) is a project director at Supply Chain Management Systems, a contractor to the U.S. government under PEPFAR.  The underlying goal of the project is to expedite access to pediatric HIV/AIDS medicines by way of a novel regulatory mechanism unique to the developing world.  She is also an independent regulatory consultant in Washington, D.C.  She holds a PhD in pharmacology with a minor in physiology from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Temple University.  Her research in neuropharmacology increased her interest in policy issues concerning life sciences and medicine such as the treatment of mental illness and drug abuse.  Her goal is to articulate scientific information to the non-science community in order for science to achieve its greatest potential and contribution to society.   If you wish to get in touch with Janet, please contact the Mirzayan Fellowship Program office. (Updated 10/2011)