The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) at the Bush School of Government & Public Service has named four new researchers to its fellows program – Dr. Nehemia Geva, Dr. İnci Güneralp, Dr. Mendoza-Sanchez, and Dr. Debalina Sengupta.
Dr. Nehemia Geva is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University. His research interests are in the areas of foreign policy decision-making and political cognition (perceptions, information processing, and images in politics). Dr. Geva’s current research projects address: he role of affect and emotions in political decision; international terrorism; reactions to military interventions and collateral damage and gender politics. His research methodology emphasizes experiments and computer simulations.
Dr. İnci Güneralp is an associate professor in Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Güneralp is a fluvial geomorphologist and hydrologist. Her research aims to develop creative and effective pathways for sustainable management of surface water within lowland landscapes where nature, people, and built environment interact and coevolve. She is also interested in how public policies can impact these interactions and co-evolution and enhance the resilience of these landscapes.
Dr. Mendoza-Sanchez is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupation Health in the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University. Her research examines the transport, transformation, and persistence of contaminants in the environment. Her work covers the transport of antibiotics and associated development of antibiotic resistance in the soil environment. Dr. Mendoza-Sanchez also researches the physical and biological factors that control bioremediation of contaminated groundwater. She is also interested in how people perceive the effect of environmental pollutants on their health.
Dr. Debalina Sengupta is the Coastal Resilience Program Director for Texas Sea Grant at Texas A&M University. She leads and manages extension activities that focus on building resilient communities and economies along the Texas Gulf Coast. Dr. Sengupta works collaboratively with coastal communities to implement strategies that strengthen their resilience and sustainability through science and technology-based interventions. Her research interests span a plethora of topics fueled by her current and past experiences including process systems engineering, sustainability analysis, life cycle assessment, technoeconomic analysis, environmental justice, resilient systems modeling for application areas such as energy transition, gas processing and utilization, sustainable manufacturing, eco-industrial parks, food energy water nexus and others.