Diana Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is an expert on community-based healthcare, minority health, environmental risk factors, and urban health. She focuses her research on the intersections between infrastructure, poverty and health, with a stress on energy efficiency. Funding from several development organizations allows Hernández to serve as a Co-Investigator on projects for energy efficiency upgrades, improvement on public housing models and the relief of poverty-related health effects.
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Community-Based Healthcare, Minority Health, Environmental Risk Factors, and Urban Health
We’re moving from the Education Team to the Science Desk this week, with Michaeleen Doucleff editing. Here’s what she had to say about her handpicked sources:
“Dr. Wendy Chung is about as close to a real-life Dr. House as it comes. Instead of a whiteboard and sardonic tongue, Chung’s secret weapon is DNA. Both a pediatrician and scientist, Chung runs the Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University. Most recently she’s turned her attention to autism.
Chung is a fantastic source for any story about genetics, heart disease, obesity and autism. She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes, and can speak about bioethics.”
“I met Dr. Pearl Chiu a few months ago at her office in Virginia Tech. Right away I was impressed by how easily and clearly she talked about complex topics, such as neuroscience, depression and addiction. Many researchers work in these areas, but only a few can discuss the science behind them in simple and engaging ways. Chiu is one of them.
Chiu is a rising star in an emerging area of neuroscience, called neuroeconomics. She and her team study the circuitry in our brain that controls how, when and why we make and change decisions. Chiu is also a good source for discussing PTSD, altruism and prejudice.”
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Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Labor Organizing, Politics, Policy, Race & Ethnic Politics, African-American Politics, Urban Politics and Policy, American Political Development, Community Organizing, Social Movements, Social Science Methodology