Morse Fellows

Morse College is a vibrant community. We would love to count you among us. The Fellows meet a few times per semester at the Head of College’s house, to interact with friends from all parts of the University and from the broader community. Many play the role of Advisor for a student or two. We extend invitations to student functions such as performances and college-wide social events, welcome participation at intramural sports, provide dining privileges in the college at lunch or dinner, all so you can meet with students, faculty and friends. Please join us - we welcome you!

A (4) | B (8) | C (5) | D (4) | E (3) | F (3) | G (3) | H (3) | K (9) | L (1) | M (2) | O (2) | P (5) | R (5) | S (9) | T (4) | V (1) | W (3)

Thomas D Pollard

Sterling Prof MCDB

Biography

Tom Pollard graduated from Pomona College in 1964. At Harvard Medical School he began a lifetime of research on the molecular basis of cellular movements. As a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Salk Institute and Yale, his research group discovered and characterized proteins that produce forces for cells to move. They used microscopy, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and mathematical modeling to formulate and test detailed molecular explanations for the roles of actin filaments in cellular movements, endocytosis and cytokinesis. Pollard chaired his departments at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Yale and served as President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is now Sterling Professor and Dean of the Graduate School at Yale.  Professor Pollard served as president of two scientific societies and in leadership positions at the National Academy of Sciences. His honors include the Gairdner International Award, E.B. Wilson Award from the American Society for Cell Biology and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine.

Interests:

Prof. Pollard also explores classical music, running, and hiking.

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Rafael Porrata-Doria

Professor-Professor of Law

Biography

Rafael Porrata-Doria has taught at Temple Univeristy School of Law since 1983; prior to that he was a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Rutgers-Camden Law School, LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome) and at the Lauder Institute of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before teaching, Professor Porrata-Doria practiced law in Philadelphia and Miami, Florida. From Santurce, Puerto Rico, and a 1977 graduate of the Law School, he has also passed the bar in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian. He has written on securities, and international law; consulted for World Bank, American Law Insititute and Senate of Pennsylvania. 

Interests:

Prof. Porrata-Doria is immersed in international and comparative law, international business law, European Community law, securities and corporate law. He also has interests in Community development and healthcare. He is a veteran with over 20 years of service, and has experience and interest in national defense, and operational law.  

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

Contact Information:

215.204.7694

Nathaniel Raymond

Lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Biography

Nathaniel A. Raymond is a Lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. His research interests have focused on the human rights and human security implications of information communication technologies (ICTs) for vulnerable populations, particularly in the context of armed conflict. Previously, he was the founding Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from 2012 – 2018. From 2010 to 2012, he was Director of Operations for the George Clooney-founded Satellite Sentinel Project at HHI, which utilized high resolution satellite imagery to detect and document attacks on civilians in Sudan and South Sudan. Raymond was Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights from 2008 – 2010, leading investigations into the role of US health professionals in the Bush Administration’s “enhanced” interrogation program.

He previously was a humanitarian aid worker with Oxfam America, serving in the field in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the US Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Raymond has conducted joint research with multiple United Nations agencies into the role of ICTs and digital data, including remote sensing, in improving the protection of civilian populations and the delivery of humanitarian assistance. He served as a consultant in early warning of mass atrocities to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in South Sudan in 2015. Raymond was a 2013 Poptech Social Innovation Fellow, a 2010 Rockwood Leadership Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellow, and a co-recipient of the 2012 US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Industry Intelligence Achievement Award.

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Lonnie Reed

CT State Representative

Biography

Representative Reed has had a career as a journalist, a political talk show host, and as President of Iger/Reed, a production company for documentaries and TV network specials. Rep. Reed has been deeply involved in Connecticut’s affairs and has been elected to the Connecticut General Assembly where she serves as Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee; Co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Life Sciences Causus; and Co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Long Island Sound Caucus. She is active in environmental, healthcare and women’s issues. 

Interests:

Rep. Reed is deeply involved in a wide variety of public policy issues and in promoting public engagement in the political process.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Connecting students to internships or other opportunities

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Daniel E. Rosner

Research Professor, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Biography

Dan Rosner, Emeritus and Research Professor, was a Professor and formerly Chairman of Yale’s Department of Chemical Engineering. Dan Joined the Yale faculty in 1969 after 11 years of industrial research, having completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering at CCNY and PhD in Aeronautical Engineering at Princeton University. During his academic career, Professor Rosner developed/taught advance engineering courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, and directed the PhD research in convective energy-and molecular species-transport, fine particle technology, and combustion. He published over 240 papers on these topics and the award winning book “Transport Processes in Chemically Reacting Flow Systems.”

Professor Rosner also studied graphic arts/printmaking at the High School of Music & Art in NYC, graduating as August St. Gaudens Medalist in 1951. His art went on hold until the ‘70’s when he resumed print making at New Haven’s Creative Arts Workshop. His work has been published in “Science” magazine and “The New York Times.” Currently a member of the New Haven Paint & Clay, and the Hamden Art League, he is planning shows at Yale in October 2014, Orange, CT and Woodbridge, CT both in 2015.

Interests:

Prof. Rosner would be pleased to meet with and advise Yale College students interested in (or considering) majoring in our School of Engineering, as well as recent alumni.

He is also interested in helping to organize/mount art exhibits (for the Morse College Gallery) by students and faculty/scholars associated with Morse College. 

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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David Ross

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Program Director of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program

Biography

David Ross graduated from Yale College and Morse in 1999, and continued at Yale for his MD/PhD and residency before joining as faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. He is Associate Program Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Academic work includes research on how to integrate principles of adult learning into graduate medical education and on the process of ranking and recruiting applicants. He serves as co-chair of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative and does clinical work at the West Haven VA treating veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Interests:

Dr. Ross is happy to speak with folks about medical school, neuroscience, psychiatry, PTSD, music and the brain, residency programs, etc. He’d be even happier to talk about rock climbing, trail running, or Yale hockey!

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

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Jonathan Rubin

Middle Market Investment Banking, Managing Director

Biography

Mr. Rubin, holding an MBA and a BA in English Literature (cum laude) from Yale, has extensive experience in deal structuring and execution, both as an advisor and as a principal. Prior to joining Westbury Group in 2005, he founded Abacus Capital Partners, an advisory and consulting company. He was CEO for E-Sync Networks, an online supply chain company, and in management at TeleChoice, NFO Worldwide, Southern New England Telephone and Trans National Communications. Mr. Rubin helped SNET become the #2 long distance carrier in Connecticut as a bundling pioneer. At TNC, he ran the residential division of the company, and spearheaded the use of affinity marketing for long distance service. He also worked as a management consultant for Mercer Management Consulting and Bain & Co., and began his career at Morgan Stanley. 

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

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Brian Scassellati

Professor of Computer Science

Biography

Brian Scassellati spent his undergrad and graduate years at MIT finishing with a PhD in 2001. He came to Yale in 2001 and is a Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering. He is also Director of the NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics. Professor Scassellati was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in 2007, and received an NSF CAREER award in 2003. His research focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills. Using computational modeling and socially interactive robots, his research evaluates models of how infants acquire social skills and assists in the diagnosis and quantification of disorders of social development (such as autism). Succinctly put, he builds robots that help kids.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising

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Christine Scriabine

Historical Consultant

Biography

Christine Scriabine received her PhD in American Civilization at Brown University. She began her career teaching at Pennsylvania State University but quickly changed her focus upon arriving in New Haven when she had the opportunity to help the University of Hartford ultimately realize a new museum, The Museum of American Political Life. Currently, Professor Scriabine is doing historical consulting and freelance writing.

Offers assistance in:

Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

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Eliza Shaw Valk

Biography

Eliza is an artist and landscape architect. She works at the landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand and aims to bring design excellence to New Haven’s public spaces. She’s project manager for the Mill River Trail, currently under construction, which travels through the center of the city, connecting East Rock Park to Long Island Sound. Not far from the river Eliza runs an art studio exploring the intersection of light and form in large-scale installations. Through massing and reordering mundane, often rejected, materials, her work explores structure and improvisation, the materials acting as registrations of mechanical processes and the mechanism for capturing transitory events. Eliza holds two master’s degrees, in landscape architecture and city planning, from Penn. She was trained as a dancer and her B.A., from Oberlin, is in visual and performing arts.