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 (7) | B (10) | C (6) | D (4) | E (3) | F (2) | G (4) | H (4) | K (11) | L (3) | M (3) | O (2) | P (5) | R (5) | S (10) | T (5) | V (3) | W (3)

Jennifer Kowitt

Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut

Biography

Jennifer Kowitt graduated from Yale in 2004, and proceeded to work in museum education at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and the Brooklyn Museum. She received her MA in History of Art from the University of Bristol, Bristol, England in 2008, and is currently a doctoral student in the special education program (Department of Educational Psychology) at the University of Connecticut, where her research interests include using museums to teach cognitive and social skills to people of all ages with a range of disabilities. Ms. Kowitt continues teaching adults with cognitive and social disabilities at YCBA.

Interests:

Ms. Kowitt enjoys History of Art, and Special Education – especially transition, autism, and postsecondary education for students with disabilities.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising

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Gena Lai

Director of Special Assets, Yale Office of Planned Giving

Biography

Gena Lai is Director of Special Assets in the Yale Office of Development.  In this role, she conducts legal, financial, and other due diligence on proposed non-cash gifts to Yale; works with donors and front-line fundraisers to structure gift transactions for the donor’s and Yale’s mutual benefit; and facilitates compliance with tax and securities laws relating to the reporting and substantiation of charitable deductions and the transfer of securities gifts.  She also manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of a wide variety of assets, including private equity, hedge funds, limited partnership interests, real estate, oil and mineral interests, life insurance policies, intellectual property interests, and collectibles.  Prior to her current role, Gena worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC; Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a law firm in New York City; Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY; and the Yale Investments Office.  Gena graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in English literature and Fordham Law School with a J.D.  She is also a CFA charterholder.


Becca Levy, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Psychology Biography

Biography

Dr. Levy’s research explores psychosocial factors that influence older individuals’ cognitive and physical functioning, as well as their longevity. She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes, which are assimilated from the culture, can have beneficial and adverse effects, respectively, on the health of older individuals.Her studies have been conducted by longitudinal, experimental, and cross-cultural methods. 

She has received a Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging, the Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Adult Development and Aging from the American Psychological Association, the Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older Adults from the Gerontological Society of America and Senior Service America, the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology, and the Ewald W. Busse Research Award in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics that is given once every four years. She is a consulting editor for Psychology and Aging, is on the founding editorial board of Stigma and Health, and serves on the editorial boards of GeroPsych and Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science.

Dr. Levy has given invited testimony before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism and contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases. 

She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and held a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Aging and Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Science Foundation, and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.


Kristi Lockhart

Senior Lecturer Psychology; Associate Research Scientist/Scholar Psychology

Biography

Kristi Lockhart is an associate research scientist and senior lecturer at Yale University. She received her graduate degrees from Stanford University and University of Pennsylvania. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Lockhart specializes in working with children and families, with a specific interest in depression and other severe mental disorders. Her research focuses on children’s social-cognitive development, specifically children’s understanding of social convention, children’s optimism, as well as children’s beliefs about the origins and stability of traits. More recently, she has been investigating intellectual humility in children and their perceptions of boasting.

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Scott J. Miller

Irénée duPont Professor of Chemistry

Biography

Scott Miller received his B.A. (1989), M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1994) from Harvard University, where he worked as a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. Subsequently, he traveled to the California Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Robert Grubbs until 1996. For the following decade, Professor Miller was a member of the faculty at Boston College, until joining the faculty at Yale University in 2006. In 2008, he was appointed as the Irénée duPont Professor of Chemistry, and in 2009, the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department.

Interests:

Prof. Miller is fascinated by most things, but perhaps, especially those that are considered scientific.

Offers assistance in:

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

Katie Murphy

Senior Technical Advisor for Early Childhood Development

Biography

Katie is the Senior Technical Advisor for Early Childhood Development at the International Rescue Committee, and has over fifteen years of experience working in the field of early childhood development, education and sustainable development. Katie led the technical design of the Sesame Seeds initiative for the IRC, which received the inaugural MacArthur 100&Change award in December 2017 to provide critical early childhood programming in response to the Syrian crisis.  Katie began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, where she lived in a rural community for 2 years teaching in a rural school and developing health education and income generation projects. She first worked with the IRC in 2005 as the education manager in Chad, supporting Darfurian refugees to build and improve educational and recreational programs for children and youth.  After returning to the U.S., Katie began working at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where she became the Deputy Director of the Global Master’s in Development Practice Secretariat.  Currently a PhD candidate in Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Pennsylvania, Katie has conducted research in early childhood development in Central America, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Mexico and Thailand.  Katie has an MPH from the University of Pennsylvania, an MEd in International Education Policy from Harvard and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.


Robert Musco

Biography

Robert Musco is currently a school librarian at neighboring Amity Regional High School and a part-time medical interpreter at Yale-New Haven Health.  

After graduating from Cornell University, he studied stage and costume design in New York University’s MFA program, afterwards working as a wardrobe supervisor in opera, on Broadway, and in television and film production.  His first career change led him to Barcelona, where he taught business English and worked as a staff translator for a global consulting company. He later built and operated a cafe-bar in Barcelona’s then-burgeoning Raval district.

After returning to the States, he earned an MS in secondary education and ESL (Albright College) and taught high-school Spanish for ten years, before receiving an MLS (Southern Connecticut) and making the switch to librarianship.

He is enthusiastic about helping students navigate and make sense of the morass of information available today, empowering them to make the decisions that will make their lives happier and the world more liveable.

Interests:

Robert enjoys learning about and sharing the company of dogs.  He is also fascinated by uncovering family secrets through genealogical research.

Offers assistance in:

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

Dan Oren

Psychiatry, Associate Professor Adjunct

Biography

Dan Oren graduated from Yale College, specifically, Morse College, as a chemistry major. He continued at Yale in the med school and psychiatry residency training. He went on to do a fellowship at the US National Institute of Mental Health, and returned to Yale to spend 6 years as full time medical faculty and is now on the adjunct faculty. His current research is the study of humoral phototransduction and how light affects human and animal biology, and winter seasonal depression. Well published, Dr. Oren also wrote Joining The Club, one of Yale’s Tercentennial history books. He is spending the 2014-15 academic year as a visiting professor in Poland, but should still be reachable by e-mail.

Interests:

Dr. Oren loves Yale History, photobiology and photochemistry in animals, chronobiology, and psychiatry. He also welcomes conversation about careers in academic medicine.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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Giulia Oskian

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Biography

Giulia Oskian is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She specializes in political theory and her research interests include early modern and modern political thought, constitutionalism, democratic theory, the history of ideologies, and political psychology. Her book Tocqueville and the Legal Basis of Democracy was published in Italian and is now being translated into English. Currently, she is working on a new project, which explores the role of emotions in political life, studying how emotions inform political judgement and internally curb rationality. She holds a Ph.D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore and, before coming to Yale, was a postdoctoral fellow at Science Po Paris and at Queen Mary University of London, and a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University.


Nikhil Padmanabhan

Faculty, Assoc. Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Biography

Nikhil Padmanabhan received his BS from Stanford in 2001 and his PhD in Physics from Princeton in 2007. Professor Padmanabhan came to Yale in 2009 and is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy. His research interests are in cosmology, specifically in understanding the “dark energy” that appears to dominate our universe. He is working with some of the largest astronomical surveys available and thinks about astronomical “big data.” 

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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