SOLER Faculty Committee
Co-Chair: Soulaymane Kachani, Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation
Co-Chair: Janet Metcalfe, Department of Psychology
Lenin Grajo, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
David Helfand, Department of Astronomy
Garud Iyengar, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Bruce Kogut, Management Division, CBS
Malia Fox Mason, Management Division, CBS
Ellen Meier, Teachers College
Letty Moss-Salentijn, College of Dental Medicine
Brent Stockwell, Department of Biological Sciences
Gregory Wawro, Department of Political Science
Tian Zheng, Department of Statistics
SOLER Student Research Assistants (SSRAs)
Read about the SSRA position here.
Byung Cheol Lee is a 6th-year PhD candidate in Marketing at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Statistical Science and Economics from Duke University. Byung is interested in investigating how individuals behave in new technology environments in ways that produce practical outcomes for consumers, marketers, and policy makers. His dissertation explores how personalized product recommendations impact consumer psychology and documents strategies for recommendation services and consumers. In his work with SOLER, Byung seeks to use theoretical foundations of behavioral sciences to tackle substantive problems related to student learning and, ultimately, to offer meaningful solutions for teachers and students. When not working, he spends his time touring local coffee shops to develop a coffee palate or checking out creative desserts from restaurants in the city.
Ksenia Rybkina is a 3rd-year PhD candidate in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies at CUIMC. She completed her BSc in Biochemistry from McMaster University in Canada and is now conducting her dissertation work with Dr. Donna Farber on the dynamics of human tissue-specific T-cell immunity in early life. As an undergraduate, she was a consultant for a new Chemistry course, supported a review of the Department of Biochemistry, and published work on student perceptions of student-faculty partnership. She continues to advocate for the inclusion of students in curriculum development and course design processes and has a special interest in the implementation of blended learning structures in introductory STEM courses. When not in the lab, Ksenia spends her time in the city at Fotografiska checking out the most recent photography exhibits or embracing her Russian roots and catching a New York City Ballet production at Lincoln Center.
John Thorp is a 3rd-year PhD candidate in Psychology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a BA in the Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies as well as a BA in Jazz Studies. John is currently pursuing his PhD with Dr. Lila Davachi, investigating the ways that motivational and affective states shape our memory. During the 2021-2022 academic year, he is also serving as a Lead Teaching Fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning; John is looking forward to complementing his advocacy and liaison work in that role with efforts to address the mechanistic questions SOLER is built to ask. In the evenings, John is most likely to be found at the Jazz Gallery, Roulette Intermedium, or Film at Lincoln Center.