Raymond Crookes earned his PhD in Behavioral Sciences at Columbia University Center for Resaertch on Environmental Decisions in Spring 2017. He studied the downstream effects of choice architecture, "Nudges" (best selling book by the same name that emphasizes the way in which a choice is presented has a predictable effect on the choice outcome), on future behavior. This research is important because of the popularity of "Nudges" and the usage in public policy, public health and financial decision making. Misunderstanding of the downstream or spillover effects of these "Nudges" could lead to outcomes that are opposite of the intentions (e.g. a healthy nudge could lead to unhealthy behavior). His primary lab is http://cred.columbia.edu/ and with Raymond as a contributor, they just released a communication guide http://www.connectingonclimate.org/ which looks at the best methods to communicate science (specifically about climate change) to the lay public.
Armando Rosario-Lebron is a graduate student in Entomology at the University of Maryland where he is advised by Entomology Assistant Professor Cerruti Hooks. He was awarded an NSF GRF fellowship in 2011. This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. Recently, Armando was awarded a $15,000 grant "Using Molecular Methods to Identify Parasitoids and Assess parasitism of the BMSB: Deciphering the Cause of Unknown Morality." The purpose of the grant's funding is to investigate the lifestyle of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, known for destroying agricultural crops in Maryland. Armando will develop molecular techniques to address potential strategies for reducing the damage caused by these pests.