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Team

Who we are

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Our research team is uniquely situated, drawing upon the expertise of and dedication from individuals working and studying at North Carolina (NC) State University and Penn State University.

 

We utilize a full-team and sub-team approach. Working as a full team, we meet regularly every week. Our members work in sub-teams, game design and/or science literacy, and meet weekly. 

Our project team also holds regular retreats, which span several days. These retreats are a beneficial space, whether in-person or virtual, for work flow and brainstorming project challenges. 

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Meet the current Wildlife University team

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John
Nietfeld, PhD

Professor of Educational Psychology, NC State, Project PI

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Simon
Hooper, PhD

Professor of Learning, Design, & Technology, Penn State,
Senior Personnel

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Mollie 
Fuerst

Undergraduate Scholar, Media Arts, Design, & Technology, NC State

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Willow
Alston-Socha

Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, NC State

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Rayne
Sperling, PhD

Professor of Educational Psychology, Penn State, Project Co-PI

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Jian
Liao, PhD

Lecturer of Educational Technology, Southwest University, China
 

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Richae’
Smith

Undergraduate Scholar, Media Arts, Design, & Technology, NC State

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Daniell
DiFrancesca, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Penn State Behrend, Senior Personnel

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Taylor Marie
Young

Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, Penn State

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Caroline
Leder

Undergraduate Scholar, Psychology, NC State

Meet the Alumni of the Wildlife University Team 

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Huiqing
Hu

Doctoral Student, Penn State

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Isabel
Bo-Linn

Master of Graphic Design, NC State

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Ying
Wang

Doctoral Student, Penn State

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Samira
Syal

Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, NC State

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Rob
Monahan

Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, NC State

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Riley
Kapusta

Undergraduate Scholar, Elementary & Early Childhood Education, Penn State

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Sophia
Sabatini

Undergraduate Scholar, Secondary Education Mathematics & Psychology, Penn State

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T. Fulya
Eyupoglu

Doctoral Student, NC State

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Marcie
Laird

Master of Graphic Design, NC State

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Mike
Lewis

Master's Student, NC State

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Jacob
Williams

Master of Graphic Design,

NC State

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Ameya V. Tathavadkar

Masters in Computer Science, NC State

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Julian
Fernandez

Undergraduate Scholar, Art & Design, NC State

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Stella
Park

Undergraduate Scholar, Media Arts, Design, & Technology, NC State

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Isabel
Hennes

Master's Student, NC State

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Joseph
Tise

Doctoral Student, Penn State

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Stephanie
Sosa

Undergraduate Student, NC State

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Amanda
MacCormac

Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, NC State

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Michael
Cattell

Undergraduate Scholar, Education & Public Policy, Penn State

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Margaret (Maggie)
Day

Undergraduate Scholar, Education & Public Policy, Penn State

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Liza
Park

Undergraduate Scholar, Media & Journalism with a Specialization in Graphic Design, UNC Chapel Hill

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