The lab was 1 step away from finding the cure to the zombie slime outbreak at Trapped Columbus, but the clock ran out and we got #mutated!
We welcome graduate student Vicky Abou-Ghalioum to the lab! Vicky is a graduate of Cleveland State University, where she earned a BA in psychology. She is looking forward to her involvement in the graduate student network here at Ohio State, as well as exploring Columbus as a whole. We greatly look forward to having Vicky as a part of the team!
We welcome graduate student Briahna Hendey to the lab! Briahna graduated with a BS in Human Biology from the University of Southern California. She also minored in Psychology, which is how she met Dr. Sintov. Briahna is specifically interested in sustainable diets and human-wildlife conflict mitigation. She spent the past year and half in Colorado Springs, where she worked in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s EdVenture Department. Welcome to the team, Briahna; we are excited to have you!
We say goodbye to Maddie Goebel, who spearheaded the Participant Tracking side of the FEWprints project. After earning her Bachelor’s in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability at Ohio State, Maddie will be moving to Idaho with her family to pursue future career opportunities out west. Maddie has been an integral part of studies such as FEWprints and Energy Interactions. We’ll miss you very much, Maddie, and good luck in your future endeavors!
Last month, we welcomed Dr. Lee White to the lab. Dr. White earned her PhD in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California where she examined city policies and individual behavior interventions to increase sustainable behavior. She is currently involved in the lab’s project on Understanding and Improving Consumer Trust in Autonomous Vehicles, as well as projects investigating factors that impact household acceptance of demand-side response and how those response measures may intensify energy poverty. We are excited to have Dr. White as an asset in the lab; Welcome!
Congratulations to several members of the lab who had presentations accepted for the 12thannual Behavior Energy Climate Change (BECC) Conference later this year. Dr. Sintov, Hugh Walpole M.S., and Dr. Lee White will all be presenting and representing the lab at BECC in Washington, D.C. this October.
We bid farewell to research assistant Sarah Miles in early June. Sarah relocated to New Mexico to pursue her career goals following graduation from Ohio State. The new opportunities she’s taking on include serving as a Field Educator for The Ethical Choices Program where she will help to educate youth on the benefits of a plant-based diet, and also working as a Resource Assistant the USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region in coordinating and organizing their information and databases. Thank you for your hard work and dedication in and outside of the lab, Sarah. You will be missed!
The lab will undertake a new project to investigate factors that inhibit and promote consumer trust in autonomous vehicles. This project is funded by OSU’s Center for Automotive Research consortium. More details can be found in this article published by CAR.
Welcome the newest addition to the lab, Atar Herziger! Atar is a postdoctoral researcher who focuses on consumer behavior in pro-social and pro-environmental contexts. She will be managing the Smart Columbus Ride and Drive program for the lab.