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1. Khalid Latif- Leadership

Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). He is a professor of interfaith leadership, and

his views and compassion will change the way you see community, leadership, acceptance and solidarity. He has met President Obama and the Pope! Khalid is not only an Imam and Professor, but also the youngest chaplain in history of the NYPD. He is featured in the documentary “Of Many” directed by Linda Mills about a rabbi and an imam (Khalid) who work together to promote unity among people from different religions. Latif not only won many awards and distinction for community service but was also named one of 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2009 by Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talaal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.

2. Claude Desplan- Biology

Intro to Bio is nothing without the French gem. Claude’s sense of humor and clear explanations with visuals will not only make biology easy, but he will bring a new way of understanding biology to light. His research focuses on neurodevelopment biology using drosophila. Desplan was chosen as a Golden Dozen influential silver professor.

3. Maitland Jones- Chemistry

Orgo is a nightmare, and Maitland, who wrote the Orgo textbook, an internationally renowned experimental chemist and an avid Jazz lover, can actually make it a nightmare as well. But it’s really just tough love: Maitland will push you to understand Organic chemistry radically and you will come out of his course having the best tools to use to become a chemist. Over the course of almost forty years, he and his research group have published 225 papers.

4. Tom Carew- Neuroscience

Not only a Neuroscientist, but also a dean at CAS, Tom Carew’s focus is on molecular mechanisms of memory. If you are a neuroscience major, take his upper elective as it will influence your way of thinking about memory and the brain. Tom is not only insanely smart, but is also kind and caring. He obtained the (NIMH) MERIT Award, an NIMH Career Development Award, Yale’s Dylan Hixon Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences, and the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at the University of California, Irvine. Get to know him!

5. Nader Uthman- MEIS

Learning a new language is difficult especially when that language is Arabic. Nader will make learning Arabic fun, insightful and full of surprises according to his students at the Middle Eastern department. Nader will get you hooked on the culture and will help you engage in class. He is hands down, one of the most influential professors from the MEIS department! Ask him about his research and his favorite food!

6. Michael Gomez- history

if you are interested in African diaspora, Professor Gomez is definitely to talk to! He is currently a Silver Professor of History and founded the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) from its inception in 2000 to 2007, and is currently series editor of the Cambridge Studies on the African Diaspora, Cambridge University Press. Gomez is supportive of the struggles of people of African descent worldwide and works on projects internationally that involve understanding the roots of African history.

7. Kenji Yoshino- Law

Yoshino is a legal scholar at NYU and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law. If you are an Econ or a law student, Kenji will make you more focused on understanding civil rights and thinking differently about the constitution. A Harvard valedictorian, Yoshino is the author of three books: Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights; A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice; and Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial.

8. Gabriele Oettingen- Psychology

This psychologist has fascinating ways to get you to understanding scientific methods in research. Oettingen is insightful, kind and will gently lead you in the right way if you are working with her on your thesis or struggling with understanding a concept. Her work on Positive Psychology , self regulation and goal disengagement as well as her book “ Rethinking Positive Thinking” offer a nuanced understanding of motivation based on solid evidence. Talk to her about her research and it will be a fascinating conversation!


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Aya Che

Neuroscience and Psychology nerd working in research. loves to cook, listen to people rant about their lives, make weird music, and asparagus.


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