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2012 Weiser Fellows

Olena Nizalova
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2012

Olena Nizalova is assistant professor at the Kyiv School of Economics, and senior economist at the Kyiv Economics Institute, Ukraine. Professor Nizalova received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2006. Her research encompasses interests in labor and health economics, economics of aging, and policy evaluation, and has been funded by the Ukrainian Ministry of Labor and the World Bank, among others. Professor Nizalova will spend four weeks at U-M in October 2012 measuring the impact of obesity on labor market outcomes in Ukraine. Her host advisor is Edward C. Norton, professor of health management and policy and economics.

Oleksiy Panych
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2012

Oleksiy Panych is professor of philosophy at the Donetsk National Technical University in Ukraine, where he teaches a wide range of courses on literary, philosophical, and cultural topics. He also serves as a research advisor at the Donetsk Christian University. He holds doctorates in philology and philosophy from the Kyiv Academic Institutes of Literature and Philosophy, respectively, and has published a number of scholarly works and translations in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. Professor Panych will spend four weeks at U-M in March 2012 researching the problem of skepticism in British modern philosophy in collaboration with his U-M host advisor, Louis E. Loeb, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Philosophy.

Sonja Pavlovic-Veselinovic
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2012

Sonja Pavlovic-Veselinovic is assistant professor in the School of Occupational Safety at the University of Niš, Serbia, where she earned her doctorate in 2008. She has also been a researcher on three long-term projects under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology Development for the Republic of Serbia, and has participated in many civic initiatives on environmental and social issues. Professor Pavlovic-Veselinovic will visit U-M for three weeks in February 2012 to investigate the relative importance of work-related musculoskeletal disorder risk factors for occupational diseases, in cooperation with Thomas J. Armstrong, professor of industrial and operations engineering and biomedical engineering and director, Center for Ergonomics.

Martin Pukanec
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2012

Martin Pukanec is assistant professor of Slovak language and linguistics at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovak Republic. Professor Pukanec received his Ph.D. in 2006 from Ludovít Štúr Linguistics Institute at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He previously worked as a translator at the European Parliament in Luxembourg, and also completed a number of internships at institutions including the Sorbonne. While at U-M for four weeks in September 2012, he will explore American theories of semantic change. His U-M host advisor is Sarah Thomason, William J. Gedney Collegiate Professor of Linguistics and chair, Department of Linguistics.

Lidija Radenovic
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2012

Lidija Radenovic is professor in the faculty of biology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, where she also earned her doctorate in neuroscience in 2001. Since 1992, she has participated in eight national scientific projects supported by the Serbian Ministry for Science, and is currently leading an interdisciplinary subproject until 2014. Professor Radenovic also serves as vice president of the Serbian Biological Society, and is a member of several other boards. She will research the blood brain barrier in neuroinflammation during four weeks at U-M in April 2012. Her host advisor is Anuska Andjelkovic-Zochowska, assistant professor of pathology and research assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Medical School.

Denys Shestopalets
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2012

Denys Shestopalets is a junior research fellow at the A. Krymsky Institute of Oriental Studies and the Religion Studies Department of the Institute of Philosophy at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He earned his doctorate in history in 2008 at Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National Pedagogical University. In 2009-10, he conducted research in the United States as part of a Fulbright fellowship. During his four-week stay at U-M in October 2012, Dr. Shestopalets will collaborate with his host advisor, Alexander Knysh, professor of Islamic studies, on a project entitled, “Accommodation of Sufism in the USA and Ukraine: Towards a Comparative Analysis.”

Marija Tasic
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2012

Marija Tasic recently became assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Niš, Serbia, where she received her doctorate in 2011. In addition to publishing a number of scientific papers, since 2005 she has worked on several long-term research projects related to reaction system definition, process modeling, simulation and optimization of chemical processes. Professor Tasic will spend four weeks at U-M in September 2012 working on a project entitled, “Nanostructured Functional Materials in Catalytic and Sorption Processes, Integral and Interdisciplinary Investigations,” along with her U-M host advisor, Phillip E. Savage, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemical Engineering.