Michael R. Waschak, Ph.D.

Director of RIT/AUK Center for Energy and Natural Resources

Michael R. Waschak was awarded his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. He also holds Masters degrees in city and regional planning (MCRP, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003) specializing in environmental planning; and in public administration (MPA, Kennesaw State University, 1999) with thesis research on the federal mediation of Native American land disputes during the Carter administration. In the past he served for two years as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, has worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia and spent two years developing strategies for urban brownfield redevelopment for the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Technical Assistance for communities with Brownfields (USEPA Region 4 - TAB) program. His current research focuses on community-based collaborative governance incorporating principles of environmental adaptive management.


Selected Papers:

Waschak, M. R. (2009). Evaluating the Impacts of Partnership: An Electronic-Panel Study of Partnering and the Potential for Adaptive Management. Unpublished Dissertation, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Waschak, M. R. (2008). Evaluating the Impacts of Partnership. [Panel Chair] Paper presented at the Southeast Conference on Public Administration September 25, 2008, in Orlando, FL.

Kingsley, G., Waschak, M. R., & Sosinska, O. (2008). The Influence of Policy Inducements and Embedded Relations on the Formation and Operation of Partnerships. Paper presented at the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography’s 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting: From the Watershed to the Global Ocean, on March 5, 2008 in Orlando, FL.

Kingsley, G., Waschak, M. R., & Sosinska, O. (2008). The Influence of Policy Inducements and Embedded Relations on the Formation and Operation of Partnerships. Paper presented (by G. Kingsley) at the NSF-MSP Conference, Research, Evidence and Outcomes: Claims-Based Outcomes - What do we know? How do we know what we know? What do we still need to know?, on January 28-29, 2008 in Washington, DC.

Kingsley, G., O’Neil, D., Usselman, M., Waschak, M. R., & Jones, J. (2008). Final Report on Alternative Approaches to Evaluating STEM Education Partnerships: A Review of Evaluation Methods and Application of an Interorganizational Model. (NSF 02-061 Award #: 0231904). Washington DC: National Science Foundation.

Waschak, M. R. & Kingsley, G. (2008) Education Partnerships: Defining, Observing, Measuring and Evaluating. Report on the partnership literature for the National Science Foundation.

Waschak, M. R. (2007). Partnership as a Policy Tool: How do we improve evaluation? Illinois Math Science Partnership Program Meeting. Presentation for the Illinois Department of Education November 1, 2007 in Springfield, IL.

Waschak, M. R., & Kingsley, G. (2007). The Myth of Formation: Grant-Based Partnerships in the Context of Local Initiatives. Paper presented at the Southeast Conference on Public Administration September 27, 2007, in Nashville, TN.

Waschak, M. R. (2007). Partnership as a Policy Tool: What matters in evaluation? Illinois Math Science Partnership Program Meeting. Presentation for the Illinois Department of Education July 26, 2007 in Springfield, IL.

Waschak, M., Usselman, M., Llewellyn, D., & Kingsley, G. (2007). Improving Evaluation in STEM partnerships. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation annual GK-12 PI Meeting March 10, 2007 in Washington, DC..

Waschak, M. R., & Kingsley, G. (2006). Education Partnerships: Developing Conceptual Clarity for Improving Evaluation. Chapel Hill, NC: Horizon Research, Inc. (about 90% my work).

Kingsley, G., & Waschak, M. R. (2005). Finding Value and Meaning in the Concept of Partnership, Paper Presented at the MSP Evaluation Summit: Evidence-Based Findings from MSPs. in Minneapolis, MN, September 16, 2005.

Waschak, M. R. (2003). Developing a Demand Model for Brownfield Programs: The Application of Adaptive Planning to Urban Brownfield Redevelopment. Unpublished Masters, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Waschak, M. R. (2003). Effects of Population Change on Brownfield Redevelopment in Atlanta's City Center. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Tech Research Institute / Electro-Optics, Environment and Materials Laboratory.

Waschak, M. R. (1999). Indian Mediations During the Carter Administration: Evaluating the Role of the Federal Executive Branch in Implementing the Boldt Decision on Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest, Settling the Maine Land Dispute, and Mediating the Hopi / Navaho Land Dispute. Unpublished Masters, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.


Alicia English, Ph.D.

Fulbright Fellow & Energy Resource Economist

Dr. English completed her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Her research focuses on the environmental tradeoffs of energy production in the United States and abroad. Her work on U.S. domestic biofuels using corn stover focused on the spatial analysis of stover removal’s impact on soil resources. Neglecting the costs that stover provides in terms of ecosystem services is a significant constraint to developing stover as a second-generation feedstock. Currently, she is researching the effects of energy policies, security and development in the Balkans as means to increase economic activity under environmental and investment constraints.

Previously she has worked in a developing country context in Liberia in 2007. Where she worked with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture/Sustainable Tree Crops Program to analyze baseline data and compile a report on the post-conflict tree crop sector for her M.S. thesis.

She is the 2013 Fulbright Grantee for Kosovo, where she is teaching and researching at the American University in Kosovo. She received the USDA National Needs Fellowship for Alternative Energy (2008-2011) and was Chair of the American Agricultural Economics Association Graduate Student Section (2010).


Selected Papers and Presentations:

English, A., W.E. Tyner, J. Sesmero P. Owens, D. Muth. 2013. “Environmental Tradeoffs of Stover Removal and Erosion in Indiana.” Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining, 7(1):78-88.

English, A, Florax, R. Lee, J. 2011. “Spatial Land Use Impacts on Conservation Reserve Program Lands.” Presentation at the Regional, Population, Health and Environmental Economics Annual Midwest Graduate Student Summit in Champaign Urbana, IL.

Lambert, D.M., M.D. Wilcox, A. English and L. Stewart. 2008. “Ethanol Plant Location Determinants and County Comparative Advantage.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 40(1): 117 – 135.

Wilcox, M.D., A. English and J. Davies. 2007. “Tree Crop Sub-Sector Report: Comprehensive Assessment of the Agriculture Sector in Liberia.” Volume II. World Bank, Washington D.C., USA.

Wilcox, M.D., A.L. English and M. Pay-Bayee, 2007. “Tree Crops to Ensure Income Generation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Liberia: Unlocking the potential of the cocoa sub-sector -Market and Information Systems Final Report”. International Institute for Tropical Agriculture’s Sustainable Tree Crop Program.

Wilcox, M.D. and A. English. 2007. “Building Market Linkages in the Post-Conflict Liberian Cocoa Sector. Transforming Agriculture in Liberia: The Potential Role of Cocoa and Linkages to Knowledge-Generating Institutions.” Roundtable simultaneously held at U. Tennessee and the US Embassy, Monrovia, Liberia by video conference.


Arzana Myderrizi

Research Associate

Arzana holds a BS degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from the Rochester Institute of Technology in partnership with A.U.K.. She graduated with highest honors in May 2013 and was the Valedictorian of that year’s class. She was also a member of A.U.K.’s Honors Society and wrote her thesis on “Kosovo’s Comparative Advantages: the Agriculture Sector.”

Arzana joined the Center of Energy and Natural Resources (CENR) in October 2010. Since then, she has been involved in research, various projects, and data collection and analysis. In 2011 she coordinated the “Kosovo Residential Survey,” which was funded by the World Bank and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Arzana was responsible for a team of six students who collected data in the main urban areas of Kosovo.

Her research is mostly focused on residential electricity consumption and energy efficiency measures in Kosovo and the region. During the last months she has been working on a journal article about electricity tariffs and personal incomes in Kosovo.

Arzana is currently one of the three coordinators of the “Wood Consumption in Kosovo” research project, which involves data collection for residential wood fuel usage in the rural areas of Kosovo.

Publications:

Brian H. Bowen, James A. Myers, Arzana Myderrizi, Blendi Hasaj, Blerina Halili, (2013) "Kosovo Household Energy Consumption: Facts and Figures"

Arzana Myderrizi, Brian H. Bowen, James A. Myers, Michael R. Waschak, (in prep.) “Residential Electricity Tariffs: Kosovo, the region, and the EU”


Blendi Hasaj

Research Associate

Blendi Hasaj joined the AUK Center for Energy and Natural Resources (CENR) in September 2011. Since then he has been involved in research projects related to woodfuel consumption in Kosovo, data collection and analysis, and other similar tasks. He is a co-author in the latest CENR booklet “Kosovo Household Energy Consumption: Facts and Figures” and is one of the three coordinators of the ongoing research project on “Wood consumption in rural areas”.
Blendi Hasaj holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in partnership with AUK, awarded in 2013 with highest honors, with a thesis on “Government Debt Crisis in Eurozone. Case Studies: Greece and Italy. What can Kosovo learn from the Eurozone crisis?” His dedication and excellence during these four years of studies led to him being chosen the 2013 Best Economics Student.

His current research interests are residential woodfuel consumption and prospect of coal and bio-pellets replacing wood in Kosovo.

Publications:

Blendi Hasaj, Brian H. Bowen, James A. Myers, Michael Waschak, (in prep.), “A 2013 Evaluation of Kosovo’s Home Heating Energy Supplies"

Brian H. Bowen, James A. Myers, Arzana Myderrizi, Blendi Hasaj, Blerina Halili, (2013), "Kosovo Household Energy Consumption: Facts and Figures"


Blerina Halili

Research Associate

Blerina Halili has earned the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with Highest Honors from A.U.K/Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. Her dissertation thesis was “The Role of Municipalities in Developing Kosovo Mountain Villages.” Her university work has earned her the RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. She has joined the A.U.K/RIT CENR in October 2010, and since then, she has been involved in a variety of research projects. Her research interests are mainly focused in the relationship between environmental resources and sustainability, economic development through natural resources, and waste management systems. Starting from 2011, she has been the Project Coordinator for the Norwegian Institute and Nature Research (NINA) research project. This project mainly deals with the way local communities in mountain villages are utilizing natural resources in order to reach local economic development. She has also been responsible for improving the current recycling program at A.U.K and initiated a similar recycling program at the “Gjin Gazulli” High School. Moreover, she is the co-author of the A.U.K/RIT CENR booklet on energy efficiency in residential households. Her current research focuses on environmental sustainability as it relates to local governance. Blerina is one of the three coordinators in the ongoing national research project on wood consumption in rural areas.

Publications:

Brian H. Bowen, James A. Myers, Arzana Myderrizi, Blendi Hasaj and Blerina Halili (2013, March), “Kosovo Household Energy Consumption: Facts and Figures.”

Blerina Halili, Brian H. Bowen, and James A. Myers, Michael R. Waschak, (In prep) “Sustainable Development in Kosovo Mountain Regions; Municipal and Villages Priorities.”

Blerina Halili, (2013, June), “Women With or Without a Position in the Society,” Zëri Newspaper.

Blerina Halili, (In prep), “Kosovo With or Without Tourism,” newspaper article.

Blerina Halili, (In prep), “Local Markets in Need of Local Products,” newspaper article.


Daniel Cosentino, MFA

Media Director

Daniel Cosentino was born in Lincoln Park, NJ in 1974. He is currently a lecturer and Department Chair of Media, Science and Technology programs at the A.U.K. through the Rochester Institute of Technology's Global Programs. Cosentino holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Philosophy and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography/Imaging Arts from RIT.

With a diverse curriculum vitae Cosentino's work experience ranges from individual exhibition work to cooperation with designers, artists, and choreographers as well as architects and urban planners. His work experience includes exhibition preparation at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Adjunct Professor of Art at the University of Rochester, Department of Art and Art History and at the Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Liberal Arts. He has worked closely with Architects, Urban Planners, Designers and citizens at the Rochester Regional Community Design Center serving as a design consultant, creating and assisting with programming, presentation and design of visual communication, products, publications and gallery development. During his tenure there the RRCDC received two consecutive awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for Design Excellence.

Cosentino draws upon his interest in Philosophy in making artworks that incorporate performance, sculpture, video, design and digital imaging. Working with the tension between double meanings that are accentuated by his medium, Cosentino’s work activates parallel processes between performance, recorded performance, picture making and sculpture while also including references to antiquity and historic iconography.


David C. Eustice, Ph.D.

David Eustice was awarded a PhD in biology from SUNY Binghamton in 1980. He also holds a Masters and bachelors degree from SUNY Geneseo (1977 and 1974 respectively) He also spent 5 years as a post doctoral fellow at Dartmouth Medical Center and the University of Rochester. His professional career includes 7 years with Dupont de Nemours Medical Products Division, 2 years with Bristol-Myers Squib Corp, 9 years with Bayer Pharmaceuticals and 3 years with CGI Pharmaceuticals. He was also the Executive Director of the Greenwich Science Center in Greenwich CT. He is currently teaching chemistry and biology at the American University in Kosovo.
His main areas of expertise are in biochemistry, cell-based and biochemical assay development and drug discovery operations with pioneering efforts in target selection, assay design, validation, SAR analysis, in vitro ADME, and automation. He has major contributions to the understanding of pharmaceuticals mechanisms of action at the biochemical level coupled with interactions between biochemical and structural modeling to enhance understanding of the MOA.

Selected publications in peer-reviewed journals:

Scott A. Mitchell, Mihaela Diana Danca, Peter A. Blomgren, James W. Darrow, Kevin S. Currie, Jeffrey E. Kropf, Seung H. Lee, Steve Gallion, Jin-Ming Xiong, Douglas Pippin, Robert DeSimone, David R. Brittelli, David Eustice, Aaron Bourret, Melissa Hill, Pat Maciejewski, and Lisa Elkin. Imidazo[1,2-a]pyrazine diaryl ureas: Inhibitors of the receptor tyrosine kinase EphB4. 2009 Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters vol 19, 6991-6995.

Lathrop, W., J. Jordan, D. Eustice, and David Chen. 1999. Rat osteotesticular phosphatase gene (Esp): genomic structure and chromosome location. Mammalian Genome, 10,366-370.

Golik,J., Joyce K. Dickey, Gordon Todderud, Deborah Lee, Julie Alford, Sella Huang, Steven Klohr, David Eustice, Alejandro Aruffo, and Michele L. Agler. 1997. Isolation and Structure Determination of Sulfonoquinovosyl Dipalmitoyl Glyceride, a P-selectin Receptor Inhibitor from the Alga Dictyochloris fragrans. Journal of Natural Products, 60(4): 387-389.

Jamil, H., D.A. Gordon, D.C.Eustice, C.M. Brooks, J.K. Dickson, Jr., Y. Chen, B. Ricci, C-H. Chu, T.W. Harrity, C.P. Ciosed, Scott A. Biller, ZR.E. Gregg, and J.R. Wetterau. 1996. An Inhibitor of the microsomal triglyceride transfer protein inhibits ApoB secretion from HepG2 cells. PNAS 93(21): 11991-11995.

J.Bajortath, D. Hollenbaugh, G. King, W. Harte, Jr., D.C. Eustice, R.P. Darveau and A. Aruffo. 1994. The CD62/P-Selectin Sites for Myeloid Cells and Sulfatides are Overlapping. Biochemistry, 33(6): 1332-1339.

Eustice, D.C., P.A. Feldman, A. Colberg-Poley, R.M. Buckery, and R.H. Neubauer. 1991. An automatable method for the detection of beta-galactosidase. Biotechniques, 11(6): 739-742.

Otto, M.J. and D.C. Eustice. 1991. New Approaches to Antiviral Therapy. Drug News and Perspectives.

Eustice, D.C., Brittelli, D.R., P.A. Feldman, Brown, L.J., Borkowski, J.J. ,and A.M. Slee. 1990. An automated pulse labeling method for structure-activity relationship studies with the antibacterial oxazolidinones. Drugs Under Exp. and Clin. Res., XVI(4): 149-155.

Dumont, M.E., B.T. Nall, S.B. Baim, D.C. Eustice, and F. Sherman. 1990. Differential stability of two apo-iso-cytochrome c in the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisie. J. Biol. Chem., 265(5): 2733-2739.

W.A. Gregory, D.R. Brittelli, C-L.J. Wang, M.A. Wuonola, R.J. McRipley, D.C. Eustice, V.S. Eberly, A.M. Slee, and M. Forbes. 1989. Antibacterials. Synthesis and Structure-Activity Studies of 3-aryl-2-Oxoxazolidinones 1. The "B-group". J. Med. Chem., 32: 1673-1681.

Eustice, D.C., P.A. Feldman, I. Zajac, and A.M. Slee. 1988. The Mechanism of action of DuP 721: Inhibition of an Early Event During the Initiation of Protein Synthesis. Antimicro. Agents and Chemother. 32(8): 1218-1222.

Eustice, D.C., P.A. Feldman, and A.M. Slee. 1988. The mechanism of action of DuP 721, a new antibacterial agent: effects on macromolecular synthesis. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Com., 150(3):965-971.

Eustice, D.C., L.P. Wakem, J.M. Wilhelm, and F. Sherman. 1986. Altered 40 S ribosomal subunits in omnipotent suppressors of yeast. J. Mol. Biol., 188:207-214.

Zurlo,J., D.C. Eustice, J.E. Mignano, M.C. Poirier, and J.D. Yager. 1986. Effects of carcinogen treatment on rat liver DNA Synthesis in vivo and on nascent DNA synthesis and elongation in cultured hepatocytes. Mut. Res., 161:143-154.

Baim, S., C.T. Goodhue, D.F. Pietras, D.C. Eustice, M. Labhard, L.R. Friedman, D.M. Hampsey, J.I. Stiles, and F. Sherman. 1985. Rules of translation: studies with altered forms of the yeast CYC1 gene. In: Sequence specificity in transcription and translation. Alan R. Liss, Inc.

Baim, S., D.F. Pietras, D.C. Eustice, and F. Sherman, 1985. A mutation allowing a mRNA secondary structure diminishes translation of yeast iso-l-cytochrome c. Mol. Cell. Biol., 5(8):1839-1846.

Eustice, D.C. and J.M. Wilhelm. 1984. Mechanisms of action of aminoglycoside antibiotics in eukaryotic protein synthesis. Antimicrob. Agents and Chemotherapy, 26:53-60.

Eustice, D.C. and J.M. Wilhelm. 1984. Fidelity of the Eukaryotic codon-anticodon interaction: interference by Aminoglycoside antibiotics. Biochemistry, 23:1462-1467.

Eustice, D.C., F.J. Kull, and A. Schrift. 1981. In vitro incorporation of selenomethionine into protein by Astragalus polysomes., Plant Physiol.,67:1059-1060.

Eustice, D.C., F.J. Kull, and A. Schrift. 1981. Selenium Toxicity: aminoacylation and peptide bond formation with selenomethionine., Plant Physiol.,67:1054-1058.

Eustice, D.C., I. Foster, F.J. Kull, and A. Schrift. 1981. In Vitro incorporation of selenomethionine into protein by Vigna radiata polysomes., Plant Physiol.,66:183-186.

Eustice, D.C. 1980. In vitro utilization of selenomethionine during protein synthesis in selenium-tolerant and selenium sensitive plants. Ph.D. Dissertation, SUNY at Binghamton, NY. Abstracted in Dissertation Abstracts International: 41:138-B.

Byng, G.S., D.C. Eustice, and R.A. Jensen. 1979. Biosysthesis of phenazine pigments in mutant and wild type cultures of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J. Bact., 138:846-852.

Latorella, A.H., D.C. Eustice, P. Regan, and C. Mischke. 1978. The regulation of DNA replication during senescence and rejuvenation in Dunaliella tertiolecta by factors other than available metabolic energy., Exp. Cell Res. 117: 293-299.


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