Another new labber: Warm welcome to Shahera Omar

Shahera Omar is a Fulbright Scholar and a Master of Public Affairs student in SPEA. She is interested in psychology and development, and she is from the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. She is a foodie and loves to squash cute things, especially her cats, Molan and Pakeer, which translate to "Idiot" and "Fool." Broadly, she will be working with Kurt Waldman et al. on understanding which decision science theories can be used to study smallholder farmer decision making in Africa. 

Warm welcome to Tyler Marghetis!


Tyler Marghetis joins our Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in SPEA and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He studies the limits of human imagination — how we [fail to] understand concepts that lie beyond the reach of perception and action — and implications for mitigating climate change, educating STEM experts, and creating a more just society. Before becoming a card-carrying Scientist, he was a child detective, then a professional magician, and finally a national team wrestler. Today, he likes bikes, books, and bourbon.

Shahzeen receives Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Shaz receives the award from Eliza Pavalko, IU's Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

Shaz receives the award from Eliza Pavalko, IU's Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

"The Outstanding Junior Faculty Award is designed to identify our most promising untenured tenure-track faculty from throughout the campus. It provides resources to enable these faculty members to further develop their scientific, scholar or artistic activities. Those selected to win this prestigious honor have begun to develop nationally recognized research programs, and devoted productive time to the teaching and service missions of the university."

Shaz receives SPEA Student Choice Award

Professors Shahzeen Attari and Beth Cate have been selected by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ undergraduate student community to receive the Leader for the Greater Good Award - Undergraduate for 2017 SPEA Student Choice Awards. This award was created to recognize the professor who best embodies SPEA’s spirit by giving back, spending time outside of class supporting students and student organizations, volunteering to help out at student events and supporting the school monetarily. 

Shaz will be a CASBS fellow at Stanford University

"Imagine a place where great minds are brought together to confront the problems of the day, where original interdisciplinary thinking is the norm, where extraordinary collaborations become possible, where ideas can change our world." That is the mission of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences 

Yep, that is where Shaz will be for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018! :)

Annual Holiday Party

Our annual holiday party with the usual crazy shenanigans: games, jokes, laughs, fire, mulled cider, spicy food, peeps, Savannah cuddles, and Seth's serenade. 


Above L to R - Kurt, happy Steven, Shaz (rockstar pose), Janine, Seth (fake strangle), Adam being carried by Daniel (he is very strong), Claire (thumbs up), and Erich (aka Dexter) in the bottom corner. 

Lab alums, wish you were here. Happy holidays! - Attari Lab.