|Radha Jagannathan, Ph.D., is co-founder of NtN and a professor of urban planning and policy development at the Edward J. Bloustein of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Dr. Jagannathan received her doctorate from Princeton University in public and international affairs. She is a Fulbright Scholar whose research on poverty, child welfare and human capital development has received international attention and has been published in prestigious economics and social science journals. Her other academic awards include the Jerome G. Rose Distinguished Teaching Award, the DAAD Award from the American- German Scholar Exchange Program, and the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize. Dr. Jagannathan is an avid bird watcher and has conducted research on inter-species competition among cavity-nesting birds. Her love for birds and butterflies has guided her design of several butterfly and hummingbird gardens.||
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|Michael J. Camasso, Ph.D., is co-founder of NtN and a professor of agricultural, food and resource economics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Dr. Camasso is a Fulbright Scholar whose work on social and human capital development has been recognized nationally and internationally. He has authored three books and his many publications have appeared in economics and public policy journals. Dr. Camasso is a recipient of the American Association of University Professors’ Richard W. Laity Academic Leadership Award, the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize from the University of Chicago, and an NIMH Promising Investigator Award. He has served as a naturescape and reclamation consultant to private companies like Beneficial Finance, UNIMIN Corporation, MBNA Bank, Johnson & Johnson Health Systems and government agencies including the Delaware State Park system.|
Rachel Yepez received a B.A. in Biology with special focus on genetics from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is currently a student of the Rutgers Masters School of Education, where she is seeking a masters in Learning, Cognition, and Development. Rachel is Nurture thru Nature’s Lead Science Teacher and Curriculum Developer. She is an accomplished artist whose favorite subjects include bird life, insects and ecological scenes. Her previous experience working with the 4-H program provided her with a venue to blend both scientific and artistic interests to help educate young elementary and middle school students. Rachel’s work at NtN has helped students to realize their artistic potential as they experience the wonders of science and nature.
Maia de la Calle hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and holds a Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University. She also holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, and a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish literature from the New College of Florida. Maia has had multiple opportunities to teach and help students of all ages, including during her Fulbright year in Mexico. Her research concentrates on how education policies affect student learning and impact long-term academic outcomes— especially on low-income, minority, and immigrant students. Maia has been working as a program evaluator for NtN since 2014 and enjoys getting to know the students and their families.