This month we welcome six Full Members and three Associate Members to the ranks of NCIS.
Ayman Abouhamda (SAUDI ARABIA/SCOTLAND) earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Ibn Sina College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Surgical Science program at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His professional experience includes working as a Home Care Physician and Research Assistant, as well as a Resident Physician. He has also done community work in a Vitamin D, Short Stature, and Obesity in Children Campaign, has reviewed for Annals of Medicine and Surgery and the Journal of Clinical Medical Research, and is on the Editorial Board of Ecronicon Journal.

Dr Marilia Coutinho (USA/BRAZIL) is an independent scholar with a multi-disciplinary background: she earned her Ph.D. in sociology of science (1994) after an M.S. in chemical ecology (1989) from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her past research ranged from parasites membrane proteins and host-parasite molecular interaction to designing institutional technology transfer agencies. Her current research interests involve the sociology of science and medicine, the psycho-sociology of sports and science education, communication and co-production. Since 2005 she has published two books and hundreds of science education and communication articles.
Dr Timothy J. Huzar (ENGLAND) completed his PhD at the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton, UK, and is now an Associate Member of the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories at Brighton. His research and teaching is interdisciplinary, focusing on political theory, critical theory, philosophy, and cultural studies. He frequently engages the thought of the feminist political philosopher Adriana Cavarero, the black studies scholarship of Saidiya Hartman and Fred Moten, and the critical theory of Jacques Rancière and Jean-Luc Nancy. He has taught as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities at Brighton, and currently teaches on fixed-term contracts in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and in the Philosophy Department of the Bader International Study Centre of Queen’s University, Canada.
Dr Zeki Kocaata (GERMANY) received his PhD in Economics from the University of Bonn, with a dissertation on empirical economics and applied econometrics. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with interests ranging from financial economics to global health. Since his doctoral studies, he has cooperated, as an independent scientist, with international and non-governmental organizations on policy-oriented research projects around international development and global public health. He has published several case reports, policy briefs, discussion papers and academic journal manuscripts, which are presented in several academic conferences.
Dr Marco Ruggiero, MD, PhD (USA/ITALY) worked as a post-doc at Burroughs Wellcome Co. (1984) and as a visiting scientist at the National Cancer Institute of the NIH (1987). He was appointed Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Florence, Italy, in 1992 where he worked until 2014. He has published more than 240 scientific articles co-authored, among others, by scientists such as EG Lapetina, SA Aaronson, JH Pierce, PH Duesberg, HH Bauer, JJ Bradstreet and D Klinghardt, and one of his articles in PNAS was sponsored by Nobel Laureate Sir John Vane. His current research interests are in immunotherapy, quantum biology and microbiome medicine.
Dr Paula Tutty (ENGLAND) earned a PhD in Ancient History at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her academic background includes an MA in Coptic Studies and a post-graduate certificate in education. She is an experienced teacher and committed researcher with reading knowledge of Ancient Greek, Ancient Egyptian, Coptic and Latin, and French, German and Norwegian. Her awards include the Society for the Study of Early Christianity Prize – Macquarie University (2012) and the Paul Dovico Prize for Best MA Thesis (2013), both from Macquarie University, Australia. Her current research interests include early documentary materials in Greek and Coptic that provide evidence for the development of Christianity. She is particularly interested in alternative Christianities and marginalized groups, including women; she is also preparing her PhD thesis for publication.

Nichole Davis (USA) earned an EdD in Leadership at the American College of Education, and also holds an MA in Humanities from the American Military University, and undergraduate studies in Liberal Arts, Hebrew, and Communications Technology. Her professional experience includes teaching, training, and instructional design, as well as online learning. Her awards and acknowledgments include the Certificate of Appreciation in Teaching Excellence in 2008, the Air Force Achievement Medal in 2007, the Air Medal in 2006-2007, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal in 2005-2006. She is a US Air Force veteran and her dissertation explored how one's career field of the Air Force experiences the transition from active duty to higher education. The book she is writing is a much broader look at veterans from all branches of the military, for which she is currently working on her proposal and interviewing veterans. Her other project is working with colleagues to create a financial planning course based on Catholic values, collaboratively writing a book to go with the course and looking to expand to a larger project on creating an intentional, values-driven life in the same theme.
Kate Glazko (USA) earned an MS Computer Science from the University of Southern California and has worked professionally as a software engineer and product manager. Her most recent award is the University of Southern California DEN@Viterbi School of Engineering Scholarship, which she won in 2020. She is currently doing research on ways to surface the most accident-prone streets and regions for motorcyclists in the San Francisco Bay Area.
RENEWAL AS ASSOCIATE MEMBER (previously Full Member)
Dr. Greg A Steinke (USA) is retired, former Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair of Music/Art and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Associate Director, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (‘93–97) and Director, Composers Symposium (‘90–97) (Newport, OR). A composer of chamber and symphonic music, he served as the National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. (1988–97). Dr Steinke is also an author with published/recorded works and performances across the U. S. and internationally, a speaker on interdisciplinary arts, and oboist specializing in contemporary music. Dr. Steinke is a past national president of NACUSA (2012-19) and also currently serves on the NACUSA Cascadia Chapter Board.

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