Our Membership Committee have had a particularly busy month, with many applications. Of these, six new Full Members (all from the USA) and four new Associate Members (from Britain and the USA) have been admitted to NCIS. They represent an impressive range of research interests, with half in STEM fields.
Xinyi Chen-Lin (USA) earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Uppsala University, masters level study in High Energy Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique Paris and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and a Licenciatura in physics at the University of Barcelona. She has worked as a research intern, researcher, and postdoctoral researcher. She has knowledge of several computer languages and is fluent in English, Spanish, Catalan, and Chinese. She has been awarded a Marie Curie fellowship and a Wallenberg Postdoctoral fellowship.
Eyitayo Serifat Fakunle (USA) holds a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology at the University of Arkansas, an MPH in Health Promotion, and a BS in Chemical Engineering, and expects to receive an MBA in 2021. His experience and experience and training include regenerative medicine and medical affairs and medical science liaison. His therapeutic areas of expertise are cell therapy and regenerative medicine, stem cells, orthopedics, and cartilage repair. His current research interest is health disparities in regenerative medicine.
Dulce Garcia (USA) earned a PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Her academic background also includes an MBA in International Business and a BA in History/Philosophy. She has taught in higher education both in the US and abroad and held positions in higher education administration and beyond. Her primary research interest is equine facilitated learning.
Gina Petonito (USA) earned a PhD in Sociology from Syracuse University. Her academic background also includes an MA in Sociology, an MA in Gerontology, and a BA in Sociology. She has extensive teaching experience in higher education and has received several grants. Her current research interest is the human impact of redevelopment.
Holly Marie Pollard-Wright (USA) gained her DVM at the Kansas State University of Veterinary Medicine and also holds a CCRP and a BS in Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She has extensive experience in veterinary medicine, and her current research interest is the philosophy of medicine.
Vivian Reed (USA) earned an MA in History at Western Oregon State University following a BA in Political Science, and is also an experienced piano teacher. She has run a piano studio for thirty years while raising her family, and her current research interest relates to American diplomacy in the first half of the 20th century, and in particular the diplomat Hugh Gibson. Upon returning to the academic world in 2008 she was introduced to Hugh Gibson through his life-long humanitarian work with Herbert Hoover, and this led to the publication of An American in Warsaw: Selected Writings of Hugh S. Gibson, US Minister to Poland 1919-1924 (University of Rochester Press, 2018) and An American in Europe At War and Peace: Hugh S. Gibson’s Chronicles, 1918-1919 (DeGruyter Oldenburg, 2020). 

Joshua Byrne (UK) earned an MRes in Animal Behaviour from the University of Sussex following a BSc in Biology. His primary research interest is in the field of animal behavior, especially marine mammal observation, with a focus on the white shark; his main academic interests are animal cognition and social organisation, as well as the neurology behind these behaviours. Joshua has been volunteering with conservation charities, and also works as a mentor for people with autism, especially those members of the autistic community entering academe, animal ecology, behavioral ecology, and neuroethology. He is currently writing opinion pieces about the experience of students with autism and how their condition affects their studies in biological education.
Beth Hardie (UK) earned a PhD in Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and her academic background also includes a BA in Social and Political Sciences. Her current areas of research interest are crime causation, research methodology, and parenting.
Jack Harich (USA) earned a BA in Systems Engineering at the University of Georgia and his current area of research is the analysis and solution of the global sustainability problem, using the powerful business tools of process driven problem solving, root cause analysis, and model driven analysis.
Alan S. McPherson (UK) holds an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at Staffordshire University.  His academic background also includes a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  In his previous career as a Chartered Engineer, he earned an MSc in Digital Communication Systems and a BSc in Electronic Engineering and Physics. His current research interests are autoethnography and becoming published as an independent practitioner-researcher.

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