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Jul 2010Jul 2015

Program Coordinator


Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

  • Manage $500K budget ensuring all travel and financial matters are appropriately routed in accordance with university and CarbonEARTH rules, regulations and policies
  • Contribute data for annual report, write and submit reports, schedule and manage events i.e., workshops, conferences, interviews and travel
  • Build, develop and formalize partnerships with local schools and municipalities in the central PA region
Jan 2012May 2015

Instructor, African Studies

Pennsylvania State University

Instructor, AFR 110: Introduction to Contemporary Africa, University Park, PA

  • Teach topics relevant to history, economics, international affairs, population, health, environment, society and popular culture in African countries
  • Train students in critical thinking, weekly blogging and digital movie making in preparation for final project
  • Total enrollment: 33, 65 & 48 students, respectively
Jan 2009Mar 2010

Telemedicine Policy Analyst, Pennsylvania State University

PSU Humanitarian Engineering & Social

Telemedicine Policy Analyst, Entr epreneurship USA & Nyeri, Kenya

  • Consulted with various stakeholders across various disciplines regarding issues of regulations, confidentiality, privacy, compliance and liability around a pre-primary care health system for marginalized communities in the developing world.
  • Traveled to Kenya to evaluate Kenyan to test the new Mashavu Telemedicine Code of Ethics Framework. 
Mar 2005Aug 2008

Research Assistant/ Lab Manager

Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Researcher/Lab Manager, Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC

  • Managed daily operations in physiology core of lab; reviewed lab availability and scheduled experiments among graduate fellows.
  • Maintained accountability, safety, cleanliness and serviceability of $150K worth of equipment, such as glassware, chemicals, and scales, as well as high-value testing equipment
  • Utilized data programs and analyses to create and present comprehensive briefings to principal investigators and researchers from U.S. and foreign universities during weekly lab meetings


Aug 2010Dec 2015

PHD Geography

The Pennsylvania State University

Commodity Chains, Vulnerability & East African Livelihoods

  • Plan, coordinate and supervise the implementation of all field research related activities in Ethiopia
  • Conduct commodity chain and vulnerability research related to agribusiness and pastoral livelihoods in East Africa
  • Certified to conduct human subject research. Develop regular technical and financial reports of project activities and achievements
  • Coordinate the activities related to data gathering questionnaires, analysis and community impact

Invited Talks

Dresden Nexus Conference (2015), Dresden, Germany, Boran Cattle Commodity Chain, Climate Change and Local Livelihoods

East African Agribusiness Conference (2015), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Opportunities in the Boran Cattle Commodity Chain

Association of American Geographers Conference (2013), Los Angeles, CA, Framing Crossborder Cattle Trade in East Africa

NoBoundaries Conference (2011), University Park, PA, Development of Code of Ethics for a Telemedicine Venture in Kenya

Association of American Geographers Conference (2011), Seattle, WA, Development of Code of Ethics for a Telemedicine Venture in Kenya


Turner, C., & Mehta, K. (2010). Development of Code of Ethics for a Telemedicine Venture in Kenya. National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).

Zhou W, Aboushwareb T, Turner C et al. (2010) Impaired Bladder Function in Aging Male Rats. The Journal of Urology. Volume 184

Aboushwareb T, Zhou G, Deng F, Turner C et al., (2009) Alterations in Bladder Function Associated with Urothelial Defects in Uroplakin II and IIa Knockout Mice. Neurourol Urodyn. 28(8). 1028-­‐3

Hodges S, Zhou G, Deng F, Aboushwareb T, Turner C, Andersson K, Santago P, Case D, Christ G, Sun H. (2007) Voiding Pattern Analysis as a Surrogate for Cystometric Evaluation in Uroplakin II Knockout Mice. Journal of Urology. Volume 179. 2046-2051

Honors & Awards

Awardee, CarbonEARTH NSF Graduate Fellowship and Award, 2012 ­‐ present

Awardee, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Research Grant, 2012 ‐ present

Awardee, Bunton­‐Waller Graduate Fellowship and Award, 2010 – 2012

Awardee, Africana Research Center, Research Grant, 2009

Scholar, Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, 2009 ­‐ 2011


Member, Women and Girls Working Group, 2015 - present

Chair, Black Graduate School Association committee (PSU), 2013 ‐ present

Member Association of American Geographers, 2010 – Present Member, Golden Key

International Honor Society, 2009 – Present

Member, Rotary International, 2012 – 2013


A sample of recent publications, reports and videos