2023 FSTA Recipients

Shan Wang

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Received an FSTA award to support the project entitled “Pain in motion – Pain attenuation during voluntary movements”, which seeks to investigate the “analgesic effect” of self-induced pain and the possible underlying mechanisms. Shan has a PhD in psychology from the University of Bath; and she joined DKU in 2019.

Emily McWilliams

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Received an FSTA to support her stay as a Visiting Research Fellow at The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, at the University of Edinburgh, during the summer of 2023. Her project there is on the ontology of epistemic oppression and epistemic injustice. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University; and she joined DKU in 2018.

Domna Kotsifaki

Assistant Professor of Physics

Received an FSTA award to support her project entitled “Micro- and/or nanoplastics detection using optical methods”. As plastics are used more and more in the world, ecosystems are being threatened. The project aims to develop a portable micro-Raman optical tweezers system that can be used to analyze micro- and/or nanoplastics at a single particle level in freshwater around Kunshan. As part of this project, DKU students will learn about optics principles and apply their knowledge to environmental concerns. She has a Ph.D. in Physics from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece; and she joined DKU in 2022.

Jesse Joseph Olsavsky

Assistant Professor of History

Received an FSTA award to support his project on ‘“In the Tradition’: The Abolitionist Tradition and the Roots of Pan-Africanism”. “In the Tradition,” his second book project, explores the ways the 19th century struggle to abolish African slavery in the Americas played a constitutive role in the 20th century Pan-African Movement, which generated impetus for the liberation of Africa and the Caribbean from colonialism. In particular it looks at the ways intellectuals from the US, the Caribbean, and West Africa, invoked the memory of the abolitionist movement and used it as a model for their own struggles for emancipation. He has a Ph.D. in American and Atlantic history from the University of Pittsburgh.

Zach Fredman

Associate Professor of History

Received an FSTA award to support research for a new book projected called, “R&R: The U.S. Military’s Overseas Rest and Recreation Program during the Vietnam War.” This book examines rest and recreation trips undertaken by soldiers serving in Vietnam to Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Tokyo, Sydney, and Honolulu between 1965 and 1972. Fredman is author of The Tormented Alliance: American Servicemen and the Occupation of China, 1941–1949 (UNC Press, 2022), and co-editor of Uneasy Allies: Rethinking Sino-American Relations, 1937–1949 (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, 2024). He has a Ph.D. in history from Boston University and joined DKU in 2018.

Dongmian Zou

Assistant Professor of Data Science

Received an FSTA award to support his project entitled “Application of Graph Neural Networks in Throughput-Optimal and Robust Wireless Systems”. The project's goal is to optimize network throughput and identify anomalies in wireless networks through the utilization of interpretable graph neural network models. He has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined DKU in 2020.