9 October 2014


Buffalo, New York – The Center for Development and Strategy is proud to announce the appointment of three outstanding professionals to the Board of Advisors.


Dr. Jessie Poon is a Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the Department of Geography, where she specializes in the field of Economic Geography. Specifically her interests lie within international trade and foreign investment, regional economic development, and Asian business. She has served on the editorial board for 12 academic journals and has published over 60 journal articles. Dr. Poon received her M.A. in Geography from the University of Kentucky in 1989 and her Ph.D in Geography from Ohio State University in 1993.


Denise Wydra is a publishing professional with over 30 years of print and digital experience. She served as Director of New Media, Editorial Director, and then President of Bedford/St. Martin’s, the leading provider of innovative and high quality materials for college courses in the humanities and social sciences. Her particular passion lies in helping people develop the creativity and critical thinking skills they need to solve important problems and then establishing communication channels so they can make a difference in the world. Denise graduated with her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1985 and received her M.A. in English from Brown University in 1990.


Dr. Jared Aldstadt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Dr. Aldstadt’s research interests are in the areas of medical geography and spatiotemporal analysis. To this point the intersection of these two areas has led him to work on infectious disease dynamics and dengue virus transmission. He uses both traditional spatial analysis techniques as well as new methodologies to estimate the parameters of disease transmission. His emphasis is to gain a better understanding of disease diffusion under varying environmental conditions and different control efforts. The goal of his work is to predict disease dynamics under changing environmental constraints and to develop disease reduction strategies that are appropriate for local circumstances. Dr. Aldstadt received his Ph.D in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Diego State University in 2007. He received his M.A. in Geography from San Diego State University and his B.A. in Geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He has served as a reviewer of NSF proposals and for the leading journals in tropical medicine, public health, and geographic information science.


Jessie, Denise, and Jared will join Dr. Molly Brown, a Research Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.