OUR TEAM

GESHE LOBSANG TENZIN NEGI - DIRECTOR

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin NegiPhD, is the co-founder and Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, a multi-dimensional initiative launched in 1998 to bring together the foremost contributions of the Western scholastic tradition and the Tibetan Buddhist sciences of mind and healing.  Additionally, he is the founder and director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in Atlanta, GA, and a Professor of Practice in Emory University's Department of Religion.

As director, Dr. Negi oversees the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), an educational program created at the invitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to design and implement a comprehensive modern science curriculum specifically for Tibetan monastics.  Additionally, Dr. Negi developed Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), a compassion meditation program based on Tibetan contemplative methods and taught as both a research protocol and to the public for personal enrichment.  A systematic method for gradually training the mind until compassion becomes a spontaneous response, CBCT is currently utilized in a wide variety of research studies, including an NIH-funded study examining the efficacy of compassion meditation on the experience of depression.  He also created and leads the Tibetan Mind-Body Sciences Summer Study Abroad program, a uniqe experiential learning opportunity for undergraduates.

Dr. Negi was born in Kinnaur, a remote Himalayan region adjoining Tibet.  A former monk, he began his monastic training at The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamasala, India and continued his education at Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India, where in 1994 he received his Geshe Lharampa degree—the highest academic degree granted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  Dr. Negi completed his Ph.D. at Emory University in 1999; his interdisciplinary dissertation centered on traditional Buddhist and contemporary Western approaches to emotions and their impact on wellness.  His current research focuses on the complementarity of modern science and contemplative practice.

CAROL BECK - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS, CCSCBE

Carol Beck is the associate director of operations and communications for the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. In this role, she supports research initiatives, facilitates partner programs, and spearheads outreach, marketing, and communications for CBCT® and other center programs. With an MFA in filmmaking, Beck has had a diverse career as both an assistant professor and a self-employed media professional working on five continents. She has studied and practiced various types of meditation, especially within the Tibetan tradition, and has faciliated meditation practice for the past 18 years. Beck has taught CBCT® to parents of autistic children through the Marcus Institute, students at Emory University, nurses, and the public. Recently she began offering CBCT® to doctors and nurse practitioners at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Children's Hospital of Atlanta.

Contact: carol.beck@emory.edu

TSETAN DOLKAR- ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ETSI

Tsetan Dolkar, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. Prior to that she served as the Senior Program Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in political science from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and completed her Ph.D. in political science firom Phillpps University in Marburg, Germany. She served as a program coordinator and a teaching assistant for Emory’s Tibetan Studies Program and traveled with the students to Dharmsala in Spring 2014. She is deeply passionate about fulfilling His Holiness’ vision of bringing science education to the monastic communities. 

Contact: tsetan.d@emory.edu

KARMA TENZIN- PROGRAM COORDINATOR, ETSI

Karma Tenzin Khangsar completed his bachelor’s degree in Tibetan Studies at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah-India. Upon graduation, Karma served as the administrative secretary and program coordinator for the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah from 2007-2011. In 2011, he joined Sherab Gatsel Lobling School (the adult Tibetan learning center) where he implemented correspondence courses for secondary and senior secondary academic courses from the National Institute of Open Schooling.

Karma then moved to the United States and joined the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative as an assistant translator in 2015. For over two years, he worked closely with two senior ETSI translators to translate program materials and assisted in organizing the annual international conferences on the standardization of scientific terms. He is the co-translator of the English-Tibetan Modern Science Dictionary, published by ETSI in December 2019. In 2017, he extended his responsibilities with ETSI by also joining the administrative team and currently serves as an ETSI program coordinator.

Outside of the office, Karma currently teaches Tibetan language and culture to local Tibetan children and serves as an executive member for the Atlanta Tibetan Association.

Contact: karmatenzin@emory.edu

TSONDUE SAMPHEL - SR. TRANSLATOR/INTERPRETER

Tsondue Samphel received his BS in physics from Emory College in 2006. Prior to that, from 1992-2000, he studied at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, India where he obtained his MA and BA equivalents in Buddhist Studies.

While studying at the Institute, Tsondue started contributing translations of articles on science and western philosophy for the Institute's literary journal called Lhagsam Tzepga. Later, he served as its editor for six years and brought out two books and several journals. He also taught language classes at the Institute.

In 2006, when the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI) was in its initial stage of inception, Tsondue joined ETSI as a translator-cum-research assistant. He has ever since been working for the ETSI and its science education project. He has translated, reviewed and edited two books, Brain Facts and Philosophy of Science, as well as translating numerous scientific articles into Tibetan.

Tsondue is also involved in an ongoing effort to create and build up scientific lexicon in Tibetan. Working closely with his colleagues at Emory and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, he has been organizing an annual conference, for the past five years, to coin and standardize scientific vocabulary in Tibetan. Their efforts have resulted in coining new of and standardizing thousands of scientific terms in Tibetan.   

GESHE DADUL NAMGYAL -

TRANSLATOR/INTERPRETER

Geshe Dadul Namgyal began his Buddhist studies in 1977 at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, and completed the prestigious Geshe Lharampa Degree in 1992 at Drepung Loseling Monastic University, South India. He also holds a Master's degree in English Literature from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Geshe Dadul served as Principal of Drepung Loseling School for five years before joining Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Sarnath, India, as Lecturer in the Department of Indian Buddhism for seven years.  In June 2007, he began serving as one of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's English language interpreters/translators for religious topics. In this capacity, he traveled extensively with His Holiness' entourage for two and a half years, both within India and abroad.

Since 2010, Geshe Dadul has served as Senior Resident Teacher at Drepung Loseling Monastery Inc., Atlanta. At the same time, he began his current position with the Emory-Tibet Partnership where he is engaged in preparing a six-year curriculum in Modern Science to be formally used in Tibetan monasteries and nunneries. Geshe Dadul also advises the ETP staff on Tibetan cultural issues, and assists with other translation and interpretation needs.

A published author and translator, Geshe Dadul¿s credits include a Tibetan translationof His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Power of Compassion, and a language manual, Learn English through Tibetan, in addition to a critical edition of Tsongkhapa's Speech of Gold, among others publications. His translation into Tibetan of Prof. Jay Garfield's Western Idealism and Its Critics was published by CUTS under the title nub phyogs pa'i sems gtso'i grub mtha' dang der rgol ba rnams kyi lugs, and was formally released in December, 2010.

DAWA TSERING- TRANSLATOR/INTERPRETER, ETSI

Dawa Tsering is a translator for the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. After receiving his BS in physics from Emory University in 2014, he worked as a science instructor at Drepung Losel-Ling Science Center and Drepung Gomang Science Center in South India for two years, teaching basic mathematics and physics. Before joining the ETSI translation team, Dawa was actively involved with the ETSI translation works serving as an intern to help develop the bilingual glossary project at Emory and was  one of the main translators for the ETSI Summer Intensive Science Workshops at Drepung.  As a translator, his main tasks involve the translation of primer readings, slides, exams, activities, and in class teachings primarily used for the science education at Tibetan monasteries and nunneries. His translation works include two physics primers and an English-Tibetan Modern Science Dictionary. Dawa is also responsible for managing and updating the bilingual contents of the ETSI Science Resource website.

Contact: dawa.tsering@emory.edu

ETSI FACULTY LEADERSHIP

Arri Eisen, PhD

 

Professor of Pedagogy,

ETSI Biology Team Leader

Emory University

 

Nicole Ackerman, PhD

 

Associate Professor of Physics,

ETSI Physics Team Leader

Agnes Scott College, GA

Gillian Hue, PhD 

 

Lecturer, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology,     

ETSI Neuroscience Team Leader

Emory University

 

Meena Balgopal, PhD

 

Associate Professor of Science Education,

ETSI Pedagogy Team Leader

Colorado State University

Tsondue Samphel

 

Senior Program Coordinator for SEE Learning,

ETSI Science/Buddhism Integration Team Leader

Emory University

 

Nicole Gerardo, PhD

 

Associate Professor, Biology Department,

ETSI Co-Research Team Leader

Emory University

 

Robin Nusslock, PhD

 

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology,

ETSI Co-Research Team Leader

Northwestern University

Jane O’Connor, PhD

 

Director, ESL Program,

ETSI English Faculty Leader

Emory University