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CAMPOS Initiative
Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science


To support discovery of knowledge by promoting women in science, starting with Latina STEM scholars, through an inclusive environment that is diversity driven, mentorship grounded, and career success focused. CAMPOS builds on the Chancellor’s vision of transforming the University to support women in science, especially Latinas.


  1. To create an internal Blueprint for action in each of the UC Davis STEM schools/department to implement the Chancellor’s vision to sustain the institutional change and transformation that supports women in science, focusing on Latinas through collaboration between CAMPOS and ADVANCE subcommittees
  2. To build a permanently diverse STEM UC Davis research community that reflects the changing demography of the United States and Global Community
  3. To establish community, public, private, government partnerships to permanently sustain CAMPOS

What is a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar?

CAMPOS Faculty Scholars are exceptional scientists in a STEM discipline. They are selected for their transformative thinking, unique perspectives, interdisciplinary approaches, and leadership potential to impact their STEM discipline in profound and enduring ways. Their discoveries, innovations, and technological breakthroughs will contribute to the public good, locally, nationally, and globally. A CAMPOS Faculty Scholar is a role model for future scientists and scholars who share their vision of diversity and inclusion, as key components of the Academy in the 21st Century. 

How can CAMPOS Faculty Scholars be nominated and appointed?

We are pleased to inform you that CAMPOS is accepting nominations for CAMPOS Faculty Scholars on a rolling basis! Search Committee Chairs and/or Department Chairs may nominate candidates whom have been selected to interview for a UC Davis STEM Academic Senate faculty position if they meet one or more of the review criteria, as described in the CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination form.

  1. To nominate the candidates, Search Committee Chairs and/or Department Chairs must submit a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination package to camposscholars@ucdavis.edu. The nomination package includes:
  • The CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination form
  • A pdf of the faculty candidate’s dossier (CV, cover letter, statement of research, statement of teaching, publications, teaching interests, transcripts, references)
  • A letter summarizing any additional salient professional experiences
  • The faculty position announcement
  1. Promising candidates will be forwarded by the CAMPOS Review Committee to the Vice Provost-Academic Affairs, for final decision of selection of CAMPOS Scholars.
  2. The CAMPOS Faculty Scholar Award is contingent on the candidate’s acceptance of a faculty position, at UC Davis.

What does a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar receive?

  1. The Initiative will provide funding toward salary support
  2. A one-time contribution toward a summer GSR
  3. Professional development mentoring through the CAMPOS community
  4. A Launch Committee can be created for each CAMPOS Faculty Scholar
  • Supports early professional integration and development of CAMPOS Faculty Scholars as they begin their careers at UC Davis. The committees typically meet twice per quarter in person or by teleconference, 2-3 months before arrival through the end of the first academic year.
  • Launch committee includes:
    • A senior faculty member in the new faculty member’s department with related research interests
    • Department Chair
    • Senior faculty member from outside the department, in a field related to that of the CAMPOS Faculty Scholar
    • ADVANCE faculty member (convener of the committee meetings)
  1. Opportunity to participate in the 15-week Faculty Success Program by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

The Faculty Success Program is more individually-oriented than the NCFDD Institutional Membership resources (already provided for free by UC Davis) and provides an intense and heavy-accountability structure through which individual faculty engage with the program and learn to implement the skill-sets and techniques that NCFDD teaches through their curriculum.

  1. Networking

Opportunity to meet UCD women in science and STEM Scholars monthly at the ADVANCE CAMPOS Cafecitos (coffee breaks)

Current CAMPOS Faculty Scholars

  1. Jacqueline Barlow, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Barlow is a biologist who studies the etiology of DNA damage and mechanisms for its repair.
  2. Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. Dr. Calisi is a biologist who studies the how changes in physical chemical and social environments affect the health and reproduction of organisms, particularly at the level of the brain.

  3. Natalia Caporale, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. Dr. Caporale studies active learning strategies and new technologies to increase teaching effectiveness in large enrollment lecture courses; the role of metacognition in the learning process; and the identification of instructional elements that can increase student retention in STEM disciplines, particularly among transfer students, minorities and first generation students.
  4. Magdalena Cerda, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Violence Prevention Research Program. Dr. Cerda is a social epidemiologist who addresses the social and structural determinants of health, including such important problems as violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. 
  5. Lillian Cruz-Orengo, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology. Dr. Cruz-Orengo studies rodent models of neurological disorders, including trauma, chronic pain, and inflammatory-induced neurodegeneration.
  6. Juliana Maria Leite Nóbrega de Moura Bell, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Technology. Dr. de Moura Bell’s research focuses on the development and application of environmentally friendly technologies to replace the incumbent technology for extracting and fractionating of major food components such as oil, protein, and carbohydrates. 
  7. Fernanda Ferreira, Professor of Psychology. Dr. Ferreira studies psycholinguistics to uncover the mechanisms that enable humans to understand and generate language in real time and in cooperation with other cognitive systems.
  8. Rebecca Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Land, Air and Water Resources and Assistant Earth Systems Scientist in the Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Hernandez examines processes where human and natural systems interact and those that elucidate the functioning of the Earth system. 
  9. Anna La Torre, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy. Dr. La Torre combines molecular and cellular biology, stem cells, and mouse studies to study neuronal development.
  10. Samuel Díaz-Muñoz, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Díaz-Muñoz studies how sex, social interactions, and ecology shape viral evolution.
  11. Alexis Patterson, Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education. Dr. Patterson studies the challenges facing those in the field of science education to reframe science learning in terms of diversity and access.
  12. Cindy Rubio Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Rubio Gonzalez is a software engineer who focuses on developing and applying program-analysis techniques to make software more reliable.
  13. Mariel Vazquez, Professor of Mathematics and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Vazquez is a mathematical biologist with a specialization in the applications of topology to the study of DNA.

What is the CAMPOS Faculty Affiliates Program?

The CAMPOS Faculty Affiliates Program provides an opportunity for UC Davis faculty to engage with CAMPOS Faculty Scholars in efforts to build diversity within the academic STEM* disciplines and to enhance our campus’s academic engagement with underserved communities. 

What does a CAMPOS Faculty Affiliates receive?

  • Membership in a collaborative community of faculty interested in developing new research, teaching and mentoring methods to support diversity at UC Davis
  • Access to networking and mentoring opportunities
  • The opportunity to apply for conference travel awards to support professional activities aligned with CAMPOS goals of increasing diversity in STEM (ex: travel to SACNAS, HACU, SHPE, ABRCMS annual meetings)
  • Priority consideration for enrollment in ADVANCE/CAMPOS professional development opportunities, as they arise
    • Grant-writing workshops
    • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) – Faculty Success Program
    • Additional space-limited seminars, roundtables, and networking events.

How can CAMPOS Faculty Affiliates be nominated and appointed?

All UC Davis faculty (Academic Senate and Academic Federation faculty from STEM and non-STEM disciplines) with an interest in contributing to the CAMPOS mission are encouraged to apply to the CAMPOS Faculty Affiliates Program. Applicants should submit the following materials to the CAMPOS Review Committee (camposscholars@ucdavis.edu). 

  1. A cover letter explaining how the applicant’s research, teaching, outreach, and mentoring aligns with the CAMPOS mission to support diversity in STEM and increase STEM engagement with underserved communities, including a section that addresses why the applicant would like to become a member of the CAMPOS Faculty Affiliates Program;
  2. A PDF of the faculty applicant’s current CV.

Current CAMPOS Affiliates

  1. Clare Casteel, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Dr. Casteel studies molecular genetics of plant signaling and defense in response to insect vectors and the pathogens they transmit.
  2. Mary Lou de Leon Siantz*, Professor of Nursing. Dr. de Leon Siantz researches the impact of migration on the health and development of Hispanic migrant/immigrant children and families
  3. Yvette Flores*, Professor of Chicana/o Studies. Dr. Flores examines intimate partner violence among Mexicans on both sides of the border. Her publications reflect her life’s work of bridging clinical psychology and Chicano/Latino studies, as she foregrounds gender, ethnicity and sexualities in her clinical, teaching and research practices.
  4. Cristina González, Professor of Spanish. Dr. González researches medieval and early modern Hispanic literature, contemporary Hispanic culture, Latino identity and the history and philosophy of higher education.
  5. Miguel Jaller, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Jaller studies industrial and transportation engineering, sustainable transportation systems, humanitarian logistics, supply chain management and operations research.
  6. Denneal Jamison-McClung*, Associate Director of the UC Davis Biotechnology Program and Director for Food and Agricultural Literacy (IFAL). Dr. Jamison-McClung works with policy makers, educators, students and consumers on the use of new technologies in food and agriculture. Interdisciplinary training in the life sciences and engineering, with emphasis on biotech-related regulatory, policy, ethics, entrepreneurship and IP paradigms.
  7. Susan Kauzlarich*, Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Kauzlarich researches the synthesis of novel inorganic solids, inorganic nanomaterials for energy applications; in particular, applications of Zintl formalism to the search for new materials with useful properties.
  8. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño studies stem and progenitor cells: their properties and behavior with an emphasis in autism; as treatment for traumatic and neurodegenerative diseases; and their role in the evolution of the cerebral cortex.
  9. Karen McDonald*, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Dr. McDonald researches the development and optimization of plant-based expression systems and bioprocesses for production of recombinant proteins with applications to biofuel and biopharmaceutical production.
  10. Lorena Oropeza, Associate Professor of History. Dr. Oropeza studies the nexus between race and foreign policy: Chicano protest to the Vietnam war, themes of race and empire, Chicano/a history, the history of American foreign relations, post-1945 U.S. history, 1960s U.S. social protest, settler colonialism an and oral history.
  11. Kyaw Tha Paw U*, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Biometeorologist. Dr. Paw U studies the turbulent exchange of trace gases, heat, radiation, and momentum between vegetation and the atmosphere.
  12. Kent Pinkerton*, Professor of Pediatrics, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology. Dr. Pinkerton researches the health effects of environmental air pollutants on lung structure and function and the interaction of gases and airborne particles within specific sites and cell populations of the lungs in acute and chronic lung injury. Effects of environmental tobacco smoke on lung growth and development.
  13. Jeffrey Sherman, Professor of Psychology. Dr. Sherman studies the cognitive processes underlying social psychology and behavior; how people perceive themselves, other people and groups of people; how people acquire stereotypes and prejudice; how stereotypes and prejudice affect our perceptions and memories of others, and the extent to which these biases are efficient or even automatic.

*Honorary member

What is a CAMPOS Cafecito?

CAMPOS hosts a series of Cafecitos (coffee breaks) throughout the academic year, for faculty to network and discuss topics relevant to promoting, and sustaining a diverse community of STEM faculty.