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 that have been selected to interview for a UC Davis STEM Academic Senate faculty position within the current recruitment cycle/academic year if they meet one or more of the review criteria, as described in the CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination form.
To nominate the candidates, Search Committee Chairs and/or Department Chairs must submit a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination package to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Promising candidates will be forwarded by the CAMPOS Review Committee to the Vice Provost-Academic Affairs, for final decision of selection of CAMPOS Scholars.
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?
The Initiative may provide funding toward salary support
A one-time contribution toward a summer GSR
Professional development mentoring through the CAMPOS community
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
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)
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.
Opportunity to meet UCD women in science and STEM Scholars monthly at the ADVANCE CAMPOS Cafecitos (coffee breaks)
Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez studies how hormones in the brain stimulate and inhibit sexual behavior and reproduction. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University. Dr. Calisi Rodriguez originally attended college to study studio art and theater. An interesting turn of events and serendipitous exposure to inspirational scientists led her to become a neurobiologist. More on her research can be found at www.rebeccacalisi.org.
Natalia Caporale was born in Argentina, where she conducted her undergraduate studies in Biology at the prestigious Universidad de Buenos Aires. She then came to the US to pursue her PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley, where she conducted research into the cellular and circuit mechanisms of learning and memory in Dr. Yang Dan’s lab. While at Berkeley, Dr. Caporale was awarded the HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship (2002-2007), and also several awards for her teaching and dedication to her students.
Dr. de Moura Bell holds a Ph.D. in Food Technology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her Ph.D. training in France at the European Institute of Membrane (IEM) and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) where she worked on the enzymatic synthesis of structured lipids and its purification by the use of membrane filtration and supercritical carbon dioxide extraction (SCCO2).
Sam Díaz-Muñoz studies the social lives of viruses. His research focuses on the evolution, ecology, and molecular mechanisms of virus-virus interactions using genomics, experimental evolution, and environmental microbiology. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to UC Davis, he was a Faculty Fellow at New York University.
Fernanda Ferreira was born in Portugal and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. She received her Bachelors degree (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, a Masters in Linguistics and another in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 1988 from UMass. Before coming to UC Davis, she was a member of the faculty at Michigan State University and at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources. Dr. Hernandez earned her Ph.D. in Earth System Science from Stanford University, a M.S. in Biological Science from CSUF, and earned a degree in Geography from UCLA. Her research foci includes the study of ecology, energy, and global environmental change particularly in water-limited ecosystems and human environments.
Maureen Njoki Kinyua is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on livestock, human and solid waste treatment and nutrient and energy recovery for communities, especially those in developing countries. This research assists in improving their public health, environmental and economical status which concurrently increases their quality of life. She received her PhD from University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and did her post doctoral research at Columbia University.
Verónica’s goal is to determine the etiology and the pathology of autism spectrum disorders. She also studies the role of stem cells in the development, evolution, and pathogenesis of mammalian cerebral cortex. Her laboratory studies autism in the postmortem brain with the goal of discovering new treatments for autism. Verónica trained at the Complutense and Autónoma Universities in Madrid, and at Columbia University, UCSF, and UC Davis.
Verónica L. Morales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her work is driven by interest in discovering physical and chemical processes at the micro-scale that control macro-scale transport and long-term fate of contaminants in soils and groundwater. She received her PhD from Cornell University and was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich.
Alexis Patterson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education. Her research lies at the intersection of equity studies, social psychology, and science education. Recent projects have focused on equity issues that arise when students work together on group projects in science and the role social-emotional skills play in facilitating equitable interactions between students. Driving her research is the desire to study the challenges facing those in the field of science education in order to reframe science learning in terms of diversity and access.
Jeanette Ruiz is a Lecturer (LPSOE) for the Department of Communication at UC Davis. She specializes in strategic communication with a specific interest in emerging practices and concepts in digital and social media. In addition to her appointment in the Department of Communication, she has served as a human resources and public relations consultant for various nonprofit, managed health care and finance organizations. Dr. Ruiz’s research focuses on public health communication and the Internet.
Jesús M. Velázquez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis. He’s currently developing a research program centered on the rational design of well-defined materials at the meso and nanoscale. The target materials have immediate applications in nanoelectronics, energy conversion devices and environmental remediation.
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar, Rebecca Calisi-Rodriguez, was featured in the news recently for her ground-breaking research on using pigeons to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment! Check it out:
Professor Mariel Vazquez is featured in two YouTube videos on the topic of DNA Topology: 1) The Shape of DNA (The amazing knots, twists and turns inside our cells), and 2) How DNA unties its own knots (How “Pac-Man” unties knots in our DNA).
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.