Mary Lou de Leon Siantz is a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She is nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary efforts to prepare health professionals for leadership and policy, and internationally respected for her research in migrant health.
David Acosta, M.D. is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Chief Diversity Officer for the UC Davis Health System (UCDHS). He is a Clinical Professor in the Health Sciences, Board-Certified in Family Medicine, and completed his medical education and residency training at UC Irvine and UC San Francisco. His extensive work experience spans the pipeline continuum working with URM pre-health students to faculty, and includes holding leadership positions in rural community health centers, residency and fellowship programs, diversity affairs and admissions. His teaching focuses on cultural competency and Hispanic health.
Nina Amenta is Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science at UC Davis and is Director of the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization at UC Davis. She works in computational geometry, using discrete geometry to develop algorithms for problems in areas like computer graphics and simulation. Her recent research has focused on interpreting LiDAR data from forests and analysis techniques for collections of biological shapes like bones or cortical surfaces.
Yvette Flores is a Professor of Chicana/o Studies at University of California, Davis and Co-Investigator of Ninos Sanos/Familia Sana, a USDA-funded study focused on reducing overweight and obesity among Mexican origin children. Dr.
Denneal Jamison-McClung leads the UC Davis ADVANCE team as Program Coordinator and is responsible for managing and supporting the program and initiatives. In this role, she supports Faculty Director Karen McDonald by facilitating communication and outreach, project programming, NSF reporting, and logistical needs of the ADVANCE program.
Susan Kauzlarich is Professor and Chair of Chemistry at UC Davis. Her research interests include 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. Specialties include: thermoelectric materials, nanoparticles for photovoltaic and optoelectrontic applications, nanoparticles as biological probes and for drug delivery.
Dr. Karen McDonald leads the UC Davis ADVANCE Program as Co-Principal Investigator and Faculty Director and provides daily project leadership and management. In collaboration with Chancellor Katehi, Vice Provost Stanton, and Associate Director Shauman, Dr. McDonald is the main point of contact with the External Advisory Board, the Internal Advisory Committee, all initiative committees, Internal and External Evaluators and the NSF ADVANCE Program Officers.
Kyaw Tha Paw U is a Professor of Atmospheric Science and Biometeorologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, at the University of California, Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. His research and teaching activities have been recognized by international awards. His team of students and other colleagues studies the turbulent exchange of trace gases, heat, radiation, and momentum between vegetation and the atmosphere. The team uses advanced computer simulations and field experiments to determine plant ecosystem carbon uptake, water transpiration, methane and nitrous oxide release, the fluid physics of turbulent air flow, and the effects of vegetation on regional scale weather. He and his students teach atmospheric science and plant biology courses.
Kent Pinkerton holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, and Director of the Center for Health and the Environment. He studies 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. He also researches the effects of environmental tobacco smoke on lung growth and development.
Raymond Rodriguez is a Professor in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology and is currently Director of the NIH-sponsored Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics at UC Davis. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1974, he was an A.P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Herbert W. Boyer at UC San Francisco Medical Center. While at UCSF, Dr. Rodriguez developed molecular cloning technologies that now serve as the foundation for the biotechnology industry.
Maureen Stanton is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Evolution and Ecology.VP Stanton served as Chair of the Department of Evolution and Ecology (2005-2011), is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement (2005). She has also served as the Vice-President of the American Society of Naturalists (2001), a Senior Advisor for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), and is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
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:
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.