transitioned to Academic
Affairs. We are so appreciative of the below members for
their contributions while serving on the ADVANCE STEAD
Committee, Please note this page is no longer updated and
biographical information of committee members may no longer be
Susan Rivera is Professor of Psychology and Research Professor at
the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. Dr. Rivera conducts
research on the origins and development of symbolic
representation in both infants and children. She uses classic
behavioral as well as neuroimaging techniques to investigate such
things as the development of dorsal versus ventral visual
processing, object representation, numerical cognition and
Kimberlee Shauman is a Professor of Sociology at the University
of California, Davis. Her main areas of interest are social
stratification, family and kinship, demography, sociology of
education, and quantitative methodology. Her research
focuses on gender differences in educational and occupational
trajectories with particular attention to the causal effects of
family characteristics. Her book, Women in Science:
Career Processes and Outcomes (co-authored with Yu Xie),
examines the underrepresentation of women in science from a life
Steven Athanases, Professor of Education, researches issues of
cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in
teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a
focus on literacy and English language arts.
Tom Famula is Professor of Animal Science at UC Davis. Dr.
Famula’s research focuses on the statistical aspects of genetics
and animal improvement. Most recently this has concentrated on
the inheritance of disease in dogs, a topic that has focused on
epilepsy in Belgian Tervuren, deafness in Dalmatians, and
Addison’s disease in Bearded collies. The intent is to discover
the specific genes that influence the expression of disease. Dr.
Famula is renowned for his research and teaching.
Sharon Lawler is a Professor of Entomology at UC Davis. Dr.
Lawler conducts basic and applied research on the ecology of
aquatic systems. Her lab has two main areas of study:
predator-prey dynamics in complex communities, and effects of
mosquito control techniques on aquatic systems. To understand
predator-prey dynamics, Dr. Lawler uses both a laboratory model
system of protozoans, and field research on the effects of
introduced fish on native fauna. The research on mosquito control
Katherine Ferrara is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC
Davis. Dr. Ferrara began her career as a project engineer for
General Electric Medical Systems, involved in the development of
early magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound systems.
Following an appointment as an Associate Professor in the
Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of
Virginia, Charlottesville, Dr. Ferrara served as the founding
chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis.
Michael Hill is a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering at UC Davis, having arrived at Davis in the Fall of
1996 to pursue teaching and research in Mechanical Design. Hill
has an active research program in the areas of fatigue and
fracture of materials, with a special emphasis in the influence
of manufacturing-induced stresses (residual stresses) on
structural performance. The research is carried out in close
collaboration with a range of industry and government partners.
Angelique Louie is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC
Davis. Dr. Louie’s research is driven by the belief that imaging
technologies offer unique testing grounds for probing the
cellular and molecular basis of biological events. Her work is
based on a highly interdisciplinary approach to solve research
problems with the unifying theme being the applications of
imaging techniques and the design of probes to characterize
molecular phenomena. Specific interests are in the major health
problems of retinal degeneration, cardiovascular disease and
Francis Lu is the Luke and Grace Kim Endowed Professor in
Cultural Psychiatry, Director of Cultural Psychiatry, and
Associate chair for Medical Student Education at the UC Davis
Health System. Dr. Lu’s career has focused on cultural competence
and diversity, mental health disparities, psychiatric education
with an emphasis on recruitment and mentorship, and the interface
of psychiatry and religion/spirituality especially through film.
Louise Kellogg is Professor of Earth and Planetary
Sciences and Director of the KeckCAVES at UC Davis.
KeckCAVES is a unique visualization collaboration that is
developing software to interact with three-dimensional data in
real-time – moving, rotating, coloring, and manipulating datasets
with an ease and speed unobtainable even in other 3D CAVE
environments. Dr. Kellogg’s research focuses on how the flow in
the Earth’s mantle that drives plate tectonics, and observing and
interpreting deformations in the Earth’s crust.
Leticia Saucedo is an expert in employment, labor, and
immigration law. She taught Torts and Immigration Law and
co-directed the Immigration Law Clinic at the Wm. S. Boyd School
of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) until 2010. She
has developed courses in international and domestic service
learning that explore the immigration consequences of crime and
domestic violence in a post-conflict society.
Mitchell H. Singer is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular
Genetics. He received his Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1990. His research interests
include microbial development, gene regulation, and
transcriptional control of gene expression. He is member of the
American Society for Microbiology.
Lisa Tell is Professor of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She
has been a full-time faculty member with the UC Davis School of
Veterinary Medicine since 1997, and currently has an appointment
as a Professor of Veterinary Medicine with the Department of
Medicine and Epidemiology.
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.