In addition to Chair VP Stanton (Co-PI), Co-PI Rodriguez, Faculty Director McDonald (Co-PI), and Associate Director Bisson, the Steering Committee consists of a Faculty Leader from each STEM college and the Co-directors of each of the six initiatives that comprise our ADVANCE project. The STEM colleges include: the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES), the College of Biological Sciences (CBS), the College of Engineering (COE), and the Division of Math and Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Division of Social Sciences (DSS) which are within the College of Letters and Science.
The Steering Committee sets action priorities for each of the initiatives, review progress, review formative evaluation reports and other indicators of program effectiveness, coordinate and modify planned activities for maximum impact.
Dr. Bisson is a Professor and Geneticist in the Agricultural Experiment Station in the Department of Viticulture and Enology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She co-chairs the Policy and Practices Committee of the ADVANCE program on the Davis campus. She served for several years on the CAP Oversight and Appellate Committees, chairing both.
Jeanne Darby is nationally recognized for innovations in engineering education and her research on UV disinfection has been seminal with regard to the critical factors controlling the disinfection process. Darby was awarded the first UC Davis College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award and the National Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Education Excellence Award. She was also a founding member of the Center for Women in Engineering at UC Davis and has been instrumental in revising the environmental engineering curriculum.
Adela de la Torre, an agricultural economist, is a professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department and director of the Center for Transnational Health at UC Davis. Dr. de la Torre’s publications and research primarily focus on social determinants of Chicano/Latino health issues, including border and binational health. In addition, her recent NIH funded work includes targeting English Language Learning student science educational disparities and developing university- and school-based partnerships to tackle this growing educational divide.
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.
JoAnne Engebrecht is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Davis. Dr. Engebrecht studies meiosis and checkpoint function in the C. elegans germ line. Dr. Engebrecht specifically investigates how checkpoint pathways are differentially regulated in the female and male germ line; how unpaired sex chromosomes of the heterogametic sex repair double strand breaks and are hidden from the checkpoint machinery; and how different checkpoint pathways interact to ensure the faithful transmission of the genome.
Carol Erickson is a Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Davis. Dr. Erickson’s research focuses on the development of the avian trunk neural crest, with a particular interested in the mechanisms that segregate the neural crest lineage from the neural epithelium, the mechanisms that guide specific neural crest lineages along different migratory pathways, and the control of neural crest cell differentiation.
Dr. Joseph has been a faculty at the University of California, Davis since 1976 where she is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, and Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor. She is founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis and was awarded the UC Davis Prize – the largest undergraduate teaching andresearch prize in the United States. Most of her anthropological field research has focused on her native Lebanon.
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.
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 affective processing.
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.
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 course perspective.
Binnie Singh is the Assistant Vice Provost, in the Office of the Vice Provost, Academic Affairs. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison between Academic Affairs and other units and organizations, both campus and systemwide, and assists the Vice Provost – Academic Affairs in strategic planning, implementation and innovation for all matters affecting academic personnel at UC Davis. Prior to this role, she served for over 10 years as the Director of Faculty Relations and Development in Academic Affairs consulting with campus leaders on resolving conflicts that involve academic employees, mediates and settles formal complaints and grievances, coordinates and delivers development/training programs for faculty, especially department chairs and new faculty, manages faculty medical leaves and issues related to accommodations, and administers the Work Life Program for academics.
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.
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.