STEAD has 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of the below members for their contributions while serving on the ADVANCE STEAD Committee, Please note this page is no longer updated and biographical information of committee members may no longer be accurate.
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.
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.
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 is field-based.
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 tumor formation.
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.