The management team oversees daily activities of the project and is led by PI Katehi, Faculty Director Bisson, Assistant Director Barbu and Communications and Administrative Manager Blumenthal. The team also includes a Budget Analyst, Purchasing & Accounts Payable Specialist, and a Financial Analyst housed within the College of Engineering.
Sophie Barbu is the Assistant Director for the UC Davis ADVANCE Program. She leads data research, collection and analysis, and internal program evaluation, publication/dissemination of project research results, and federal reporting. In 2017, Ms. Barbu was selected for the competitive University of California Women’s Initiative for Professional Development award. She also serves as a member of the Status of Women at Davis Administrative Advisory Committee (SWADAAC) which is an advisory body to the Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.
Dr. Bisson is a Professor Emeritus and Geneticist in the Agricultural Experiment Station in the Department of Viticulture and Enology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She leads the UC Davis ADVANCE Program as Faculty Director and provides daily project leadership and management in addition to serving as a co-chair to 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.
Kate Blumenthal is the Communications and Administrative Manager for the UC Davis ADVANCE Program. She is primarily responsible for managing the content for ”Our Voices” Blog for Women in STEM in Academia and leading the UC Davis ADVANCE website, social media accounts, web presence, in addition to all office communications. Mrs.
Jonathan Eisen’s lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and he holds faculty appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine, and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. In addition he holds an Adjunct appointment at the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Eisen’s research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate).
Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung earned her PhD in Genetics with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology from UC Davis in 2003. During the UC Davis ADVANCE award period, she contributed to the management team as program coordinator, including strategic communications, operationalizing project plans, recruitment and management of personnel, NSF reporting and sustainability planning. She continues to serve as a member of the CAMPOS Initiative Committee and on special projects to promote diversity and inclusion in STEM.
Dr. Karen McDonald is a Co-Principal Investigator of the UC Davis ADVANCE Program and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering at UC Davis for 13 years prior to joining the UC Davis ADVANCE program. In addition, Dr.
Karen is associate director of news and media relations, supervising public relations for the College of Letters and Science (divisions of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, and Social Sciences), Student Affairs and Admissions, and the schools of law and education as well as the Graduate School of Management. She also expands UC Davis’ presence in emerging media. She enjoys showing the rest of the world how UC Davis plays a role in analyzing, discovering and explaining world events.
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.