The Policy & Practices Review committee is no longer active. We are so appreciative of the below members for their contributions while serving on the ADVANCE PPRI Committee. Please note this page is no longer updated and biographical information of committee members may no longer be accurate.
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.
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.
Ricardo Castro is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering & Material Science and a faculty affiliate of the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory and the Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology (NEAT) Research Center. This NEAT center is a multidisciplinary research and education program which links the fundamental physics, chemistry, and engineering of small particles and nanomaterials to several challenging areas of investigation.
Satya Dandekar is a professor of Microbiology and the chairperson of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at UC Davis and has a joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Dandekar’s research program is focused on the molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus and simian immunodeficiency virus infections with special emphasis on gastrointestinal mucosal lymphoid tissue as a major target organ of the viral infection and as a viral reservoir.
Bruce D. Haynes is a professor of sociology at UC Davis. Haynes studies racial and ethnic relations and urban communities, and seeks to understand the processes of racialization and the consequences of racial and ethnic classification for communities, particularly within an urban context. His work can be divided into three general research areas: racialized community formation; race, racialization, and social identity; and urban poverty, race and place.
Susan Handy is a professor of Environmental Policy and Planning and a faculty affiliate of the Transportation Technology and Policy Program at UC Davis. Dr. Handy is also the director of the Sustainable Transportation Center, part of the federal university transportation centers program. Dr. Handy’s research focuses on the relationship between transportation and land use, particularly the impact of land use on travel behavior, and on strategies for reducing automobile dependence.
Phil Kass is Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity and Inclusion and Professor of Analytic Epidemiology at UC Davis. His main area of interest is statistical analysis of faculty personnel data to establish evidence-based policy promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. His research focus is on companion animal epidemiology and evidence-based medicine.
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.
Dr. Rebecca Parales is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University. Her research interests include bacterial degradation of aromatic hydrocarbons and man-made environmental pollutants; and bacterial chemotaxis to pollutants and man-made chemicals.
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.
Monica Vazirani is Professor of Mathematics at UC Davis.Vazirani studies combinational representation theory and her area of expertise is the representation theory of Hecke algebras and Khovanov-Lauda-Rouquier (KLR) algebras. She studies KLR irreducible representations, which are the most basic objects whose symmetries are encoded in these algebras. Vazirani received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1999.
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.