The Policy & Practices Review committee is no longer active.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note this page is no longer updated and biographical information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. 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
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.