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.
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.
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.
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.
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.