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Candidates EECAC 2007

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 Boyer, Chris   Li, An  Plotnick, Roy
 Chang, Hui-Ching  Libgober, Anatoly   Radford, David
 Fried, Richard  Marker, David  Saggere, Laxman  
 Gaensslen, R.E.  Meinwald, Connie  Uslenghi, Piergiorgio 
 Hosmer, Brian  O'Brien, Patricia  Wiley, Jennifer
 Junker, Laura  Petukhov, Pavel   
 Lewis, Amanda  Pickard, Simon  

Behavioral and Social Sciences Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

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Anatoly Libgober, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

A.Libgober, Professor, Department of Mathematics, In Graduate College for more than 25 years.  Visiting  professor at Harvard and Columbia Universities, University of  Bordeaux, and  member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in  Princeton, Max Planck Institute (Bonn) and Institut des Haute Etudes  Scientifiques (Bures sur Yvettes).

Fulbright Scholar (Fall 2001). Associate Editor of Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications.  In recent years, involved in advancement of Mathematics Education including serving as Acting Director of the Math. Dept. Office of Mathematics Education in Fall  2006 and being Program Director of Alliance for  Minority Participation at UIC (1999-present).  I am teaching regularly UIC Graduate Courses, my 4 former graduate students successfully pursuing careers in Universities and Finance Industry. Last year jointly with SIU and UIC departments of Physics and Biology as coPI I submitted proposal to NSF to create Alliance for Graduate Education and Professorate to advance Graduate Education for Underrepresented Minorities.

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Dave Marker, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

David Marker has served two terms on both the Graduate College Executive Committee and the Awards Committee.  He has been a University Scholar and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He has been Director of Graduate Studies and is currently Head of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.

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Laxman Saggere, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

I am an Associate Professor (effective 2007) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. I earned my PhD from the University of Michigan and served as a Research Scientist at MIT for over two years before joining UIC in 2001. My professional experience includes 4 years in industry as a research engineer. My current research interests are in the area of micro/nano-scale systems and phenomena. My research has been supported by the NSF, the NIH and the ONR. I received the NSF CAREER Award in 2005.

At UIC, I have advised (or am advising) eight MS and four PhD students. I take a special interest and pride in the academic accomplishments of my students. Three of my advisees have won the University Fellowships, and one of my PhD students has won a prestigious external award, the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research. I also advised the UIC Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society for 3 years.

Of the many facets of the University’s collegial system of governance, the graduate education affairs interest me particularly. I have been serving as a member of the Graduate Committee and a member/Chair of the Outreach Committee in the MIE department for the past three years. Since 2006, I have also been serving on the Graduate College Awards Committee. Gratified by these experiences, I am now motivated to seek an even larger role in working towards advancement of the quality, interdisciplinarity and diversity of our graduate programs at UIC as a member of the Graduate College Executive Committee.

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Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Piergiorgio (George) Uslenghi received a Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, and MS and PhD degrees in physics from the University of Michigan. He has been a faculty member at UIC since 1970, where he presently holds the positions of professor of electrical and computer engineering, adjunct professor of physics, and associate dean of engineering in charge of international and online programs. He is also the founder and director of the Andrew Electromagnetics Laboratory.

Dr. Uslenghi has published extensively on electromagnetism, microwaves, antennas, scattering, novel electronic materials, optics, and applied mathematics. He has served as president of the Antennas and Propagation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is the Chair of the United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and of Electromagnetics, and is the founding editor and present EIC of the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.

Dr. Uslenghi is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, a Fellow of IEEE, and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He was inducted into the Academy of Sciences of Turin, Italy in 2003, and received a University of Illinois Scholar Award in 2006.

Fine Arts and Humanities

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Richard Fried, Professor, History
I have taught at UIC since 1972.  My focus is mostly modern US political history.  I have been Chair, Assistant Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department; have served in the University Senate; had two terms on the LAS Executive Committee.  Up until now the Graduate College has largely escaped my attention.

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Brian Hosmer, Associate Professor, History

Brian Hosmer is an Associate Professor of History at UIC, Director of the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, and Founding Director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) American Indian Studies Consortium.  In existence since 2002, the CIC AIS is supported by Deans of CIC Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges (UIC among them), and is designed to promote graduate education in  the associated fields of American Indian studies.  CIC AIS sponsors short and long classes, conferences and symposia, and a system of research fellowships.

At UIC, Hosmer has served on several departmental committees, represents Native American Studies in LAS, and has experience with recruitment activities, including Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).  He also taught a summer interdisciplinary seminar for the Graduate College in 2005.

Life Sciences

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An Li, Associate Professor, School of Public Health

I am willing to serve as a member of the UIC Graduate College Executive Committee. I jointed UIC in 1996 as an assistant professor of environmental chemistry in the School of Public Health, and became a Graduate Faculty in 1998. I was promoted to tenured associate professor in 2003. In the past 11 years, I have obtained funding from federal and other sources, directed 10 graduate dissertation/thesis research projects as major advisor, and been a thesis committee member for other 15 graduate students cross the campus. I have published 35 peer reviewed journal papers, several book chapters, and 50 conference presentations (see http://tigger.uic.edu/~anli/). I have served in the editorial board for the Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and reviewed > 45 manuscripts for 12 journals. Meanwhile, I teach three courses in environmental chemistry. I was a member of the UIC Graduate College Award Committee from 2001 to 2004; and a UIC Senator from 2003 to 2005. I have also served in various committees at the division and school levels, including SPH Committee on Academic Progress (CAP), Committee on Admission and Recruitment Policy (CARP), Committee on Student Affairs (COSA), and others.

To be a member of the Executive Committee will help me better understand the operation of the Graduate College and the University. This will enrich my experience at UIC and benefit my professional development. I will serve conscientiously and responsively should I be elected.

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Pavel A. Petukhov, Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

I am Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. My research interests include drug discovery, computer-aided molecular design, and medicinal chemistry.  I am an author of more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, a reviewer for various drug discovery study sections at NIH and peer-reviewed journals (JMC, BMCL, BMC, JCIM, JACS, etc). I am the PI in two grants from NIH and one from Department of Defense. My laboratory also funded by five collaborative NIH grants. Four postdocs, two MedChem students, and one Chemistry student are currently doing their research in the laboratory. Teaching – parts of PHAR331, MDCH560, MDCH561, PMPG 507, all lectures in MDCH572, seminars - PMPG/MDCH595. Committees – various departmental committees including Search, Technical Resources, PhD defenses, and preliminary exam committees.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Hui-Ching Chang, Associate Professor, Communication

Hui-Ching Chang is currently Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago , where she served as Graduate Director from 1996 to 2001. She also served as President of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies, 1995-1996, and Visiting Scholar to Graduate Institute of Communication, National Taiwan University, 2003-2004, and Hong Kong Baptist University, 2007. Her research focuses on interpersonal and intercultural communication, and has received several grants and top paper awards for her research.

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Laura Junker, Associate Professor, Anthropology

I have served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Anthropology Department since 2004-2005, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Anthropology Department in the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004, and an Honors Fellow in the Honors College 2002 to the present.

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Amanda Lewis, Sociology

Amanda E. Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies.   Her research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities from kindergarten through graduate school.   She received her B.A. in educational studies from Brown University, her M.A. in education for the University of California at Berkeley and her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.   She currently serves on the executive board of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the executive board of the Chicago Area Study, and is the faculty co-chair for the Asian American Studies Advisory Council.   In addition to serving on the advisory committee in both sociology and African American Studies she has also served on a number of other departmental committees (graduate committee, search committees) and recently served as Associate Head and Interim Head of African American Studies.  She is the author of several book manuscripts including Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the color-line in classrooms and communities, (Rutgers University Press 2003), The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity (with Maria Krysan; Russell Sage, 2004), Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice (with Mark Chesler and Jim Crowfoot) which was published by Rowman and Littlefield Press (2005).   Her research has also appeared in a number of academic venues including Sociological Theory, American Educational Research Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, the Dubois Review, Race and Society, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

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Patricia O’Brien, Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work

I have been a faculty member at UIC for ten years. During that time I have served on the faculty advisory board of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CETL), the faculty Senate, as co-chair of the Chancellor22s Committee on the Status of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, and on the advisory board of the Center for Research on Women and Gender. In my College, I have played leadership roles with the Executive and Educational Policy Committees. In all of these positions, I have attempted to be responsible and make contributions for the good of the whole group. My experience in CETL where I had to make decisions about faculty recognition for teaching and my experience in making admission decisions for our MSW and PhD programs in particular make me a good candidate for a position on the University Awards committee as I am good at weighing competing factors in making awards (or admissions) decisions.

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Jennifer Wiley, Associate Professor, Psychology

Jennifer Wiley is an Associate Professor on the Psychology faculty with an adjunct appointment in Computer Science. Her research interests are in expertise, learning and problem solving which are supported by an NSF Career Grant and funding from the Institute for Educational Science among other funding sources.  She has mentored 8 graduate students in her 6 years at UIC, all of whom have presented at the Sigma Xi Research Forum. Five of these students have received prestigious awards for their research including an NSERC pre-doctoral fellowship, the Erlbaum Prize for Research in Cognitive Science, 2 APA Dissertation awards, and an NSF GRF Honorable Mention.  She is also a member of the Honors College, the advisor of the Psi Chi Honor Society, has won a Teaching Recognition Program award and been nominated for the Silver Circle award.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

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Roy E. Plotnick, EAES

Roy E. Plotnick is a paleontologist and a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and an affiliate in Biological Sciences.   He is also a Research Associate at the Field Museum, and has held research and consulting positions at Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Chevron.  He has previously served as EAES Director of Graduate Study and Director of Undergraduate Studies, on various LAS and campus committees, and as a member of the University Senate.

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David Radford, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

I am a Professor of Mathematics who has been at UIC since 1976. My current research interests are in Hopf algebras and their representations, quantum groups, and invariants of knots and links. I have served on our Department's Graduate Studies Committee several times, was chair for two years, and was Director of Graduate Studies for our Department from 1992--1996. I am serving another term as director, for three years this time commencing fall 2006.

My University service includes terms on the Senate, a term on the LAS Executive Committee, a term on the LAS Educational Policy Committee, and chairmanship of several departmental head reviews.Most importantly I served on the Graduate College Awards Committee 1995--1998.

I am again deeply involved in our Department's graduate program. I am motivated to seek a larger role in University's graduate student education which the Graduate College Awards Committee would offer.

Fine Arts and Humanities

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Chris Boyer, Associate Professor, History

I have taught at UIC since 2001 and hold appointments in the Department of History and the Program in Latin American and Latino Studies. I have served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History, various departmental committees, and on an awards committee in the Honors College. I currently work with a large number of doctoral students in Latin American history both as a dissertation advisor for students at UIC and as an outside reader for graduate students at other institutions. I hope to join the Graduate Awards Committee to deepen my involvement with graduate education at our university and to bring my experiences as DGS and mentor to the Graduate College.

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Connie Meinwald, Associate Professor, Philosophy

I have taught at UIC since 1986, and as a visitor at Cornell and Barnard/Columbia.  Multiple stints on the Philosophy Department's Graduate Admissions Committee, (including several years as Director of Admissions) give me considerable experience of the graduate fellowship situation for philosophy students.  I have also served on the Humanities Institute Executive Committee selecting faculty fellows of the Institute; I enjoyed working with colleagues from a variety of disciplines to make selections from a pool of candidates with a wide range of concentrations (a process that seems to parallel that of the Awards Committee).

Life Sciences

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R.E. Gaensslen, Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences & Forensic Science

I have been at UIC for 11 years, all of it as a DGS for one of the graduate programs in the College of Pharmacy. More recently, I have taken on some additional responsibilities for graduate education in the College as a whole. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to participate in every aspect of graduate support and education, and would welcome the opportunity to serve on the Awards Committee of the Graduate College.

Pavel A. Petukhov, Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

I am Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. My research interests include drug discovery, computer-aided molecular design, and medicinal chemistry.  I am an author of more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, a reviewer for various drug discovery study sections at NIH and peer-reviewed journals (JMC, BMCL, BMC, JCIM, JACS, etc). I am the PI in two grants from NIH and one from Department of Defense. My laboratory also funded by five collaborative NIH grants. Four postdocs, two MedChem students, and one Chemistry student are currently doing their research in the laboratory. Teaching – parts of PHAR331, MDCH560, MDCH561, PMPG 507, all lectures in MDCH572, seminars - PMPG/MDCH595. Committees – various departmental committees including Search, Technical Resources, PhD defenses, and preliminary exam committees.

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Simon Pickard, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

I joined the College of Pharmacy in 2001 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.  I am a core member of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research at UIC and currently serve as Assistant Director.  I have previously served on the University Senate and on the Graduate College Awards – Life Sciences.   I have enjoyed serving on the Graduate College Awards Committee and would be happy to be considered for another term.