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Candidate Statements Executive and Awards Committees 2016

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Dmitry Epstein Allyson Holbrook Dhruv Mubayi Duncan Wardrop
cMichael J. Federle Silvia Malagrino Julienne N. Rutherford Jennifer Wiley
Malgorzata (Gosia) Fidelis Sylvia Morelli Sojin Shikano  

Executive Committee Candidates

Arts and Humanities

Silvia Malagrino
Professor, Art

Silvia Malagrino is an international artist and filmmaker and Professor at the School of Art and Art History. Malagrino’s artistic practice is fluid, and essentially interdisciplinary. She works with different mediums —photography, digital video, language, light and sound to represent not only issues of historical and cultural interest but also to explore in depth the fancies, the intricacies, and the idiosyncrasies of the personal imagination. In 2010 Malagrino received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2012 she was awarded with the State of Illinois Distinguished Artist award for her contributions to Art and Society.

Over the years at UIC, she received several Campus Research Board Grants (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999), the Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996, the Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award (CETL) in 1998, the Great Cities Institute Scholars’ Fellowship in 2000 and in 2012 she received a Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award (CETL) in the Teaching Recognition Program. Currently she serves in the University P&T Committee.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Allyson Holbrook
Associate Professor, Public Administration

Allyson Holbrook is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Psychology (by courtesy) and an Associate Research Professor at the Survey Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois. Allyson’s primary areas of expertise are survey research methodology and measuring and undersanding public opinion, particularly in the domain of politics. Her work in survey methodology is particularly focused on questionnaire design and nonresponse error. Her work on understanding public opinion has focused on how members of the public form opinions about policies and when and how those opinions motivate people to engage in activism to express their opinions to policy makers. Allyson has published numerous articles and book chapters in survey methodology, psychology, and political science. She has also presented at academic conferences and given workshops on survey methods and questionnaire design to both academic and nonacademic audiences. She is currently editing a book on using experiments in surveys. She has served as both the conference chair and President of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research and is currently the Associate Secretary-Treasurer of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Jennifer Wiley
Professor, Psychology

Jennifer Wiley is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. At UIC since 2000, she has received research awards including an NSF Career award and a Humboldt Fellowship, and teaching awards including Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Teaching Recognition Program Awards and the Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has also served on her department’s Committee on Graduate Studies and mentored 12 graduate students to the completion of their PhDs.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Duncan Wardrop
Associate Professor, Chemistry

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, where I also serve as Director of Graduate Studies. I joined UIC in 1997 after receiving my undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Glasgow and conducting post-doctoral research at Oregon State University. The primary focal points of my research group are a) the development of new strategies for the efficient construction of complex natural products and b) the discovery and development of small molecules with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Since joining UIC and the Graduate College, I have trained 23 doctoral and 6 masters students and received funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a number of internal sources, including UICentre. My research group is involved in active collaborations with research groups in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. I have served on a wide range of campus committees, including the Executive and Awards Committees of the Graduate, the Executive Board of the Honors College, and the Honors College Educational Policy Committee. If elected to the Graduate College Executive Board, I will strive to support and further develop excellence in graduate education across the university.

Life Sciences

Michael J. Federle
Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy and I serve to coordinate the Biomolecular Sciences PhD track within the College of Pharmacy. I have mentored three graduate students in completing requirements for the PhD, and I advise several current students in programs in Microbiology, Pharmacognosy, Dentistry and the Medical Sciences Training Program. I contribute to teaching professional and graduate students in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. I have served on the Graduate College Executive Committee for two years and wish to continue learning about and providing advice on the important programs developing in the Graduate College.  

My laboratory studies the molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases. We are particularly interested in mechanisms of cell-to-cell signaling in bacteria, which use small chemicals as means to coordinate physiological processes involving colonization and virulence in the host, the production of secondary metabolites, and the integration of exogenous genetic material. We are working to develop methodologies to manipulate microbial community behaviors in hopes to treat bacterial infections or to promote beneficial interactions with the host. For me, the most gratifying aspects of research are the relationships I develop with our graduate students.  They bring excitement and curiosity to the bench, and to see them grow and to learn alongside of them is tremendously rewarding. 

Awards Committee Candidates

Arts and Humanities

Malgorzata (Gosia) Fidelis
Assistant Professor, History

I am Associate Professor of Eastern European, Modern European, and Gender History in the Department of History. My research focuses on social and cultural issues in post-1945 Eastern Europe (Poland, in particular). My first book Women, Communism, and Industrialization in Postwar Poland was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. I am currently working on a new book on youth culture in Poland during the “Global Sixties.” 

Since the beginning of my appointment at UIC in 2006, I have been mentoring numerous Ph.D. and MA students in History, and have served on dissertation and exam committees (as outside member) in the Department of Art History, Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Communication. I currently serve as primary adviser to two Ph.D. students, and teach graduate courses in two concentrations in our department “Encounters, Ethnographies, and Empires” and “Work, Race and Gender in the Urban World.” I am also a member of the Graduate Advisory Committee in our department, and have served on the Graduate College Awards Committee in 2013-16.

I especially enjoy working individually with graduate students to help them develop a solid grasp of intellectual debates in their fields, and to navigate their academic careers.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dmitry Epstein
Assistant Professor, Communication

I am an Assistant Professor of Digital Policy in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My work focuses on the intersection of information, technology, policy, and society. Specifically, I study Internet governance, information technology policy and its assumptions, and online civic engagement in policymaking. In the past, I have also looked into questions of information access and the digital divide. I serve as the vice-Chair of GigaNet - Global Internet Governance Academic Network, where I also participate in the Communication, Program, and Membership committees. 

In the Department of Communication I serve as an alternate Director of Graduate Studies and as a member of the Awards Committee. Joining the Graduate College Awards Committee will allow me to contribute to nurturing UIC graduate student body by promoting academic excellence, intellectual diversity, and outreach.

Sylvia Morelli
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Sylvia Morelli is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the Empathy and Social Connection Lab. She received her BA in Psychology from Princeton University and PhD from UCLA. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Morelli worked in the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab and explored whether positive empathy (i.e., our ability to share and understand others’ positive emotions) promotes prosocial behavior, social connection, and well-being. She uses a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, laboratory experiments, daily experience sampling, and social network analyses. Overall, her research aims to broaden our understanding of empathy and demonstrate its critical role in promoting well-being and positive social relationships.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Dhruv Mubayi
Professor, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science

Dhruv Mubayi received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UIUC in 1998. After
doing postdoctoral work at Georgia Tech and Microsoft Research, he joined the faculty at UIC in 2002. During his 14 years at UIC, he has served on numerous departmental committees including the Advisory committee (elected), Mathematical Computer Science committee (as chair), Salary committee, Graduate
Studies committee, Undergraduate Studies committee, Colloquium committee (as chair), and several hiring committees. He  Served as Associate Head for Operations for the department in 2013/14 and has served as  the Co-PI for the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) grant from the National Science Foundation since 2010. The AMP grant seeks to increase the number of underrepresented scholars earning degrees in STEM disciplines.
He  has published  over 100 papers in mathematics, mainly in the subfield of combinatorics, and serves on the boards of five journals in mathematics.  He has given over 150 invited lectures including several plenary addresses at major conferences.  His research has been funded continuously from the National
Science Foundation since 2004 and he was awarded a Sloan Fellowship in 2005. His Ph.D students have gone on to successful careers in academics and industry.

Life Sciences

Julienne N. Rutherford
Assistant Professor, Nursing (Women, Children, Family Health Sc)

Dr. Rutherford is an Assistant Professor of Women, Children, and Family Health Science in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, serving masters level midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner students and advising PhD students. She is a biological anthropologist whose work integrates evolutionary theory with biomedical science. Her research program revolves around a central interest in the dynamic maternal environment in which a fetus develops. She is primarily focused on the primate placenta as a signaling interface between mother and fetus, working with both humans and nonhuman primates to address the effects of maternal ecology on placental morphology, metabolic function, and gene expression, and the downstream sequelae for offspring health both postnatally and later in life. Dr. Rutherford is the PI of an NIH-funded grant titled “Womb to Womb: programming reproduction in female marmoset monkeys.” She was the 2013 UIC Researcher of the Year Rising Star in Clinical Sciences, was awarded the inaugural Legacy Award by the American Society of Primatologists in 2013, named a National Academy of Science Kavli Foundation Fellow in 2014,  and received an NIH Loan Repayment Program Award through 2017.

Sojin Shikano
Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Sojin Shikano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He received his Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tokyo and trained in UT Southwestern Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University for his postdoctoral fellowships in cell biology. The research in his lab focuses on understanding the biogenesis and trafficking of membrane proteins. His research has been funded by NIH and American Cancer Society. He has been on the committee of a number of graduate students and served as a judge of UIC Student Research Forums. He is a review member of American Heart Association Basic Cell MSO committee and also serving for an editorial board for Journal of Biological Chemistry.