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Candidates EECEC 2012
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Executive Committee Candidates Behavioural and Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Social Work
(Statement not received)
Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Danilo Erricolo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Associate Director of the Andrew Electromagnetics Laboratory. Dr. Erricolo is an accomplished researcher and the recipient of two College of Engineering research awards. A significant percentage of his research funding has been in collaboration with professors in other universities and/or other disciplines. He has collaborated with professors in the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Education and in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the College of Engineering. In addition to his graduate students, Dr. Erricolo involves undergraduate students in his research and he has been successful in encouraging a number of them to pursue graduate degrees.
Dr. Erricolo has held leadership positions within international and national scientific organizations, including chairing an annual graduate student paper competition since 2008. He also serves as a member of the advisory committee of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a member of the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, a member of the Executive Committee of the UIC Faculty Senate, and a member of the University Senates Conferenc.
Fine Arts and Humanities
BA, Wesleyan University
Nick Huggett is a Professor of philosophy, who has been on the faculty at UIC since 1996. He works in the philosophy of science, with a special focus on the philosophy of physics. He has previously served on the faculty senate, the senate faculty advisory committee and the LAS executive committee. He has also worked on graduate placement, graduate admissions and the graduate advisory committee in the philosophy department. He has of course advised and been on the degree committee of numerous graduate students, including students in physics at UIC or external to UIC.
Professor, Hispanic and Italian Studies
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
Jesús García-Martínez is Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics in the College of Medicine. He has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Bioengineering and is also a Faculty Fellow of the Honors College. His research interests relate to mechanisms of signal transduction in skeletal and cardiac muscles. Since joining UIC in 1996, he has been involved in graduate and professional education. He has served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics for several years. He has also served on 19 PhD thesis committees (chaired 9 of them), 3 MSc thesis committees (chaired 3), and 31 PhD candidacy exam committees (chaired 9). He has served as the Coordinator of Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Forum, faculty advisor and member of the Summer Research Opportunities Program for Minority Students Advisory Committee, and member of the University Fellowship and Abraham Lincoln Award Committees of the Graduate College. In the College of Medicine, he has served on the College Committee on Instruction and Appraisal, Scholarships and Awards Committee, and as a member of the Admissions Committee of the MD/PhD program. At the national level, he has served as a reviewer in multiple panels from NIH, NSF, NASA, and other funding agencies. He would like to contribute to the mission of the Graduate College to bring talented students to UIC, and support excellence in graduate education and research.
Associate Professor, Pharmacy
I am currently an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics and Bioengineering primarily in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences of the College of Pharmacy. I’ve been a member of the UIC and the Graduate College since 2001 and am very dedicated to graduate education. I have mentored 4 PhD and 9 MS students with 6 current PhD students, including one MD/PhD and one PharmD/PhD candidates. Several of these students have benefited from Graduate College Awards, including University Fellowships, Provost’s Award for Graduate Research, W.C. and May Preble Deiss Award for Biomedical Research, University of Illinois at Chicago Image of Research Competition, and UIC Outstanding Dissertation Award (co-advisor). My students have also received a number of external awards. I have served on NIH (F30, F31, and F32) and NSF (GRFP) fellowship review committees. I was the Director of the Biopharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program for 5 years and am now the Director of Graduate Education for the College of Pharmacy. My research is highly interdisciplinary in nature bridging engineering, chemistry, biology, physics applying these disciplines to medical therapy. As a member of the graduate college executive committee, I will strive to support excellence in graduate education, with emphasis on excellence.
Professor, Biological Sciences
Brian Kay is a professor of biology and a world expert in the field of molecular recognition, the science of how proteins selectively interact with each other inside cells. His research group of 13 individuals on the UIC west campus utilizes phage-displayed libraries of combinatorial peptides, antibody fragments, and engineered proteins to probe the surfaces of proteins and identify contact sites for binding. This approach is being currently applied to develop biosensors for protein kinases, create tools to study protein expression in cells and organisms, generate affinity reagents to bacterial and human membrane proteins, and develop diagnostics for monitoring laser-induced eye damage. He has authored 110 scientific reports and reviews, co-edited three books, and been issued 15 patents. For the past seven years, he has served as head as the Department of Biological Sciences at UIC, and is currently a LAS Distinguished Professor and Vice-chair of the UIC Senate. He teaches introductory and advanced cell biology courses to undergraduates, and advanced molecular biology to graduate students at UIC.
Awards Committee Candidates
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
(Statement not received)
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
The UIC Graduate College awards committee serves the important role of recognizing the academic achievements of our students through a variety of awards and fellowships. I have had the opportunity to witness the positive effect such recognition has on the careers of our students, giving them confidence to advance in their scholarly endeavors. I am excited about the possibility of being elected to the awards committee and pledge to do my best to aid in the selection of the most deserving awardees.
Fine Arts and Humanities
Professor, Art History
When I first came to UIC in 1994, web searches were a new thing and quite undeveloped, most graduate students in the humanities could expect an academic or museum job placement, and we had two programs (an MA and BA). Students now face a very different climate: the web has transformed the way we access and use information (including archives), no job is guaranteed, and we have two more graduate programs, a second MA and a PhD. Working to help students win research support requires attending closely to the changing dynamics of how research is conducted and evaluated, communicated and used in work and other contexts. At UIC, I have been DGS twice and an associate Dean of Academic Affairs. In these capacities, I worked closely with colleagues and students to craft successful applications for funding. On the other side of the grant-giving line, I have been a grant reviewer for several important funding organizations (College Art Association, Mellon and ACLS). I would love to deploy this base of experience with students at UIC and to work toward developing new funding streams that reflect the shifting tides of scholarship.
Associate Professor, Philosophy
During my decades at UIC, I have especially valued the opportunity to identify and support talented graduate students. I've done this in the various roles of teacher, Philosophy Graduate Admissions Director, and member of the Grad College Awards Committee. I would be delighted to serve another stint on the Committee.
Professor, Hispanic and Italian Studies
Associate Professor, Art and Design
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Professor, History (African American Studies)
James Searing teaches African and World history. He was the chair of the History Department at the UIC from 2005 to 2010, marked by the creation of a new graduate concentration, “Encounters, Ethnographies, and Empires” to complement the existing concentration in “Work, Race and Gender in the Urban World.” He served on the History department’s Graduate Advisory Committee, Department of History from 1997 to 2005, and again in 2011-2012. This past year he served on UIC’s Undergraduate Fulbright Committee and Graduate Fulbright Committee, the LAS Graduate Awards Committee, the Chancellor’s Award Committee and the National Screening Committee, Fulbright Awards (Francophone Africa and Mozambique). He has served as a reviewer on various national committees, notably on the IIE-Fulbright National Screening Committee for West and Central Africa from 2005-07 and the ACLS, Referee for Ryskamp and Burkhardt Fellowships from 2008 to 2010.
(Statement not received)
Assistant Professor, Pharmacognosy
PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Emory University, 2002
Postdoc, Princeton University, 2002-2008
Joined UIC in 2008
Currently, three PhD candidates are in my lab, with an additional MD/PhD student joining this summer. I serve as the coordinator of graduate studies of the Biotechnology Track of the Pharmacognosy Graduate Program of the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy Department. In this position, my goal is to improve our ability to recruit top-tier graduate students nationally. Also, I am working to maintain a closer relationship between faculty and students by increasing opportunities for students to present their work in our Center and other venues, and by enacting an annual progress report due to thesis committee members.
Assistant Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Seungpyo Hong is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated from Hanyang University in Korea with M.S. and B.S. degrees in polymer engineering. After working as a researcher at Korea Institute Science and Technology, he started his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan as a Dwight F. Benton Fellow working with his advisors Profs. Mark Banaszak Holl and James Baker, Jr.. His thesis research involved preparation and functionalization of organic nanoparticles such as dendrimers and their interactions with cells, with a particular interest in pharmaceutical applications such as non-viral gene delivery and targeted drug delivery. Dr. Hong graduated with his PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering in 2006 and joined MIT as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Langer. At MIT, his work was focused on the development of polymer-based devices that can specifically recognize and sort cancer cells or stem cells using the cell rolling behavior. Since 2008, he has led a research group at UIC to develop polymer-based nanopharmaceutics for cancer treatment in two ways: targeted drug delivery and specific capturing of cancer cells. To date, Prof. Hong’s research has culminated in 31 peer-reviewed articles (with 4 more under review) that have been cited combined total of more than 2,000 times, 3 book chapters, 7 issued or pending patents, over 75 abstracts, and over 30 invited talks.
Being trained through highly multidisciplinary research and education programs, Dr. Hong is fully aware of the critical importance of interdisciplinary education to produce the next generation of leaders in the broad area of biomedical sciences. His education activities focus on developing modern, multidisciplinary education programs for graduate students that have expertise at the interface of polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, pharmaceutics and biological sciences. He is currently advising 5 PhD students, 1 MS student, and 3 undergrads in the lab and has helped his students receive numerous awards.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
(Statement not received)
Associate Professor, Dentistry
I am interested in serving on the Graduate College Awards committee. My qualification to serve on the committee includes the following:
1. full graduate faculty status since 1993; Faculty fellow of the UIC honors college since 1994
2. active interest and involvement in scholarly research as evidenced by national or international recognition of scholarly research (through external funding, publications, invited presentations) and a continuing fulfillment of professional obligations (through manuscript review, journal editorship, and national and international grant review panels).
3. experience in serving
(a) as a member of thesis and dissertation advisory committees for Masters (College of Dentistry) and PhD students (both Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine)
(b) as mentoring faculty member of the pre- and post-doctoral fellowship T32 MOST (multidisciplinary oral science training) program at the College of Dentistry. The program is funded by NIDCR/NIH.
(c) as a member of the T32 MOST postdoctoral fellowship committee
(d) on national grants and fellowship committees (American Cancer Society and National Leukemia Foundation)
(e) on UIC undergraduate scholarship committees (Goldwater scholarship selection committee, Tuition waive selection committee , Honors college admission committee, Caterpillar/ Kabbes/Dukor/Phi Kappa and Merit Award selection committees).
Zaijie Jim Wang, PhD. is a tenured associate professor in the college of pharmacy. Dr. Wang has been an active member of the graduate college since 2001 and trains students in the following graduate programs: biopharmaceutical sciences, pharmacognosy, and neuroscience. Dr. Wang has previously served on the graduate college Executive Committee.