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Candidates EECEC 2012

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Suresh Aggarwal Cecila Gerber Christopher Mitchell
Marlene Bouvier Sharon Haar Dianna Niebylski
Yogesh Dwivedi Hannah Higgins Jennifer Reeder
David Eddington Seungpyo Hong James (Jim) Searing
Danilo Erricolo Guochang Hu Chiayeng Wang
Michael Federle Nick Huggett Jim Wang
Jesus Garcia-Martinez Brian Kay  
Richard Gemeinhart Connie Meinwald  
 

Executive Committee Candidates Behavioural and Social Sciences

">Christopher Mitchell
Associate Professor, Social Work

(Statement not received)

Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences 

">Danilo Erricolo
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

">Sharon Haar

Associate Professor, Architecture
 
MArch, Princeton University
BA, Wesleyan University
Sharon Haar is an architect and scholar who teaches studios and courses in urbanism, globalization, and housing. Her publications include The City as Campus: Urbanism and Higher Education in Chicago (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), Schools for Cities: Urban Strategies (NEA/Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), and the Web-site "Urban Archaeology Chicago: The Hull-House Settlement and the University of Illinois at Chicago." She has published articles and book reviews in journals including Practices, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Architect's Newspaper, and Architectural Design and has published chapters in books including Not At Home (Thames & Hudson, 1996), Embodied Utopias (Routledge, 2002), Shanghai Transforming (Actar, 2008) and On Location: Heritage Cities and Sites (Springer, 2011). She has presented her research in conferences and lectures across the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Haar is the recipient of numerous grants from institutions including The Graham Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts and American Architecture Foundation. She has organized conferences on contemporary architectural education, housing, and schools and urban development. She is the former Reviews Editor for the Journal of Architectural Education.
 
Haar's current research investigates the role of entrepreneurship, design innovation, and global networking in the transformation of architectural practices devoted to social activism and humanitarian relief.

">Nick Huggett
Professor, Philosophy

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.

">Dianna Niebylski
Professor, Hispanic and Italian Studies
 

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Brandeis University
Professor, Latin American and Comparative Literature
2005-2008, Head, (former) Department of Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese
2003-2005, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Kentucky
2003-2004, Interim Director of Latin American Studies, University of Kentucky
1988-1994, Study Abroad Leader and Program Director, Earlham College
In my previous administrative roles I had substantial success in recruiting and mentoring graduate students. To date, (all) students whose dissertation I directed were hired as tenure-track faculty in research institutions or Tier 1 and 2 four-year colleges. 
Additional Information:
Single-authored books include Language on the Edge of the Word: Limits of Language and Uses of Silence in Mallarmé, Rilke and Vallejo;  Humoring Resistance: Laughter, Bodies and Excess in Latin American Women's Fictions; Rosario Ferré: Maldito amor y otros cuentos(an annotated edition) and Sergio Chejfec: Trayectorias de una escritura, an edited volume of essays on Argentine novelist Sergio Chejfec. A co-edited volume of essays on Latin American and Latino Icons is under contract with Vanderbilt UP. Present research and publications explore recent Latin American fiction and films that attempt to make sense of new border zones, global trades and new forms of migration. Currently regional representative for the Modern Language Association. Book review editor for LF (a journal on women and gender in Hispanic letters). Former President and the Midwest Modern Language Association. Serves on several editorial boards.

Life Sciences

">Marlene Bouvier
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

-Associate Professor (tenured), Microbiology & Immunology Department 
-Member Graduate College 2007-
-Member Graduate Award Committee, Life Sciences 2009-
-Member Campus Research Board, Life Sciences Review Panel 2010-

">Jesus Garcia-Martinez
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.

">Richard Gemeinhart
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.

">Brian Kay
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

No vacancy

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences 

">Suresh Aggarwal
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

(Statement not received)

">David Eddington
Associate Professor, Bioengineering

I am an Associate Professor of Bioengineering. I earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to UIC, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Currently I am the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Bioengineering and the Director of the MicroEnviromental Foundry.
 
My research at UIC focuses on developing novel solutions to current unmet experimental and clinical needs through applying simple microfabricated devices. These devices leverage beneficial phenomena (e.g. process integration, fast diffusion, or high surface to volume ratio) over multiple scales (e.g. nano, micro, and meso) to effectively leverage the power of scale without becoming overly complex. My lab has projects that span clinical diagnostics, tools for experimental biology, and therapeutic devices. Specifically, we have projects investigating chemotropic signaling in yeast, developmental biology and stem cell differentiation, wound healing, oxygen gradients in tissue engineering constructs, dynamic oxygen profiles in standard cell cultures, oxygen sensitive substrates, microfluidic diagnostics for circulating tumor cells, microfluidic characterization of islets prior to transplantation, coatings for soybeans to reduce UV damage, and new tools for in vitro brain slice electrophysiology. While the end applications are indeed highly variable, all these projects apply similar techniques making my lab a highly multidisciplinary and exciting atmosphere.

">Cecila Gerber
Professor, Physics

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

">Hannah Higgins
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.

">Connie Meinwald
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.

">Dianna Niebylski
Professor, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Brandeis University
Professor, Latin American and Comparative Literature
2005-2008, Head, (former) Department of Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese
2003-2005, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Kentucky
2003-2004, Interim Director of Latin American Studies, University of Kentucky
1988-1994, Study Abroad Leader and Program Director, Earlham College
In my previous administrative roles I had substantial success in recruiting and mentoring graduate students. To date, (all) students whose dissertation I directed were hired as tenure-track faculty in research institutions or Tier 1 and 2 four-year colleges. 
Additional Information:
Single-authored books include Language on the Edge of the Word: Limits of Language and Uses of Silence in Mallarmé, Rilke and Vallejo;  Humoring Resistance: Laughter, Bodies and Excess in Latin American Women's Fictions; Rosario Ferré: Maldito amor y otros cuentos(an annotated edition) and Sergio Chejfec: Trayectorias de una escritura, an edited volume of essays on Argentine novelist Sergio Chejfec. A co-edited volume of essays on Latin American and Latino Icons is under contract with Vanderbilt UP. Present research and publications explore recent Latin American fiction and films that attempt to make sense of new border zones, global trades and new forms of migration. Currently regional representative for the Modern Language Association. Book review editor for LF (a journal on women and gender in Hispanic letters). Former President and the Midwest Modern Language Association. Serves on several editorial boards.

">Jennifer Reeder
Associate Professor, Art and Design

I have been faculty in the School of Art and Design since 2000. I have always acted as an advisor to our MFA candidates and participated on several thesis committees each year. Additionally I was a long standing member of the Graduate Curriculum Committee.
 
For the past five years, I have served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Art and Design. In this time, I have implemented multiple improvements to curriculum, facilities and overall profile of our graduate program. Additionally I have secured multiple awards and fellowships for our MFA candidates each year.

">James (Jim) Searing
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.

Life Sciences

">Yogesh Dwivedi

Associate Professor, Psychiatry (Neuroscience)

(Statement not received)

">Michael Federle
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.

">Seungpyo Hong
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.

">Guochang Hu
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

(Statement not received)

Chiayeng Wang
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).

">Jim Wang
Associate Professor,Pharmacology

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.