Meet our interdisciplinary team and what each
one brings to the research project
My symbol represents the lower free energy barrier, activation energy, to the change between two states achieved by the use of a catalyst in a chemical reaction. I view ADVANCE as a facilitator, catalyst, for the change we hope to achieve in the climate and culture of WVU with respect to equality and equity.
Ph.D. Psychoeducational Processes
The two words represented are "interdependence" (everything is an event with multiple layers involved.) and "wholeness" (we must look as things as a whole, breaking them down to smaller pieces limits your understanding and ability to pieces things together again).
My symbol equated to changing girls brains. I bring a background in neurobiology and training in scientific teaching which uses evidence-based teaching methods and an awareness of diversity issues to improve the success of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM degrees.
The symbols simply say to eliminate gender inequality.
My drawing represents the concept of balance. Physicists are very good at balancing different forces to create a stable equilibrium. However, while there are simple equations to do that, work-life balance is very difficult to achieve!
Ph.D. Political Science
Katie holds a Ph.D. in political science, and contributes her understanding of science policy to the ADVANCE project. Science policy examines the incentives and the environment for discovery and innovation.
Women's studies is an interdisciplinary field which applies insights from the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities and the arts towards innovative solutions for complex problems. My drawing represents the process of bringing people from multiple disciplines together to develop these solutions.
Leslie E. Tower
The International Breastfeeding Symbol was created in 2006. To me, it represents a paradigm shift that I am working toward: creating a workplace more satisfying and equitable for women and families.
Ph.D. Operations Analysis
A decision tree analysis leads to more effective outcomes.
WVU ADVANCE STEM Faculty Shikha Sharma
In the movies, Indiana Jones is an archaeologist. He goes on whirlwind adventures around the world to find rare historical artifacts. WVU geologist Shikha Sharma has shared some experiences with Indy. Although she doesn’t find herself in perilous situations anymore, she still finds great adventures in her lab using state-of-the-art instruments called mass spectrometers. Her work has uncovered a new treasure: how we monitor the environment. Her research and story are featured in the Spring 2013 WVU Magazine. Read more online: http://wvumag.wvu.edu/sharma
A year of WVU women in STEM: Teaching science for lifeMichelle Withers teaches her 250 undergraduates as if there’s a camera crew right outside the auditorium door waiting to quiz them on scientific knowledge. The WVU Magazine online features monthly profiles of women who have made their careers in science or related field at the University. Read more online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/04/01/a-year-of-wvu-women-in-stem-teaching-science-for-life
WVU Faculty: Climate Study Follow-up Survey
Please tell us about your level of satisfaction with you current work environment in an ANONYMOUS work climate research study. Please complete the electronic survey between September 9 – November 8, 2013. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FacultyClimateSurveyWVU2013
The purpose of the survey is to identify factors that contribute to a positive work environment for all WVU faculty in 2013, and compare changes to the results of the same survey conducted in 2009. Survey results will be used by the WVU ADVANCE Center to inform administration of faculty needs. Special care has been taken to ensure that individuals cannot be identified by the way s/he answers the demographic questions. Please direct questions to: Leslie Tower (Letower@mail.wvu.edu) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FacultyClimateSurveyWVU2013
Sponsorship Program Recipients 2013-2014
Congratulations WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program Recipients
Jessica Deshler, Department of Mathematics – Project: Calculus Development and Evaluation. Her sponsor is Dr. Elizabeth Burroughs, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University
Elaine M. Eschen, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering – Project: Algorithms for Graph and Hypergraphs. Her sponsor is Dr. Andreas Brandstadt, Professor at University of Rostock, Germany and Chair of the Theoretical Computer Science.
Christina Fattore, Department of Political Science – Project: Continue work on a publishable manuscript and application to the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method research. This application would expand her methodological training beyond quantitative methods as well as improve the overall quality of her scholarship. Her sponsor is Dr. Christina Davis, Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering – Project: Efficient development of high quality software. Her sponsor is Dr. Robyn Lutz, Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
Mikel Holcomb, Department of Physics – Project: Successful Grant Writing and Career Development. Her sponsor is Dr. Janice Musfeldt, Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Nicole Engelke Infante, Department of Mathematic – Project: Submission of an NSF Career proposal. Her sponsor is Dr. Martha Alibali, Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Amy Keesee, Department of Physics – Project: Ion Temperatures in the Magnetosphere: A Comparison of Satellite-Based Measurements and Global Modeling. Her sponsor is Dr. Mike Liemohn, Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan.
Cyanne Loyle, Political Science – Project: To address the limitations in the existing literature and develop a theory of transitional justice adoption. Her mentor is Dr. Margaret Levi, the Bacharach Professor of Politics at the University of Washington and holder of the Chair in US Politics at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Julie Hicks Patrick, Psychology – Project: Research program in developmental-behavioral interventions. Her sponsor is Dr. Cameron J. Camp, Director of Research and Development at the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. He is internationally-known research scientist in the field of aging.
Natalia A. Schmid, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering – Project: Foundations for Collaborative Research in Support of New Frontiers in Astrophysics. Her sponsors are Drs. Maura McLaughlin and Duncan Lorimer of West Virginia University Department of Physics.
Congratulations on your achievement and welcome to the third cohort of WVU ADVANCE Associates! We are very excited about the work that you and your Sponsor have proposed and look forward to seeing the transformative impact of this proposed work on your career.
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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE IT Program under Award HRD-1007978. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.