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.
Michele G. Wheatly
Ph.D. Comparative Physiology
As Provost, architect of WVU's Strategic Plan 2020 (2010-2020), and PI of the ADVANCE grant, I have planned for institutionalization of ADVANCE-funded initiatives two years from now.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
West Virginia University has an Institutional Membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD offers resources that are available to an unlimited number of faculty, graduate students, and postdocs on our campus. Dr. Melissa Latimer, is the Institutional Account Representative on campus and the direct liaison between WVU and the NCFDD. Those interested in becoming a member can join WVU’s membership by reviewing the attached document, which thoroughly explains the online registration process. Once their registration is approved, NCFDD will send a welcome email that explains how to access to their new account and what’s specifically included in the membership. Please use this link to access the account membership instructions Getting Started - Activating sub-account memberships
A year of WVU women in STEM: Being oneself in a conventional worldDr. Kasi Jackson, associate professor, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, took part in heated discussions in graduate school in which the male graduate students were resistant to policies that would encourage women with children to take part in the academic workforce. It was easier, she said looking back, for her male professors to agree to the policies. They after all already had jobs, but her male colleagues were in a less secure economic position. Read more online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/01/27/a-year-of-wvu-women-in-stem-being-oneself-in-a-conventional-world
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.
- Film screening and discussion of Pray the Devil Back to Hell set for Thursday
- Film screening and discussion of Blood Diamond set for Tuesday
- WVU history professor studies ancient Roman citizens' attitude toward government
- WVU Department of Communication Studies to host health communication fair April 15
- WVU history professor awarded NSF grant and three fellowships to research court cases involving African Americans
- Frozen in time: Three-million-year-old landscape still exists beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet
- Special for Earth Day: New NSF resources highlight surprising ecological and economic benefits of biodiversity
- Shaving nanoseconds from racing processors
- Earth-sized exoplanet discovery
- Early Career Scientists and Engineers receive highest honor from the White House
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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.