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
WVU ADVANCE heralds an institution-wide impetus to become a more diverse academic community, a prerequisite for any world class research university.
Faculty Success Program-National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
As part of WVU’s institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development, WVU tenure track and/or promotable (e.g. teaching, research and clinical track) faculty members from main campus (Morgantown) can participate in the Faculty Success Program.
The Faculty Success Program is an intensive 12 week on-line program aimed to enhance research productivity and scholarship, while maintaining positive work-life integration and strengthening networks. Participants receive coaching and peer mentoring via conference calls and access to an extensive online set of resources.
For more information see http://www.facultydiversity.org/?FSProgramDescription
Dr. Kasi Jackson participated in the program spring 2014 and would be happy to answer questions. Kasi’s testimonial: “As a habitual over-committer, I was in danger of taking the 13 year plus pathway to promotion to full professor. The Faculty Success Program’s emphasis on accountability showed me how to align my work priorities with the reality of how I will be evaluated for promotion to full and to come to terms with the fact that time is a limited and precious resource.”
For more faculty testimonials, see http://www.facultydiversity.org/?page=FSPTestimonials2.
ADVANCE Work-life Policy in ScienceCongratulations to Drs. Leslie E. Tower and Lisa M. Dilks whose work on ADVANCE Universities work/life policies was recently highlighted in AAAS Science Magazine, one of the top American journals in the sciences. Their recent paper, “Work/life Satisfaction Policy in ADVANCE Universities” published in Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, ranks how progressive policies such as parental leave, dual career support, and tuition remission are at institutions of higher education. “It’s really exciting to get profiled in Science Magazine,” says Tower. “We wanted to measure whether universities that have been funded by NSF’s ADVANCE program have work/life policies and how progressive they are, so we developed a new metric.” They found that universities that participated in NSF’s ADVANCE programs, on average, have progressive work/life policies, but urge more institutions of higher education to implement best practices, if they seek to recruit, retain, and advance high quality faculty. Link: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6264/1052.2.full?sid=41503ec9-2642-48e6-89ad-f82a6b62623e&utm_source=ECAS
Dr. Tower recently shared a overview of her and Dilks’ work in an AIM Network webinar (Nov. 10, 2015): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxInUHB2BTyqSnlVcGpjYUYyRnM/view?usp=sharing
WV STEM+ Family Travel Website: http://stemtravel.wvu.edu/
The WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program 2014-2015
WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program is an external mentoring program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE IT Program (Award HRD-100797).
WVU faculty (Associates) will be paired with mentors (Sponsors) to work on a clearly identified project with specific outcomes. Funds are available for ten awards for October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015 (Associate – $10,000; Sponsor – $5,000).
Questions: Contact Dr. Kasi Jackson at 304-293-2064, or email@example.com. WVU ADVANCE Center (email preferred)
Congratulations WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program Recipients
Cerasela Zoica Dinu, Department of Chemical Engineering – Project: Harnessing Nanomaterials Properties and Interface Reactions for Energy Applications. Her sponsor is Dr. Joerg Opitz, the director of the Division of Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics at Fraunhofer Institute for Cereamic Technologies and System, Branch of Materials Diagnostics IKTS-MD in Dresden, Germany.
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.
Shauna Fisher, Department of Political Science – Project: Activists, Arguments, and Venues: Same-Sex Marriage Politics in California. Her sponsor is Dr. Anna-Marie, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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.
Elizabeth Kyonka, Department of Psychology – Project: Experimental analysis of animal behavior with an emphasis on dynamics of temporal learning and choice under uncertainty. Her sponsor is Dr. Suzanne H. Mitchell, Professor at the School of Medicine Oregon Health & Science University.
Maria Perez, Department of Geology and Geography – Project: Field Studies of Karst Environments: A Case Study of International Scientific Collaborations and Network Building. This project focuses on the history and present activity of collaborations and network building between US and Cuban speleologists, or cave scientists. This research is also being funded by the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, and Society Program. Her sponsor is Dr. Cynthia Pope, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Central Connecticut State University.
Michelle Richards-Babb, Chemistry – Project: Expansion of knowledge and training in sound and accepted methods of carrying out educational research. . Her sponsor is Dr. Reagen Curtis, Professor of Educational Psychology, WVU College of Education and Human Services.
Vicki Sealey, Department of Mathematics – Project: Research student understanding of calculus concepts. Her sponsor is Dr. John Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maine.
Sarika Khushalani Solanki, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering – Project: Collaborative Research for Developing Control Framework for Multi-Microgrid Systems. Her sponsor is Dr. Pete Sauer, Grainger Chair in Electrical Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Charis Tsikkou, Department of Mathematics – Project: The multidimensional Euler system of compressible gas-dynamics whose study gave birth to the theory of conservation laws. Her sponsor is Dr. Helge Jenssen, Professor at The Pennsylvania State University.
Congratulations on your achievement and welcome to the fourth 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.