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Organizing Committee, 2008 Conference

Gilda A. Barabino, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Professor, The Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University

Ph.D., Rice University, 1986

B.S., Xavier University of LA 1978

Gilda Barabino is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She previously rose to the rank of Professor of Chemical Engineering and served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northeastern University. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. She has held Visiting Professor appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology and Rice University. Her research interests are in the areas of sickle cell adhesion, cellular and tissue engineering and diversity in science and engineering. Dr. Barabino has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards including the ASEE Dow Outstanding Faculty Award. She is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Barabino has an extensive record of leadership and service in the engineering and medical communities. She is a member of the NIH National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society and member of the Advisory Board of the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists. She recently served as a member of the congressionally appointed NIH Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee. Dr. Barabino has led numerous educational projects and initiatives designed to enhance faculty development and student success and to increase opportunities in science and engineering for members of underrepresented groups. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator on the NSF ADVANCE Leadership Award, "Cross-Disciplinary Initiative for Minority Women Faculty," an initiative designed to enhance the socialization of tenure-track minority women into academic careers in engineering.

Cheryl Leggon, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D., University of Chicago

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University

Dr. Cheryl B. Leggon, Co-PI on the Cross-Disciplinary Initiative for Minority Women Faculty grant, is a sociologist whose research on under participating groups in the science and engineering workforces developed during her nine years as a Staff Officer in the Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel of the National Research Council. Before coming to Georgia Tech in 2002, she was Director of Women's Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University. In 2006, she was elected to membership in Sigma Xi; and in 2007, she was named a Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellow representing the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech. Dr. Leggon earned the BA in Sociology from Barnard College (Columbia University), and the PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. In 2007, Dr. Leggon was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her work on the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender, and academic career pathways in science and engineering.

Her most recent publications include: "Women in science: racial and ethnic differences and the differences they make," Journal of Technology Transfer, 32 (2006); "Gender, race/ethnicity and the digital divide," in Women, Gender and Technology, edited by Mary Frank Fox, Deborah G. Johnson, and Sue V. Rosser, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006; and with Willie Pearson, Jr., "Assessing programs to improve minority participation in STEM: what we know and what we need to know," in Doctoral Education and Faculty of the Future, edited by Ronald Ehrenberg, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (in press).

Speakers and Committee Members

You can download a list of the 2008 conference Investigators, Advisory Committee members, and speakers (Acrobat (PDF) 278kB Oct12 12) and their biographies.

Advisory Committee:

Norman L. Fortenberry, Sc.D. - Director, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, The National Academy of Engineering

Wesley Harris, Ph.D. - Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Theresa A. Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E. - Deputy Director, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M University System; Associate Dean for Research, Dwight Look College of Engineering; Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University

Abigail J. Stewart, Ph.D. - Director of the ADVANCE Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan; Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

Matthew Tirrell, Ph.D. - Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cathy A. Trower, Ph.D. Research Associate, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

Keynote Speaker:

David Hall, L.L.M., S.J.D. - School of Law Northeastern University

David Hall returned to the faculty at Northeastern University School of Law after a distinguished career as an administrator in the law school and the University. He was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University in July of 1998 and served in that capacity until July 2002. During his tenure as the chief academic officer for Northeastern he oversaw the significant growth in the University's external research funding, retention rate, and the overall academic standing. His two major contributions were in the area of diversity and Practice Oriented Education. Through his leadership of these key initiatives Northeastern made tremendous strides in becoming national leaders in two of its fundamental educational values.

Before being appointed as Provost, he served as Dean of Northeastern University School of Law from 1993 to 1998. Stressing the School of Law's hallmarks—academic excellence, experiential learning, ethical responsibility and social justice—David Hall called upon all law schools to be places "where the values and spiritual foundations of future lawyers are nurtured, challenged and systematically emphasized." Working to bridge the often-alienated worlds of law and the inner city, in 1995, David Hall helped to establish the Urban Law and Public Policy Institute, which brings together community activists, government representatives and academicians to develop solutions to seemingly intractable urban dilemmas. With a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Urban Community Service Program, the institute worked for numerous years with local community groups on inner city revitalization and violence prevention programs. President George Bush appointed Professor Hall in 2003 to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. He was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve on a special Access to Justice Task Force in 2005.

David Hall served as associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Law from 1988 to 1992. He taught at the law schools of the University of Mississippi and the University of Oklahoma prior to his appointment at Northeastern, and practiced with the Federal Trade Commission in Chicago before entering academia. His publications include works on civil rights, the constitution and race, legal education, and social justice. He has authored a book on the intersection of law and spirituality, entitled The Spiritual Revitalization of the Legal Profession: A Search for Sacred Rivers, published by the Edwin Mellen Press.

Conference Speakers:

Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D. - Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Jane Chumley Ammons, Ph.D. - Associate Dean of Engineering for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia

Paula Hammond, Ph.D. - Bayer Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT

Anne MacLachlan, Ph.D. - Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity at Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley

Joyce Eaton Weinsheimer, Ed.D. - Assistant Director for Faculty Development, CETL

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