The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub fall 2022 and spring 2023 webinar series focuses on celebrating and learning from successful NSF HSI awardees. We host panels of successful PIs on specific topics that will engage our audience and support grant writing efforts for those planning a grant submission. This webinar series focuses on a broad array of topics that promote student success, wellness and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Martha Desmond and Dr. Delia Valles are the hosts for this series. The HSI STEM Hub recommends participation in these webinars to learn from successful awardees, particularly if you are currently writing a proposal or are interested in grant writing.
Doris J. Espiritu, PhD is a chemist, a physiologist and a biophysicist turned engineering and computer science educator. She is one of the first NSF-HSI research awardees for the Project “Building Bridges into Engineering and Computer Science which helps her grow the Engineering Program at Wright enrollment by 1500%. Doris is co-PI of NSF-funded CAFECS and works with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) team to implement a DOE energy efficiency project. Doris founded seven (7) chapters of national organizations including SHPE Wright Chapter and is a member of SHPE Advisors Committee. Doris is also a co-Chair of the Community College Action Network Group Linkages (CCANGL) of the 50K Coalition. She is currently the Senior Advisor to Provost at the City Colleges of Chicago and Dean of the Center of Excellence for Engineering and Computer Science at Wright College where she does research, designs, implements and assesses practices that develop belonging, and self-efficacy to increasing diversity in engineering and computer science. Doris successfully developed the Contextualized Bridge lift students’ preparation and prepares them for Calculus and she developed the holistic and programmatic approach for transfer (HPAT) that eliminated barriers for transfer students.
Dr. Par Mohammadian is a professor of Life Sciences at Los Angeles Mission College. Her
passion to support her students to succeed resulted in being awarded multiple grants. Dr. Mohammadian is currently serving as the PI and Co-PI of two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. The NSF ATE grant prepares veterans and incumbents workers for jobs in biotechnology and assists them in gaining employment (award # 2054891). The NSF HSI grant aims to enhance undergraduate STEM education and build capacity (award # 1832348). The project aims to increase the success and transfer rates among biology majors. Dr. Mohammadian holds a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PhD in Human Biology.
Chris Anderson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological
Sciences at Dominican University (DU). DU is a regional, Catholic, and Hispanic Serving Institution just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Chris conducted his postdoctoral research in
the laboratory of Alex Cordoba in the Institute of Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2010-2012). In 2009, Chris completed his PhD in Greg Grether’s lab in UCLA’s department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His research interests are varied, including Broadening Participation in STEM, and topics related to sexual selection and diversification of odonates (dragonflies and damselflies). Chris serves as Principal
Investigator on NSF Award #1832237 (HSI-Hispanic Serving Institutions) and senior personnel/faculty site lead on NSF Award #1911271 (Alliances-Minority Participation).
Carol Shubin is a Professor of Mathematics at California State University Northridge. She is the PI of the NSF Data Science Program with Career Support and Connections to Industry. This is an interdisciplinary workforce training
program in Data Science that encompasses course work and research projects linked to emerging efforts in the public and private sectors. The program targets capable undergraduates enrolled in Mathematics and Computer Science, especially applied mathematics and statistics options, who want a career in industry.
Student engagement and professional development through research and internship opportunities
Friday, February 3, 2023 3PM EST
Prof. Agda Cordero, Professor, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico
BS Mathematics, 1984; MS Applied Mathematics, 1987. Professor of Computer Science at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón since 1987. Director of Natural Sciences Department at Sagrado from August 2013 until December 2017. Principal Investigator in National Science Foundation sponsored Increasing Student Success in STEM Grant since 2019. Passionate about STEM, Women in STEM and Women in Computer Science. I have been shifting my attention to the very important issue of how to communicate scientific knowledge to the community using emerging technologies.
Dr. Heather J. Shipley is the Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Dean and Hispanic Thriving Institution Endowed Chair of the University College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With 15 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Shipley has earned a reputation for advancing undergraduate education, enhancing student experiential learning opportunities, and promoting faculty development. As senior vice provost and dean she oversees University College, Career Engaged Learning, Continuous Improvement and Assessment, Faculty Success, and Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Shipley is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, and she helped coordinate the efforts that earned UTSA the Seal of Excelencia in 2020, certifying the university’s intentionality in serving Latino students and achieving positive student outcomes. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Shipley is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management in the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. As a researcher, Dr. Shipley has earned more than $11 million in funding to study interdisciplinary topics such as innovative water treatment processes including the use of novel technologies such as nanotechnology, low impact development and water quality monitoring, physiochemical interactions of contaminants to the built environment and engineering education. She has authored more than 35 refereed journal articles, and has given numerous keynote, invited and scientific presentations nationally and across the globe. She has mentored many undergraduate, master’s, doctoral students, and early career faculty — her past trainees currently hold positions at national institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Baylor University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. Dr. Shipley is the recipient of several prestigious teaching and research awards including the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, UTSA’s Faculty Service to Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Award, and is a member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.
Esther Isabelle Wilder is a professor of sociology at Lehman College, The City University of New York, and a faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current research focuses on factors that promote quantitative literacy, trends and patterns in scholarly publishing, the experience of disability, and the roles of race/ethnicity and religion in explaining socioeconomic outcomes. She is the author of Wheeling and Dealing: Living with Spinal Cord Injury and coauthor of Voices from the Heartland: The Needs and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities. Her scholarly work has appeared in more than a dozen journals including Scientometrics, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Milbank Quarterly, Social Science Research, Teaching Sociology, The Gerontologist, The Sociological Quarterly, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), she has been active in a variety of initiatives to promote best practices in STEM education and to improve students’ critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills
at minority-serving institutions.
Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom and Beyond
Friday, March 3, 2023 3PM EST
Dr. Matthew R. Cover, Professor of Ecology, California State University Stanislaus
I have spent my entire life in northern California, and the people and landscapes of this region have profoundly influenced my academic and professional work. I studied hydrology, geomorphology, and soil science as an undergrad at U.C. Berkeley. I got involved in watershed monitoring while working with great colleagues at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, got very interested in stream ecology, and went back to U.C. Berkeley for grad school to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. My doctoral research described the influence of landslides and debris flows on riparian vegetation, stream food webs, and salmonid habitat in the Klamath Mountains. I am incredibly grateful to work as an educator at Stan State, in California’s San Joaquin Valley, with wonderful students and colleagues.
Providing Faculty with the Tools for Success in a Changing World
Friday, April 14, 2023 3PM EST
Dr. Erik Menke, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Merced
Erik Menke was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and primarily grew up on Colorado’s Western Slope. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Colorado State University in 2000 and then moved west to join UC Irvine’s second incoming class in the new Chemistry and Materials Physics (CHaMP) program. He completed his Ph.D. in 2006 under the direction of Prof. Reg Penner and then moved to UCLA as a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Science and Engineering department at UCLA under the guidance of Prof. Bruce Dunn. He is currently an associate professor of chemistry at the University of California, Merced, having joined the UC Merced faculty in 2008. His primary research interests are understanding aluminum ion behavior in organic solvents, motivated by developing electrolytes for rechargeable aluminum batteries, and developing educational interventions, such as culturally relevant science teaching, that positively impact student self-efficacy and sense of belonging in science courses.
Dr. Patricia Morreale, Professor of Computer Science and Technology, Kean University
Patricia Morreale is a professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Kean University, Union, NJ. Prior research on machine learning and network systems led to advances in error detection and secure processing, later patented and commercialized. Current research on human-centered computing addresses equitable software design and education methods. She works on broadening participation and access in computer science, focused on faculty development and undergraduate research engagement.
Morreale has led committees on faculty excellence in undergraduate research mentoring with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the Computing Research Association (CRA), and the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR). She is a past co-chair of NCWIT’s Academic Alliance.
She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Distinguished Contributor to the IEEE Computer Society. Her leadership positions include the Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI) and the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s (NCWIT) Academic Alliance. She holds a B.S. from Northwestern University, an M.S. from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, all in Computer Science.
May Webinar Topic & Panelists TBA
Friday, May 5, 2023 3PM EST
Dr. Alex Racelis, Professor of Agroecology, University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Alex Racelis from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, studies ecological interactions in the social, political, and economic contexts in which they occur.
NSF HSI STEM RESOURCE HUB GRANTSMANSHIP WEBINAR HOSTS
Dr. Delia Valles Rosales is the Chair of the Industrial Management and Technology Department at Texas A&M at Kingsville. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Durango and her master’s of science and MS and PhD from New Mexico State University all in industrial engineering. Her research uses nature to inspire the development of innovative manufacturing processes, new processes of biomass utilization, and models and algorithms for system optimization in agriculture, education, manufacturing, and service areas. More specifically, Dr. Valles-Rosales has been investigating various biomass resources as fibers to be coupled with polymers for fulfilling the need of new applications. She has been the PI or Co-PI in excess of $5 million in grants from various federal agencies and corporations. Her research has impacted several students with funded projects focused on student recruitment, retention, and curriculum development. She has extensive experience in mentoring students in research projects and capstone courses. She has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Martha Desmond is a Regents Professor in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation at New Mexico State University. Her research focuses on the ecology and management of birds in arid systems, particularly effects of urbanization, habitat alternation and climate on measures avian fitness and population change. Dr. Desmond is also involved in educational programs and has been the lead PI on multi-institutional programs with the USDA related to natural resource science disciplines mentoring over 200 underrepresented students in natural resources across 15 Hispanic Serving Institutions nationwide. She is a co-PI on the NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub and along with Dr. Valles leads the webinar series.
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HSI STEM HUB
Resource for Hispanic Serving Institutions that promotes collaborations for STEM research education, develops research capacity, and enhances STEM pedagogy.