STRIDE Committee Members

Edwin Bergin is a Professor of Astronomy. He received his B.S. from Villanova University in 1989 and his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1995, both in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He then moved to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2003. His research focuses on the chemistry associated with the birth of stars and planets or more broadly looking at how the materials of life are incorporated into planets at birth. At UM he has served on a number of committees but most directly has been involved in education as the undergraduate chair for the Department of Astronomy. Prof. Bergin is a recipient of the Henry Russel Award which is the highest award offered by the University to it junior faculty in recognition of distinguished achievements in scholarly teaching and research.

Lilia Cortina is Professor of Psychology, Women's Studies, and Management as well as Associate Director of ADVANCE for the College of LS&A. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College and A.M. and PhD. in Psychology (with a graduate minor in Quantitative Methods) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Cortina has been a faculty member at UM since 2000. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Using survey and experimental methods, she researches sexual harassment and incivility in the workplace. In addition, Dr. Cortina occasionally serves as an expert witness in forensic venues, translating findings from the scientific literature to inform law and policy.

Jennifer Linderman is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and her M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and did postdoctoral work at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Linderman has been a faculty member at UM since 1989. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a recipient of a College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award and a Univ. of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award, and she serves on the editorial board of the Biophysical Journal. Her research interests include mathematical/computational modeling, G-protein coupled receptor signaling, immunology, and tissue engineering.

Karin Martin is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. She received her BA from Hampshire College, and her MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a faculty member at UM since 1995. Her research interests include the construction of gender and sexuality in everyday life, the sociology of childhood, and the conflicts and complexities of childcare. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review and Gender & Society. At UM she has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology and currently is Director of the Undergraduate Program and Chair of the Supervisory Committee for the Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science. She has received multiple teaching and mentoring awards including the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award and the Amoco Undergraduate Education Award.

Beth Moore received her Ph.D. in Immunology from U.T. Southwestern in 1992. She completed post-doctoral training at U.T. Southwestern and then Stanford University. She joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1997 first as a member of the research track and then switched to the instructional track where she now holds the rank of Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and is also joint-appointed to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology within the Medical School. Dr. Moore teaches undergraduate Virology (Micro 415) and is active in training Ph.D. students in the Immunology graduate program. Her research focuses on the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis and also on the reconstitution of innate and adaptive immunity in the lung following stem cell transplant. She is a standing member of the NIH Lung Injury, Remodeling and Repair (LIRR) study section, is a section editor for the Journal of Immunology and has served as the Program Chair for the Assembly on Asthma, Immunology and Inflammation within the American Thoracic Society.

Marc Peters-Golden is a physician-scientist and Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM). He joined the UM faculty in 1984 after obtaining his M.D. from Duke University, his Internal Medicine residency training at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and his clinical and research fellowship training in Pulmonary Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He served from 1996-2011 as Program Director for the fellowship program in PCCM, and currently serves as Associate Program Director for research training; he has also served as Associate Director of the Division's NIH T32 Training Program in Lung Biology. He has served on numerous editorial boards and as a section editor for the Journal of Immunology, chair of the program committee for the Assembly on Asthma, Immunology, and Inflammation of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and member of the Research Advocacy Committee of the ATS. Dr. Peters-Golden was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, received the ATS Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment, and was recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America." He has mentored 35 postdoctoral research fellows, lectured at more than 50 universities around the world, and published more than 250 scholarly articles and book chapters. His research seeks to gain novel insights into cellular and molecular determinants of lung injury, inflammation, immunity, repair, and fibrosis, and to identify new strategies for therapeutic targeting.

Kenneth Powell is a member and past director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and a co-founder and co-director of the Center for Space Environment Modeling and the the Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics. At the undergraduate level, he teaches freshman computing, compressible flow, aerodynamics and aircraft design; at the graduate level, he teaches aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics. His research interests include: algorithm development for fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and plasmadynamics; and the application of computational methods to problems in aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, fluid dynamics and space environment/space weather. His articles appear in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Computational Physics, and Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, among others. He is also a co-author of Multi-Media Fluid Mechanics. He has received a number of awards for his research, including a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, and a number of awards for his teaching, including the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship.

Sara Pozzi is Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Professor Pozzi is the founding director of the Consortium for Verification Technology, a consortium of 12 universities and 9 national laboratories dedicated to the development of new technologies for nuclear treaty verification. Her research interests include the development of new methods for nuclear materials detection, identification, and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and national security programs. Her publication record includes over 350 papers in journals and international conference proceedings. She was invited to give over 70 talks, both nationally and internationally. As the DNNG leader, she advises 15 doctoral students, many undergraduate students, and several research staff members. She is the recipient of many awards for her research and mentoring.

Laura Ruetsche, Professor of Philosophy, earned BAs in physics and philosophy from Carleton College (which she attended on a Pell Grant) in 1987, a B.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended on a Rhodes scholarship) in 1989, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. Before joining the philosophy department at the University of Michigan in 2008, she held tenure track appointments at Middlebury College (1994-96) and the University of Pittsburgh (1996-2008), as well as visiting appointments at Cornell and Rutgers. Philosophy of physics, with an emphasis on quantum theories, is the primary focus of her research; her Interpreting Quantum Theories (Oxford, 2011) was co-recipient of the 2013 Lakatos Prize in the philosophy of science. The UM philosophy department dates to the 1830s; she was its first woman chair, serving from 2011 to 2014.

Deborah Rivas-Drake is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. from Pace University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rivas-Drake has been a faculty member at UM since 2013. Together with the CASA Lab, Dr. Rivas-Drake's research examines how schools, families, peers, and communities influence the development of ethnic and racial identity, and how such identities inform youths’ academic and socioemotional development. Her research appears in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, among others. Dr. Rivas-Drake recently completed a term as an Associate Editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and is currently an Associate Editor for Developmental Psychology. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and AERA Grants Program. She recently completed a Spencer Midcareer Fellowship.

Steve Skerlos is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (2000) and his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering with highest honors (1994), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2000. Professor Skerlos is known as a scholar in the field of sustainable design focusing on applications of technology in product design, manufacturing, and water reuse. Professor Skerlos is Chief Technology Officer of Fusion Coolant Systems, a startup developing gas-based coolants and lubricants for manufacturing, and is known as a serial entrepreneur having successfully started two companies based on his laboratory research. Professor Skerlos is the Director of Sustainability Education Programs in the College of Engineering and is Co-Director of the UM Institute for the Design of Humanitarian Technologies. He serves on the advisory boards for the UM Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and the Graham Sustainability Institute. More about Professor Skerlos's interests and activities can be found at

Alexandra Minna Stern is Professor of American Culture, Latina/o Studies, Digital Studies. She directs the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Brazil Initiative. Her research has focused on the uses and misuses of genetics in the United States and Latin America. She is the author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (University of California Press, 2015), which won the American Public Health Association's Arthur Viseltear Award for outstanding contribution to the history of public health and appeared in a 2nd edition in 2015. Her latest book, Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) is a Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title in Health Sciences. She has held numerous grants for her work in medical history and health policy, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

John Vandermeer is the Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in LSA's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has been involved in research and teaching in food and agriculture related topics for the past 40 years. His research has concentrated on the ecology of the coffee agroecosystem in Mexico, elaborating the complex ecological structures involved in complicated dynamics of the pest control system there. He has authored 15 books, mainly concerned with agroecosystems and more than 200 publications in theoretical ecology, tropical ecology and agroecology. He is a founding member of the New World Agriculture and Ecology Group.

Divakar Viswanath is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree from IIT Bombay and a PhD from Cornell University, both in Computer Science. His research interests are in numerical analysis and applied mathematics. He recently completed a book titled Scientific Programming and Computer Architecture which will be published in 2017. He is a past recipient of a fellowship from the Sloan Foundation.

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