ABiographies of Panel Members

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JOAN F. LORDEN (Committee Chair), Ph. D., joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in August 2003. She received the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from Yale University. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, she served as Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she was Professor of Psychology. She has published extensively in the area of brain-behavior relationships and specialized in the study of animal models of human neurological disease. In 1991, she was awarded the Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction. She has served on peer review panels and scientific advisory boards at NIH, NSF, and private agencies. At UAB she organized the doctoral program in behavioral neuroscience and directed the university-wide interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Neuroscience. In addition to her work in research and graduate education at UAB, Dr. Lorden founded an Office of Postdoctoral Education, programs for professional development of graduate students, an undergraduate honors program, and several programs designed to improve the recruitment of women and minorities into doctoral programs in science and engineering. Dr. Lorden was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools (2003) and during 2002–2003, she was the Dean in Residence in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation. She has chaired the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, was a Trustee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, and chaired the executive committee of the NASULGC Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education. She was a member of the National Research Council's Committee on the Methodology for the Study of the Research-Doctorate. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.

ROGER CHALKLEY, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Dean of Biomedical Research Education and Training at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Dr. Chalkley is responsible for the overview of the activities of the office of Biomedical Research Education and Training, including oversight of the IGP, the MD/PhD Program, PostDoctoral Affairs, Graduate Student Affairs as well as Minority Activities and supporting Training Grant applications. Dr. Chalkley was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford in Chemistry and did his Post Doctoral research in gene regulation and chromatin structure in the laboratory of James Bonner at Caltech. After almost 20 years in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, he moved to Vanderbilt in 1986. He has published almost 200 papers in chromatin research. Dr. Chalkley has had an active interest in graduate education for many years and was involved in the establishment of the IGP where he served as Director for the last 8 years.

VIRGINIA S. HINSHAW, Ph.D., is the Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Professor of Virology in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at UH M noa. Dr. Hinshaw earned her B.S. in laboratory technology and her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from Auburn University. For over 25 years, her research focused on influenza viruses in humans, lower mammals, and birds, investigating such aspects as: important hosts in nature; transmission among species; genetic changes related to disease severity; the molecular basis of cell killing; and new approaches to vaccines. She conducted research at various hospitals and universities, including the Medical College of Virginia, UC Berkeley, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard Medical School and University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been recognized for her innovative and energetic teaching style and her continual advocacy for research and education, particularly related to increased participation by women and minorities. She has served on numerous national and international committees associated with the American Society of Virology, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, World Health Organization, Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU, formerly NASULGC). She served as vice chair of the NRC Data-Based Assessment of Research Doctoral Programs Committee and she currently serves as Co-Chair for the Energy Advisory Committee for APLU and as a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Commission for Effective Leadership. Prior to joining UH M noa, Dr. Hinshaw served as the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California Davis and as dean of the graduate school and vice chancellor for research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

JOAN M. LAKOSKI, Ph.D., is the associate vice chancellor for academic career development and the founding and executive director of the office of academic career development at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, associate dean for postdoctoral education and professor of pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. Dr. Lakoski received her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa, completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and has held faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, including Interim Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Penn State. She maintains an active research program investigating the neuropharmacology of aging and impacts of mentoring, and is a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and participates as a reviewer for NIH CSR study section panels. She has been the recipient of an NIH Research Career Development Award, an Independent Investigator Award from the National Alliance of Research on Schizophrenia, an Administrative Fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University and a Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Endocrine Society, as a member of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs Program Planning and Transition Committee, as a member of the Board Development Committee for the National Postdoctoral Association, as a member of the Postdoctorate Committee for the AAMC Graduate Research and Education Training Group, as Chair of the Committing on Teaching for the International Union of Pharmacology, as a AAMC Women’s Liaison Officer for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and serves as Co-Director of the KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Program and Director of Mentoring and Faculty Development for the Clinical Translational Service Award at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Her administrative responsibilities encompass oversight and development of comprehensive career development services, including mentoring programs for professional students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows and faculty across the health schools at the University of Pittsburgh. She remains committed to creating and shaping the future of the biomedical research community.

CAROL B. LYNCH, Ph.D., is a senior scholar at the Council of Graduate Schools, where she directs the professional master's initiatives. She is also dean emerita at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was dean of the graduate school and vice chancellor for research from 1992 to 2004. She was professor of ecological and evolutionary biology, and is a fellow of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She held a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado. Much of her professional career was spent at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she served as a professor of biology and dean of the sciences. She has received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, is a fellow of the AAAS, and was president of the Behavior Genetics Association. Prior to coming to the University of Colorado, Dr. Lynch was the program director in population biology and physiological ecology at the NSF. She was president of the Western Association of Graduate Schools and has served on the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools and on the executive committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education at NASULGC (now APLU). She is currently a member of the Graduate Record Examination Board and was the chair of the TOEFL Board (Educational Testing Service, ETS). Dr. Lynch has authored numerous publications in evolutionary and behavioral genetics.

ROBERT NEREM (NAE, IOM), Ph. D., joined Georgia Tech in 1987 as the Parker H. Petit Distinguished Chair for Engineering in Medicine. He is now an Emeritus Professor and he serves as the Director of the Georgia Tech/Emory Center (GTEC) for Regenerative Medicine, a center established by an NSF Engineering Research Center award in 1998. He also is a part-time Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chonbuk National University in Korea. Until recently he served as the Director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 from Ohio State University and joined the faculty there in the Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, being promoted to Professor in 1972 and serving from 1975–1979 as Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School. From 1979 to 1986 he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston. Professor Nerem is the author of more than 200 publications. He is a past President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (1991–1994) and also a past President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (1988–91). In addition, he is a past Chairman of the U.S. National Committee on Biomechanics (1988–91), and he is a Fellow and was the founding President (1992–1994) of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is past President of the Tissue Engineering Society International (2002–2004), the forerunner of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), and he was a part-time Senior Advisor for Bioengineering in the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health (2003–2006). He is Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow, Council of Arteriosclerosis, American Heart Association; Fellow, American Physical Society; and Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (1988–1997). In 1989 he received the H.R. Lissner Award from ASME and in 2002 the Pierre Galletti Award from AIMBE. In 1988 Professor Nerem was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and he served on the NAE Council for six years (1998 – 2004). In 1992 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and in 1998 a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1994 he was elected a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and in 1998 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the United Kingdom. In 2004 he was elected an honorary foreign member of the Japan Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, and in 2006 a Foreign Member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 2008 Professor Nerem was selected by NAE for the Founders Award. Professor Nerem holds honorary doctorates from the University of Paris, Imperial College London, and Illinois Institute of Technology. Research interests include biomechanics, cardiovascular devices, cellular engineering, vascular biology, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

JOEL OPPENHEIM, Ph.D., joined the faculty of NYU School of Medicine in 1973 as an assistant professor in the department of microbiology, and was later appointed Associate Professor in 1978. He ran an NIH funded research lab for 20 years while training PhD students, medical residence and Post docs. Dr. Oppenheim also served as the Co-PI and Associate Program Director of the Department’s NIH funded Infectious Diseases Training Grant. In 1994, he was appointed the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of NYU’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences (the largest full-time granting PhD division of NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science which offers graduate programs in the basic medical sciences leading to the Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees), and was promoted in 2002 to Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences at NYU School of Medicine, a position that oversees all student research (Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and all summer programs) and postdoctoral training. Dr. Oppenheim presently serves on the NYU School of Medicine’s M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. Admissions Committees and chair the Ph.D. Admissions Committee. While Dean, some of Dr. Oppenheim’s major accomplishments include: the creation of one of the first “umbrella” structured graduate programs which offers students interdepartmental and interdisciplinary training; the initiation of an aggressive national recruitment program which has resulted in a 250 percent increase in total applicants, a 600 percent increase in U.S. applicants, a 2000 percent increase in the number of underrepresented minority applicants, and a 1800 percent increase in the number of underrepresented minority matriculates (who now make up 17 percent of graduate student population). Other accomplishments include: the initiation of teaching scientific ethics and grant writing courses at NYU School of Medicine for all graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows; the creation of NYU’s Postdoctoral Program, which was established to improve the quality of life and educational experience for postdoctoral fellows; and, the organization of “What Can You Be With a PhD” fairs, the largest continually running graduate and postdoctoral career fair in the country. Dr. Oppenheim was one of the initial founding members of the Leadership Alliance (1992), the AAMC GREAT Group (1994) and NYAS Science Alliance (2002). Dr. Oppenheim have served on many national advisory committees involved with graduate education, including NIH, NSF, ASM, Leadership Alliance, grant study sections (NIGMS, NSF, Sloan Foundation), as a reviewer of numerous National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences reports and as NYU’s representative to the AAMC GREAT Committee. He has been an invited speaker on graduate education issues at: Leadership Alliance Summer Research Symposia; SACNAS National Meetings; NIGMS National Minority Research Symposia (ABRCMS); the California TRIO/McNair Directors Conference; the NIH UGSP Scholars, Post baccalaureate, and NIH Academy programs; at multiple NSF meetings; and at Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard Medical School, Sloan Kettering and University of Pennsylvania.

VALERIE PETIT WILSON, Ph.D., is the associate provost and director of institutional diversity for Brown University, where she provides oversight and coordination of policies related to pluralism and equity, and initiates programs and leadership for practices that promote diversity, inclusion and fair treatment of all members of the University community. Prior to this appointment, she was the Associate Dean of the Brown University Graduate School, for Recruiting and Professional Development (2005–2009) and coordinator for the University’s longstanding partnership with Tougaloo College (2004–2010). In a concurrent role, she was the Executive Director of the Leadership Alliance (2003–2010) where she led, managed and implemented the activities and programs of a 32-member, multi-university consortium dedicated to increasing the number of students of color receiving the PhD and ultimately increasing diversity in the faculty of the nation’s institutions of higher learning. Throughout her tenure at Brown, she has been a Clinical Professor of Community Health, in the public health program of the Division of Biology and Medicine. Prior to her tenure at Brown University, Dr Wilson was the Deputy Director of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane University (1998–2003) and Clinical Professor of Environmental Health at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. From 1993–1997, she was the Director, Division of Health Sciences Policy, at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. This Board was responsible for ensuring that adequate attention is paid to the science base underlying health and health care. In earlier years, she held leadership roles in policy and program analysis in National AIDS Program Office and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the US Public Health Service, and in program management and administration at the National Institutes of Health. Wilson is the recipient of awards from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Surgeon General, the Institute of Medicine, and mentoring awards from Tulane University, Brown University and a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring for work during her tenure as Executive Director of the Leadership Alliance. Dr. Wilson received her B.S. degree in Chemistry/Pre-Med from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from The Johns Hopkins University.

SCOTT L. ZEGER (IOM), Ph. D., has been Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 1991 and the University’s Vice Provost for Research since 2007. He served as interim provost in 2009 and chair of biostatistics from 1996 to 2007. Dr. Zeger conducts statistical research on regression analysis for correlated responses as occur in surveys, time series, longitudinal or genetics studies. He has made substantive contributions to our understanding of the effects on health of smoking and air pollution, progression of HIV, cognitive loss after cardiac surgery, normative aging and other topics. As Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Zeger represents the university in all matters related to the research and scholarship of its faculty and students. Among his major responsibilities, he chairs the Research Oversight Committee, comprising the research deans, research administration directors and key university personnel, to strategically plan the university’s research infrastructure. He chairs the Institutional Compliance Oversight Committee (ICOC) that reports at each Board of Trustees meeting and assures that the university complies with all government rules and regulations. He directs the University Research Programs Administration that oversees policies, procedures and information systems relevant to research grants. Professor Zeger has been elected as a Member of the Institute of Medicine, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Statistical Association. He has served as expert witness to the U.S. Department of Justice and several states in their civil suits against the tobacco industry and as a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the Merck Research Laboratory. Professor Zeger is author or co-author of 3 books and more than 170 scientific articles and book chapters. Science Watch identified Dr. Zeger as one the top 25 most cited mathematical scientists of in the 1990s. He served for 12 years as founding co-editor of the Oxford University Press journal Biostatistics and a member of the Springer-Verlag editorial board for statistics. He was awarded the 2008 Wilks Award from the American Statistical Association for contributions to statistical science, 2007 Bradford Hill Medal from the Royal Statistical Society for outstanding contributions to medical statistics, and the 2007 Marvin Zelen Award from Harvard University for leadership in the field of biostatistics. In 2006, 2002 and 1988, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Student Assembly awarded Dr. Zeger with the Golden Apple for excellence in teaching.