Search Committee

Co-chairs

Perry Goldstein, Chair of Music

Perry Goldstein is professor in the Department of Music. As an administrator, he has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Program Director, and is currently the Chairman of the Department of Music and has also served as the inaugural Director of the Undergraduate College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities. He is the composer of over 50 works for a wide variety of mediums.

Lorna Role, Chair of Neurobiology and Behavior

Lorna Role is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Neurosciences Institute in the School of Medicine. She is an elected fellow of the ACNP since 2003 and was elected to the AAAS in 2011. She is a recipient of the NIH Directors Pioneer Award (2010-2015) to determine if optogenetic manipulation of cholinergic circuits can improve cognition in aging and mollify memories underlying PTSD.

Members

Susan Brennan, Professor of Psychology; Affiliated Professor, Linguistics and Computer Science

Susan Brennan is Graduate Program Director for Psychology. She won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Education in 2012 and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2003. She currently serves on the VP for Research's Advisory Committee and advises STEM graduate students writing NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

David Ferguson, Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Technology and Society, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

David Ferguson is Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is also Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. His research and teaching are in the areas of technology and policy, modeling and decision making, and science and engineering education.

Peter Gergen, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Director of Undergraduate Biology

J. Peter Gergen is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Director of the Center for Developmental Genetics, and Director of the Program in Undergraduate Biology.

Barbara Jacak, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Barbara Jacak is Distinguished Professor of Physics. She is a leading member of the collaboration that built and operates the PHENIX detector. Throughout her career she has served on many advisory committees and boards including the National Research Council Committee on Nuclear Physics, and the Physical Review C Editorial Board. Barbara is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Denise Johnson, Director of Finance & Management, Office of V.P. Economic Development and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Denise Johnson has 36 years of financial, organizational and management experience at Stony Brook University. She has held positions in Research Administration and Academic Affairs, the latter as Assistant Provost for Finance. She is currently serving as Director of Finance and Management for the V.P., Economic Development and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Eduardo Mendieta, Professor and Chair of Philosophy

Eduardo Mendieta is recent past president of the A&S Senate, he is the 2013 Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in teaching and he is the chair of the Philosophy Department. He co-chaired the Provostial-Senate Task Force on MOOCS.

Joy Pawirosetiko, Honors College Undergraduate Student and USG Senator

Joy Pawirosetiko is a biology major, and is pursuing a MBA with a concentration in healthcare management. She is also in the Honors College. She represents the undergraduate student body as a senator of the Undergraduate Student Government.

Trevor Sears, Professor of Chemistry joint with Brookhaven National Laboratory

Trevor Sears is Professor of Chemistry and vice-chair of Department, Undergraduate Program Director for Chemistry, and President of Arts and Sciences Senate. He is a Senior Scientist in Chemistry at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Jeffrey Segal, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Political Science

Jeffrey Segal is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Political Science department at Stony Brook University. He is best know as one of the leading proponents of the attitudinal model of Supreme Court decision making. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His works have twice won the Wadsworth Award for best article or book, 10 years or older, that has had a lasting impact on the field of law and courts.

Evgenia Sidorova, Doctoral Student and President, Graduate Student Organization

Evgenia (Jen) Sidorova is a Doctoral student in the Department of Political Science and President of Graduate Student Organization (GSO). Her current research interests are in Behavioral Economics. Before becoming the President of the GSO, Jen has been the GSO Treasurer in 2011-2013. She also holds an MA in Economics from Stony Brook University.

Patricia Weisenfeld, CAS Alumna; Vice President of Special Initiatives, Simons Foundation

Patricia Weisenfeld is Vice President of Special Initiatives at the Simons Foundation. Her work involves working with the board, grantees and members of the community to manage and enhance the impact of the Simons family’s philanthropic efforts and the discretionary grant making of the foundation. Weisenfeld holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Matthew Whelan, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Matthew Whelan has formerly enjoyed a twenty-five year career in admission and financial aid. He previously served as Assistant Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid and Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management at Stony Book where he provided the vision to enhance university enrollment and retention efforts with record results. Dr. Whelan was recently appointed Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives by President Samuel Stanley and is charged with the development and implementation of the University strategic plan and special Presidential initiatives and projects.

Kathleen Wilson, Professor of History and Cultural Analysis and Theory, Director Designate of Humanities Institute

Kathleen Wilson is Professor of History and Cultural Studies. She has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. Her publications won prizes from the Royal Historical Society and the North American Conference on British Studies.

Minghua Zhang, Dean of School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Minghua Zhang is Dean and Director of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Zhang is Principal Investigator of the US Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM) and the Climate Change and Prediction Program (CCPP), Principal Investigator of the NASA Modeling and Analysis Program (MAP), and a past recipient of the Early Faculty Award of the National Science Foundation. He is an elected member of the Eurasian Academy of Sciences and a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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