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Affiliated Principal Investigators

Senior Administration

Charles Taber 
Dean of the Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Professor of Political Science
Director, Laboratory for Experimental Research in Political Behavior

CTaberChuck Taber has been on the faculty at Stony Brook University since 1989 and is currently Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and a Professor of Political Science. Chuck has served as undergraduate director and graduate director for the department of political science, as chair of the University Graduate Council, as chair of the President's Task Force on Graduate and Professional Student Housing, as chair of the Provost's Task Force on Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship, and as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on the Masters Initiative, in addition to a variety of other committee memberships. Chuck Taber received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1991, and is a leading scholar in the fields of political psychology and computational modeling, with over 40 scholarly books and articles. Chuck teaches courses in political psychology and international relations, including his popular senior seminar on War and Conflict Processes and graduate classes on emotion and political decision making. He has directed 15 completed PhD dissertations and dozens of undergraduate independent research projects and senior honors theses, and currently advises seven PhD students on their dissertation research.


David Ferguson 
Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Chair, Department of Technology and Society
Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Technology and Society
NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, Principal Investigator
LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate, Principal Investigator
NY-CAPS Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, Co-Principal Investigator 

davidDavid Ferguson is a Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University. He is a recognized leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education with a strong commitment to achieving minority access and excellence in STEM disciplines. This was acknowledged in 1997 when Ferguson received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. His leadership, commitment and ability to provide the resources and leadership on campus, state and national levels are important to this project's chances for success. He currently directs the NSF SUNY LSAMP, SUNY AGEP, S-STEM, and CSEMS Programs and is formally linked to a number of other diversity initiatives on the Stony Brook campus.


Jorge Benach 
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Pathology
Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Director, Center for Infectious Diseases
NY-CAPS Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, Principal Investigator 

jorgeDr. Jorge Benach is a Distinguished University Professor, Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Professor at Stony Brook University. The Center for Infectious Diseases, under Dr. Benach's leadership, has obtained a competitive, multi-million dollar program project on biodefense providing Stony Brook with a major role in this national agenda. Dr. Benach has received many honors that include a NIH-MERIT award, a 10 year grant given competitively to the most accomplished researchers, fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Benach was selected by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve in the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


Gary P. Halada 
Associate Professor
Research Experience for Undergraduates: Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & the Environment, Principal Investigator 

garyGary P. Halada is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University in New York. He directs an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Engineering Science as well as a unique undergraduate program in Nanotechnology Studies developed with NSF support and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site for Nanotechnology for Health, Energy and the Environment. His research interests for the past twenty years include nanostructures for engineering applications, including renewable energy, and the nature of environment-material interactions, including corrosion, remediation of soil and groundwater, and the fate and transport of nuclear contamination. This work has led to more than 100 publications in journals, peer-reviewed proceedings and book chapters, as well as a pending patent in new environmentally-benign and inexpensive methods for formation of catalytic nanoparticles. In addition, he is a Leadership Fellow for the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) and has recently received the 2012 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Bonita London
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
AGEP-T FRAME (Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence)

BLondonDr. Bonita London is an Associate Professor in the Social/Health Psychology Program at Stony Brook University. Dr. London directs the Social Processes of Identity, Coping and Engagement Research Lab in the Psychology department. Her research examines the individual, social, and institutional processes that promote engagement and success among members of underrepresented groups.  Dr. London was PI of two longitudinal research grants funded by the National Science Foundation (Co-PI’s: Sheri Levy and Marci Lobel) to explore the psychosocial factors that contribute to STEM success among women, beginning during the transition to college and extending through the first three years of graduate school in STEM fields. Dr. London’s work has also been supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF), and during her appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. London received the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award in the Department of Psychology and the 2010 Women’s Studies Faculty Affiliate Teaching Award. Dr. London is also the co-Faculty Advisor of the undergraduate Psychology Student Alliance (PSA) organization at Stony Brook.

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