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Eric Wertheimer , Ph.D.   CTaber
Dean of the Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education
Professor of English and American Studies
National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Principal Investigator
Eric Wertheimer joined the University in 2019 Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and a Professor of English and American Studies.  Dr. Wertheimer has been a contributor to many professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association’s Publication Committee, editorial board member for  Early American Literature , NEH review panelist, board member for the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and a reviewer of manuscripts for numerous major journals and university presses. His teaching has been honored with a Barrett Honors College ASU Faculty Fellowship and twice he has been nominated for ASU Professor of the Year. He has led inter-university and international projects funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Luce Foundation. Professor Wertheimer has published poetry in  Exquisite Corpse Tupelo Quarterly Perihelion Diagram Shampoo Adirondack Review Muse Apprentice Guild , among other journals. His book of poetry,  Mylar , was published by blazeVOX Press in 2012. His new book of poetry,  Regulus , was published by Hoot & Waddle/Four Chambers Press in 2018.


Jorge Benach, Ph.D. jorge
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 
Jorge Benach is a Distinguished University Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University. The Center for Infectious Diseases, under his leadership, has obtained a competitive, multi-million dollar program project on biodefense providing Stony Brook with a major role in this national agenda. Jorge 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. He 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.


J. Peter Gergen, Ph.D. Peter Gergen
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Director, Center for Developmental Genetics
Director, Undergraduate Biology
NIH IMSD-MERGE, Principal Investigator and Program Director

J. Peter Gergen is a Professor in the  Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Director of the  Center for Developmental Genetics at  Stony Brook University. He has previously served as a Director of the tri-institutional (Stony Brook University,  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and  Brookhaven National Laboratory) Graduate Program in Genetics and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the  Graduate School. Since 2010, he has served as the Director of  Undergraduate Biology Program, which is the largest undergraduate major at Stony Brook, encompassing 3 different departments that offer over 70 different biology courses to over 13,000 students annually. His role as Director of the Undergraduate Biology Program has involved him in the national movement to transform undergraduate science education.


Gary P. Halada, Ph.D. gary
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
REU: Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & the Environment, Principal Investigator 
Gary P. Halada is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University. He directs an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Engineering Science as well as a unique undergraduate program in Nanotechnology Studies developed with National Science Foundation (NSF) support and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site for Nanotechnology for Health, Energy and the Environment .  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, Ph.D. BLondon
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
AGEP-T FRAME (Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence), Co-Principal Investigator 

Bonita London is an Associate Professor in the Social/Health Psychology Program at Stony Brook University. Bonita directs the Social Processes of Identity, Coping and Engagement Research Lab in the Psychology department. Dr. London was PI of two longitudinal research grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore the psychosocial factors that contribute to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) success among women. Bonita’s work has also been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NSF, and the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF). She received the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award in the Department of Psychology and the 2010 Women’s Studies Faculty Affiliate Teaching Award. Bonita is also the co-Faculty Advisor of the undergraduate Psychology Student Alliance (PSA) organization at Stony Brook.