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Regan Bailey Regan Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University and directs the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Purdue Nutrition Assessment Center. Dr. Bailey was previously a Nutritional Epidemiologist and Director of Career Development and Outreach at the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. She is a Registered Dietitian who completed an M.S. in Food and Nutrition from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania before receiving her Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She also completed an M.P.H at Johns Hopkins University. Her laboratory’s research seeks to improve the methods of measuring nutritional status to optimize health. Using nationally representative survey data, they characterize the American dietary landscape, to identify the optimal methods for assessment of biomarkers of nutritional status and to understand how dietary intakes relate to health outcomes.
Darcy Bullock Darcy Bullock is the Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and serves as the director of the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP). Bullock is a Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana and has 30 years of experience in the industry working closely with vendors, state agencies, USDOT, and colleagues at other universities. Bullock’s teaching, research and consulting interests have been in the general area of traffic engineering. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Bullock has served in leadership roles with organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Transportation Research Board, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Over the past two decades, Bullock has completed projects with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Volkswagen, and Ford Motor Company, as well as state and local transportation agencies. The results of those projects are published in over 350 journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports.
David Cappelleri David J. Cappelleri is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Prof. Cappelleri founded the Multi-Scale Robotics & Automation Lab, has over 90 peer-reviewed publications and 4 patent applications and has, along with collaborators, secured over $22.5M in external funding. He is currently co-leading a Purdue Engineering Initiative in Autonomous and Connected Systems that brings many interdisciplinary researchers together to connect research, learning and engagement in mutually reinforcing ways. He has been recognized by the National Academy of Engineering for his engineering education work and has organized international competitions to promote STEM research and education. Prof. Cappelleri has been the conference or program chair for 4 international conferences and is an associate editor for three international journals. He has also received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Assistant Professor Teaching Award, and the Association for Lab Automation (ALA) Young Scientist Award. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, and The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.
Ayse Ciftci Ayşe Çiftçi is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology program at Purdue University. She received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis in 2006. Dr. Çiftçi’s scholarship in individual and cultural diversity (ICD) is recognized internationally. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) 2014 Presidential Citation and was elected an APA Fellow. In 2014, she was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar. Her research program focuses on theoretical and applied dimensions of fostering the well-being of individuals from marginalized communities. She focuses on understanding the risk and resiliency factors of minority communities as they experience discrimination and marginalization. She has expanded her research program into the scholarship of engagement in education, mentoring and training in psychology. She served on the editorial boards of two flagship journals in her field and was recently appointed as the International Forum Editor of The Counseling Psychologist. She led initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in several national leadership roles. She was the Training Director of the APAaccredited Purdue counseling psychology program from 2013-19.
Ulrike Dydak Ulrike Dydak is Professor in the School of Health Sciences and Director of the Purdue Life Science MRI Facility. Dr. Dydak received her B.S. in physics from the University of Vienna, Austria, and her PhD in Medical Imaging from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, where she also completed her postdoc. Her research is focused on the development of novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) techniques and their translation to clinical and life science studies – with a focus on movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor, and Mn-induced neurotoxicity leading to parkinsonism. She led Purdue’s effort to obtain an NIH large instrumentation grant, which led to founding the Purdue Life Science MRI core facility in 2016. She is a University Faculty Scholar, a recipient of the NIEH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award, and of the Purdue Chapter Sigma Xi Midcareer Research award. She has been recognized with the College of HHS Outstanding Graduate Mentor award and twice with her department’s teaching award. She has served as charter member on two NIH study sections, as well as on the executive committee for the Psychiatric MRI Study Group of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Michael Fosmire Michael Fosmire is Professor of Library Science and Head, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Technology Division of the Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies. Michael began his career at Purdue in 1998, starting as the Physics and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Librarian, then becoming the Science Librarian, before being named to his current position in 2003. As Head of PSET, he provides leadership and oversight of physical library spaces, services, and instructional programming, including planning for the recently opened Wilmeth Active Learning Center, which consolidated four libraries into a combined classroom/library environment. His research has focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning and the information habits of scientists, engineers, and STEM students, and he has authored over 50 journal articles and conference proceedings and two books. An advocate of open access initiatives, he is the refereed articles editor for Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, a free to read, free to submit scholarly journal sponsored by the Science and Technology Section of the American Library Association. He has received the Purdue Library’s Moriarty Award for Excellence in Library Service and was named the Libraries’ first University Faculty Scholar.
Thomas Hacker Thomas Hacker is Professor and Interim Department Head of Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. His research interests are in the areas of cloud computing, operating systems, computer networking, high-performance computing, and cyberinfrastructure. He has a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Computer Science from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Alfred López Alfred J. López is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Associate Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS), and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at Purdue University. López also served as Interim Head of the School during Fall 2018. He is the author of four books, most recently José Martí: A Revolutionary Life, which has been hailed as the definitive biography of Cuba’s greatest national hero. His essays have appeared in top journals such as American Literature, Comparative Literature, Cuban Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly, among many others; and he is a former Huffington Post contributor. López was also the founding editor of The Global South, the leading journal of globalization and postglobal studies.
Tiffany Lyle Tiffany Lyle is an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2008, completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at Purdue University in 2011, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2012. Dr. Lyle received her PhD from Purdue University in 2016 after completing a research fellowship with the Comparative Biomedical Scientists Training Program, a graduate partnership program between Purdue University and the National Cancer Institute. At Purdue University, Dr. Lyle established the Comparative Blood-Brain Barrier Laboratory, which uses experimental and molecular pathology to elucidate the phenotype of the blood-brain barrier in experimental models of brain metastases of lung cancer and traumatic brain injury. In addition to conducting her primary research, Dr. Lyle also directs the Histology Research Laboratory in the Center of Comparative and Translational Research at Purdue. This core laboratory provides experimental pathology support to investigators from a variety of disciplines. Most recently, Dr. Lyle established an anatomic pathology study abroad program in Tokyo, Japan for veterinary students and pathology residents at Purdue University.
David Minton David Minton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D. in 2009 from The University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. His research touches on a variety of topics on the origin and evolution of planetary systems, including interpreting the cratering history of the early solar system, the formation of natural satellites of planetary bodies, and the physical and dynamical evolution of asteroids and comets. He is the recipient of the 2017 Purdue College of Science Graduate Student Mentoring Award, and is the namesake of main belt asteroid (11470) Davidminton.
Haley Oliver Haley Oliver completed her B.S. degrees in Molecular Biology and in Microbiology at the University of Wyoming and received her PhD in Food Science, with minors in Epidemiology and Microbiology, at Cornell University. Prior to joining the Department of Food Science at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2010, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University where she began investigating L. monocytogenes contamination patterns in retail deli environments. Her current research focuses on L. monocytogenes and Salmonella in retail food systems as well as development of practical and feasible control strategies. She has worked to develop food safety capacity in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Peru, and she and Purdue colleagues have developed a food technology program at Herat University in Afghanistan. She has received the Charles B. Murphy Teaching Award, the Carine Alexander Spirit of the LandGrant award, the USDA Food and Agriculture Science Excellence in Teaching Award for New Teachers, the International Association for Food Protection Young Scientist Award, and is a AAAS Leshner Fellow. Beginning in June 2019, she will serve as the Director of the USAID Feed the Future Food Safety Innovation Lab.
Marshall Porterfield Marshall D. Porterfield is a Professor of Biological Engineering at Purdue, where his research focuses on biosensors, bionanotechnology, and space biology. Over the last 25 years he has worked experimentally to study biological systems in the spaceflight environment for development of biomedical countermeasures and bioregenerative life support technologies. He recently served NASA as Division Director for Space Life and Physical Sciences from 2012-2016 (Human Research, Physical Sciences, and Space Biology Programs), focused on science for future human exploration using the International Space Station. During his tenure at NASA he developed a new “open science” paradigm (geneLAB, materialsLAB) for the utilization of the ISS. He has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, as well as numerous technical publications, patents, and book chapters. National leadership includes service as President of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, and the Institute for Biological Engineering. He has received numerous awards including the Halstead Investigator Award, the Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award, and was elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Ann Shanahan Ann M. Shanahan (MFA) is the chairperson of the Department of Theatre at Purdue. She joined the faculty in January 2019, coming from Loyola University Chicago where she had served as Interim Director and Graduate Program Director of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, and Co-Chair of the Academic Council of the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Shanahan’s area of specialty is theatre directing, with a focus on gender and theatrical space. A scholar-artist, she is widely-published and is the founding co-editor of the PeerReviewed Section of the SDC Journal, the official publication of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Her professional directing credits include: Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, The Turn of the Screw (City Lit Theatre), Lies and Legends, Wasp, Warrior, The Living, and On Golden Pond (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble) and Drums in the Night (The Brecht Company). Shanahan has directed numerous productions at the university level, including: Machinal, Romeo and Juliet, A Doll’s House, Twelfth Night, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Trojan Women, Mansfield Park (original adaptation), Hedda Gabler, Our Country’s Good, Arcadia, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Mother Courage, The Crucible, Ghosts, Fefu and Her Friends, and Abingdon Square.
Amy Sheehan Amy Heck Sheehan, PharmD is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, with the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and a Drug Information Specialist at Indiana University (IU) Health. She received her B.S. (Pharmacy) and PharmD degrees from the University of Cincinnati and completed a Specialized Residency in Drug Information Practice and Pharmacotherapy at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Sheehan is responsible for didactic and experiential instruction of evidence-based medicine principles, including literature evaluation and interpretation of biomedical statistics, within the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program at Purdue University, and has over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive drug information services for the IU Health. Her research and scholarly publications have focused on drug information practice, formulary management, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Sheehan has authored over 70 peer-reviewed research reports, review articles, and book chapters, as well as numerous continuing education programs and meeting abstracts presented at national and international venues. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.
Jun Xie Jun Xie is a Professor of Statistics at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000. Jun Xie has served as the Chair of the Graduate Committee in the Department of Statistics since 2008, working with hundreds of graduate students. Jun Xie’s research program focuses on development of new statistical models and methods that are motivated by data analysis challenges, for example, from bioinformatics and biomedical research. Her work has been published in high impact statistical journals. She also participates in interdisciplinary research projects, acting as a PI or Co-PI in many NSF and NIH funded grants.

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