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2014-2015 Committees of the VCR

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Committees Appointed by Chancellor Phyllis Wise

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Philip Solter, Chair
Jan E. Novakofski, Vice-Chair

Sarah O. Allison
Michel Bellini
Kenneth C. Buenting
Jennifer M. Criley
Timothy M. Fan
Berit Fischer
James Fraley (non-affiliated member)
Joshua Gulley
Jeffrey Hoover
Vickie L. Jarrell
Monica A. Miller
Mark A. Mitchell
Nohra Mateus-Pinilla
Janeen Salak-Johnson
Kelly S. Swanson
Michael Vitoux (non-affiliated member)

Ex-Officio

Lyndon J. Goodly
Clifford F. Shipley

Committees Appointed by Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Carol Maddox, Co-Chair
Joanna Shisler, Co-Chair

Robert Brunner
Jianjun Cheng
Elvira de Mejia
Darin Eastburn
Lyndon Goodly
Kenneth Henson
Raven Huang
Vickie Jarrell
Kris Lambert
Gee Lau
Roderick Mackie
Maureen Malee
Andrew Miller
Sara Myers
Eric Oldfield
Kannanganattu Prasanth
Adam Stern
Awais Vaid
Brenda Wilson

Ex-Officio

Peter Ashbrook
Monica Miller

Carver Biotechnology Center Faculty Advisory Committee

Lois Hoyer, Chair

Marni Boppart
Rex Gaskins
Matthew Hudson
Stephen Moose
Jim Morrissey
Phillip Newmark
Justin Rhodes
Charles Schroeder
Richard Tapping
Wilfred van der Donk
Rachel Whitaker
Bryan White

Ex-Officio

Jennifer Eardley
Bruce Fouke
Melanie Loots
Peter Schiffer
Mark Mikel

Committee on Natural Areas

May Berenbaum, Chair

Carol Augspurger
Brian Allan
George Batzli
Steve Buck
Nate Beccue
John Edgington
Geoff Levin
Gene Robinson
Robert Schooley


Conflict Review Committee

Jonathan Beever, Chair

Daniel Abrams
Alex Kirlik
Gary Miller
Beth Namachchivaya
Gary Olsen
Peter Sauer
Molly Tracy

Ex-Officio

Melanie Loots

Institutional Review Board #1 (Social Behavioral)

Duane Watson, Chair

Ron Banks
Kelly Bost
M. Kathleen Buetow
Sheila Ferguson
Kyratso (Karrie) Karahalios
Rhonda Kirts
Michele Koven
Rebecca Sandefur

Executive Secretary

Anita Balgopal

Institutional Review Board #2 (BioMedical)

Robert Motl, Chair

Belinda Adamson
Belinda De La Rosa
Victor F. Feldman
Kurt Finley
Patricia Jones
Sandra Jones
Sharon Nickols-Richardson
Jacob Sosnoff
Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow
Ada Sum
Brad Sutton
Kenneth Wilund

Executive Secretary

Anita Balgopal

Office of Technology Management Advisory Committee

Michael Biel
Isaac Cann
Lizanne Destefano
Carl Gunter
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler
Fatima Husain
Victor Jongeneel
Wynne Korr
David Lipari
Yi Lu
Deana McDonagh
Jim Morrissey
Klara Nahrstedt
Rob Pennington
Jennifer Quirk
Paul Redman
Beth Sandor Namachchivaya
Jim Shriner
Fei Wang
Melissa Wasserman

Plant Variety Review Committee

Fred L. Kolb, Chair

Carl Bradley
Mark Mikel
Brian W. Diers
Jack A. Juvik
Martin Bohn
Emerson Nafziger
Randy L. Nelson
Pat Brown

Ex-Officio

Richard Denhart
Brad Edwards
Neal Merchen
Doug Miller

Radiation and Laser Safety Committee

Richard Cahill
John Cronan
Dana Dlott
Brain DeMarco
Wawrzyniec Dobrucki
James Drackley
Gregory Elliott
Susan Hartman
Theresa Kuhlenschmidt
Mauro Sardela
Scott Silverman
Lila Vodkin
Carl Wegel

Ex-Officio

Peter Ashbook
David J. Scherer

Campus Research Board

Peter Schiffer, Chair

John Caughlin
Wendy Cho
Kara Federmeier
Stephanie Foote
Ralph Hammann
Kristin Hoganson
Lois Hoyer
Marius Junge
Jonathan Keeble
Roderick Mackie
Kelley Tappenden
Rizwan Uddin

Acting Executive Secretary

Mariselle Melendez

Ex-Officio

Nancy Abelmann

Scientific Diving Control Board

Rhanor Gillette, Chair

Bruce Fouke
James Slowikowski
Jonathan Sweedler
Mark Wetzel

Ex-Officio

Anita Balgopal


Interdisciplinary Working Groups Appointed by Provost Ilesanmi Adesida and Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer

Interdisciplinary groups and committees have been charged by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to advise campus administration on activities that support the growth, strength, and visibility of the university's interdisciplinary research enterprise. Their broad goals include:

  • Building on the process of Visioning Future Excellence that brought together members of our community around cross-cutting themes
  • Providing campus administration with ready informational resources in strategic research areas
  • Assisting OVCR staff in formulating strong coherent communications that present Illinois as a world leader in strategic research areas
  • Enhancing the ease of mobilization for large funding opportunities
  • Connecting research groups to enable creative new research endeavors

Click on the links below for information about each of the groups.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Working Group

Members of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Working Group provide advice and input to the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, and the Chancellor on health-related research activities across campus.

Specific committee activities include:

  • Advising on the development of mechanisms to maintain or strengthen faculty expertise in priority areas and assisting efforts to recruit faculty members who bridge translational and clinical areas
  • Providing guidance on the development of health-related research communities and advising campus administration on priority areas for future development
  • Making the VCR and Provost aware of issues related to institutional partnerships
  • Seeking and publicizing funding opportunities and helping to convene faculty groups to pursue them, as needed
  • Working with OVCR staff to develop and maintain a website representing the campus scholarly effort in clinical and translational health sciences, including lists of relevant faculty, centers, and other campus strengths

Committee Members

    Chair: John Erdman, Food Science and Human Nutrition
    Milan Bagchi, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
    Rohit Bhargava, Bioengineering
    Stephen Boppart, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering
    Neal Cohen, Psychology
    Barbara Fiese, Human and Community Development
    Chris Larrison, Social Work
    Edward McAuley, Kinesiology and Community Health
    Susan Schantz, Comparative Biosciences
    Richard Tapping, Medical Microbiology
    Bryan White, Animal Sciences
    Ex Officio: Jennifer Eardley, Division of Biomedical Sciences
    Ex Officio: Lori Williamson, Institutional Advancement

Interdisciplinary Working Group for the Humanities

Members of the Humanities Working Group provide advice and input to the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, and the Chancellor on humanities-related research activities across campus.

Specific committee activities include:

  • Advising campus administration on how best to support both scholarship in the humanities and partnerships among faculty in the humanities
  • Building on the process of Visioning Future Excellence, connecting individuals and groups of researchers to enable creative new scholarship
  • Working with OVCR staff to create strong coherent external communications that present Illinois as a world leader in the humanities
  • Evaluating options for additional support for scholarship in the humanities, especially support for faculty who are seeking external funding in the humanities
  • Identifying the multiple units and centers on campus that support humanities research and making recommendations for how to promote possible synergies

Committee Members

    Chair: Antoinette Burton, History
    Samantha Frost, Political Science
    Chris Higgins, Education
    William A Kinderman, Music
    Erik McDuffie, African American Studies and History
    Robert Parker, English
    Anke Pinkert, German
    Dede Ruggles, Landscape Architecture
    Ellen Swain, Library
    Robert Warrior, American Indian Studies
    Antonios (Antony) Augoustakis, Classics
    Ex Officio: Nancy Abelmann, OVCR
    Ex Officio: Siobhan Somerville, Grad College

Working Group for Integrative Scholarship in the Arts

Members of the Arts Working Group provide advice and input to the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, and the Chancellor on how to support the growth, strength, and visibility of campus interdisciplinary scholarship involving the arts.

Specific committee activities include:

  • Advising campus administration on how best to support both scholarship in the arts and partnerships between faculty in the arts and those in other disciplines
  • Building on the process of Visioning Future Excellence, connecting individuals and groups of researchers to enable creative new scholarship that integrates the arts and other disciplines
  • Working with staff in OVCR to formulate strong coherent communications that present Illinois as a world leader in bringing the arts together with other disciplines
  • Evaluating options for additional support for scholarship in the arts and other disciplines and especially support for faculty who are seeking external funding in the arts

Committee Members

    Chair: Kevin Hamilton, Art + Design
    Cynthia Oliver, Dance
    David Weightman, Art + Design
    Mimi Nguyen, Asian American and Gender and Women's Studies
    David Hays, Landscape Architecture
    LeAnne Howe, English, American Indian Studies
    Stephen Taylor, Music
    Alan Craig, NCSA
    CL Cole, Media
    Andrew Singer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Jay Rosenstein, Journalism
    Bonnie Mak, Library and Information Science
    Karrie Karahalios, Computer Science
    Ex Officio: Nancy Abelmann, OVCR

Biology Coordinating Committee

The Biology Coordinating Committee is an advisory body for campus research in the biological sciences, working closely when appropriate with the leadership of relevant academic units and OVCR units such as PRI, IGB, the Beckman Institute, and the Carver Biotechnology Center.

There are two main aspects to this role:

  • Assisting the OVCR in improving the visibility and accessibility of our campus biological sciences enterprise to both internal and external audiences; and
  • Facilitating internal conversation and strategic planning so that the campus can better anticipate and compete for external funding in the biological sciences.

Committee Members

    Chair: Rashid Bashir, Bioengineering
    Isaac Cann, Animal Sciences
    Carla Caceres, Animal Biology
    Lizanne DeStefano, I-STEM
    Jodi Flaws, Comparative Biology
    Martha Gillette, Cell and Structural Biology
    Nigel Goldenfeld, Physics
    Claudio Grosman, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
    Jim Imlay, Microbiology
    Susan Martinis, Biochemistry
    Steve Sligar, Biochemistry
    Richard Tapping, Medical Microbiology
    Jeff Woods, Kinesiology and Community Health

Working Group in Computation, Data, and Information

Members of the Working Group in Computation, Data, and Information provide advice and input to the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, and the Chancellor on research issues in computation across campus.

Specific committee activities include:

  • Advising campus administration on how best to support both scholarship in these areas and partnerships between researchers in these areas and scholars in other disciplines
  • Building on the process of Visioning Future Excellence, connecting individuals and groups of researchers to enable creative new scholarship, as well as assisting researchers in connecting emerging capabilities with a range of scholarly disciplines
  • Working with OVCR staff to create strong coherent external communications that present Illinois as a world leader in computation, data and information
  • Preparing the campus for more effective pursuit of large funding opportunities in these areas by identifying them early and suggesting possible proposal teams
  • Identifying the multiple units, centers, and research programs on campus that support research in these areas and making recommendations for how to promote possible synergies

Committee Members

    Chair: Bruce Hajek, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Co-chair: Doug Simpson, Statistics
    Bill Kramer, NCSA
    Rob Pennington, NCSA
    Scott Althaus, Political Science
    Narayan Aluru, Mechanical Science and Engineering
    Minh Do, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Jeff Erickson, Computer Science
    Carl Gunter, Computer Science
    Jiawei Han, Computer Science
    So Hirata, Chemistry
    Matthew Hudson, Crop Sciences
    Zhi-Pei Liang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Luke Olson, Computer Science
    Miles Efron, Library and Information Science
    Luis Rodriguez, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    Lisa Stubbs, Cellular and Developmental Biology
    Billie Spencer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Ted Underwood, English
    Chengxiang Zhai, Computer Science
    Mike Shaw, Business

Working Group for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Members of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Working Group provide advice and input to the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, and the Chancellor on research in the social and behavioral sciences across campus.

Specific committee activities include:

  • Advising campus administration on how best to support research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, including consideration of a social sciences research institute
  • Building on the process of Visioning Future Excellence, connecting individuals and groups of researchers in these areas to enable creative new scholarship
  • Working with OVCR staff to create strong coherent communications that present Illinois as a world leader in social and behavioral science research
  • Preparing the campus for more effective pursuit of large funding opportunities in these areas by identifying them early and suggesting possible proposal teams
  • Assessing the needs on campus for research infrastructure to support research in the social and behavioral sciences
  • Establishing regular communication and collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Working Group

Committee Members

    Chair: Brent Roberts, Psychology
    Dorothy Espelage, Education
    Craig Gunderson, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
    Robin Jarrett, Human and Community Development
    Christopher Larrison, Social Work
    Anna Maria Marshall, Sociology and Law
    Jeffery Mondak, Political Science
    Silvinia Montrul, Linguistics
    Andrew Orta, Anthropology
    Brian Quick, Communication
    Jeffrey Woods, Kinesiology
    Ex Officio: Nancy Abelmann, OVCR