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  • Peter E. Schiffer

    Vice Chancellor for Research

    (217) 244-7179

    pschiffe@illinois.edu

    Peter E. Schiffer BIO

    Peter Schiffer is the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has leadership responsibility for the campus research enterprise.

     

    As Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Schiffer provides leadership for campus-wide interdisciplinary research institutes, promotes new research initiatives, and oversees the administrative and business processes that ensure the productive, safe, and ethical conduct of research at Illinois. Before joining Illinois, Dr. Schiffer served in a number of administrative, faculty, and research roles at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, and performed postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

     

    His personal research focuses on artificial spin ice, geometrically frustrated magnets, and other magnetic materials. He has co-authored more than 200 papers and is the recipient of a Career Award from the National Science Foundation, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Army Research Office, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship recipient, and he received the Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences and the Joel and Ruth Spira Award for Teaching Excellence from Penn State. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served as the chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications, the program chair of the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, and the chair of the Division of Materials Physics in the American Physical Society. He received his B.S. from Yale University in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1993.

     

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  • Melanie Loots

    Melanie Loots

    Chief of Staff, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

    (217) 333-0034

    mloots@illinois.edu

    Melanie Loots BIO

    Melanie Loots is the Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is responsible for policy development, strategic and tactical planning, implementation of the University Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest on the Urbana campus, and is liaison to several cross-disciplinary campus units.

     

    Melanie has served on federal panels and committees, including National Science Foundation review panels, NASA’s SEDAC user working group, the National Research Council Committee for CODATA, and NSF’s Advisory Committee for the Office of International Science and Engineering, as well as organizational and program committees for technical conferences and the board of directors of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computing. From 1991-2000, she directed the Applications Division of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1989, she worked in drug discovery and information services at E. R. Squibb and Sons, a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. Before moving into the pharmaceutical industry, Melanie received her Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Princeton in 1979, working with Professor Jeffrey Schwartz, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, working with Professor Jack Halpern.

  • Michael Brosco

    Michael Brosco

    Director of Research Application Development

    (217) 265-6419

    mbrosco@illinois.edu

    Application development for the OVCR. Mike manages the OVCR IT group which develops and supports applications designed to facilitate research across the campus. This includes online systems for monitoring research compliance, funding programs and initiatives, researcher training, reporting tools, and OVCR accounting and business needs.

  • Stephen Burton

    Stephen Burton

    IT Technical Associate

    (217) 244-0279

    sburton@illinois.edu

    Application development for the OVCR. Steve works to design, code, and support the online applications provided by OVCR to facilitate research across the campus.

  • Jason Butler

    Jason Butler

    Director of Portfolio Budget and Planning

    (217) 244-2138

    butlerjc@illinois.edu

    Budget and planning for the OVCR and reporting units. Jason is responsible for oversight of the financial portions of all research programs within the OVCR administrative unit. He serves as the point of contact for all financial transactions and commitments for the OVCR.

  • Juan Chambers

    Juan Chambers

    Administrative Assistant

    (217) 244-7179

    chamber1@illinois.edu

    Administrative support for Peter Schiffer. Juan handles scheduling for the Vice Chancellor for Research and oversees the OVCR Civil Service support staff.

  • Kate Day

    Kate Day

    HR Associate

    (217) 300-8355

    kday1@illinois.edu

    Human resources support for the OVCR. Kate staffs OVCR searches and provides advice and guidance on HR-related issues such as promotions, behavioral adaptation, budget forecasts, and diversity/inclusion issues.

  • Melissa Edwards

    Melissa Edwards

    Director of Research Communications and Managing Director, Office of Proposal Development

    (217) 265-5446

    mme@illinois.edu

    Melissa provides strategic research communications support for the University, managing the flow of OVCR news and information, connecting PIs with resources to develop and share research, promoting research events, and organizing the Research Communications Council.

  • Kelley Frazier

    Kelley Frazier

    Office Support Specialist

    (217) 333-6771

    kdfrazie@illinois.edu

    Administrative support for Cynthia Oliver and Melissa Edwards. Kelley is also the primary point of contact for all Research Board/Scholars' Travel inquiries.

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    Kyle Galbraith

    Research Integrity Officer

    (217) 265-6551

    galbrakl@illinois.edu

    Kyle is the Research Integrity Officer, serving as intake official for research misconduct allegations and promoting training in the responsible conduct of research for the campus.

  • Maria Gillombardo

    Maria Gillombardo

    External Funding Coordinator—Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields

    (217) 300-3336

    gillomba@illinois.edu

    Application support for faculty applying for external funding. Maria provides research and editorial services, organizes targeted information sessions for fellowship and grant competitions, coordinates proposal writing groups, and meets with faculty to discuss their research interests and grant-seeking plans. 

  • Lyndon Goodly

    Lyndon Goodly

    Director of Animal Resources

    (217) 333-2564

    goodly@illinois.edu

    Oversight of the campus Animal Care and Use Program. Lyndon is the Institutional Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Animal Resources, ensuring that the university remains in compliance with federal, state, and institutional policies associated with animal research, teaching, and animal wellbeing.

  • Sharetta Hall

    Sharetta Hall

    Office Support Associate

    (217) 300-4074

    shall03s@illinois.edu

    Administrative support for Sharee Robinson, Sue Key, and Jan Novakofski. Sharetta is also the OVCR first responder.

  • Erica Hanson

    Human Resources Associate

    (217) 333-6897

    elhanson@illinois.edu

    Human resources support for the OVCR. Erica staffs OVCR searches and provides advice and guidance on HR-related issues such as promotions, behavioral adaptation, budget forecasts, and diversity/inclusion issues.

  • Steve Holland

    Steve Holland

    Research Safety Systems Developer

    (217) 244-5652

    shol726@illinois.edu

    Steve develops and supports applications designed to help facilitate research safety across the campus. This includes online systems for monitoring research safety compliance, research safety initiatives, researcher safety training, and reporting tools.

  • Sue Key

    Sue Key

    Director of Portfolio Human Resources

    (217) 244-4592

    susankey@illinois.edu

    Human Resources for the OVCR. Sue is responsible for human resources activities, provides HR advice, and serves as the assistant EEO Officer for the OVCR portfolio.

  • Pradeep Khanna

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate Relations and Economic Development

    (217) 244-3606

    pkhanna@illinois.edu

    Leads corporate relations and economic development activities for the campus.

  • Linda Lee Drozt

    Linda Lee Drozt

    Regulatory Research Coordinator

    (217) 333-8124

    lklee1@illinois.edu

    Conflict of commitment and interest for the university. Linda coordinates campus compliance with sponsor-specific COI requirements/regulations and supports conflict identification and management efforts.

  • Jan Novakofski

    Jan Novakofski

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for Compliance

    (217) 333-6181

    jnova@illinois.edu

    Research compliance for the University of Illinois. Jan manages the OVCR units that provide investigator support and regulatory oversight for activities involving animals, biological safety, chemicals, human subjects, or radioactive materials.

  • Ben Percy

    Ben Percy

    IT Technical Associate

    (217) 300-1748

    bperc2@illinois.edu

    Ben develops and supports online applications designed to facilitate various research needs across the campus

  • Dave Richardson

    Dave Richardson

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Director, Sponsored Programs

    (217) 300-7191

    daverich@illinois.edu

    Sponsored project support for the Illinois Research Community. Dave manages the institutional sponsored portfolio, including oversight of proposal submissions, award negotiations, and award executions ensuring compliance with federal, state, and institutional policies.

  • Sharee Robinson

    Sharee Robinson

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

    (217) 244-4430

    sdwax@illinois.edu

    Finances and human resources for the OVCR. Sharee oversees the finances and human resources for the OVCR and the portfolio units.  

  • Richard Sallee

    Business Administrative Associate

    (217) 300-3082

    rsallee2@illinois.edu

    Limited submissions management for the OVCR. Richard provides support throughout the limited submission selection process and assists with choosing submitted proposals.

  • Abriel Shipley

    Abriel Shipley

    Full Stack Designer/Developer

    (217) 300-5483

    aship2@illinois.edu

    Provides web application, user experience, programming, and technological support for the OVCR and reporting units.

  • Evan Simpson

    Evan Simpson

    Business/Administrative Associate

    (217) 300-6232

    esimpson@illinois.edu

    OVCR accounting and business transaction support. Evan is also the departmental Unified Communications contact. 

  • Jason Vetter

    Jason Vetter

    Applications Analyst

    (217) 333-0034

    jvetter@illinois.edu

    Technology Architect for the OVCR. Jason designs and develops the underlying architecture used by the OVCR IT group to build online systems for monitoring research compliance, funding programs and initiatives, researcher training, reporting tools, and OVCR accounting and business needs.

  • Kraig A Wagenecht

    Kraig A Wagenecht

    Director, External Research Partnerships

    (217) 300-3911

    wagenech@illinois.edu

    External research collaborations for the university. Kraig provides business and administrative support and planning for campus-level research initiatives.

  • D'Anne Winston

    D'Anne Winston

    Office Support Associate

    (217) 300-3752

    dwinston@illinois.edu

    Administrative support for Melanie Loots, Mike Brosco, and Jason Butler. D'Anne also provides support for routing the annual Report of Non-University Activities.

  • Tyler Wolpert

    Tyler Wolpert

    Research Communications Coordinator

    (217) 300-1234

    wolpert1@illinois.edu

    Communications and marketing for the Illinois Research Community. Tyler coordinates and promotes OVCR news and information by managing social media, creating website content, and sharing research events.

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