STEM Diversity Institute hosts visiting faculty for summer

June 18, 2013
The STEM Diversity Institute is hosting four faculty members from minority-serving institutions through the Visiting Partner Faculty Program funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Development.
 
Through the program, visiting faculty will spend five to 10 weeks this summer working with faculty who have similar research interests.  
 
Celeste Chavis, assistant professor of transportation and urban infrastructure studies in the School of Engineering at Morgan State University, is working with Eleni Christofa of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
 
Ada Fraticelli Torres, assistant professor of social sciences at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, is working with Rebecca Spencer in the Psychology Department.  
 
Willietta Gibson, assistant professor of biology at Bennett College, is working with Sallie Smith Schneider at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute.
 
Derrick Swinton, associate professor and head of the chemistry department at Lincoln University, is working with Richard Vachet in the Chemistry Department.
 
“We anticipate that these visiting professors will bring research skills, as well as ideas for recruiting and mentoring doctoral students from underrepresented groups to biomedical and biobehavioral science programs at UMass Amherst,” said Jennifer MacDonald, managing director of SDI. “We also expect that they will learn new skills, and possibly develop collaborative research projects with UMass faculty members.”