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AGEP Research and Dissemination Team Members

Research Consulting Team

Beatriz (Toni) Chu Clewell, The Urban Institute 

Eric Jolly, Education Development Center 

William Lester, University of California, Berkeley 

Marsha Lakes Matyas, American Physiological Society 

Shirley McBay, Quality Education for Minorities 

Karl Pister, University of California, Office of the President 

Carlos Rodriguez, American Institutes for Research 

Joyce Tang, Queens College of CUNY 

Philip Uri Treisman, University of Texas, Austin 

Willie Pearson, Jr., Wake Forest University 

Dissemination Consulting Team 

Ronni Denes

Peter SyversonCouncil of Graduate Schools

Saundra Johnson, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. 

Ted Greenwood, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

John Vaughn, Association of American Universities

Research Consulting Team Biographies

Beatriz Chu (Toni) Clewell is a Principal Research Associate at The Urban Institute in Washington, where she directs the Evaluation Studies and Equity Research Program. She received her B.A. degree (1970) in English literature and her Ph.D. degree (1980) in educational policy, planning, and analysis, both from Florida State University. Her main research activities have focused on factors that encourage or impede equal access to educational opportunity for members of racial/ethnic minority groups and women. 

One area of specialization has been research on the access of members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to higher education. She has directed or co-directed a number of studies on the policies and practices of undergraduate and graduate institutions and their effect on the enrollment, retention, and graduation of racial/ethnic minorities. Related to her interest in higher education is a focus on the participation of minority individuals and women in science, engineering, and mathematics fields (SEM). A current study looks at the effect of various types of financial support on the persistence and graduation of doctoral students in the sciences. As Principal Investigator of an Impact Study of the Program for Women and Girls at the National Science Foundation, she is assessing the impact of 140 projects funded by the Program to increase the participation of women and girls in SEM. She has recently completed a study of factors that affect the decisions of high-achieving minority students to choose non-SEM majors. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, in 1992 she received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association. She is also the author of several publications on the topics of her research interests. 

Ronni Denes

Previously, Denes had been NACME's senior vice president, research and policy and vice president, research, policy and public affairs, positions in which she established NACME Research as the nation's leading source of data and analysis on minorities in engineering. Denes is editor-in-chief of the NACME Research Letter, co-editor of Access Denied: Race, Ethnicity and the Scientific Enterprise, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and author of its chapter establishing a research and policy agenda. As NACME's vice president, communications and public affairs, Denes was executive producer of the PBS broadcast, America 2000: Education for a Competitive Workforce, and the children's video, The Challenge, A Kid's Introduction to Engineering. She is principal investigator for NACME's national public service advertising campaign, Math Is Power. Her work has won Art Direction Magazine's Creativity Award, Communications Concepts' Apex Award for Publication Excellence and the American Graphic Design Award for excellence in communication and graphic design. 

Before coming to NACME in 1985, as director of communications, Ms. Denes developed policy positions and testimony for the chancellor of the New York City Board of Education. She has written for the American Chemical Society and Parents magazine, developed science curricula for Silver Burdett Science, and created the Advanced Mathematics Curriculum for Preschool Children in New York City's East Harlem. Denes began her career as a teacher and curriculum development specialist in the New York City Public Schools. In addition to her work in education, Denes has written advertising and public relations campaigns for such companies as Martex, West Point Pepperell, the Greater New York Savings Bank and Mark Cross. 

She's on the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a Commissioner of both the Engineering Workforce Commission and the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, a member of the Independent Sector Research Committee, a delegate to the Engineers' Public Policy Council and a member of the Board of Governors of AAES. She earned her MA at Columbia University's Teachers College and her BA in education from The American University. 

Eric J. Jolly.  Dr. Eric J. Jolly is a Vice president and Senior Scientist at the Education Development Center, a not-for-profit, research and development "think-tank".  Dr. Jolly is the former Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Nebraska having previously served in leadership capacities at universities around the country.   Dr. Jolly is a frequent consultant and speaker to such diverse organizations as:  American Bar Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics,  the National Science Foundation and the Brazilian Education Ministry. He was among the first Americans to train psychologists of the Eastern Block countries.   An active scholar, Dr. Jolly is a senior fellow for the UCLA School of Public Policy and has also been a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and an Osher Fellow for the Exploratorium of San Francisco. He has published many scholarly articles, books and book chapters and lectured throughout the world. His most recent book titled "Bridging Homes and Schools," is a comprehensive resource for teachers of Limited English Proficiency students.

Eric Jolly is nationally recognized for his work in the Native American community.  A traditional storyteller and fiber artist, Eric's work has been exhibited throughout the nation and his pieces are part of several important private and public collections.  Through the Rhode Island and Nebraska (Lincoln) Indian Councils, Eric has brought leadership to issues and programs representing more than 4000 indigenous people from over 50 Indian Nations.

His recent projects have included service to the International Board of the Christian Children's Fund, UNESCO, CEOSE - a congressionally chartered equity oversight committee of the National Science Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (COOS board).  He is a partner to the National "Collaboration for Equity" project, and Co-Director of "Access by Design" - a technology and equity project funded by the National Science Foundation. 

William A. Lester, Jr., is Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and  Principal Investigator, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Lester earned BS and MS degrees from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from The Catholic University  of America. He has held research positions at the National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards and Technology), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the IBM Research Division. At Wisconsin he was a Research Associate and later Assistant Director of the Theoretical Chemistry Institute - the latter position held concurrently with Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, UWM.  At IBM, he was a member of the professional staff and manager of the Molecular Interactions Group of the San Jose Research Laboratory, and spent a year on the Technical Planning Staff of the Director of Research. After a national search, he was selected to head the first national research organization in chemistry in the U.S., the National Resource for Computation in Chemistry, housed at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and was concurrently an Associate Director of the Laboratory. In 1981 he was appointed Professor and for the period 1991-95 he held the postition of Associate Dean, College of Chemistry, at UC Berkeley. In December 1996 he completed a 22-month  assignment at the National Science Foundation where he served as Senior Fellow for Science and Engineering and Assistant to the Director (of NSF) for Human Resource Development. 

Lester's research interests are in electronic structure and collision dynamics of molecular systems. He has over 160 scientific publications and is a co-author of MONTE CARLO METHODS IN AB INITIO QUANTUM CHEMISTRY published in 1994 and editor of RECENT ADVANCES IN QUANTUM MONTE CARLO METHODS published in 1997, both from World Scientific. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, the Journal of Computational Chemistry, and Computer Physics Communications. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the California Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Sigma Xi (for which chairs the Distinguished Lectureships Committee), and NOBCChE (The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers). Lester has served in professional capacities in each of the aforementioned organizations including the NOBCChE and the AAAS boards; he presently serves on the Sigma Xi Board.  He is the recipient of awards for teaching and research. These include the NOBCChE Outstanding Teacher Award, the Percy Julian Award for Pure or Applied Research, and an IBM Outstanding Contribution Award. He is listed in numerous biographical publications including American Men and Women of Science, and Who's Who in America. 

Marsha Lakes Matyas serves as the Education Officer for the American Physiological Society (APS). Her research fields include factors affecting science and engineering interests and participation rates among women and minorities at both the precollege and undergraduate levels. She earned her master's degree in cell biology and her doctorate in science education at Purdue University. For eight years, she directed the Project on Women in Science at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At the APS, she currently directs a variety of programs, including minority recruitment and retention programs at the precollege, undergraduate, and graduate levels; summer research experience programs for middle and high school science teachers (including teachers from Native American reservations); and a mentoring program for graduate and postdoctoral women in physiology. She also has extensive experience as an external evaluator for science education programs, especially those focusing on girls and women. 

Willie Pearson, Jr. is a Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University and an Adjunct in Medical Education in its School of Medicine. Dr. Pearson received his Ph.D. in sociology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1981. In 1993, he received Southern Illinois Universityís College of Liberal Artsí Alumni Achievement Award. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States (OTA). 

Dr. Pearsonís research has centered on the career patterns of Ph.D. scientists (particularly African Americans), human resources issues in science and engineering, science policy, and comparative family studies. His recent projects include a study of the career patterns of African American Ph.D. chemists, and the status of African Americans in engineering. 

Dr. Pearson serves or has served on committees, advisory boards, and panels at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sloan Foundation, American Sociological Association, Sigma XI, and the National Research Council. He was elected president of the Mid-South Sociological Association (1987); a member of the Executive Council, American Sociological Associationís Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (1989-91); and a Governor of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (1994-2000). 

Karl S. Pister is Senior Associate to the President of the University of California and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California at Santa Cruz. He previously worked at the University of California at Berkeley as an Assistant Professor, a Professor, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Division of Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, and finally as Dean of the College of Engineering. He has also served the University of California in numerous other capacities: as Chairman of the Committees on Senate Policy and Educational Policy of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate; as a member of the University-wide Academic Council, serving as the Chair of the University Committee on Education Policy; as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the nine-campus Academic Council and Assembly of the Academic Senate; and as Faculty Representative to the Board of Regents of the University of California. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Science and Technology and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Armenia, and the Board of Trustees of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Engineering Education and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center on Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education of the National Research Council. 

Dr. Pister received his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1952 and his M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948 and 1945 respectively. He has been named Research Professor in the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science and was twice selected as a Fulbright Scholar. He has received the Wason Medal for Research awarded by the American Concrete Institute and Alumni Honor Awards from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California at Berkeley. In 1988 the American Society for Engineering Education presented him with the Vincent Bendix Award for Minorities in Engineering and in 1992 the Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Society, for his contributions to engineering education. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a fellow of the American Academy of Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and is an Honorary Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. 

Carlos Rodríguez is a Senior Research Analyst at Pelavin Research Institute (PRI) of the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC. His Ph.D. in Higher Education is from The University of Arizona and his Masters in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As a career educator, Dr. Rodríguez has had teaching, administrative, research and evaluation experience across the entire educational spectrum: elementary, secondary, college and university, and adult education. Dr. Rodríguez has demonstrated expertise in the design and direction of the research and evaluation component of national and multi-site educational intervention models including those that target special student populations. Importantly, this work has also included the oversight and production of progress reports and the presentation and dissemination of final results of completed studies. Currently, he serves as the Project Director for the external evaluation of two national educational projects, the Partnerships for Health Professions Project (PHPE) of the Bureau of Health Professions of the Human Resources and Services Administration (a project designed to increase the applicant pool of minority individuals who will seek careers in the health professions) and the evaluation of the Equity 2000 Project of the College Board. In these assessments, he leads teams of PRC/AIR research staff who are monitoring and analyzing, through quantitative and qualitative methods, the short-term and long-term effects of these national initiatives. 

He recently completed a major report on the educational status of Hispanic Americans for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, "America on the Fault Line: Hispanic American Education." This report analyzed policy and programmatic issues relevant to the educational progress of Hispanic Americans from infant care and pre-school through professional education. He has made numerous presentations at national conferences on his research on the persistence of undergraduate minority students in science and engineering that involve policy and programmatic interventions throughout a studentís educational career. He is a Spencer Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation that supported his work: Minorities in Science and Engineering: Patterns for Success

Joyce Tang is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College in Flushing, New York. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, her M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and her B.S. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1985. She has conducted extensive research and authored numerous articles, book reviews, and research reports in the fields of methodology, stratification and mobility, and science and technology, focusing on the career processes and patterns of scientists and engineers. She is currently conducting a comprehensive analysis of the career attainment of Caucasian, African-American, and Asian engineers. 

She is a member of several honorary and professional societies including Alpha Kappa Delta, Delta Kappa Gamma, the American Sociological Association, the International Sociological Association, and the American Psychological Association. She serves as a Faculty Advisor for Alpha Gamma of New York and has served as a Faculty Mentor at Brooklyn Technical High School; a member of the Technology Committee, the Computer Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Methods, the Academic Senate, and the Honor and Awards Committee, all at Queens College. She was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from the University of Vermont and the E. Digby Baltzell Award from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Philip Uri Treisman is Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Treisman serves on numerous committees and boards, including the management team of the National Institute for Science Education and of the National Research Council's Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education. He is a member of the Open Society Institute's Algebra Project Advisory Committee and is President of the board of the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. For his work in developing programs that have helped minority and other underserved student populations to excel in mathematics, he was named by Newsweek as one of three American educators "on the leading edge of innovation." For his studies of the dynamics of black student performance in calculus at the University of California at Berkeley, he received the 1987 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in American Higher Education. In July 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. 

Dissemination Consulting Team Biographies

Saundra Johnson  is the Executive Director of  the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc., (GEM) located in Notre Dame, Indiana.  Prior to joining The GEM Consortium, Saundra was the director of the Minority Engineering Program at Penn State University.  Her commitment and achievements were recognized nationally in 1998 when she was named Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  Also in 1998, she received the "Outstanding Contribution by Minority Engineering Program Administrator" award from the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators, Inc. (NAMEPA).  Upon earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University, Johnson was employed by Bechtel Power Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she was an estimator, project controls engineer and later promoted into business development.

Ted Greenwood is a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York City. His responsibilities at the Foundation include overseeing its programs to increase the number of underrepresented minorities receiving Ph.D.s in mathematics, science and engineering; to eliminate the barriers to retention and career success for women faculty in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology; to perform citizen-based, outcome-oriented performance assessments of municipal government agencies and programs; and to support projects that will benefit the economy of the City of New York. 

Prior to joining the Sloan Foundation in 1992 he spent eight years as Director of the International Security Policy Program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Between 1974 and 1984 he was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For two years, from 1977 to 1979, he was on leave from M.I.T. as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. 

Dr. Greenwood received a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Toronto, and an S.M. in physics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T. He has written widely on U.S. and NATO defense and arms control policy; environmental, health and safety regulation; and domestic and international energy policy, especially nuclear power and nuclear waste management. 

Peter Syverson is Vice President for Research and Information Services at the Council of Graduate Schools.  He has been involved in the higher education policy community in Washington for the past two decades.  Peter is responsible for the research activities of the Council, which include directing the national CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment, preparation of reports and articles that summarize CGS data and the research of others that bear on graduate education, and representing the Council on a number of advisory committees involved in the conduct of national studies of U.S. higher education.  His primary research interests involve the flow of individuals into and through graduate education and the labor market experiences of advanced-degree recipients.

He began his career in 1975 at the National Academy of Sciences where he directed the Survey of Earned Doctorates, the national survey of all new doctorate recipients.  As Project Director, he worked to transform the annual Summary Report from a set of statistical highlights to a policy-research document.  He led the project through the transition from a paper-based questionnaire processing system to a computer-based system.

He was appointed Director of Information Services at the Council of Graduate Schools in 1985, where he established the Councilís first office of research and set a research agenda for CGS.  Working with the GRE Board, he developed a new Survey of Graduate Enrollment. That survey, now in its tenth year, has become a respected source of information on trends in graduate enrollment and application for graduate study.  Other accomplishments include the establishment of a graduate research web site and a listserv for graduate deans.   Peter earned his B.S. in psychology from Duke University and an M.A. in economics from Virginia Tech.

John C. Vaughn was appointed Executive Vice President of the Association of American Universities (AAU) in October 1996.  As Executive Vice President, he serves as deputy to the president and chief of staff.  He also supervises the associationís policy and analysis work, and is directly responsible for the areas of intellectual property, information technology, research libraries and scholarly communication, and international education.  He works with member presidents and chancellors, chief academic officers, and other university administrators to develop national and institutional policies that advance the interests and responsibilities of the member universities in these areas.  In promoting national policies, he works closely with government relations representatives to identify and promote an appropriate and effective federal role in the support of academic programs and activities. 

Dr. Vaughn staffs a number of AAU Committees, including the Committees on Digital Networks and Intellectual Property, Tenure, and Membership.  He also serves as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) in the Association of American Universities, an affiliated organization comprising the graduate deans of AAU universities. 

Dr. Vaughn received his B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Washington State College in 1968.  In 1977, he received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  He was awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Traineeship and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University from 1977-1979. 

Dr. Vaughn has served in several of positions of increasing responsibility since joining the association in 1980.  The AAU consists of sixty U.S. and two Canadian universities with strong programs of research and graduate and professional education. 


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