BRAINS Symposium

Broadening Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience
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The BRAINS logo, based on the two halves of a brain, one half is orange and the other half is blue with arrows point in all directions to represent diversity BRAINS acronym

BRAINS Program Team

Bios of core BRAINS Program team members)

Program team members include the following:

  • photo of Dr. Sheri Mizumori, Director and Principal Investigator of BRAINS

    Dr. Sheri Mizumori is Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington and serves as the BRAINS Director and Principal Investigator. As BRAINS Program Director, Dr. Mizumori advises the Project Coordinator and serve on the Program's Internal Advisory Board. She also serves as liaison with the UW Neurosciences Institute and the UW Psychology Department Diversity Sciences research group, as well as the Society for Neuroscience, and the Association for Psychological Science.

  • photo of Dr. Joyce Yen, Co-Principal Investigator of BRAINS

    Dr. Joyce Yen is the Program/Research Manager for the UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, and serves as a BRAINS Co-Principal Investigator and Program Coordinator. Dr. Yen has been PI or co-investigator on nine successful proposals that have brought over $3.8 million in funding to advance women faculty in science, engineering, and mathematics; to address faculty professional development more generally; and to diversify engineering and create a more inclusive climate in engineering. As BRAINS Program Coordinator, Dr. Yen drives the integration of the different project components for maximum synergism and guides and shapes the overall project efforts.

  • photo of Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, Co-Principal Investigator of BRAINS

    Co-Investigator Dr. Ana Mari Cauce serves as Provost of the University of Washington as well as Earl R. Carlson Professor of Psychology and Professor of American Ethnic Studies. Dr. Cauce will serve as BRAINS Program Co-Director, advise the Project Coordinator, and serve on the program's Internal Advisory Board.

  • Photo of Dr. Claire Horner-Devine

    Dr. Claire Horner-Devine is the Director of Diversity and Leadership Development in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington and is a principal investigator on the NSF ADVANCE grant WEBS, providing her with considerable experience designing, implementing, and evaluating a program designed to increase the retention of early-career women biologists. Dr. Horner-Devine works with the program team to develop workshop content for the BRAINS symposia, select senior scientists for panels and workshops, and facilitates the symposia. She also develops and facilitates the Peer Mentoring Circles and serves on some of the Continuous Career Invention teams. Dr. Horner-Devine also has worked as a faculty member in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington for eight years. Her research program and laboratory group addressed questions in community ecology and microbial ecology. She has published in journals such as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Ecology. She also has experience as an environmental consultant for a private firm and as a program officer for a science foundation.

  • photo of Ms. Priti Mody-Pan, Program Evaluator for BRAINS

    Priti Mody-Pan is the Director of Evaluation and Deputy Director of Center for Workforce Development at the University of Washington and manages the evaluation and assessment of the BRAINS program. At CWD, her responsibilities include overseeing program evaluations, writing and editing proposals, grant writing and developing, conducting research related to diversity in science and engineering, managing an international exchange program, marketing, and working with international and national organizations. As director of evaluation, she manages a portfolio of program evaluations designed to broaden participation in the science and engineering pipeline from undergraduate to faculty programs funded by the National Science Foundation and other agencies and foundations.

  • photo of Dr. Rick Baugh, Independent Consultant for the Invent Your Career portion of BRAINS

    Dr. C. R. (Rick) Baugh has been an independent consultant for high-technology organizations since 1991. He developed the Continuous Career Invention (previously "Invent Your Career") process that helps early career individuals invent careers that uniquely fit their interests and talents while also meeting genuine needs in society. Prior to focusing on helping people develop their careers, Dr. Baugh spent nearly 40 years developing new technology and products within the telecommunications industry. He was part of a team that helped launch five telecommunications startup companies. Dr. Baugh will lead the BRAINS Invent Your Career activities, meeting with participants and helping them customize each of their own innovation and incubation team meetings, scheduling and facilitating the team meetings, and providing follow up to the participants.

  • photo of Ms. Alexis Nelson, Program Operations Specialist for BRAINS

    Alexis Nelson is the UW ADVANCE Program Operations Specialist. She leads the effort for BRAINS logo development and project web site design and development, as well as assists with BRAINS symposia event management and budget management.

Last updated January 22, 2014

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