2014 - 2015 FACULTY SENATE MEMBERS
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Associate Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 796-6538 , Fax: 796-6447
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Exposure Research Laboratory - USEPA, Athens, GA
Study of the natural environment from a chemical viewpoint offers fascinating research topics ranging from basic research on poorly understood natural processes to applied research investigating the effects of human activities on various ecosystems and remediation efforts. The pristine system of forests and waterways proximate to the University of Alaska Southeast are ideal natural laboratories for these types of studies.
My research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments. Heavy metal studies in my lab include characterization of the iron, lead and copper species associated with high organic carbon soils under anaerobic conditions. An increasing presence of ocean-going vessels at Alaskan ports has also raised concern about environmental levels of tin. The chemical interactions of tin with environmental matrices (e.g. microbial communities) profoundly influence its mobility and toxicity. These metals have become common features of the southeastern Alaska topography and identifying the specific form of these metals under various environmental conditions provides valuable insight into their transport properties. Organic pollutants, on the other hand, are typically associated with industrialized areas and as such have limited local sources at higher latitudes. Atmospheric transport and to some extent urbanization however, have provided for detectable levels of numerous synthetic organic chemicals in the arctic hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Studies aimed at quantifying levels of organic pollutants and their attenuation products in high latitude regions are also pursued in my laboratory. Of particular interest to me are halogenated organic contaminants and their redox chemistry in the environment. Once these pollutants reach higher latitudes, I study their transformations as they interact with the abiotic and biotic environment of southeastern Alaska and how the contaminant’s environmental impact is controlled by those interactions. Both heavy metal and organic pollutant studies involve the use of state of the art analytical instrumentation including atomic absorption spectrometry and mass spectrometry. Collaborations with the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast biologists continue to support and strengthen my contaminant studies. In addition to contaminant studies, I conduct ongoing research into the habitat remediation and restoration potential of created wetlands. Collaborative efforts with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife have led to the development and continued study of two created wetlands in the Mendenhall valley. Results from this project have shown these landscape features serve as moderators of groundwater intrusion and stormwater runoff, provide for carbon sequestration and contaminant retention and allow for significantly improved habitat. All of my research projects at the University of Alaska Southeast have benefited from the contributions of my undergraduate research assistants.
The chemistry courses that I teach at the University of Alaska Southeast include general, organic and environmental chemistry.
The UAS Natural Science department is well equipped for gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry and ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectroscopy. I have taught Special Topics courses on contaminant attenuation in the natural environment and wetland chemistry. All of these courses provide valuable insight into natural processes and provide a foundation for understanding natural systems and the impacts of contemporary societies on those systems.
Director of the Master of Public Administration Program & Associate Professor of Public Administration
School of Management
Doctor of Arts in Political Science–2007
Kathy DiLorenzo grew up in the Western states of Nevada, California, Washington, and Idaho, and is particularly interested in western and rural issues. She is currently completing her Doctor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and Public Law from Idaho State University. She completed her Masters of Public Administration in 2004. While completing her education Kathy worked as the primary quantitative analyst for Partners for Prosperity, non-profit organization that acquired a substantial grant to study and eradicate poverty in the 16-county region of Southeastern Idaho. Her areas of research include the bureaucracy, constitutional and public law, poverty, minority and at-risk populations.
|Career Education Senator|
Assistant Professor and Program Head, Construction Technology
Career Education: Construction
Ms. Gilcrist was born and raised in Sacramento, California where she received an Associates of Arts in drafting Technology. Robin moved to Hawaii in the early eighties and completed a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii before leaving for Alaska. Ms. Gilcrist has worked as a drafter and designer since 1980 in California, Hawaii and Alaska, working for large architectural firms as well as small construction businesses. Since moving to Juneau in the fall of 1993 she has been working full-time designing custom homes, remodels and additions. Ms. Gilcrist owns her own residential design business, Interline Design. She also is actively involved in creating affordable housing through volunteer work with Housing First and Habitat for Humanity.
Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Information Literacy Librarian
|Natural Sciences Senator|
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math
B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, Adams State College, CO. M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics, Colorado State University, CO.
Megan started at UAS in Fall 2009. In addition to teaching mathematics, probability, and statistics, she is interested in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Her research interests include applications of probability modeling, in particular with respect to ecology and biology, as well as numerical and error analyses.
Outside of academics, Megan enjoys most things active and done with friends. At the top of the current list is trail running, volleyball, and Latin dancing. When time allows, she also enjoys cooking & baking, watching movies, and catching (& gutting) fish.
|Social Sciences Senator|
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 796-6436 , Fax: 796-6406
Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences
Psychology (2011); Minor in Quantitative Psychology (2008), University of
My research focuses on stereotyping, prejudice, and social judgment with an emphasis on intersections of social categories (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity). In my primary line of work I investigate the effects of prototypical standards of race and gender on social perceptions and judgments of individuals. Specifically I am interested in understanding the processes and outcomes of invisibility as a unique form of discrimination that may characterize groups that do not fit race and gender prototypes – e.g., Black women (Sesko & Biernat, 2010). My work thus far has documented such invisibility, conceptualized as a lack of individuation of or lack of differentiation among group members. Invisibility is evident in perceivers’ treatment of Black women (or similarly situated groups) as interchangeable and indistinguishable, such that their individual voices and faces go unnoticed and unheard, relative to White women, Black men, and White men. My dissertation and current line of research focuses on the antecedents (e.g., non-prototypicality, low power, low numerical status), and consequences of invisibility, and in particular strategies to reduce invisibility.
In some other lines of research I focus on evidentiary standards of judgment, particularly of racism, the language people use to talk about members of stereotyped groups, and interpreters’ translation of this language (Biernat & Sesko, under review), and behavioral indicators of compensatory stereotyping, or tradeoffs between “warmth” and “competence” in evaluations of members of stereotyped groups (Biernat, Sesko, & Amo, 2009). All of these areas reflect my interest in understanding the processes by which stereotypes guide judgment and behavior toward individual members of stereotyped groups. I have additional interests in the study of close relationships, and have examined the role of attachment style on lying and authenticity in relationships (Gillath, Sesko, Shaver, & Chen, 2010) as well as relationship-related regrets (Schoemann, Gillath, & Sesko, under review). I am also a member of the Consortium for Police Leadership and Equity (CPLE; see http://cple.psych.ucla.edu/), a group that brings together police chiefs and social scientists to discuss how social science can inform real-world problems of racial profiling, immigration, and organizational equity. My work with CPLE has focused on organizational equity, and how to assess and improve equity in terms of gender and race representation within police departments.
As a new member of the faculty here at UAS, I am excited to bring my passion and excitement for the field of psychology both in the classroom and to undergraduate research! In my spare time when I am not teaching, analyzing data, or writing, I enjoy running, hiking, camping, and yoga. I am also a huge fan of my dog Shera (the “Princess of Power”).
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
|Juneau Campus Senator|
|Ketchikan Campus Senator|
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math
B.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks; M.S. in Statistics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Colleen began working at the UAS Ketchikan Campus in 2006. She teaches Math 105, Math 107, Math 108, Math 200 and Stat 273.
Outside of academics, Colleen enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing and skiijoring with her dog.
|Sitka Campus Senator|