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2015-2016

Ravi Allada

Ravi Allada

Professor and Chair, Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Ravi Allada is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Associate Director for the Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology at Northwestern University. Dr. Allada received his M.D from the University of Michigan and completed a residency in Clinical Pathology from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  During his graduate and postdoctoral training, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Scholar and an HHMI Physician Postdoctoral Fellow. 

Since joining Northwestern in 2000, the Allada laboratory has discovered new pieces of the core circadian clock including a link to neurodegenerative disease as well as components controlling daily rhythms of sleep and wake. His laboratory has also identified molecular processes underlying sleep including those linked to memory processing. His recent work also extends discoveries in the fly to mammalian systems including humans. His work has been funded by the NIH, DARPA as well as numerous private foundations including a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

Mercedes Carnethon

Mercedes Carnethon

Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine- Epidemiology, Feinberg Schoolof Medicine

Mercedes Carnethon is an associate professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Her interests include epidemiologic studies of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, fitness, and autonomic function. Dr. Carnethon has co-written over 100 articles on topics ranging from the effects of fitness on midlife metabolisms to the influence of stress on cardiovascular health in Latino communities. Her work has been published in several reputable journals including Journal of the American Medical Association and Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association and covered by the lay press in outlets including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

In addition to her scholarship in the public health sciences, Dr. Carnethon is also actively involved with many organizations at Northwestern University and at large. She formerly co-chaired the University Diversity Council’s Faculty Recruitment and Retention working group, and has served as chair of the Publishing Committee for the American Heart Association Council of Epidemiology and Prevention. Dr. Carnethon received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Jeannette Colyvas

Jeannette Colyvas

Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy; Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy

Jeannette Colyvas is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy. Her research interests include organizations and entrepreneurship, comparing public, private, and non-profit forms of organizing, university-industry interfaces, and public and private science. Professor Colyvas teaches several courses on the topic of organizational change, and her published work has appeared in journals such as Management Science and Research in Organizational Behavior.

Professor Colyvas has served as a member of numerous boards in her career including the American Sociological Association and the Association for Study in Higher Education. In 2010, she earned the School of Education and Policy Teacher of the Year award. Professor Colyvas has a Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Sociology and East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Henry Godinez

Henry Godinez

Professor, Theatre, School of Communication

Henry Godinez is a professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University and the Resident Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre, where he is the director of the Latino Theatre Festival. Most recently for the Festival, he fostered the Goodman’s co-production of Pedro Paramo with Teatro Buendia of Cuba.  He has directed several other productions at the Goodman Theater including, Boleros For The DisenchantedThe Sins of Sor Juana and Millennium Mambo. He is also co-editor of Goodman Theatre’s Festival Latino: Six Plays. Godinez is the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista, and has directed at institutions such as Portland Center Stage and Signature Theatre Company in New York City. As an actor, his credits include Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The Kennedy Center, and on Film/TV include The Fugitive, Above the Law, The Beast, Boss, Chicago Code, Empire and Chicago Fire

He is the recipient of the 1999 TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the 2008 Chicago Latino Network’s Latino Professional of the Year, and in 2010, was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Arts Council, where he serves on its Executive Committee. Additionally, Mr. Godinez serves on the Editorial Board of the Northwestern University Press and the Board of Directors of Albany Park Theatre Project. He received his MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his BA from the University of Dallas.

Karen Smilowitz

Karen Smilowitz

Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Karen Smilowitz is a professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. A member of the Northwestern faculty since 2001, Dr. Smilowitz’s research focuses on modeling and solution approaches for logistics and transportation systems. Through her studies, Professor Smilowitz has devised innovative transportation solutions for several commercial and non-profit organizations.

In addition to her research, Professor Smilowitz has had a profound effect on the McCormick School’s curriculum, teaching such notably challenging courses as Supply-Chain Modeling and Analysis and Analytics for Social Good. Smilowitz has been recognized for several awards and fellowships including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship, and most recently was named a 2015 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. Professor Smilowitz holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S.E. from Princeton University.

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