Meet the Team

About Us

The Understanding Interventions (UI) work began with the idea of a conference to facilitate dissemination and exchange of hypothesis-based research on interventions and initiatives that broaden participation in science and engineering research careers. Co-organized and led by Anthony DePass and Founding Co-Chair Daryl Chubin, the conference design encourages dialogue among behavioral/social science and education researchers, evaluators, and faculty in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields who participate in intervention programs. Graduate students in these fields are also strongly encouraged to attend.

UI conference workshops, ​training sessions, symposia, and posters communicate effective strategies from successful STEM intervention programs, present results from empirical research studies, and synthesize the translation of research findings into practice on STEM learning, undergraduate research, graduate education, and student retention. This has now expanded many other activities and resources that anchor communities of scholarship, assessment, and practice.

Our broader mission is to positively impact the outcomes of efforts aimed at broadening participation in science and science careers through the expansion and dissemination of the relevant body of knowledge, and facilitate its implementation in practice, policy development, training, and professional development.

Our Mission

Our broader mission is to positively impact the outcomes of efforts aimed at broadening participation in research and research careers through the expansion and dissemination of the relevant body of knowledge, and facilitate its implementation in practice, policy development, training, and professional development.

Our Philosophy

This work began with the idea of a conference to facilitate dissemination and exchange of hypothesis-based research on interventions and initiatives that broaden participation in science and engineering research careers.

Principal Investigators

Anthony L. DePass

Dr. Anthony DePass is the Director of Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science (UI) and Co-Director for the Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence for the Study of STEM interventions. Dr. DePass is the Publisher of the UI Journal, and over the last three decades, he has led and evaluated several externally funded training and development programs including NSF ADVANCE, LSAMP, SSTEM, HBCU-UP, IUSE, and Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.

David S. Weiss
Dr. David Weiss is a Professor in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology and Neurology at the University of Texas San Antonio where he serves as Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Weiss was the recipient of a NIH Javits Award for his cutting-edge research in neuroscience.

Advisory Committee

David Asai

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Senior Director of Science Education

Nicquet Blake

University of California San Francisco
Vice Provost of Student Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate Division

Phillip Bowman

University of Michigan
Founding Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity

Calvin Briggs

Southern Center for Broadening Participation in STEM
Founder and Executive Director

Lyla Crawford
University of Washington
Program Operations Specialist (E S 8), ENG: Deans Office-Do IT Program
Angela Ebreo

University of Michigan
Associate Director of the Diversity Research & Policy Program (DRPP), Associate Research Scientist

Portia Flowers

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Science Policy Analyst

Irene Hulede

American Society for Microbiology ABRCMS
Acting Director, Education Project Director/Co-Principal Investigator: Plenary Sessions & Partnerships

Barry Komisaruk

Rutgers University
Adjunct Professor, Department of Radiology, Director, NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support Program

Kelly Mack

Association of American Colleges & Universities
Vice President, Undergraduate STEM Education Project Kaleidoscope, Executive Director

John Matsui

University of California, Berkley
Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences
Biology Scholars Program, Director & Co-Founder
UI Journal Associate Editor

Richard McGee

Northwestern University
Associate Dean for Professional Development

Clifton Poodry

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Senior Fellow in Science Education

Alberto I. Roca

University of Wisconsin-Madison
DiverseScholar, Executive Director; MinorityPostdoc.org, Editor

Yoel Rodriguez

CUNY Hostos Community College
Professor

Mona Trempe

Democratic Party of Lincoln County
CD-2 Vice President

Lydia Villa-Komaroff

North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Founder of Intersections of Science, Business, and Diversity

Journal Leadership Team

Leyte Winfield

Spelman College
Chair & Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
UI Journal Managing Editor

Janet Branchaw

Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE)
Director, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
UI Journal Development Editor

Nikki Cherry

Specialized Interpreting Services
Owner/Operator
UI Journal Senior Associate Editor for Outreach & Inclusion

Shanta Outlaw

Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science, Executive Director
UI Journal Production Editor

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