RAMP Up's 2009 Career Campaign Award Winners

Intended to address advancement needs at the individual level, the Career Campaign awards are presented to women faculty who have worked with senior faculty mentors to develop strong career plans to pursue and enhance ongoing professional goals.

Six women were given Career Campaign Awards in 2009, joining the 11 award winners from the first and second rounds who have continued to work on their advancement plans.

The 2009 Career Campaign winners include: Kathy High, Associate Professor, Arts; Lee Ligon, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology; Li (Emily) Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering; Liping Huang, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering; Lucy Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering; and Abby Kinchy, Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.



2009 Campaign Winner Profiles

Kathy High is an Associate Professor in the Arts Department. She is also a media artist, curator, and produces videos and installations around issues of gender and technology, pursues queer and feminist inquiries into various areas of medicine/bio-science, and is engaged with science fiction, and studies animal behavior. High teaches digital video production and post production and has been working in the area of film, video and photography for over 20 years.





Lee Ligon is an Assistant Professor, Department of Biology. She has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, from the University of Virginia. Ligon's research is focused on cytoskeletal organization and dynamics with an emphasis on the microtubule cytoskeleton. Among the honors and awards she has received are a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, an Alavi-Dabiri Fellowship Award, and a Porter Symposium Award from the Society of General Physiologists. Her graduate work was also recognized with the prestigious President's Fellowship and Dean's Merit Fellowship at the University of Virginia.





Li (Emily) Liu, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering, earned her Ph.D in 2005 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Liu conducts research in various aspects of neutron scattering, including its use in nanotechnology and polymer science, such as the dynamics of water confined in nanoporous materials, proteins and DNAs, in looking for alternative energy such as nuclear and hydrogen, and in the measurements and calculations of inelastic neutron cross sections.








Liping Huang, is an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Her research goal is to develop a basic understanding for the rational design of traditional materials like oxide glasses and ceramics with superior properties, as well as newly emerged nanostructured materials for energy, environment and biology-related applications. Dr. Huang received the Outstanding Mentor Award, from the University of Michigan in 2006 and the Norbert J. Kreidl Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2003.






Lucy T. Zhang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering, received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2003. Upon the completion of her Ph.D. in 2003, she joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Tulane University in New Orleans as an assistant professor. In 2006, she became a faculty member at RPI. Her research focuses on computational mechanics with special emphasis on fluid-structure interactions, computational biomechanics, and multiscale modeling of interfacial interactions.






Abby Kinchy, an Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies, is a sociologist who studies the environment, social movements, and scientific knowledge. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a variety of research interests, including: food, agriculture, biotechnology, and rural communities; environmental politics and history; social movements and participatory science; and expertise and democracy. Professor Kinchy teaches courses for the Sustainability Studies minor, including "Environment and Society" and "Food, Farms, and Famine." She has also served as a co-instructor for "Product Design and Innovation Studio II," a required course for the Design,                                    Innovation, and Society major. At the graduate level, she teaches "Science, Technology, and                                    Social Movements" and "Concepts in STS."




Career Campaign Selection Committee

The 2009 Career Campaign Award recipients were chosen by the RAMP-Up advisory board led by Cheryl Geisler, professor and head of Rensselaer's Language, Literature & Communication department, and Debbie Kaminski, associate professor of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering.




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