Janna Levin, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy.
Her research focuses on theories of the early universe, chaos, and black holes. NSF has funded her scientific work with a Theoretical Physics Grant for her research concerning Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Dark Dimensions. NSF has also awarded her a grant supported jointly by Gravitational Theory and Astrophysics for her research on Black Holes and Gravitational Waves. She has won awards as a scientist and as an author.
The Program Administrator ensures the smooth administration of the Vera Joseph Scholars Program. He assists the Program Director in appropriate Program activities. These include staffing the management team and selection committee; organizing logistics for summer and academic year workshops, serving as liaison between Scholars and College offices, assisting in the design, collection and assessment of Program evaluation instruments and data; providing counseling and referrals for Scholars, maintaining student records/folders and other duties.
Jessica Goldstein, Lecturer of Biological Sciences.
Her research focuses on development and cell signaling. She will serve as advisor and mentor for Scholars in biology.
Dusa McDuff, Helen Lyttle Kimmel '42 Professor of Mathematics.
Her research involves both graduate and post-doctoral students. She has received the Satter Prize from the American Mathematical Society and the Outstanding Woman Scientist Award from the (Association for Women in Science). She will serve as advisor for upper class Scholars in math and teach a special course in math methods for science majors.
Christian Rojas, Professor of Chemistry.
He is an organic chemist whose research focuses on developing new methods for incorporating nitrogen into organic molecules and application of these methods to the synthesis of amino sugars. His research program is currently supported by a National Science Foundation grant and involves Barnard undergraduate students as co-workers. Previous Barnard undergraduate student researchers from his research group have gone on to careers in science, teaching, and medicine, including positions in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, public-school teaching, public health, and government. Besides research and research student mentoring, he teaches introductory organic chemistry, advanced organic chemistry, and organic chemistry laboratory courses.
Vivian Taylor, Vice President for Community Development and Chief of Staff
Dr. Taylor has been at the College for twenty years and has served as HEOP Director, Sophomore Class Dean, and Dean of ASEP. Under her guidance, the College has implemented many programs designed to help under-resourced and/or economically disadvantaged students reach their full potential. In addition to state-funded initiatives, Vice President Taylor directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program on campus for more than ten years. She will, with Professor Levin and the PA, oversee all aspects of the Scholars Program
Saul Davis, Director, STEP and CSTEP
Mr. Davis has more than twenty years experience in developing and implementing academic enrichment activities, primarily for students in the sciences. Under his leadership, the College won New York Sate support for CSTEP, building upon its more than twenty-year track record in successfully administering STEP, designed for high school students. He will be implementing, with Ms. Tollinchi-Michel, all of the academic and social support activities for Vera Joseph Scholars. They will also collect assessment date and help supervise the Program Associate
Nanette DiLauro, Director, Financial Aid
Ms. DiLauro brings to this Program more than seventeen years experience in financial aid administration. She will have primary responsibility for crafting the Scholars' aid packages.
Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Director, Academic Services and Enrichment Programs
Ms. Tollinchi has over ten years of experience in the administration of academic support programs, including Director of the Gateway Academy at the City College of New York, CUNY, and Associate Director of CSTEP/STEP at Fordham University. She currently supervises all state-funded programs at the College and co-directs the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. She will oversee, with the PI, support services for the Scholars.
James Runsdorf, Junior Class Dean
Dean Runsdorf has served Barnard students in many ways over the last twenty years including as English professor, study abroad advisor, scholarship coordinator and class dean. He will be involved in the selection and advising processes for the Scholar Program.
Jennifer Fondiller, Dean of Admissions
Dean Fondiller, a Barnard alumna, has served in her position for nine years. She regularly identifies science-focused students on recruiting trips around the country and will be responsible for publicizing the Vera Joseph Scholars Program.