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RAMP-UP Initiative Funds Career Campaign Awards
RAMP-UP, Rensselaer’s universitywide initiative to improve representation of female educators in academia’s influential high-ranking positions, has recently announced the winners of its 2008 Career Campaign Awards. The $5,000 awards are intended to address advancement needs at the individual level and are given to women faculty who have worked with senior faculty mentors to develop strong career plans
to enhance professional success.

The 2008 Career Campaign recipients include: Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies Nancy Campbell, Associate Professor of Language, Literature, and Communication Ellen Esrock, Assistant Professor of Management and Technology Aparna Gupta, and Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Susan Sharfstein.

Campbell, who is being mentored by Linda Layne, the Alma and H. Erwin Hale ’30 Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, intends to use the funding to continue her research regarding women and substance abuse. She recently released a book related to the subject area, titled Discovering Addiction: The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse Research (University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Mentored by Professor of Science and Technology Studies Linnda Caporael, Esrock plans to study the somato-sensory-motor system in the experience of visual arts.

Gupta will use the award to advance her work on computational mathematics with applications in finance. Her mentor is Bill Francis, associate professor of management and technology.

Sharfstein intends to apply the financial support toward her research on the culture conditions and cell physiology of recombinant proteins in mammalian cell cultures. She is being mentored by Steve Cramer, the William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering, and Jon Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Career Campaign Award recipients were chosen by the RAMP-UP advisory board, which is led by Cheryl Geisler, professor and head of Rensselaer’s Language, Literature, and Communication department, and Debbie Kaminski, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering.

RAMP-UP (Reforming Advancement Processes through University Professions) is aimed at improving the advancement experience for Rensselaer faculty, while serving as a national model for advancement reform. Key components of the effort include mentoring programs, faculty workshops, faculty advancement coaches, and pipeline searches to recruit senior women from industry or national labs.

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