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Division Committees

Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Physical Sciences

Dean Boggs reviewing top priorities for the divion(Academic Year 2021 – 2022)

This committee will advise the Dean on priorities for targeted efforts to support the Division’s equity, diversity and inclusion activities, engage the departments and partners in these efforts and advise the Dean on funding requests for equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. More specifically, the charge of this committee includes the following:

  • Cultivate a culture of inclusion within the division for students, faculty and staff.
  • Identify and help implement best practices supporting diversity across the division.
  • Work closely with the departments and the Associate Dean for Education and Students in the development of programs for student success/inclusion.
  • Faculty on this committee will review contributions to diversity from faculty Excellence search candidates.
  • Work with the division’s communications officer to highlight efforts supporting diversity and the development officer to create opportunities to support new EDI programs.
  • Facilitate departmental and faculty participation in EDI efforts across the division.

EDI Fund Request

The Dean of Physical Sciences and the Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion welcome applications for funding projects designed to address EDI-related issues in the division and its departments.

The types of activities proposed could include:
  • Travel to EDI conference
  • Development of new EDI-related outreach effort
  • Hosting EDI panel of speakers for the division or campus
  • Developing a summer program for students from an under-represented group
  • Professional development that is EDI-specific

Ideas for proposals are in no way limited to this list and can encompass any aspect of EDI that you feel could positively impact the division or its departments. We particularly encourage proposals that include multiple faculty and/or departments.

Amount of funding will be based upon available resources and the scope of the project; additionally, funding may come from multiple sources. For this reason, and to ensure inclusion of each department in this process, applicants should follow these instructions:

  • Create a pre-proposal which includes these elements:
    • Short description of the activity (~1 page)
    • Budget needed, with justification
    • Potential for applying to campus EDI grants if relevant (for details, see Funding Opportunities)
    • Any planned assessment efforts of impact, if relevant
  • Send this pre-proposal to the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with cc: to your department chair and diversity committee chair (if applicable). Pre-proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Feedback will be provided as to what aspects of this proposal are likely to move forward, along with any questions about the proposal itself. A formal proposal will be created through this process.
  • The AD EDI along with the Divisional Committee on EDI will evaluate proposals.
  • The AD EDI will communicate with the department to assess whether cost sharing is appropriate for proposals that are recommended for funding.
  • Applicant will be informed of funding available for the proposed project, along with any stipulations for evaluation/assessment.




Stacey Brydges

Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Alison Coil

Professor of Physics
Ingrid and Joseph W. Hibben Chair

EDI Committee Members


Adam Burgasser

Professor of Physics


Sekhar Chivukula

Distinguished Professor of Physics


Ioana Dumitriu

Professor of Mathematics


Franklin Garrett

Director of Divisional Education Initiatives


Nigel Goldenfeld

Chancellor's Distinguished Professorship in Physics


Michael Holst

Professor of Mathematics
Chancellors Associates Chair VIII


Rob Rome

Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance


Valerie Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Brandon Seward

Assistant Professor of Mathematics


Dontarie Stallings

Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Past Members

Jelena Bradic
Seth Cohen
Alex Frano
Kamil Godula
Vicki Grassian
Skip Pomeroy
Li Tien

Physical Sciences Staff EDI-C Committee

(Academic Year 2021 – 2022)

The Physical Sciences Staff EDI-C Committee is a voluntary group of staff interested in action-oriented topics impacting the presence and experience of underrepresented minority staff in the division. Any interested staff are welcome to attend by contacting one of the current members below.


Faye Chou
Saixious Dominguez-Kilday
Steven Ford
Franklin Garrett
Maureen Gorman
Tehseen Lazzouni
Toni Moore
Bret Noel
Miguel Ramirez
Jeff Rances
Rob Rome

Status of Women in the Physical Sciences Task Force

(April 2017 – June 2018)

The charge of this committee reflects that of the UC San Diego campus-wide Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), but with specific focus on the Division of Physical Sciences:

  • To identify and analyze issues relating to the status of women in the division, including faculty and graduate students;
  • To inform and educate our community on issues affecting the status of women within the Division, working with university communications as needed;
  • To advise and make recommendations to the Dean and Chairs regarding policies and procedures aimed at improving conditions for women.

View the task force’s final presentation and divisional recommendations



Vicki Grassian
Alison Coil

Task Force Members

Richard Averitt
Ioan Bejenaru
Jelena Bradic
Stacey Brydges
J. Andrew McCammon
Susan Taylor
Ruth Williams
Shelley Wright
Avi Yagil

Ex-Officio Members

Sylvia de la Sancha
Cynthia Dillon

Development and Initiatives Committee

(Fall 2017 – Spring 2019)

This committee works to identify priorities and set goals for development based on current research, educational activities and educational initiatives within the division:

  • Reviews seed funding requests for new research/educational initiatives and for matching fund requests (above $50k), and makes recommendations to the Dean, accordingly;
  • Liaises with external advisors and alumni on industry partnerships that support research/educational initiatives;
  • Works with the Division’s communications director to highlight research achievements and initiatives, as well as educational programs and initiatives;
  • Facilitates departmental and faculty participation in development, alumni relations and industry partnerships.



Steven Boggs


Vicki Grassian
Peter Ebenfelt

Committee Members

Rommie Amaro
Richard Averitt
Neal Devaraj
Massimiliano Di Ventra
Benedict Gross
Todd Kemp
Andrew Kummel
Ruth Williams
Shelley Wright

Ex-Officio Members

Edward A. Dennis
Benjamin Grinstein
Lei Ni
Rob Rome

Divisional Excellence Committee

(Academic Year 2017 – 2018)

The charge of this committee is to review and rate the Contributions to Diversity statements for Excellence faculty positions, in consultation with the Dean’s Office.



Alison Coil

Committee Members

Richard Averitt
Alina Bucur
Li-Tien Cheng
Ken Intriligator
Patricia Jennings
Elizabeth Komives
Daniel Rogalski
Karin Sandstrom
Jerry Yang