Dear Search Committee members:

Dear Search Committee members:
I am writing to express my strong interest in the position of Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of
Oregon (UO). The prospects for contributing to future developments at UO, within the context of its outstanding
history, its leading national and international role in education and research, are very exciting to me. During my
academic career I have been trained or worked for 5 AAU institutions. I appreciate UO’s achievements in
undergraduate and graduate education and its goals to reach higher levels of successes in its research and creative
areas as well as in service to make it the outstanding institution in the state of Oregon, the US and the World. I
value, in particular, the opportunity to collaborate closely with its new President Michael Gottfredson, to help
develop and implement a new Strategic Plan based on the goals set up by conversation and participation of all UO
Your challenge will no doubt lie not in attracting strongly qualified candidates, but rather in selecting one uniquely
suited to your present and future priorities. The University of Oregon has, as do many other top research universities
in the US, a set of competing imperatives; how to keep UO’s growth and excellence to be able to achieve the
important goals of being an excellent educational and research university for the state of Oregon, for the nation and
the World. How to be at the distinguished forefront of US research and educational universities by continuing your
growth based on an excellent history and traditions; how to benefit your students, faculty, staff and all your
stakeholders by providing the best service and education to them, to Oregon the nation and the World; how to
preserve, increase and better use UO’s new administrative independence, financial and human resources in the midst
of significant transformational and budgetary challenges being experienced by the University of Oregon System and
by most research universities in the nation. I think it would be important to leverage further interdisciplinary and
translational collaborations between different UO’s entities and schools as well as other institutions within the state
and outside: To further enhance and cultivate the creative activities in the arts and the humanities as well as UO’s
impact in the local and global communities.
The aim of this letter shall then be to briefly outline my qualifications for the SVP and Provost position, so that I might aid
you in determining how my strengths as an administrator and research scholar might be brought to your service. I provide
further details about my academic and administrative career in my CV.
During my academic and administrative career, I have been fortunate to study in one and worked in five AAU institutions, as
well as in Northeastern University in Boston. I was interim Chair and Chair of their leading Physics Department for three
years. I was the Vice President for Research (VPR) for the Buffalo Campus of the System University of New York (SUNY)
for five years. This is my fourth year as the System VPR for Indiana University (IU). The latter was a new position created to
oversee and integrate the whole research and creative enterprise, as well as compliance, for the 8 IU campuses. Of these, there
are two main core research campuses: one in Bloomington (IUB) which is a member of the AAU and of the Big 10
Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC); Another core campus is in Indianapolis (Indiana University-Purdue University
at Indianapolis (IUPUI)) which houses the state’s only Medical School (IUMS). Indiana University has over 110,000 students
with about 43,000 in IUB, 32,000 in IUPUI and the remaining students in the regional campuses. IU has total budget of over
3.4B, composed of 1.4B for IUB and 1.2B for IUPUI. The 2011 total IU research expenditures exceeded 510 million dollars.
Indiana University in Bloomington has many things in common with UO. Apart from being a member of the AAU, It has an
emphasis in undergraduate education and research in in the basic sciences as well as in the Arts and the humanities. It also
has distinguished professional schools. It does not have a medical or engineering school, but is quite strong in the basic
The University at Buffalo (UB) is one of the two flagships universities in the SUNY system and is also a member of the
AAU. It has 28,000 students and a budget of about 1.3B, with 357 million in research expenditures as of 2009. UB is the
largest and most comprehensive public research university in the Northeast and the best funded. I joined UB in 2005 as they
were launching the UB 2020 strategic plan. The essence of this plan is to foster UB’s interdisciplinary research. I had similar
administrative responsibilities to the ones I now have at Indiana University, except that I presently oversee a much larger
enterprise in terms of resources and FTEs that report directly to me - at UB, I dealt with one campus and with a different
research scope. At UB I did oversee the Technology Transfer Office (TTO), which I do not at IU, although I’m in the
executive board that oversees the performance of the TTO.
Because of my last two senior administration jobs, I have had the opportunity to oversee all the research and creative
activities of two flagship AAU universities in the US. This has allowed me to interact and to learn about all academic areas
and activities in these institutions: Going from the Medical Schools to the Jacobs School of Music, from the Kelly School of
Business to the Maurer Schools of Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Public Health and Education, to name a few. I have
overseen seed founding programs for the Arts and the Humanities as well as those in the Social, Physical and Biomedical
Sciences. I have been involved in the development of new initiatives and programs in areas of academic strength in both
institutions. This has given me a broad picture and understanding of the whole academic enterprise of each academic
institution, based on their academic strengths. I have been involved, in both places, on nurturing and supporting
collaborations from faculty of different schools, deans and department heads, centers and institutes, in particular to address
some of the most important educational and research challenges we are facing in the 21st Century. I have also been involved
in the hiring of outstanding faculty, and administrators; the faculty’s tenure evaluations as well as a committed researcher and
teacher. As VPR my job has entailed managing research expansion initiatives, grants and contracts, compliance offices. I
believe that this, together with my experience as Chair, working in leading European and American institutions qualifies me
well to be a strong candidate for the SVP and Provost at OU.
When I arrived at UB there was an ongoing process, with faculty playing an essential role, of putting together a strategic plan
known as UB 2020. UB 2020 provided the strategic path for investments in UB’s eight strategic strengths, covering all areas
of research and creative activities at the university. I was very much part of the development and implementation of this
strategic plan during my tenure at UB. UB 2020 is an interdisciplinary strategic plan. I believe I was hired as UB VPR in part
because of my experience with interdisciplinary research having been the founding director of the Center for Interdisciplinary
Research in Complex Systems (CIRCS) at Northeastern University in Boston. I directed that center for 10 years and it
continuous to be very well funded and strong to this day. By the time I left UB we had achieved a cultural transformation
where interdisciplinary research became the norm among many faculty and one reason why UB’s research expenditures at
that time grew over 30% in less than five years.
At IU, I was a member of the committee which developed the “New Academic Directions” (NAD) strategic plan for
the Core campuses two years ago. One of my contributions to the implementation of the NAD strategic plan has
been to identify, develop and nurture 6 new university wide strategic strengths. We identified these strengths after
several meeting retreats with faculty and deans from both core campuses. As a result we are launching a new
“Indiana Network Institute (INI)”. This involves close to 60 faculty almost equally divided between the two core
campuses including disciplines from the social sciences, biomedical and physical and computer sciences. This is a
multimillion dollar three year investment with contributions from Deans, Provost the President and my office. We
are also lunching a Consortium for the study of Religion, Ethics and Society with three years seed funding, with
contributions from the Chancellor of IUPUI, the Dean of Arts and Sciences from IUB and 60% coming directly
from my office. I give these examples since I had to “raise” these resources by convincing the corresponding units
that it would a benefit for them to create these entities.
We just formed Private/Public /Sate collaboration in the health and bioengineering sciences research. This involves Purdue,
Notre Dame, IU, pharmaceutical companies like Elli Lilly and State of Indiana. At all stages of these developments I had
conversations with all stakeholders, in particular negotiations with deans, chancellor, provost and president.
Throughout my academic career I have been directly involved in trying to hire outstanding faculty and dealing with
the intricacies of approving or denying tenure. There is perhaps no more important decision made at a research
university than granting tenure. A central goal of a research university is thus to hire and tenure the best
distinguished faculty: Provide them with the best environment for them to succeed and to make sure that they are
comfortable with the institution. I believe that retention of the best faculty is very important and it should already
start before faculty get outside offers, by recognizing their achievements and their worth in advance. To listen early
about their needs so that if external offers come they are less attractive to them.
At UB I was assigned the task of overseeing the Empire State hiring program. The SUNY Empire State Program
involved hiring midcareer or senior researchers who had to have at least $250,000/year funding. The provost gave
me the task of overseeing and making decisions about who to recommend for hiring based on the preliminary
recommendations by faculty and deans. After the first two years of the program the UB hires were considered the
most successful among the six SUNY research universities.
Undergraduate and graduate education is undergoing significant scrutiny in the US. Questions about student
retention and completion rates, both for undergraduates and graduate students as well as affordability have attracted
significant attention from the state’s legislators and from the federal government. New pedagogical ways of
teaching, including massive open online courses (MOOCS), have evoked questions about their impact as disruptive
new pedagogies. Questions about how we are going to be teaching students now and in the future using the power of
novel internet developments have been raised. Answers to these questions, however, are still being developed, but I
believe that each answer depends strongly on the type of students each institution has. How can we enhance the
teaching and learning environment and experience of our students so that they can be best prepared for the
competitive national and international job market’s needs? I consider strengthening the undergraduate and graduate
student educational experiences a central problem for all research universities.
I have not been in charge of managing a university wide budget. However, I have been a member of two president’s
cabinets where we have discussed budgets in great detail, in particular due to recent state budget cuts, the
multifaceted components that make a university’s budget: tuition, endowment, financial aid, investments, bond
borrowing, state and federal support, private/public partnerships and other external funding sources. At IU we have
the Responsible Center Management (RCM) business model. My office has its own multimillion dollar RC budget. I
oversee over 260 part time and full time FTEs. This involves research administration and management of some
centers and institutes in the arts and the humanities and the physical and biological sciences. In the almost four years
since I joined Indiana University, we have completed the organization of the new VPR IU System’s office. This has
involved integration of all compliance and budget offices into one. Pre and post award office integration was
underway when I arrived. We have integrated all the disparate components of the previous IU campuses research
administration offices where possible we have consolidated disparate budgets into one. To do so I hired a new Chief
Financial Officer with an MBA degree from the Kelly Business School. There were no new resources added to the
base RC budget to pay for the reorganization or the new hires. They came from a thorough analysis of the unit’s
expenses and from finding new efficiencies that allowed us to reallocate resources.
During my academic career I have spent much effort and time helping to attract, nurture, and retain excellent faculty
in general but, in particular, faculty who reflect gender and racial characteristics of the population and student body
at large. For example, I was involved with an NSF Women in Science program at NU back in the 1980s. For four
years I was an active member of the New England Board of Higher Education Minority Mentor Program for
students who were under-represented in STEM, particularly African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
Presently I’m involved in an STEM IU-HBCU’s joint research program. My present senior staff is formed by white
Americans, two African-Americans, one Mexican American, and two Asian-Americans as well as a Middle Eastern
I believe that it is very important to showcase, promote, and reward successes by undergraduate and graduate
students and by faculty to sharpen and enhance the already very high UO’s reputation: with all UO’s stakeholders
including state and federal legislators, donors, funding agencies, as well as all its other constituencies – students,
parents, faculty, alumni, other universities. To establish new programs and institutes or centers that will increase and
enhance the visibility and recognition of UO as a leading and outstanding research and educational university in the
US and the World. It is also important to tell the world about the marvelous things that can happen when we merge
outstanding faculty with outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.
I have been very interested in teaching different courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels during my
academic career. As a result I wrote a graduate textbook Contemporary Classical Mechanics, together with my late
colleague E. Saletan, published by Cambridge University Press in 1998. Our book has become a leading graduate
textbook on the subject in graduate schools on the US and overseas.
During my academic career I lived mostly in Boston but for about three years in Europe, almost six in the Midwest
and three in California. I have traveled in many countries across the World, speak 3 languages well and
communicate in another two.
In my vision, the key element of the position of SVP and Provost at University of Oregon is to provide leadership
through collaboration in particular during this time of important changes at UO. The Provost must work closely with
the President, and collaboratively with all UO’s stakeholders including: faculty senate, union, faculty, students,
alumni, state and federal government and industrial and community leaders. The Provost needs to provide strong
leadership by recognizing common needs across divisions and constituencies, by creating mechanisms to integrate
these common goals into cost-efficient and productive programs. Identification of these threads will allow the
development of the university’s Strategic Plan, creating specific actions for the enhancement of the already
outstanding UO reputation in education, scholarly and creative activities.
In sum, I consider myself a builder not a caretaker. I like to extensively consult with people so as to find the best
route to tackle a goal or resolve problems. I’m a strong believer in shared governance but in the end only one
decision can be made. I feel that I would bring to this position significant amount of energy, enthusiasm, and a
record of achievements as an administrator, researcher and scholar.
Yours sincerely,
Jorge V. José
Vice President for Research,
James H. Rudy Professor of Physics,
College of Arts and Sciences;
Professor of Cellular & Integrative Physiology,
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indiana University
Present Position:
Vice President for Research, Indiana University
James H. Rudy Professor of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences; Bloomington
Professor of Integrative and Cellular Physiology,
Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis
Indiana University
Dr. Sc. (Physics), UNAM*, (L. P. Kadanoff, U. Chicago thesis advisor)
M.Sc. (Physics), UNAM,
(Physics), UNAM,
Research Associate, Brown University
Assistant Research Professor, Brown University
James Franck Fellow, James-Franck Institute, University of Chicago
Assistant Research Professor, Rutgers University
*UNAM= National University of Mexico
1974 – 1976
1976 - 1977
1977 - 1979
1979 - 1980
Administrative positions held
System Vice President for Research, Indiana University
Vice President for Research, SUNY at Buffalo
Chair, Physics Department, Northeastern University (NU)
Interim Chair, Physics Department, NU
Founder and Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on
Complex Systems (CIRCS), NU
Faculty positions
James H. Rudy Professor of Physics
Professor of Integrative and Cellular Physiology
Medical School, Indiana University
Professor, Physics Department,
SUNY Buffalo
Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Biophysics,
SUNY Buffalo
Emeritus Matthews University Distinguished Professor, NU
Visiting Scientists, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences
Visiting Professor, Center for Theoretical Physics,
University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Matthews University Distinguished Professor,
Professor of Physics,
Visiting Scientists Laue Langevin Institute, Grenoble, France
Visiting Scientist, Saclay Nuclear Research Centre, Paris, France
Associate Professor of Physics,
Assistant Professor of Physics,
Profesor Titular B, Instituto de Física, UNAM
20102005 – 2010
2004 - 2005
2002 - 2004
1995 – 2005
201020102005 – 2010
2005 – 2010
1996 – 2007
1988 – 1996
1984 - 1988
1980 - 1984
Assistant Research Professor, Rutgers University
Guest Scholar, Kyoto University, Yukawa Institute, Japan
James Franck Fellow, James-Franck Institute, University of Chicago
Assistant Research Professor, Brown University
Research Associate, Brown University
1979 - 1980
1977 - 1979
1976 - 1977
1974 – 1976
Corporate Research and Engineering, Exxon Corporation
Schlumberger-Doll Research Center, Ridgefield, CT.
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
Member of the Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors, IU
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
Manuel Sandoval-Vallarta Prize, Universidad Metropolitana, México
Chercheur Etranger D’Haut Niveau et de Renommée Internationale,
From the French Government,
Corresponding Member, Mexican National Academy of Sciences
Fellow, American Physical Society
Thomas Brody Chair, National University of Mexico
Eizen-Moshinsky Chair, National University of Mexico
Robert D. Klein Lecturer, Northeastern University
Guest Scholar, Institute for Fundamental Physics,
Kyoto University, Yukawa Institute, Japan
James Franck Fellow, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago
1977 - 1979
Appeared before Congress’s House Committee on Science, Space and
Technology on 7-26-2011*.
170 publications (20 Phys. Rev. Lett. 1 PNAS, Frontiers in Neuroscience)
20 theoretical physics grants awarded continuously for 25 years, NSF, ONR, PRF,
National and international patent application “Diagnostic tool and Method to
Quantify the Statistical Significance of Movement Variability in Subjects with
Neurodegenerative Disorders, Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders”, serial
number 61/558,957” 2011.
12 Ph.D. graduate students
Referee of 18 professional national and international journals
Proposal reviewer for 7 Federal & private funding agencies (including NSF, NIH,
Consultant for the National Academies Technical Reports 2013260 invited talks, 22 countries
3 conferences co-organized
Member of the Conte ad-hoc National Institute of Mental Health review Panel
Phi Beta Delta Medallion, Honor Society for International Scholars,
Alpha Nu Chapter, Northeastern University, 1998
Several Professional National Committee Activities
Taught 13 different undergraduate and graduate physics courses
Several university Committees and Service Activities
Director and Founder, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Complex Systems
(CIRCS) at Northeastern University 1995-2005
Administrative responsibilities
Responsibilities as System Vice President for Research, Indiana University, 2010
New VPR position created to oversee the research and creative activities of 8 campuses
of Indiana University
Provides visionary leadership for the strategic development, implementation and
communication of all areas of research and creative scholarship to all campuses
Promotes and supports commercialization of intellectual property and technology
transfer. Develops research programs and initiatives to enhance research
competitiveness and provides leadership in the development of research infrastructure,
major funding initiatives, and core facilities.
Member of the IU’s President’s cabinet
Oversees compliance with federal, state and university wide regulations governing
research and creative activity in 8 IU campuses, specifically, IACUC, IRB, IBC, COI,
Research Misconduct
Association of American Universities (AAU) Senior Research Officer (2005 – )
Association of Land-Grant Universities. Executive member of the Research (20092012) and International Committee (2010-)
Direct Reports VPR Cabinet units (2012 total research expenditures 512 million):
 Associate VPR Bloomington IU campus;
 Associate VPR Indiana University, Purdue University, and Indianapolis (IUPUI);
 Associate VPR for Collaborative Research;
 Senior Associate VPR Medical School;
 Assistant Vice president for Research Compliance;
 CFO for VPR budget;
 Associate VP for the IU Office of Research Administration;
 Assistant VPR and Director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences
Institute (CTSI);
Accomplishments as system VPR at Indiana University since 2010
As a central goal of my administration I have catalyzed and been very involved in
developing and submitting several multimillion dollar grants in different areas of strength
of IU.
After I came to IU I spent time identifying new focal areas of research strengths for
special funding and development. I catalyzed the creation of the Indiana Network Science
Institute. This is the first interdisciplinary Institute that involves the two core campuses at
IU. The Institute includes over 60 faculty from Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses.
Lunched 2014.
Initiated and helped create the Consortium in Religion Ethics and Society with faculty
from several of the 8 IU campuses, lunched in January 2014.
In collaboration with the Vice President for Information Technology and the IUB Library
Dean are developing the IU Digitization Master Plan for the physical and digital world
preservation of new knowledge generated at IU.
Started the process and obtained the first AAALAC (Association for Assessment and
accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) accreditation for the Bloomington IU campus
Oversaw the successful first accreditation of the Bloomington and Indianapolis
campuses together by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research
Protection Programs (AAHRPP) (2011).
Reorganized the Humans Subject office hiring new director and staff and developing new
best business practices and approaches. We now have one of the most efficient HSO
offices of any major research university in the US.
Our successes in the HSO office reorganization played a role in the recent renewal of
Indiana’s NIH Center and Translational Science Awards proposal having obtained the
second best score, together with Stanford University.
Started, in collaboration with the IT Vice President, the process of developing the first
research university Kuali-Coeus electronic software tool for IRB Human subject’s
research. It was completed after 18 months with advice from a committee of 26 IU
stakeholder members on 8-05-2013.
Started a new pilot program to develop the APPS (Administrative PI Proposal
Preparation Support). It has now been extended to 35 departments in Bloomington, in
the Medical School in Indianapolis as well as the School of Science there.
Played an active role as a member of the Academic Board for the formation of the new
“Indiana Bioscience Research Institute (IBRI).” A private-public enterprise funded by
the State, Elli Lilly, Dow, Cook, plus the three Indiana Research Universities: Purdue,
Notre Dame and Indiana University.
Promoted Indiana University participation in the consortium of several research
universities and industries to compete for the single Department of Defense Digital
Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute for close to 250 million dollars
for five years. University of Illinois is the lead institution.
Placed emphasis in increasing IU’s DoD funding by hiring a Washington DC consultancy
firm to help IU’s researchers get contacts to secure funding.
Started a joint planning and collaboration between Purdue, Notre Dame and Indiana
University to respond to President Obama’s recent BRAIN (Brain Research through
Advancing Neurotechnologies) initiative.
In 2010 started a 1Million/year Indiana University Collaborative Interdisciplinary
Research Grants program targeted to new innovative collaborations between members of
different campuses and disciplines for transformative projects. Positives returns on that
investment have started to come forward with the first year having a 17-1 ROI.
Reconfigured and oversees the “New Frontiers” 1Million/year seed funding program in
the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Facilitated relationships between researchers and affiliated IU institutions: Regenstrief
Institute of Medical Informatics. Bio-Crossroads. Indiana University Health Hospitals.
Supervises and administers several campuses and university wide research Centers and
Institutes and core instrumentation facilities.
Developed and got approval the first university-wide Centers and Institutes IU policy
Developed a university wide Conflict of interest and Conflict of Commitment policies
consistent with the recently approved NIH policy.
Formed the Vice President for research Advisory Board with leading academics from
all areas of academic expertise from IU’s 8 campuses.
Member of the Schools for Public Health (SPH) Executive committee for the
formation of the two new SPH at IU (one in Bloomington and the other one in
Indianapolis). They expect accreditation next year.
Member of the board of IU Research and Technology Commercialization
Member of the board of the Kinsey Institute
IU representative for the Universities Research Association
IU representative of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
Works Closely with the Washington DC IU office for federal affairs
Accomplishment as VPR Buffalo Campus of System University of New York, 2005-2010
Administered research funding through the SUNY Research Foundation and the
University at Buffalo Foundation (UBF)
Oversaw and catalyzed growth of UB research expenditures going from 259 million in
2005 to 338 million in 2008, a 30.6% increase
Oversaw compliance with federal, state and university regulations governing research
and creative activity
Oversaw the merger of pre- and post-awards units, into the new unit of Sponsored
Project Services, with grant life cycle teams that reports to the VPR
Started UB Book recognition Award ceremony 2007-2010
Started the VPR Research Advisory Council
Started the IRB Newsletter
COEUS implementation to submit grants in the new agency of as a joint
effort between al 4 research SUNY centers
Organizer of UB’s Stem Cell research groups and Regenerative Medicine Center as a
response to the 600M New York State Stem Cell funding program, 2009
Started the formation of the Vascular Bioengineering Research Institute 2009
Established New Seed Funding opportunities to enhance research and scholarly efforts
UB2020 Scholars Fund for the Humanities and Social Sciences
UB2020 Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund (IRDF), biomedical and
physical sciences and engineering
Multidisciplinary multi million Proposal Support fund (MIPS)
Chair of the Empire Initiative Hiring Distinguished Professor’s Program (EIP)
Initiated a 1M/year return of F&A Principal Investigator Incentives Program
Oversaw successful Association for Assessment and re-Accreditation of Laboratory
Animal Care (AAALAC) inspections on 2006 and 2009.
Started process to obtain accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of
Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), approved on September, 2009.
Facilitated relations between researchers and affiliated institutions, i.e. Roswell Park
Cancer Institute, the Hauptman Woodward Institute and Calspan-University at Buffalo
Research Center (CUBRC), UB’s Medical School and private industry and
Supervised several research centers and core instrumentation facilities
Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and the Health Sciences Planning Board
Member of the UB2020 Strategic Strengths Committees
Aging and Chronic Disease
Artistic Expression and Performing Arts
Extreme Events: Mitigation and Response
Integrated Nanostructure Systems
Molecular Recognition/Bioinformatics
Cultures and Texts
Health and Wellness across the Lifespan
Information and Computing Technology
Faculty Recognition Committee
Started VPR Navigator Quarterly Newsletter (2006-2010 )
Started VPR IMPACT Annual Report (2006-2010)
Oversaw development of Research Policies a.
PI eligibility
Fiscal Responsibility
Fiscal Agents
Proposal Submission Deadlines
Cost Transfers
Institutional Conflict of Interest
Institutional Base Salary
Selected Advisory Committees and Boards
Board member of the IU’s Research and Technology Commercialization 2010Board member of the Kinsey Institute
2010New York State Grid Council Member
2007 –2010
Board member of the Calspan-University at Buffalo Research Center,
Vice Chair, Nicholas Metropolis award, American Physical Society
The New York Academy of Sciences
Board Member of the Great Lakes Consortium
2005 – 2010
Association of American Universities (AAU) Senior Research Officer
2005 – 2010
Board Member of the New York Structural Biology Center
2005 – 2010
Member of the External Advisor Board of the NSF-CREST “Center for Mesoscopic
Modeling and Simulation” City University of New York.
2002 – 2007
Member of the selection committee of the American Physical Society Edward A.
Bouchet Prize
2002 – 2004
Member of the New England Board of Higher Education Minority Mentor Program for
students who are under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,
in particularly African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans
Secretary-Treasurer, International Physics Group (now FORUM),
American Physical Society,
Local committee member, XVI Statistical Mechanics Conference, Boston,
Book reviewer for Physics Today and New Scientist
Referee for NSF, DOE, NIH, DoD, Conicet (Argentina), Conycit, (Chile) Conacyt
(Mexico) and DyiCyt (Spain).
Advisor for Houghton Miflin Publications for High School physics education 1987
NSF Mathematical Physics Review Panel
NIH Conte Center Review Panel
NSF Biological Physics Review Panel
Accomplishment as chair in the Physics Department at Northeastern University
Physics Department Chair 2004-05
Interim Physics Department Chair, 2002-04
As soon as I started as interim Chair we developed a strategic plan. The NU physics
department was unusual since they have a strong component of biological physics
researchers (8 faculty members then) as well as high energy and condensed matter
physics. The physics department funding among private universities was ranked 11th
by the NSF since it had a 9 million dollar/year of research expenditures in 2003.
The strategic plan targeted areas the department felt were most important to reaching a new
standard of excellence in our programs: 1. Increase undergraduate and graduate enrollments and
improve student quality. 2. Hired outstanding junior faculty whenever there was an opening. 3.
Improved department’s space and technological resources. 4. Explicitly rewarded faculty to
recognize excellence in teaching and research. 5. Expanded degree and educational programs. 6.
Improved research climate and increase scholarly productivity. 7. Increased funds for faculty
recruitment and development. 8. Improved the image of the department within the university and
the outside world. 9. Most importantly, provide the department a sense of collegiality within a
consensus environment, including the administrative staff. After only 2 ½ years, our progress
toward reaching those goals was very good. For example, our freshman enrollment increased by
100% in 2003 and a further 20% in 2004. We simultaneously improved the quality of incoming
undergraduate students as measured by a 40 point rise in their average SAT scores. Similarly, we
increased the number and quality of applicants to our graduate program by 50% in 2003.
We hired four new excellent Assistant professors: 3 got the NSF Career development award and
the other a K21 $750,000 NIH training grant. They are full professors now.
In collaboration with the Engineering department we introduced a new way of teaching physics
to engineering students. The new approach was based on a program named Renoir, developed by
E. Mazur at Harvard. We tailored our engineering student’s classes following this approach and
we had very good results. The NU program won a teaching award from the National Academy of
Service to Northeastern University
University Senate Member, 1982-1984.
Organized seminars for Condensed Matter Physics seminars for several years.
Organized seminars for ten years for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on
Complex Systems (CIRCS)
Active role in the search for a solid state theory faculty member 1985 and 2003.
Member of several in-house committees:
Journal Club for graduate students
CASGS (Committee on Academic Standing of Graduate Students)
Computer group representative
RAC (Raise and Appeals Committee)
Advisor to twelve Ph.D. graduate students.
Research advisor to 13 postdoctoral fellows from Mexico, Canada, France, the
Netherlands, Poland, and the US.
Graduate admissions Director, 1988-1989, 2001-2002
Member of Provost Search Committees, 1998, 2002
Graduate Curriculum Committee Chair, 1988-1989, 1994-1995, 2001-2002
Member of the Minority Faculty Advisory Group 1988-90.
Founder and Director of CIRCS, 1995-2005.
Member of Engineering Dean Evaluation committee, 2004.
Recent Publication separated by field from 2000Books
40 Years of Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless Theory, Editor and contributor. Published by
World Scientific (July 2013).
Classical Mechanics: A Contemporary Approach
(with E. Saletan). Cambridge University Press, (670 pp), September 1998, 1999, 2002
1. “Strategies to develop putative biomarkers to characterize the female phenotype
with Autism Spectrum Disorders” (with EB Torres, RW Isenhower, P. Yanovich, KA
Stigler, and JI Nurnberger) Journal of Neurophysiology, Published July 17th, 2013.
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