New STEM Women Join UC 2016-2017

This year, the University of Cincinnati has hired eight new women in STEM disciplines: Kelly Brunst, Pamara Chang, Liwei Chen, Sherae Daniel, Catherine McGhan, Liza Murrison, Ashley Paz y Puente, and Denise White. Congratulations to our newest female faculty!

Kelly Brunst

Kelly Brunst is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the programming mechanisms by which prenatal/early-life exposure to physical, social and/or nutritional factors influences childhood respiratory health, autonomic function, and neurodevelopment. She was recently awarded a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Pathway to Independence Award to examine the effects of prenatal air pollution and maternal psychosocial stress exposure on childhood neurobehavioral outcomes; her study utilizes novel mitochondrial DNA biomarkers of oxidative damage to address questions regarding the role of mitochondrial function in the programming of infant neurobehavior.

Pamara Chang

Pamara Flora Chang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. Her research program explores health, interpersonal, and computer-mediated communication.  She is interested in how individuals manage stigmatized information and identities through the use of communication and information technologies, specifically in the context of invisible disabilities. She is also interested in the effects of mobile and information technology on health attitudes, behaviors, and processes, as well as technological interventions to improve health and quality of life.

Liwei Chen

Liwei Chen, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems at the Lindner College of Business at University of Cincinnati. Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the empowering roles of IT in healthcare services and other contexts. She is interested in understanding how IT can empower individuals and organizations to share and access information, make informed decisions, and undertake actionable changes to solve societal and business problems. Dr. Chen has published some of her work in academic journals and conference proceedings in the field of Information Systems.

Sherae Daniel

Sherae L. Daniel completed her PhD in Information Systems with a minor in Econometrics from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. In addition to open source software development, her research interests include online communities, electronic commerce, and statistics and econometrics. Daniel has been a member of the Association of Information Systems and the PhD Project Information Systems Doctoral Student Association since 2002. She served as reviewer at the 2004 and 2006 International Conference on Information Systems and the 2005 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). Daniel was part of the planning committee for the 2004 PhD Project Conference and cochaired the Open Source Mini Track at AMCIS the past two years.

Liza Murrison

Liza Bronner Murrison, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her primary research interest is in issues surrounding access to care and diagnosis for patients with HIV and tuberculosis. Broadly, her research is focused on the use of infectious disease epidemiology, operational research, and implementation science to translate research into practice to support health systems and improve health outcomes.

Ashley Paz y Puente

Ashley Paz y Puente, PhD, joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Paz y Puente’s research interests lie mainly in the areas of additive manufacturing, diffusion coating, gas-phase-alloying, and sintering of metallic scaffolds. Her research at the University of Cincinnati will focus on investigating the processing, structure and properties of metallic scaffolds using a combination of conventional metallurgical techniques and more novel in situ X-ray tomography methods. Her research in this area will explore potential applications in the biomedical, energy, and aerospace industries.

Denise White

Denise White, PhD, MBA is an Assistant Professor – Educator at the University of Cincinnati in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. She is a member of the Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems (OBAIS) Department where her educational focus is in Operations Management and Business Analytics. Prior to joining the OBAIS Department, Dr. White was the Director of Quality & Transformation Analytics in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her primary research interests lie in the area of capacity management, hospital flow, scheduling, and advanced analytics.