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Fellows of the International Residential College

The Fellows mission is to enhance and advance the academic experience and careers of the IRC students.  The Fellows are grouped in three categories:

1.  Emmet Fellows - Internationally recognized administrators and leaders who support the IRC and are willing to interact with IRC students.

2.  Faculty Fellows - Honored UVA Professors willing to mentor a small set of IRC students (2nd or 3rd years, as coordinated by the Director of Studies) with informal meetings each semester .

3.  Community Fellows - Distinguished Leaders of the university and local area who create and design academic events for IRC students each year.

The 2013-2014 IRC Fellows are listed below with Faculty Fellows bios thereafter.

Emmet Fellows

     James Aylor, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science

     Holger Babinsky, Professor of Cambridge University

     Dorrie Fontaine, Dean of Nursing

     Nathaniel Howell, Director, Institute for Global Policy Research and Former U.S.Ambassador

     Jeff Legro, Vice-President for Global Affairs

     Kathryn Thornton, Engineering Professor and Former NASA Astronaut

     Carl Zeithaml, Dean of McIntire School of Commerce

Faculty Fellows

     Steven Arata, Professor Department of English

     Silvia Blemker, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

     Brad Brown, Associate Professor of Commerce and Founding Fellow

     Anselmo Canfora, Associate Professor of Architecture

     Manuel Lerdau, Professor of Environmental Sciences

     Sandra Seidel, Associate Professor of Biology

     Lisa Russ Spaar, Professor of English and Creative Writing

     Mark Thomas, Professor of History and Economics

     Brantly Womack, Professor of Politics

Community Fellows

     Julie Roa, Program Coordinator:Latino, Native American & Middle Eastern Students

     Margo Smith, Director & Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

     Mara Sprafkin, New York Artist

     Denise Stewart, Wellness Coach, motivational speaker, playwright, and actor

     Yuri Urbanovich, Lecturer Slavic Languages and Literatures

     Mark Walkup, Humanitarian diplomat and policy analyst

     Ruth Walkup, International Development Consultant, and Public Health Specialist

          

Emmet Fellows

James Aylor,                                                                                      

Louis T. Rader Professor and Dean of Engineering

Dean Aylor has been an active researcher in the area of complex computer system design including computer technology for persons with disabilities. His most significant accomplishments include participating in the development of the VHSIC Hardware Description Language, and the development of a new "mixed-level" modeling technology to support the early phases of the computer systems design process, and the development and implementation of automatic test pattern generation techniques. Through his research efforts, he has guided more than 45 graduate students in their master's and doctoral thesis work and published over 145 research papers. Professor Aylor was instrumental in the founding of the Center for Semicustom Integrated Systems within the School of Engineering and Applied Science and served as its first Director. Under his direction, the Center was established as one of the first Technology Development Centers of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology. The Center focused on the design and implementation of complex electronic systems. Dr. Aylor served as the President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and served as a Division Director of IEEE. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and past Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer, the flagship magazine that is received by the more than 100,000 IEEE Computer Society members. He served as President of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.  

Holger Babinsky,                                                                                   

The Aerodynamic Professor of University of Cambridge & Director of Studies at Magdalene College   

Prof. Babinsky’s main areas of research are in the field of experimental aerodynamics and associated measurement techniques.  In particular, he has investigated supersonic flow related to aerodynamic surfaces in terms of fundamental science and for applications military and commercial supersonic aircraft for Airbus, NASA, Northup-Grumman and the Air Force, via work at Wright–Patterson Air Force Base and Eglin Air Force Base.  His book on Shock Wave- Boundary-Layer interactions has been acclaimed as the best new text in this area.  His other research includes is the aerodynamics of micro-air vehicles and analysis of bird flight, Formula 1 racing cars (including consulting contracts with Ferrari), wind turbines in metropolitan areas and flow control for transonic aircraft wings and supersonic engine inlets. He is Head of the Fluids Group in the engineering department, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of several RTO advisory groups.

Dr. Babinsky also worked at the Shock Wave Research Centre of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and is an editor of Experiments in Fluids.  Prof. Babinsky is also a Director of Studies and Fellow at Magdalene College, one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge (one of their students was a founding father of Harvard).   Cambridge and Oxford are universally recognized as the world’s best residential college systems, which is a reason why they are also among the world’s best universities.                                                  

Dorothy Fontaine,                                                                                      

Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor & Dean of Nursing

Prof. Fontaine’s distinguished career stems from a passion for critical care nursing where she has led as a clinician, a scholar, a researcher, a educator, and administrator.  As dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Fontaine has implemented Appreciative Inquiry methodology as the basis for the School’s strategic planning and launched an interdisciplinary process to create a transformational model to provide compassionate end-of-life care across the health care spectrum.  Dr. Fontaine’s teaching has centered on issues related to critical care, including sleep promotion, pain relief, and family presence at the end of life.  Most recently, she has investigated strategies to promote nursing education partnerships, diversity, and inter-professional education in university settings.  Prior to her appointment at UVA, Dr. Fontaine was an  associate dean at the University of California San Francisco and at Georgetown University School of Nursing.   She also served as president of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world.  That association recognized her contributions with its Lifetime Member Award. Prof.  Fontaine was also inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1995, has received the Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.  Her alma mater, Villanova University, honored her with a Medallion for Contributions to the Profession in 1999.

Nathaniel Howell,                                                                                   

John Minor Maury, Jr.  Professor of Public Affairs

Ambassador Howell is Director of both the Institute for Global Policy Research and the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Studies Program. Prior to joining the UVA faculty,  Dr. Howell served as Ambassador to the State of Kuwait (1987-1990) during the Iraqi invasion of that country.  As a result of his actions during and after the invasion, Howell was awarded the Kuwait Decoration with Sash of the First Class by the Amir of Kuwait.  Before his appointment to Kuwait, Dr. Howell served as Political Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy in Algiers, Algeria (l983-85). From l979 to l982, he was Director of the Office of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria Affairs (NEA/ARN) in the State Department, prior to attending the National War College in Washington, D.C.  Ambassador Howell also had assignments in Cairo (as Executive Assistant to the Ambassador), Paris, Brussels and Beirut (as Political Officer with the U.S. Mission to the NATO) as well as serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East and South Asian Affairs.  Ambassador Howell is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award for members of the Senior Foreign Service and has also been twice awarded the Secretary of State Award for Valor, the Department of State Superior Honor Award and the Meritorious Honor Award.  He is also the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and co-authored a strategy essay that won an award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jeff Legro,                                                                                           

Randolph P. Compton Professor of Politics

and Vice-Provost for Global Affairs

Vice-Provost Legro is a co-founder and faculty associate of the Governing America in a Global Era Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. He is a specialist on international relations and author of Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order  and Cooperation under Fire: Anglo-German Restraint during World War II and the editor of To Lead the World: U.S. Strategy after the Bush Doctrine and In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11.  Prof. Legro chaired the American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on U.S. Standing in the World and is past president of APSA’s International History and Politics section. His articles on American foreign policy, international cooperation and conflict have appeared in Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, International Organization, International SecurityAmerican Journal of Political Science, European Journal of International Relations, and Perspectives on Politics. He is on the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly. He has been awarded fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Institute of Peace, The Ford Foundation, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and Harvard University’s Olin Institute and Center for Science and International Affairs. He has also been a Fulbright professor at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.

Kathryn Thornton,                                                                                   

Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Former NASA Astronaut

Prof. Thornton served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and as a Professor in Systems and Information Engineering. Prior to teaching at UVA, Dr. Thornton was selected by NASA in 1984 for their astronaut corps, and is a veteran of four space flights: STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, and STS-73. She has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity.  Dr. Thornton has served as co-chair of the National Research Council Study on Science Opportunities Enabled by Constellation, and on the NASA Return to Flight Task Group which evaluated NASA’s progress towards resumption of Space Shuttle flights after the Columbia Accident . She also served for several years on the National Research Council Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and was a physicist at the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center. Prof. Thornton is a member of the Board of Director of the Space Foundation and a co-author on Pearson’s Interactive Science, a K-8 science program. Thornton is the recipient of numerous awards including NASA Space Flight Medals, the Robert J. Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautics Association, the Explorer Club Lowell Thomas Award, the UVA Distinguished Alumna Award, the Freedom Foundation Freedom Spirit Award, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. She was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and is only the third woman to hold this honor.

Carl Zeithaml ,                                                                                        

F.S. Cornell Professor of Free Enterprise and Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce

Dean Zeithaml specializes in the field of strategic management, with an emphasis on global and competitive strategy. He conducts research on international expansion strategies, knowledge-based sources of competitive advantage, corporate political activity, strategic decision making, the strategic role of the board of directors, the implementation of acquisition and diversification strategies, and organizational transformation. Dean Zeithaml has led the implementation of McIntire’s strategy to achieve a position of global preeminence in business education. Since the 2006 introduction of the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of undergraduate business programs, the School’s B.S. in Commerce Program is the only program in the nation to be ranked either first or second each year. Dean Zeithaml has published his research in academic and professional journals and presented at numerous professional meetings. He co-authored several cases on global strategyssues as well as cases focused on firms in China and Southeast Asia in publications such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management ExecutiveOrganization Science; and the Asia Pacific Journal of Management. Dean Zeithaml’s recent presentations at the Academy of Management national meetings, served on editorial boards, received two teaching awards, and has been active in professional associations. Dean Zeithaml has been a regular participant in executive education programs, particularly for global firms and health care organizations.

IRC Faculty Fellows

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