Panel discussion on 10/9 from 2-4 p.m. in the Oval Theatre at the Marshall Student Center, will include USF faculty discussing these controversial issues and answering important questions raised in this story. Time will be allotted for Student Government representatives to assist in getting questions and responses from the audience to make this a meaningful discussion with student participation.
Dr. Richard Pollenz, Professor, Associate Dean, & Cell Biologist
Richard S. Pollenz earned a BS degree in Toxicology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1983 and a PhD in Cellular, Molecular and Structural Biology from Northwestern University in 1991. He has been a tenured faculty member at USF since 2000. Dr. Pollenz’s research focuses on aspects of molecular toxicology and includes studies of gene regulation and protein degradation that is mediated by environmental contaminants. His lab has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been continually funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) since 1997. The majority of his research been conducted using cell culture lines instead of live animals. Dr. Pollenz has served as Associate Dean in the USF Graduate School between 2008-2011 and is currently serving USF as an Associate Dean within Undergraduate Studies in the role of Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research. In his current duties Dr. Pollenz continues to investigate innovations in teaching and learning that engage undergraduates in research to enhance their academic performance and professional career. He has received several teaching awards and grant funding to support education research activities such as the use of karaoke and music as a teaching tool.
Dr. Heide Castañeda, Associate Professor, Medical Anthropologist
Heide Castañeda is Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. She received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona (2007) and an MPH in Public Health from the University of Texas (2002). Her research activities focus on health inequalities and health policy in Germany and the United States, especially the analysis of legal status and constructs of citizenship. Her work has appeared in the journals Social Science & Medicine, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Medical Anthropology, Citizenship Studies, Health Promotion Practice, American Journal of Health Behavior, Human Organization, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, and Annals of Anthropological Practice, among others. She has contributed to the books Migration and Health Research Methodologies (University of California Press, forthcoming), The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (Duke, 2010), Gender and Illegal Migration in Global and Historical Perspective (Amsterdam U, 2008) and Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context (Lexington Books, 2007).
Dr. Kay M. Perrin, PhD, MPH, & Public Health Specialist
Since 1990, Kay M. Perrin, PhD, MPH has held faculty appointments at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health in the Department of Community and Family Health. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked as a registered nurse in a variety of public health clinics and hospital settings for over 15 years. In 1988, she became whistle-blower after discovering unethical research involving pregnant women. Currently, Dr. Perrin is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies where she oversees all aspects of the undergraduate programs in the College of Public Health. Dr. Perrin teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses.
Dr. Brook J. Sadler, Associate Professor, Humanities and Cultural Studies
Dr. Sadler holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University. She specializes in ethical theory and moral philosophy, feminist philosophy, and issues pertaining to sexuality and identity. She also has interests in the connections between philosophy and literature and film. She has been active in addressing diversity concerns in her teaching and professional life.
Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton, Assistant VP for Wellness
As a psychologist, community activist, and motivational speaker, Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton has devoted her life to helping people of all backgrounds overcome emotional issues that hold them back from achieving their true potential. Dr. Pearson-Wharton leads the university’s efforts to help students be well so they can do well in school and life. She does this through her work supervising Student Health Services, the Counseling Center, Students of the Concern Assessment Team (SOCAT), Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention, Wellness Education, Wellness USF, and Campus Recreation.