UC Davis begins the new academic year with four new academic leaders appointed by Ralph J. Hexter, interim chancellor, and Ken Burtis, interim provost and executive vice chancellor.
Among the appointees is interim vice chancellor of Research: Professor Cameron S. Carter, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and director of the Center for Neuroscience and the Imaging Research Center.
Two of the appointees are new to UC Davis: Dean H. Rao Unnava in the Graduate School of Management and Dean Mark Winey in the College of Biological Sciences.
The fourth appointee is Professor Paul Hastings, until recently chair of the Department of Psychology, who has agreed to serve as interim dean of the School of Education until the search for a new dean is complete.
• Cameron S. Carter, interim vice chancellor, Office of Research — He has held the Endowed Professorship in Schizophrenia Research and served as director of the Schizophrenia Research and Education Program since 2006. He has led the Center for Neuroscience in Davis since 2009 and the Imaging Research Center at the UC Davis Medical Center since 2003. He chaired the Graduate Group in Clinical Research from 2006 to 2009.
He officially assumed his new position on Oct. 1. He takes the place of Harris Lewin, who, after serving a five-year term, decided to take up his faculty position and research full time in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Genome Center.
Carter first came to UC Davis in 1985 for his residency in psychiatry, after earning his medical degree at the University of Western Australia, and then stayed on for a clinical research fellowship in 1988-89.
He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1989 and stayed for four years before going to the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to UC Davis in 2003 as a professor of psychiatry and psychology, and director of the Imaging Research Center.
His campus awards include the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement in 2008 and the Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2006.
He received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression in 2007. The association twice presented him its Young Investigator Award, in 1994 and 1997. His awards from the National Institute of Mental Health include the Independent Scientist Career Award and Mentored Scientist Development Award for Clinicians.
Professor Carter received the Klerman Award for Outstanding Clinical Research Achievement in 2001 and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research, 2001-06.
His clinical interest is the early diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and other cognitive mental disorders. His research focuses on the pathophysiology of disturbances in cognition in mental disorders such as schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder, with the goal of developing more effective therapies that can improve patients’ chances of rehabilitation.
He is also involved in the development of new treatments for cognitive disability in schizophrenia and other brain disorders. A key element of the philosophy of his laboratory is that good clinical research can only proceed if it is being constantly informed by ongoing theoretical and methodological progress in basic cognitive neuroscience, and that the experiments of nature provided by clinical brain disorders may provide us with powerful additional insights into the neural basis of normal cognition.
He was elected to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in 2004, and also holds membership in the American Psychiatric Association, Society for Biological Psychiatry, Society for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Society for Neuroscience.
He’s been a member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping and its scientific advisory committee since 2001.
• Mark Winey, dean, College of Biological Sciences — A biologist, experienced administrator and a strong advocate of biology education at every level, he took up his new position on Aug. 1, after a 25-year career at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Professor Peter C. Wainwright, Department of Evolution and Ecology, had been serving as the interim dean since James Hildreth assumed the presidency of Meharry Medical College.
Winey joined the Colorado faculty in 1991 and had served as the chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology since 2012. He is a graduate of Syracuse University (B.S. in biology with honors), and earned a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He did postdoctoral work in the Department of Genetics at the University of Washington, on a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.
“Mark has the distinction of having been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Pew Scholar, and he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014.” — Ralph J. Hexter and Ken Burtis, in a message announcing Mark Winey’s appointment as dean
He studies the genetics and molecular biology of microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs), which include the cellular structures called centrosomes that are critical for organizing the spindles needed to ensure accurate movement of chromosomes during cell division. Centrosome defects can result in genomic instability that may contribute to development of cancer as well as to chromosome mis-segregation that can lead to miscarriages.
• H. Rao Unnava, dean, Graduate School of Management — He assumed his new position June 22 after a 32-year career at The Ohio State University. He arrived at Ohio State as a doctoral student and left as the W. Arthur Cullman Professor of Marketing in the Fisher College of Business, and senior associate dean of Students and Programs.
He served as the associate dean for the college’s Undergraduate Programs from 2004 to 2012, and before that served as the director of Doctoral Programs for six years. Fisher College has an enrollment of 7,500 students in undergraduate, masters, Ph.D. and executive education programs.
Unnava’s teaching experience, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the United States and abroad, ranges from marketing management and strategy, marketing research, and international marketing (export/import), to consumer behavior, promotional strategy and human memory processes.
“Rao has been voted Outstanding Professor by the American Marketing Association Student Chapter seven times, was presented the Westerbeck Undergraduate Teaching Award twice, and won the Outstanding Service Award at Fisher College of Business in 2014.” — Ralph J. Hexter and Ken Burtis, in a message announcing Rao Unnava’s appointment as dean
His research on topics such as brand loyalty, and consumer response to advertising and sales promotions has appeared in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Letters, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of International Consumer Marketing and Advances in Consumer Research.
Unnava holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India (1981), and a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management (1983). He worked as a senior marketing executive in India for about a year and a half before moving to the United States.
He was a graduate teaching and research assistant and a presidential fellow at Ohio State while earning his Ph.D. in business administration, submitting what the Academy of Marketing Science judged as the “best doctoral dissertation” of 1988. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of marketing the same year.
Unnava was one of the founder members of Angie’s List, has served on company boards and has testified as expert witness several times. He is a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Consumer Psychology, two top-tier journals in marketing.
• Paul Hastings, interim dean, School of Education — He assumed his new position on July 1, stepping in for Harold Levine, who had been the dean since the school’s founding dean in 2002. Levine announced in December that he would step down at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.
Hastings’ research is focused on the joint contributions of life experiences and neurobiology to the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Much of his research has been focused on understanding how child rearing, temperament and physiology in early childhood interact to influence children’s readiness to be competent social partners with their peers in preschool, kindergarten and elementary school. Recently he has extended this research to examine how family structures and socioeconomic resources, and parent and child ethnic and sexual identities, further shape developmental trajectories from early childhood into emerging adulthood.
He teaches courses in the areas of social and personality development, developmental affective psychophysiology, socialization, and developmental psychopathology.
Hastings joined UC Davis in 2008 as a research associate professor in the Department of Psychology, and received an appointment as an associate professor the next year. He advanced to the professor rank in 2011 and has been department chair since 2012. He is also a member of the Center for Mind and Brain and the Center for Poverty Research, and the Psychology and Human Development graduate groups.
He holds a doctorate in applied developmental psychology from the University of Toronto, and did postdoctoral work in Canada (at the University of Waterloo, Ontario) and the United States (National Institute of Mental Health), before taking a tenured faculty position at Concordia University in Montreal. He is still affiliated with Concordia, as adjunct faculty.