2014


Alex T. Williams
PhD Student - University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School

Alex T. Williams attended Collin College from 2006 – 2008, where he began studying the immigration debate in Texas. After transferring to the University of North Texas, he was awarded undergraduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Ronald McNair Program. As a second-year doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, he was recently awarded the Google Journalism Fellowship and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

Alex's research explores how political, economic, and technological changes influence media innovation and political discourse. He has studied the role partisan news websites played in spreading the derogatory political term “anchor babies”; how the expansion of user-generated content in newspapers led to more moral and cultural arguments against immigration being printed; and the evolution of the debate over the digital paywall model in the newspaper industry. His work has been published by the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Digital Journalism, and presented at conferences held by the American Sociological Association and the National Communication Association. His address will focus on the benefits of undergraduate research and practical steps students can take to build upon their research.



2013


Ray Wheatley, MS, CLP
UT Southwestern Medical Center - Office For Technology Development

Ray Wheatley is Director for Technology Transfer and Cooperative Research in the Office for Technology Development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He joined UT Southwestern in 1984 and has worked in technology transfer since 1990 where he and his staff are responsible for the management and licensing of UT Southwestern's intellectual property (patents, trade secrets and copyrights). Mr. Wheatley has negotiated hundreds of various intellectual property and license agreements, working with US and foreign companies including major pharmaceutical companies, venture capital firms, and leading medical device manufacturers in their efforts to license products such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, and bioengineered research materials. He has been an invited speaker at many national and international meetings and has spoken on a variety of topics. Mr. Wheatley is active in both the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and served as a liaison between these two associations for 3 years. Mr. Wheatley has a BS degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois and a MS degree in health care administration from Texas Woman's University. He is also a recipient of a Certified Licensing Professional credential.



2012


Alan R. Sanders, M.D.

- Graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biology (1986), from Baylor College of Medicine in 1991, and attended University of California at Los Angeles - Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital and West LosAngeles - Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1991-1995 as an Intern, Resident, & Chief Resident in Adult Psychiatry.

- He previously held medical licenses for California and Texas, is currently licensed in Illinois, and is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

- Dr. Sanders has been appointed to numerous faculty positions including but not limited to: NIMH-IRP as a Sr. Staff Fellow, the University of Chicago as Assistant Professor & Full Professor, Northwestern University as Associate Professor, and is currently the Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He has also worked at the University of California at Los Angeles, West Los Angeles – VACM, the University of Chicago Hospitals and is currently working at Medical Group NorthShore University Health Systems.

- Dr. Sanders has been an Investigator, Founder, Director, & Associate Director of Research, of respectively, Genetic, Molecular Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Genetics and is currently & Co-Vice Chair of The IRB at NorthShore University Health Systems.

- He has served on numerous committees, mentored countless students, received a dozen scholarships, & won scores of accolades. Some of those awards include: Federal Junior Fellow, Departments of Respiratory Therapy, Radiology, and Social Work, Amarillo VAMC, Research Assistant, Institute of Developmental Biology, Texas A&M University, Top Graduating Senior and Gonfalonier, College of Science, Texas A&M University, Faculty Achievement Award, College of Science, Texas A&M University, Texas Medical Association Mental Health and Mental Retardation Committee, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Student Research Training Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine 8th Annual Bingham Award for scholarship in schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Foundation of Kentucky and Kentucky Mental Health Association, American Psychiatric Association - Leadership Conference, American Psychiatric Association - Research Colloquium for Young Investigators, Association for Academic Psychiatry – GlaxoSmithKline, Junior Faculty Development Award, Research Career Development Award, NorthShore University HealthSystem Fellow, Searle Junior Fellows Program & The Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Northwestern University.

- Dr. Sanders has also acted as an Editor and Reviewer for the following publications:
Biomedical Psychiatry, BMC Genetics, Genes, Brain and Behavior, Human Genetics, Journal of Affective Disorders, Molecualr Psychiatry, Neuroscience Letters, and Pharmacogenetics and Genomics.

- Dr. Sanders has received various research grants, mostly from the National Institutes of Health, over the past decade, totaling millions of dollars in research support.

- Finally, Dr. Sanders has had 63 original, Peer-Reviewed research articles published, he has written 5 Editorials, Reviews, Chapters, Books, and Commentaries. He has created 3 Web-Based publications and other on-line Teaching Materials, holds 3 Patents, and in the past 5 years alone, has Presented his work at 13 different conferences.



2011


Dr. M.K. Underwood

Dr. Underwood, Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychology in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UTD.

In 1999 Dr. Underwood “received a $3.4 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct the first-ever study of the content of teens’ texts, e-mails and instant messages. Dr. Underwood has been studying 250 children and their families since 2003, when the students were in the third grade. The study began as an effort to understand how children make and keep friends. As the students grew up, it became clear that electronic communication was an enormous part of their social lives. Underwood adapted her study to capture this important aspect of the students’ social development” (UTD News Center).

Dr. Underwood’s scholarly interests lie within the broad domains of children's emotion regulation, peer relations, and developmental psychopathology. She earned her doctoral degree from Duke University in child clinical psychology in 1991, and then joined the faculty and was granted tenure at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. In September of 1998, Dr. Underwood began her appointment as Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Because gender and emotion regulation and peer relations are intimately intertwined, other recent work has explored the extent to which empirical research supports the claims that boys' and girls' social groups are sufficiently different as to be separate cultures. Other studies have examined the long-term outcomes associated with childhood peer problems for girls, including delinquency but also adolescent motherhood.

Research Interests
“My research focuses on how children express anger in their peer relationships. We are particularly interested in the more subtle forms of anger expression common among girls, behaviors we call social aggression. We are observing how children use social aggression across contexts (face-to-face, behind-the-back, and online), and beginning to investigate the developmental precursors and outcomes associated with social aggression” (Dr. Underwood).

Recent Publications
Underwood, M.K., Beron, K.J., & Rosen, L.H.  (2009).  Continuity and change in social and physical aggression from middle childhood through early adolescence.  Aggressive Behavior, 35, 357-375.

Underwood, M.K., Beron, K.J., Gentsch, J.K., Galperin, M.B. & Risser, S. D.  (2008).  Interparental Conflict Resolution Strategies, Parenting Styles, and Children’s Social and Physical Aggression with Peers.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 32, 566-579.

Underwood, M. K.  (2003). Social aggression among girls.  Guilford Press.



2010


Mark P. Orbe, Ph.D.

A native of New London, Connecticut and a product of New London public schools, Dr. Orbe is a internationally known educator, author, and consultant/trainer. With a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication (Ohio University, 1986) and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration (University of Connecticut, 1989), Dr. Orbe has worked as a student affairs administrator at several colleges and universities. In 1993, he received his doctoral degree in Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication from Ohio University and began teaching full-time.

Dr. Orbe’s teaching and research interests center on the inextricable relationship between culture and communication as played out in a number of contexts (intrapersonal, interpersonal, intergroup, mass media). He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses (interpersonal communication, interracial/intercultural communication, communication theory, critical research methods, and gender and communication) and is actively involved in numerous research projects. He has presented over 80 papers at regional, national, and international academic conferences, and published close to 100 books, articles in scholarly journals, and chapters in edited books. His publications have appeared in a variety of journals including: Communication Education; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication Theory; Health Communication; Race, Class, and Gender; Howard Journal of Communication; Management Communication Quarterly; International Journal of Intercultural Relations; Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Communication Methods and Measure.
To date, he has published seven books: Constructing Co-Cultural Theory: An Explication of Culture, Power, and Communication (Sage Publications, 1998); Interracial Communication: Theory Into Practice (with T. Harris, Wadsworth Publishing, 2001); Building Diverse Communities: Applications of Communication Research. (with T. McDonald and T. Ford-Ahmed, Hampton Press, 2003); Contemporary Issues in Interpersonal Communication (with C. Bruess, Roxbury Publishing, 2005); The Same and Different: Acknowledging the Diversity Within and Between Cultural Groups,, (with B. Allen and L. Flores, NCA Press, 2006); Communicating Within/Across Organizational Contexts (with B. Allen and L. Flores, NCA Press 2007); and Intercultural Communication in a Transnational World (with L. Flores and B. Allen, NCA Press 2009). A second edition of Interracial Communication: Theory Into Practice was published Sage Publications in 2007.

In addition to his award-winning teaching, research, and service accomplishments, Dr. Orbe has actively sought out opportunities – across the U.S. and abroad – to utilize his expertise beyond the walls of the university. Specifically, he has worked with a number of corporate, educational, health-care and community-based organizations in terms of promoting communication competence in an increasingly diverse society. His range of expertise includes communication and diversity, community building, strategic planning, mentoring, and academic writing/publishing.

At present, Dr. Orbe is Professor of Communication & Diversity in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University where he holds a joint appointment in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. He also is the immediate past Editor of The Journal of Intergroup Relations and the current Co-Editor of The International and Intercultural Communication Annual. From 1993-1997, he served as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Indiana University Southeast, where he also served as Department Coordinator and the first campus-wide Director of Diversity.