UC MEXUS News
Number 39, Fall 2002

Institute gains five new academic advisors

UC MEXUS has been extraordinarily fortunate in Advisory Committee members, who have distinguished themselves over the years by actively promoting the Institute’s goals and extending their efforts with great generosity. Many members stayed beyond the three-year term to support the Institute during its growth and development from a good idea into a fully functional institute.

The committee meets regularly during the year to aid in setting the Institute’s academic goals and evaluating its effectiveness in reaching those goals.

A representative from each UC campus sits on the Committee along with two non-voting representatives of the UC Office of the President, two representatives of Mexican academic institutions and a non-academic member from business or government. Since the last issue of the News, however, there have been some changes.

Dr. Michael Mullin of UCSD died and was replaced by Dr. David R. Mares. The Institute lost the generous service of Dr. Salomon Bartnicki-Garcia, UCR, Dr. Jorge Bustamante, COLEF, Dr. Jaime Rodriguez, UCI, and Dr. David Sanchez, UCSF, who completed their terms and were replaced with new appointees from their respective campuses. Dr. Saúl Alvarez-Borrego, CIESAS, Dr. Patricia G. Calarco, UCSF, Dr. Michael Clegg, UCR, and Dr. Luis Villarreal, UCI, who bring fresh ideas and new enthusiasm. The current boardmembers are:

  • Chair: J. Edward Taylor (1997) Professor of Agriculture & Resource Economics; UCD; Chair of the department of agricultural economics at UC Davis, Taylor's expertise lies in economic relations between Mexico and the United States with particular emphasis on migration issues, microeconomic development and farm labor.
  • Saúl Alvarez-Borrego (2001) Professor of Marine Ecology; Department of Ecology; CICESE. Alvarez-Borrego's research focuses on the ecophysiology of marine phytoplan-kton and the mechanisms responsible for the fertility of oceanic and coastal areas.
  • Marta Macias Brown (1999) President, The Brown Foundation is the Institute’s community member. Brown has dedicated herself to aiding the elderly, youth and low-income communities in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties, especially in the areas of housing, health care, education and legal services.
  • Carole H. Browner (1995) Professor of Anthropology in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA. Browner, a social anthropologist whose research interests lie at the intersection of gender, health, and development, has worked on women's reproductive health issues in rural Mexico and among U.S. Latinos.
  • Julianne Burton-Carvajal (1995) Professor of Literature, UCSC. Carvajal, coordinator of Latin American and Latino studies programs at UCSC (1993-96) has a long-term interest in Latin American cinema and has sponsored several film festivals and conferences.
  • Patricia G. Calarco (2001) Professor of Anatomy; Associate Dean, Graduate Division; UCSF. An AAAS fellow, Calarco's research focuses on the role of cell extracellular matrix adhesion receptors in implantation, the mechanisms of meiotic and early mitotic cell division and identifying gene encoding an ocyte cortical granule protein.
  • Michael T. Clegg (2001) Presidential Chair & Distinguished Professor of Genetics; UCR. Genetics researcher Clegg, director of the UCR Institute of Genomics, has been associated with UC MEXUS since its inception and, as former dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Botany & Plant Sciences, facilitated Mexican students coming to study at UCR. He was appointed International Secretary of the National Academy of Science this year.
  • Guillermo Fernández de la Garza (1997) Executive Director, U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science. Fernández de la Garza has an extensive background in electrical engineering and energy research. His foundation works closely with UC MEXUS, especially in the area of border environmental issues.
  • David R. Mares (2001); Professor of Political Science, UCSD. Mares, an international studies expert specializing in Latin America, has been a faculty member of universities in Ecuador and Peru, and taught at El Colegio de México’s Centro de Estudios Internacionales.
  • Kurt C. Organista (1997) Associate Professor of Social Welfare; UCB. Organista, a licensed psychologist at San Francisco General Hospital, studies health issues among Mexican Americans – especially in the areas of mental health and AIDS prevention.
  • Denise Segura (1995) Professor of Sociology, UCSB. Segura specializes in gender and feminist studies, especially related to the Latino population, in the areas of race relations; work and community studies.
  • Luis P. Villarreal (2001) Director, Center for Virus Research; Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, UCI. Villarreal, also is director of the Viral Vector Facility for gene therapy and is active in minority science education programs.
  • Carol McClain (ex-officio) Director Multicampus Research, Planning and Programs; Office of the President. McClain, whose extensive academic training is in medical anthropology, maintains academic and programmatic liaison with Multicampus Research Units (MRUs) and other multicampus research programs.
  • Dante Noto (ex officio) Coordinator, Humanities, Arts & Social Science Research; Office of the President. Noto, coordinator of humanities, arts and social science research in the Office of Research, has an extensive background in public policy education and research.