ASU assistant professor honored as a rising star in chemical engineering

September 11, 2020

Julianne Holloway has been selected for a 35 Under 35 Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, or AIChE. Holloway, an assistant professor of chemical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, is being recognized for outstanding achievements as one of the best and brightest young professionals in her field.

AIChE’s 35 Under 35 Award is given to rising stars in seven categories, and Holloway was chosen for her contributions to bioengineering. She and her research group focus on advancing tissue engineering for medical applications. Julianne Holloway in her laboratory Julianne Holloway is being recognized as one of 35 Under 35 by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award acknowledges her bioengineering research to restore tissue function following injury or disease. Photographer: Michelle Saldana-Chiago/ASU Biodesign Institute Download Full Image

“The entire field is tackling the question of how to regenerate tissue and restore its function,” Holloway said. “Those sound like they should be the same thing, but they are not.”

Consider a knee injury. Damaged cartilage may grow back to a limited extent, but the material will lack its full range of operation. Over time, this deficit leads to the development of osteoarthritis.

Holloway says this issue of function challenges work in orthopedics. Many current approaches to intervention can help regrow some tissue after an injury, but the mechanical properties are not fully restored.

“One potential reason is that the body is not regenerating the right tissue structure,” she said. “So, our research focuses on how to use biomaterials to guide cells to regrow tissue with the correct structure and organization. The hope is that with the right structure, the regenerated tissue will also function properly.”

Holloway says other parts of the body are even more complex than orthopedic tissues. Consider the heart, with its many different components and cell types. Then there is neural tissue and the remarkably complex structure of the brain. Yet this complexity is exactly what permits tissue function, and restoring function is what Holloway and her lab group are seeking.

More broadly, Holloway invests time and effort to engage with the global chemical engineering community to advance the impact of their collective work.

“Julianne has been a significant contributor to several initiatives within AIChE,” said David Nielsen, associate professor and program chair for chemical engineering in the Fulton Schools. “She’s also a strong proponent for inclusiveness across the organization, an excellent role model to our students at ASU as well as an emerging leader for the field of chemical engineering.”

Holloway serves as the current biomaterials area programming chair for AIChE. This means she coordinates more than a dozen biomaterials-related scientific sessions at the organization’s annual meeting.

Holloway also chaired the 20th anniversary symposium of the Women in Chemical Engineering community within AIChE. She says she greatly values celebrating the technical contributions of women to the field, and her efforts to direct that event resulted in her receipt of the AIChE’s Herb Epstein Award for Technical Programming.

Additionally, Holloway has just been nominated as a candidate for the AIChE board of directors. She says it is a great honor to be put forward for this opportunity, which she sees as recognition of her commitment to advancing the wide-ranging work of chemical engineering.

“Julianne demonstrates impressive skill both as a researcher and as an educator,” said Lenore Dai, professor of chemical engineering and director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of the six Fulton Schools at ASU. “The 35 Under 35 Award confirms her tremendous promise as a future academic leader at this university and more broadly within our shared field.”

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5 faculty join ASU English, boosting offerings in diversity, media and culture

September 11, 2020

Addressing present concerns in social justice, sustainability and technology, the Department of English at Arizona State University has recruited five additional faculty to its programs in film and media studies and secondary education this fall.

The uplift to ASU English’s intellectual power will enable it to continue meeting student demand for a robust and relevant humanities education. New faculty arrive with top-notch teaching credentials and exciting research agendas in secondary classroom diversity, environmental media, technoscience, popular culture and gender studies. New faculty members in the ASU Department of English, fall 2020. New faculty in ASU's Department of English are, from left to right: Gabriel Acevedo Velázquez, Lisa Han, Stacey Moran, Katherine Morrissey and Joshua Vasquez. Download Full Image

“The Department of English is delighted to welcome these new faculty to our ranks,” English Chair and Professor Krista Ratcliffe said. “Their teaching and research expertise will broaden our course offerings and enhance our contributions to disciplinary and community knowledge.”

One member of this cohort, Gabriel Acevedo Velázquez, is a specialist in teacher training. The department’s English education program is led by Professor Jessica Early, who also directs the Central Arizona Writing Project, an ASU-based site of the National Writing Project. Early praised Acevedo’s approach and skill set.

“Gabe Acevedo’s critical and social justice frameworks will be a great addition to support ASU's mission of access and equity,” she said. “His expertise will also be useful in the training of Arizona's English language arts teachers to serve the needs of our ethnically and linguistically diverse student population.”

The other four scholars — Lisa Han, Stacey Moran, Katherine Morrissey and Joshua Vasquez — are all additions to the film and media studies program, which focuses on preparing students as critical scholars, consumers and practitioners of media culture. Associate Professor Julia Himberg, author of “The New Gay for Pay: The Sexual Politics of American Television Production,” directs the program, which is part of the Department of English.

“These hires will enable us to continue expanding the range of courses we offer to students, including in digital media, gender studies and the environmental humanities," Himberg said.

Meet the new members of the ASU English faculty.

Gabriel Acevedo Velázquez, assistant professor (English education)

Gabriel T. “Gabe” Acevedo Velázquez was born and raised in Puerto Rico; his identities as a Latino, bilingual and queer educator in Puerto Rico and the U.S. inform his work. Employing critical and social justice frameworks along with qualitative methodologies in his research, Acevedo Velázquez specializes in teacher education, second language acquisition, bilingualism, queer studies, pop culture, multimodal literacies and masculinity.

A former secondary and elementary teacher of English and theater, Acevedo Velázquez hopes to develop classroom tools to expand on conversations about class, gender, sexuality and more. He holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University and an MA in English education from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. This fall at ASU, Acevedo Velázquez is teaching an upper-division “Methods of Teaching” course as well as a graduate seminar on young adult literature.

Lisa Yin Han, assistant professor (film and media studies)

With previous experience as a political journalist and art critic informing her work, Lisa Yin Han’s current research interests include new media studies, environmental media and critical infrastructure studies. Her dissertation examined the mediation of seabed landscapes in relation to extraction and excavation, with particular attention to offshore drilling, deep-sea mining and nautical archaeology. She has also published work on fetal ultrasound, abortion media and internet freedom.

This fall at ASU, Han is teaching the course, “Media and the Environment,” which prompts students to think through the role of environmental media in addressing challenges “from sea-level rise to species extinction.” She earned both her PhD and MA in film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Stacey Moran, assistant professor (film and media studies / writing, rhetorics and literacies)

With a primary appointment in the Herberger Institute’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Stacey Moran’s teaching duties will also include courses in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of English. Moran isn’t new to ASU but is instead newly minted as an assistant professor; she has previously taught in English’s film and media studies program as an affiliate lecturer.

Moran’s research lies at the intersection of feminist theory and technoscience, continental philosophy, design studies and critical pedagogy. She is associate director of the Center for Philosophical Technologies and the faculty co-director of Design and Society in the Netherlands, a summer abroad program on Dutch design. For fall 2020, Moran is teaching a rhetorical studies course in English as well as offerings in the arts, media and engineering school. She holds a PhD and MA in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.

Katherine Morrissey, assistant professor (film and media studies)

Katherine Morrissey comes to ASU from San Francisco State University, where she was an assistant professor in the School of Cinema. With specialties in romance studies and transmedia, Morrissey’s work focuses on representations of female desire across popular culture, on production networks and on the impacts of digitization on creative communities. She serves as review editor for the Transformative Works and Cultures journal and as co-vice president for the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.

This fall at ASU, Morrissey is teaching “Introduction to New Media” and “Film History” courses. She holds a PhD in English (media, cinema and digital studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in communication, culture and technology from Georgetown University.

Joshua Vasquez, lecturer (film and media studies)

Previously a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, Joshua Vasquez has taught a wide variety of courses in film and media studies, as well as in gender studies and film history. His own work has focused on confluences of melancholy and masculinity throughout a range of American film from the silent period into the first decades of the 21st century. He has published on representations of race in the British science fiction series “Doctor Who” and on literary genre usage in William S. Burrough’s novel “Naked Lunch.”

Vasquez’s current research centers on intersections of comedy and melancholy in film and performance. This semester at ASU, he is teaching several core courses in the film and media studies curriculum, including a special topic offering on science fiction cinema and a graduate section on race and gender in film. Vasquez holds a PhD in film studies from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington and an MA in cinema studies from New York University.

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