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Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, minor in Philosophy, June 2007
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Dissertation: Integrative Pragmatism and Scientific Inquiry
Committee: Elisabeth Lloyd, Colin Allen, Jordi Cat, Tom Gieryn, Jutta Schickore, Fred Schmitt

M.A., History and Philosophy of Science, September 2005
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

M.A., Philosophy, May 2002 University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas Masterís Report: Mechanistic and Reductive Explanation in Biology: a Comparison of Recent Accounts. Advisors: Robert Causey, Fred Kronz

Ph.D., Biological Sciences, January 1998
Stanford University, Stanford, California
Dissertation: Botryllus schlosseri historecognition locus and HSP70 genes.
Committee: Irving Weissman, David Epel, Patricia Jones, George Somero, Virginia Walbot

B.A., Biology, Summa cum laude, Highest Honors, June 1992
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Thesis: An Analysis of the Mating System of a Marginal Population of Lonicera hirsuta (Caprifoliaceae)
Advisor: Henry Art
Fellowships and Awards
  • Visiting Fellowship, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2013
  • Humanities Research Center Faculty Innovation Fund Fellowship, Rice University, 2010-12
  • Humanities Research Center Collaborative Research Fellowship, Rice University, 2009-10
  • Mosle Research Award, Rice University, 2007-2009
  • Victor E. Thoren Graduate Student Fellowship, Indiana University, 2007
  • Louise McNutt Dissertation Year Fellowship, Indiana University, 2006-2007
  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2006-2007
  • Mikal Lynn Sousa Award for Excellence in Graduate Scholarship, Indiana University, 2006
  • Norwood Russell Hanson Prize, Best Graduate Student Paper in HPS, Indiana University, 2005
  • Chancellorís Fellowship, Indiana University, 2002-2007
  • Richard S. Westfall Travel Fellowship, Department of HPS, Indiana University, 2004
  • Women in Science Program Travel Award, Indiana University, 2004
  • University Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2000-2002
  • Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1993-1997
  • Dwight Botanical Prize, Williams College, 1992
  • Barry M. Goldwater Science Scholarship, Williams College, 1990

Research Positions
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Biology, Williams College, Summer 1991 (Joan Edwards, Henry Art: field ecology of Lonicera hirsut mating system)
  • Laboratory Technician, Ares Advanced Technology, Randolph, MA (September 1992 to December 1992 (cytokine purification and characterization)
  • Doctoral Fellow, Weissman Laboratory, Stanford University, January 1994 to December 1997 (comparative immunology, evolution of historecognition)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nunberg Laboratory, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, April 1999 to May 2000 (HIV-1 vaccine research).
  • Research Assistant, Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2000 (Daniel Bonevac: formal logic)

Organizing and Service
  • Rice Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Steering Committee (2013-)
  • Humanities Research Center Financial Advisory Committee, Rice University (2009-2010)
  • Member, Graduate Council, Rice University (2010-2013)
  • Co-organizer, Cultural Studies of Science and Technology Workshop, Rice University (Spring 2010)
  • Undergraduate Transfer Credit Officer, Rice University (2009-)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Rice Department of Philosophy (2009)
  • Faculty Search Committees, Rice Department of Philosophy (2007-2009)
  • Consultant for Advisory Committee, Qatar Stem Cell Workshop on Science and Policy, "Saving lives or crossing lines," Doha, Qatar, March 15, 2009.
  • Faculty Associate, Jones College, Rice University (2008-present)
  • C.P. Snow Fellow, Scientia Institute, Rice University (2008-present)
  • Faculty Sponsor, Secular Students of Rice (2008-present)
  • Tsanoff Committee (Undergraduate Philosophy Prize), Rice Dept. of Philosophy (2007-2008)
  • Student Representative, Search Committee (Spring 2004), Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University.
  • Co-organizer, 1st ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop, "Future Directions in ISH" (FDISH), University of San Francisco, CA, USA, September 23-26, 2004
  • Organizer, "Perspectives on Immunology" Session (July 16), 2005 Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, July 13-17, 2005.
  • Advisory Committee, 2nd ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop, "Future Directions in Biology Studies" (FDIBS), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, July 26-30, 2006.
  • Referee for: BioScience, Perspectives on Science, Philosophy of Science, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Synthese, Philosophical Quarterly

Professional Societies
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1991)
  • Sigma Xi (1992)
  • Philosophy of Science Association (2000-present)
  • International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (2000-present)
  • American Philosophical Association (2006-present)
  • Scientia Institute, Rice University (2007-present)
  • International Society for History of Philosophy of Science (2008-present)
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (2009-present)