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PACK, Brian
Research Specialist, Chemistry
Phone: (414) 446-5438
Expertise: Chemistry - General Brian Pack has investigated the recent work in the area of executive function and prepared an in-service for elementary through high school teachers. Executive function is the capacity to plan, reason, and weigh the consequences of our actions. More specifically, the brain research is related to the pleasure-reward center in the brain and the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Degrees: 'BS (Distinction) in Zoology and Chemistry Minor in Biochemistry UW Madison

Researcher, Water Institute
Phone: (414) 382-1745
Expertise: Underwater robotics, underwater electronics, instrumented buoys, real-time environmental monitoring, aquaculture water chemistry
Degrees: B.S. Oceanography, B.A. Chemistry, California State University-Humboldt, M.S. Water Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

PADGETT, Deborah L.
Associate Professor/Chair, Social Work
Phone: (414) 229-6452
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Expertise: Social work ?Macro Methods?: group work methods, organization and community practice, organizational practice, leadership and management, structuring organizations in ways that are inclusive and supportive of diverse groups (ethnicity, gender, age, health).

PAIK, Peter
Assistant Professor, French Italian and Comparative Literature
Phone: (414) 229-4382
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Expertise: World cinema, modern German literature, modern American literature, philosophy and theory of literature, history of religion.
Degrees: A.B., Brown University; Ph.D., Cornell University

PAPATLA, Purushottam
Associate Professor, Lubar School of Business
Phone: (414) 229-4439
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Expertise: Social media, word of mouth behavior; online retailing; marketing promotions; coupons; consumer satisfaction; product pricing
Degrees: Ph.D., Marketing, Northwestern University

PARK, Hanyong
Assistant Professor, L&S Linguistics
Phone: (414)229-6166
Expertise: Foreign accent, Second Language Acquisition, Phonetics, Korean Language
Degrees: Ph.D. in Linguistics

PARKER, Leonard
University Distinguished Professor, Physics;
Phone: (414) 229-6437
Expertise: Gravitation, cosmology, quantum field theory.
Degrees: B.A., Summa Cum Laude, University of Rochester; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University; Fellow of the American Physical Society

PASSMAN, Richard
Professor Emeritus, Psychology
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Expertise: Parent-child attachment phenomena; grandparenting; child abuse; parental disciplinary techniques; imitation; mothers-to-be; attachments to objects; behavior therapy techniques with children, adults and the developmentally disabled

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: (414)229-4592
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Expertise: The teaching of writing in schools, the teaching of literature in schools, English Language Arts Methods, English Education
Degrees: Ph.D. English and American Literature, NYU; MA English and American Literature, NYU; BS Secondary Education Communication, Lock Haven University

PATCH, Sarah
Associate Professor, Physics
Phone: (414) 229-4475
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Expertise: Algorithm development for direct image reconstruction, thermoacoustic tomography (TCT ? a hybrid imaging technique for detecting cancers), cone beam reconstruction of X-ray CT data, motion correction for Propeller MRI.
Degrees: B.S., Stanford University, 1989; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1994

PATRICK, Timothy
Assistant Professor, Health Care Administration and Informatics
Phone: (414) 229-6849
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Expertise: Health informatics, health care terminology, digital libraries.
Degrees: M.S., Computer Science, 1990; Ph.D., Logic/Philosophy, 1992; Post-doctoral Fellow, Biomedical Informatics, 1995, University of Missouri?Columbia.

Director, Employment and Training Institute
Phone: (414) 227-3385
Expertise: Voter ID, employment for ex-offenders, driver's license recovery policies, labor market research, neighborhood indicators based on administrative databases, driver's transportation-to-work issues, child care barriers to employment, post-secondary education, evaluation of job training and education programs, welfare policy, worker benefit policies, student follow-up studies. See

PEASE, Neal H.
Professor, History
Phone: (414) 229-5205
Expertise: Modern Polish and Central European history, history of the Roman Catholic Church (especially in Poland and Central Europe), baseball in American history.
Degrees: Ph.D., History, Yale University, 1982

Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies
Phone: 414-229-5033
Expertise: social resistance to agricultural biotechnology, informational and communication issues that inhere in this industry and those struggling against it.
Degrees: Ph.D. - library & information science MLIS - library & information science Joint Honours B.A. - political science & history

PENG, Zhong-Ren
Associate Professor, Urban Planning
Phone: (414) 229-5887
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Expertise: Transportation planning, transportation and land use, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Internet GIS.
Degrees: B.A., Geography, Central China Normal University, 1983; M.S., Geography, University of Science and Technology of China, 1986; M.S., Economics, Portland State University, 1994; Ph.D., Urban Studies, Portland State University, 1994

Professor, Marketing
Phone: (414) 229-3830
Expertise: The application of consumer behavior research to marketing issues and promotional and advertising information, children's consumer behavior, marketing in nonprofit organizations, consumer satisfaction, marketing research.

PERCY, Stephen L.
Professor, Political Science;
Phone: (414) 229-6913/5916
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Expertise: Urban politics, public administration, public policy (formation, implementation, analysis, evaluation), disability rights policy, empirical research design.

PEREZ, Ronald A.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 414-229-6543
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Expertise: Control Theory and Applications, Robust Multivariable Control, Robotics, Neural Network, Fuzzy Logic, System Modeling.
Degrees: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University; B.S., Electromechanical Engineering, Cum Laude Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Linguistics/Slavic
Phone: (414) 229-4949
Expertise: Russian literature, film and cultural history, especially literary pragmatics, unofficial culture, censorship, Golden Age poetry.
Degrees: Ph.D., Russian Literature, University of Michigan, 2004

University Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
Phone: (414) 229-5853
Expertise: Metal toxicology; metallodrugs and cancer; zinc, copper, iron metabolism; metalloproteins (metallothionein, zinc finger proteins); metal toxicology; environmental health; environment in relation to economics; precollege life science education; biblical environmental ethics.
Degrees: B.A., Wabash College; Ph.D., University of Michigan

Director, Student Accessibility Center
Phone: (414) 229-5822
Expertise: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adolescents and adults; Dissertation coaching.
Degrees: M.S., Exceptional Education-Learning Disabilities

PETERSON, Christopher
Assistant Professor, Music
Phone: (414) 229-4128
Expertise: Music education, singing ability, classroom management
Degrees: B.S., Music Education; M.M., Choral Conducting; Ph.D., Choral Music Education and Conducting

Director, mall Business Development Center
Phone: (414) 227-3240
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Small Business Marketing, Business Development
Degrees: B.A., 1991 UW-Madison; M.B.A., 1997, University of South Florida

PETRO, Patrice S.
Professor, English;
Phone: (414) 229-4637
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Expertise: International education, global studies, film studies, cultural studies.
Degrees: B.A., History, Film Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979; M.A., History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982; Ph.D., Communication Studies, Division of Broadcasting and Film Studies, University of Iowa, 1986

PETTO, Andrew
Lecturer, Biological Sciences
Phone: (414) 229-6784
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Expertise: Evolution education, human and primate evolution, gross anatomy and functional morphology.
Degrees: Ph.D., Bioanthropology; graduate work in science education

PEVNICK, Stephen H.
Associate Professor, Visual Art
Phone: (414) 229-6359
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Expertise: Computer-run hardware applications in the visual arts and in design of industrially replicated products, the invention and industrial design of children?s toys.
Degrees: B.A., Design, Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University-?Carbondale, 1968; M.F.A., Multi-Media/Sculpture, Washington University?St. Louis, 1972

PFERSCH, Harriet
Dir, Student Serv/M, Administration-Peck School of the Arts
Phone: (414) 229-6135
Expertise: Advising students in Arts related career tracks.
Degrees: B.S. Communications, M.A. Communications.

Prof Emeritus, Theatre
Expertise: Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, History and performance of opera.
Degrees: B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Senior Admin Program Spec, Biosciences
Phone: (414)229-6170
Expertise: Permaculture; Training HIV/AIDS communities in Kenya on small garden systems to augment nutrition for HIV/AIDS patient undergoing Anti-Retroviral Treatment; Sustainable Agriculture and Agroforestry of Kenya, Ethiopia and underserved and Native American communities in northern Wisconsin; Local food distribution and organic farming in Wisconsin; studying the benefits of polyculture and companion planting (e.g. The Three Sister0s Garden) versus monoculture of Native American heirloom seeds of corn, beans and squash. Molecular characterization of atrazine-resistant gene in hybrid poplar genotypes. Assessment of hybrid poplar genotypes for phytoremediation of atrazine-contaminated soils; development of molecular markers for genetic fingerprinting of hybrid poplar genotypes; assessment of population genetics of invasive species such as purple loosestrife, reed canarygrass and buckthorns.
Degrees: Ph.D., Plant Genetic Resources Conservation, Horticulture Department; M.A., Environmental, Population, Organismic Biology; B.S., Mathematics

PICK, Mary E.
Faculty Associate, Child and Youth Care Learning Center
Phone: (414) 227-3353
Expertise: Life skills training for young adults, case management training and consultation with human service programs and online therapy courses worldwide.
Degrees: B.S., Criminal Justice/Social Work, UW?Oshkosh, 1980

Career Services, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Phone: (414) 229-3208
Expertise: Resume writing, interviewing, job search methods in engineering and computer science, working with cooperative education and internship programs for students.
Degrees: B.A., Mass Communication (Public Relations), Winona State University

Director of Diversity/Gender Initiatives, College of Engineering & Applied Science
Phone: (414) 229-3882
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Expertise: Urban issues, diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) issues
Degrees: Ph.D., Urban Education (Educational & Media Technology Specialization); M.L.I.S., Library & Information Science; M.S. in Urban Studies; B.A. (Cum Laude) in Broadcasting and Journalism

Director of Research Support, Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Studies and Research
Phone: (414) 229-3721
Expertise: Grant writing; technical writing; federal funding for research; editing and proofreading; faculty development; strategic planning for research funding; American regional fiction; American autobiography
Degrees: B.A., M.A, English, Marquette University; Ph.D., American Literature, UWM

PIENKOS, Donald E.
Professor, Political Science
Phone: (414) 229-4239
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Expertise: Russian and Eastern European politics, foreign policy.

PILLAI, Krishna
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 414-229-6535
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Expertise: Processing of polymer composites and plastics; Numerical simulation of injection, compression/injection and transfer molding processes; Computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer (FEM, FDM, BEM); Transport in porous media; Rheology of polymers.
Degrees: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology

Associate Professor, Accounting
Phone: (414) 229-4164
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Expertise: Control and audit of accounting information systems, the use of technology in teaching accounting, the use of Internet-based course materials, electronic data interchange based accounting systems, middle market commercial lending issues, accounting education issues, gender issues in business, audit reporting issues.
Degrees: B.S., Business Administration, University of Missouri?Columbia, 1978; M.S., Accountancy, Illinois State University, 1980; Ph.D., Business Administration, Oklahoma State University, 1984

POLFUSS, Michele
Assistant Professor, Office Of The Dean
Phone: 414-229-2609
Expertise: Pediatric obesity
Degrees: BSN: University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh MSN: Marquette University PhD: Marquette University

PORTER, Andrew
Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages & Literature-General
Phone: (414)229-6436
Expertise: Homer, Greek Epic, Iliad, Odyssey, Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Degrees: M.Div, MA, MA, PhD

PRADHAN, Basudev
Research Associate, Chemistry
Phone: (414) 229-6742
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Expertise: Organic photovoltaic devices; nanowire dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC); organic photodetector; organic light emitting diodes; nanoscale organic memory-switching devices; synthesis and characterization of various inorganic nanoparticles, nanorods and nanowires and their use in different device applications; use of functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNTS) in various electronic and optoelectronic device applications; gas sensing; nanorectifier; field effect transistor (FET); electrical characterization; current-voltage; impedance spectroscopy; temperature variation, surface plasmon resonance; variable angle ellipsometry; FT-IR, STM, AFM, XRD, FE-SEM, EDAX, HR-TEM absorption spectroscopy; photo luminance spectroscopy; photoconductivity
Degrees: Ph.D in Physics 2007

Asst Sports Information Director, Athletics/Administration

PRASAD, Gyaneshwar
Assistant Professor, Biosciences
Phone: (414)229-4363
Expertise: Microbial physiology, microbial genomics, nitrogen fixation
Degrees: Ph.D.,

PRASAD, Rashmi
Assistant Professor, Health Informatics&Admn
Phone: (414)229-7104
Expertise: Natural language processing, Text processing for biomedical and healthcare applications, Linguistics, Language Resources
Degrees: PhD, Linguistics

PRASAD, V. Kanti
Dean/Professor, Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
Phone: (414) 229-2560
Expertise: Strategic marketing, international marketing, marketing research, customer satisfaction, entrepreneurship.

PRIEM, Michael
Sr Facilities Plan Sp, Campus Planning & Transportation
Phone: (414)229-7205
Expertise: Architecture, architectural building methods, project management, space & campus planning.
Degrees: BS-Architectural Sciences (UW-Milwaukee 1993)

Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Innovation,
Phone: (414) 229-3101
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Expertise: Health and health care, underrepresentation of students and professionals in health care, the politics and policies of health care, community brokering, diversity and multiculturalism, community partnerships, women?s policy issues, public policy.
Degrees: Ph.D., Urban Education with a specialty in Medical Science Education and Public Policy, UWM

Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication
Phone: (414) 229-4436
Expertise: Journalism, media law, First Amendment, press law, ethics, conflict resolution. Canada, Canadian studies, Quebec.
Degrees: Ph.D., Mass Communication (law minor), UW?Madison, 1984

PROSEN, Deidre
Lecturer, Visual Art
Phone: (414) 229-4200
Expertise: Painting and Drawing
Degrees: B.F.A., M.F.A.

PUCCI, Sandra Liliana
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
Phone: (414) 229-6166
Expertise: Bilingualism, heritage language issues, bilingual education, biliteracy, second language acquisition. Language politics, planning and policy.
Degrees: B.A., Italian Language and Literature, UW?Madison, 1980; M.S., TESL, University of Southern California, 1992; Ph.D., Education: Language, Literacy, and Learning, University of Southern California, 1994

PYCIOR, Helena M.
Professor, History
Phone: (414) 229-3966
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Expertise: History of human-animal relations, history of presidential pets, Marie and Pierre Curie, history of scientific couples, history of 19th-century algebra.
Degrees: B.A., Mathematics, Molloy College, 1968; M.A., Mathematics, Cornell University, 1970; Ph.D., History of Science, Cornell University, 1976