McNair Mentor: Steven Beda

Steven Beda


Dr. Steven Beda earned his PhD from the University of Washington in 2014 and joined the UO Department of History the next year. His research and teaching interests focus on 20th century US history, labor history, and environmental history. His publications include his dissertation “Landscapes of Solidarity: Timber Workers and the Making of Place in the Pacific Northwest, 1917-1948” (2014) and “‘More Than a Tea Party’: The IWA’s Women’s Auxiliary in the Pacific Northwest, 1937-1948,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly (2009). Also, Dr. Beda is the project coordinator for the “Timber Workers and Pacific Northwest History Project,” a public history project housed at the University of Washington.


Student Scholar

Bianca Flynn, History

McNair Mentor: Lauren Cycyk

Lauren M. Cycyk

Communication Disorders and Sciences

Dr. Lauren M. Cycyk received her PhD from Temple University and joined the UO faculty in the College of Education in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. A nationally-certified speech-language pathologist who has served bilingual children and families in early intervention settings both in the US and Mexico, Dr. Cycyk has been recognized for her work by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and selected as an Emerging Scholar by the Bridging the Word Gap National Research Network. Her research focuses on sociocultural and environmental influences on the dual Spanish-English language development of young children from Latino backgrounds as well as caregiver-centered language interventions that promote positive communication and educational outcomes of Latino children from the earliest ages. Dr. Cycyk’s publications include “‘So Many Books They Don’t Even Fit on the Bookshelf”: An Examination of Low-Income Mothers’ Literacy Practices, Beliefs and Influencing Factors” (with B. Sawyer, L. Sandilos, and C.S. Hammer), Journal of Early Childhood Literacy (2016); “Preschool Teachers’ Reported Beliefs and Observed Practices with Dual Language Learners” (with B.E. Sawyer et al.), Bilingual Research Journal (2016); “Maternal Depressive Symptomatology, Social Support, and Language Development of Low-income Bilingual Preschoolers” (with D. Bitetti and C.S. Hammer), American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2015); and “Parent Programs for Latino Families with Young Children: Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Considerations” (with A.Iglesias), Seminars in Speech and Language (2015).

Student Scholar

Mekenna Smith, Communciation Disorders and Sciences

Daphne Gallagher


Dr. Daphne Gallagher received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2010. Currently a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, she studies the relationship between socio-economic systems and agricultural practices during the past two millennia in West Africa. Her archaeological research addresses colonial and post-colonial narratives about traditional agriculture through the study of long-term trajectories of land use and settlement patterns. In addition to directing a regional survey near the Gobnangou escarpment in southeastern Burkina Faso, Dr. Gallagher addresses these topics through collaboration as a paleoethnobotanist on projects throughout the West African savanna/sahel (Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso). Her recent publications include “American Plants in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review of the Archaeological Evidence,” Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa; “The Archaeology of Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.) in Burkina Faso, West Africa” (with S. Dueppen and R. Walsh), Journal of Ethnobiology; and “Changing Crafts in the Spaces between States: Formal, Functional, and Decorative Transformations in 15th century CE Ceramics at Kirikongo, Burkina Faso, West Africa” (with S. Dueppen), African Archaeological Review.


Student Scholar

Jack C. Wiegand, Medieval Studies, Anthropology

Alfred T. Goshaw

Physics, Duke University

Dr. Alfred T. Goshaw, currently James B. Duke Professor of Physics at Duke University, received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1966. Following his post-doctoral work at Princeton, he became staff physicist at CERN before accepting an appointment at Duke University in 1973. His current research is focused on the study of nature’s most massive particles, the W and Z bosons (carriers of the weak force) and the top quark (discovered in 1994). These studies have been carried out using 1.96 TeV proton-antiproton collisions provided by Fermilab’s Tevatron and analyzed using the CDF detector. Current studies concentrate on measurements of the tri-linear coupling among the photon, W boson and Z boson, as tests of the non-abelian character of the electroweak force carriers. Additionally, Dr. Goshaw searches for phenomena beyond those predicted by the Standard Model, using precision measurements of the production of high energy photons, leptons, and penetrating neutral particles, such as neutrinos, work that he carries out using the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Dr. Goshaw’s publications include “Search for Rare Radiative Decay W to Pi Photon,” Phys. Rev. D (2012); “Measurement of Wɣ and Zɣ Production in Proton-Proton Collisions at 7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector,” JHEP (2011); and “Measurement of the Zɣ Production in p Collisions at  = 1.96 TeV using Dilepton Events” (with D. Acosta et al.), The CDF Collaboration, submission to PRD (2009).

Student Scholar

Taylor Contreras, Physics

McNair Mentor: Gantt Gurley

Gantt Gurley

German and Scandinavian

Dr. Gantt Gurley received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. Before coming to the UO, he lectured at the University of California’s Scandinavian Department and was a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include ancient and medieval song culture, the birth of the novel, the Wandering Jew, Long Romanticism, Old Norse literature, the lyrical mode, Hans Christian Andersen, and notions of religiosity in the Danish Golden Age. Dr. Gurley’s publications include Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Jewish Fiction (Syracuse Univ. Press, 2016); “How the Golem Came to Prague” (with E. Dekel) Jewish Quarterly Review (2013); “The Concept of Byrony,” Konturen 7 (2015); and Kafka’s Golem” (with E. Dekel), Jewish Quarterly Review (forthcoming 2017).

Student Scholar

Jack C. Wiegand, Medieval Studies, Anthropology

McNair Mentor: Dennis Jenkins

Dennis Jenkins

Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Dr. Dennis Jenkins received his PhD from the University of Oregon in 1991. He has had an appointment with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History since 1987 and is now a Senior Research Associate. Dr. Jenkins specializes in prehistoric archaeology of the Great Basin focusing on the first colonization of the Americas, obsidian sourcing and hydration, prehistoric shell bead trade, and settlement-subsistence patterns of the Northern Great Basin. He has delivered more than 70 papers at professional meetings; conducted more than 100 site investigations; and published 7 books and more than 80 chapters, articles, reviews, professional reports, and contributions to reports. He directs the Paisley Caves Archaeological Research Project in central Oregon where the UO field school recovered the oldest human remains in North America (14,000-year-old DNA in coprolites). His research has established the contemporaneity of Western Stemmed projectile points with Clovis technology, work that has led to five co-authored articles in Science and Nature as well as profiles in more than 50 newspaper and magazine articles.


Student Scholar

Shawn Langley, Anthropology

Ryan Jones


Dr. Ryan Jones earned his PhD from Columbia in 2008 and joined the UO Department of History in 2016 after teaching at Appalachian State University, the University of Idaho, and Auckland University. Currently, Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor and the first occupant of the Ann Swindells Chair whose interests focus on Russia, the Pacific, and the global environment. His publications include Empire of Extinction: Russians and the Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867 (Oxford, 2014); “Running into Whales: The History of the North Pacific from below the Waves,” American Historical Review (2013); and “A ‘Havock Made among Them’: Animals, Empire, and Extinction in the Russian North Pacific, 1741-1810,” Environmental History (2011)


Student Scholar

Bianca Flynn, History

McNair Mentor: Stephanie Majewski

Stephanie Majewski


Dr. Stephanie Majewski earned her PhD in physics from Stanford University in 2007. In 2012, after a post-doctoral position at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, she joined the UO, where she is currently Associate Professor of Physics. Her interests focus on high energy physics, the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, supersymmetry, and physics beyond the standard model. Several of her recent publications involve her work as part of the ATLAS Collaboration: “Search for a Scalar Partner of the Top Quark in the Jets Plus Missing Transverse Momentum Final State at  = 13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector,” (submitted to J. High Energy Phys., 2017); “Search for a Scalar Partner of the Top Quark in the jets + E_T^miss Final State at  = 13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector” ATLAS-CONF-2016-077 (2016); “ATLAS Run 1 Searches for Direct Pair Production of Third-generation sQuarks at the Large Hadron Collider” Eur. Phys. J. (2015): and “Summary of the ATLAS Experiment’s Sensitivity to Supersymmetry after LHC Run 1—Interpreted in the Phenomenological MSSM,” J. High Energy Phys (2015).


Student Scholar

Taylor Contreras, Physics

McNair Mentor: Laura Lee McIntyre

Laura Lee McIntyre

School Psychology

Dr. Laura Lee McIntyre received her PhD from the University of California at Riverside in 2003. After holding an assistant professorship at Syracuse University from 2003-2009, she came to the UO where she is now Department Head of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and Professor of School Psychology. Dr. McIntyre is a member of the Prevention Science Institute and was recently selected to join the UO Board of Trustees. Her research involves early identification and treatment of childhood developmental and behavioral problems, with an emphasis on the multiple systems of care that support children (e.g., families, schools, healthcare). Within this broad framework, three specific lines of research emerge: (1) Parent training, education, and support, (2) transition to kindergarten, and (3) child risk factors and family well-being. Dr. McIntyre has received support for her research from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD) and the U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Recent publications include “A Brief Measure of Language Skills at Age Three and Special Education Use in Middle Childhood” (with W.E. Pelham et al.), Journal of Pediatrics (2017); “Contemplative Intervention Reduces Physical Interventions for Children in Residential Psychiatric Treatment” (with J.C. Felver et al.), Prevention Science (2017); “Intellectual Disability and Developmental Risk: Promoting Interventions to Improve Child and Family Well-being” (with K. A. Crnic et al.), Child Development (2017); and “Variability in Adaptive Behavior in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” (with N. Golva), Journal of Intellectual &Developmental Disability (2017).


Student Scholar

Lana Huizar, Psychology

Ellen Hawley McWhirter

Counseling Psychology

Dr. Ellen Hawley McWhirter received her PhD in counseling psychology from Arizona State University in 1992. After an appointment at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, she joined the UO faculty in the College of Education in 1997 where she is Ann Swindells Professor in Counseling Psychology. Dr. McWhirter’s research focuses on adolescent career development with attention to the educational persistence and career development of Latina/o adolescents. Her projects focus on factors associated with Latina and Latino adolescents’ postsecondary plans and school engagement, including critical consciousness, sociopolitical development, and experiences of discrimination as well as constructs of perceived barriers and supports, self-efficacy expectations, and outcome expectations. A Fulbright Scholar (Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2004), she received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology in 2015. Dr. McWhirter’s publications include “Critical Consciousness: A Developmental Approach to Addressing Marginalization and Oppression” (with M.A. Diemer et al.), Child Development Perspectives (2016); “Developing a Measure of Latina/o Adolescent Critical Consciousness” (with B.T. McWhirter), Journal of Career Assessment (2016); “Sociopolitical Development, Autonomous Motivation, and Education Outcomes among Low Income Latina/o Adolescents” (with P.J. Luginbuhl and B.T. McWhirter), Journal of Latina/o Psychology (2016); and “Advances in the Conceptualization and Measurement of Critical Consciousness” (with M. Diemer et al.), The Urban Review (2015).


Student Scholar

Alejandra Miranda, Psychology, Spanish

McNair Mentor: CJ Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe


Dr. C.J. Pascoe received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006. She continued at that institution as a post-doctoral scholar before accepting an appointment at Colorado College in 2008. She joined the faculty in the UO Department of Sociology in 2013 where she is now David M. and Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Sociology. Her teaching and research interests focus on gender, sexuality, new media, youth, symbolic interaction, ethnography, masculinity, LGBTQ studies, and queer theory. Dr. Pascoe’s publications include Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change (ed. with T. Bridges), Oxford University Press (2015); Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, University of California Press (2007; 2nd ed. 2011); “Good Guys Don’t Rape: Gender, Domination and Mobilizing Rape” (with J. Hollander), Gender and Society (2016); and “Hybrid Masculinities: New Directions in the Sociology of Men and Masculinities” (with T. Bridges), Sociology Compass (2014).


Student Scholar

Elizabeth Witcher, Psychology, Sociology

McNair Mentor: Matt Smear

Matthew Smear


Dr. Matthew Smear earned his PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, in 2005 and joined the UO faculty in the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Neuroscience in 2014. With his research interest in systems neuroscience, Dr. Smear studies the neural mechanisms of olfactory function in mice with a battery of psychophysical tests while manipulating and recording neuronal activity with genetics, electrophysiology, and imaging. From these studies, the lab pursues general principles of how neural circuits generate behavior. His publications include “Odor Concentration Change Detectors in the Olfactory Bulb” (with A. Parabucki et al.), bioRxiv (pre-print, 2017); “Beyond Localization of Function: Using Optogenetics to Dissect a Neural Code,” in A.D. Douglass, ed., New techniques in systems neuroscience (Springer, 2015); “Multiple Perceptible Signals from a Single Olfactory Glomerulus” (with A. Resulai et al.), Nature Neuroscience (2013); and “Comparing Thoracic and Intra-Nasal Pressure Transients to Monitor Active Odor Sampling During Odor-guided Decision Making in the Mouse” (with J. Reisert et al.), J. Neurosci Methods (2013).


Student Scholar

Jared F. Acosta-King, Psychology

McNair Mentor: Scott Stull

Scott Stull

Anthropology, Ithaca College

Dr. Scott Stull received his PhD in anthropology from SUNY Binghamton in 2002. He teaches at Ithaca College and the State University of New York at Cortland. Dr. Stull’s specialties are in medieval archaeology, experimental archaeology, colonial America, museum studies, and cultural resource management. His work in experimental archaeology is focused on the replication and use of pottery and the recreation of historic and ancient food and drink. His efforts in that field benefit from his 25 years of experience as a studio potter. Dr. Stull’s publications include the forthcoming “Experimental Archaeology as Participant Observation: A Perspective from Medieval Food” EXARC Journal; “The Surrender and Aftermath of the Battles” (with M. Rogers) in W.A. Griswold and D.W. Linebaugh, eds., The Saratoga Campaign: Uncovering an Embattled Landscape (University Press of New England, 2016); “Architectural Satire in the Tales of the Miller and Reeve” (with M. Twomey), The Chaucer Review (2016); From West to East: Current Approaches in Medieval Archaeology, ed., (Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2015); “Colonial Houses and Cultural Identity in New York State’s Mohawk River Valley” (with M. Rogers and K. Hurley), Archaeological Discovery (2014); and “Finding Fort Hardy: Combining Documentary Research, Remote Sensing, and Excavation to Locate a French and Indian War Fort” (with M. Rogers and N. Batruch), Northeast Anthropology (2013).


Student Scholar

Jack C. Wiegand, Medieval Studies, Anthropology

Charlotte Vaughn


Dr. Charlotte Vaughn completed her PhD in linguistics from Northwestern University in 2014 before joining the UO faculty as an instructor that same year. In 2016, Dr. Vaughn became the recipient of the UO’s Rippey Award for Innovative Teaching. Her research explores how listeners navigate a highly variable phonetic landscape by examining cognitive, social, and contextual influences on speech perception, and what those factors can reveal about listeners’ mental representations of language. Her publications include “Processing Relationships Between Language-being-spoken and Other Speech Dimensions in Monolingual and Bilingual Listeners” (with A. Bradlow), Language and Speech (2016); “The Effects of Lexical Neighbors on Stop Consonant Articulation” (with M. Goldrick and A. Murphy), Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2013); and “Linguistic Processing of Accented Speech across the Lifespan” (with A. Cristia et al.), Frontiers in Psychology (2012).


Student Scholar

Omar Ortiz, Linguistics

McNair Mentor: Kristin Yarris

Kristin Yarris

International Studies

Dr. Kristin Yarris received her PhD in anthropology from UCLA in 2011 and the following year joined the UO faculty in the Department of International Studies where she is Assistant Professor of International Studies and the director of the Global Health Minor. Dr. Yarris’s research and teaching interests focus on the social determinants of health and wellbeing and the cultural shaping of illness and distress in different global locations. Her publications include Care across Generations: Solidarity and Sacrifice in Transnational Families (Stanford University Press, 2017); “Culture in La Clínica: Evaluating the Utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview in a Mexican Outpatient Setting” (with A. Ramirez-Stege), Transcultural Psychiatry (2017); “Utilization of Standardized Mental Health Assessments in Anthropological Research: Possibilities and Pitfalls” (with E. Mendenhall and B. Kohrt), Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (2016); and “Gender, Inequality and Depo-Provera: Constraints on Reproductive Choice in Nicaragua” (with N.J. Dent), Global Public Health (2016).

Student Scholar

Carina Garcia, International Studies, Sociology