The Reinvention Center
Who we are at the Reinvention Center
Patricia A. Turner received her Ph. D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 1985. From 1985-1990, she taught at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. In 1990 she joined the faculty at University of California-Davis, receiving tenure in 1993 and was advanced to full professor in 1997.
Vice Provost Turner served as director of the American Studies program from 1997-1998 and as director of African and African-American Studies from 1998-2000. In 1999 she was appointed Vice Provost-Undergraduate Studies at UC Davis. She served on the Reinvention Centerís Executive Board from 2007-2010 before assuming the role of Director.
From 2004-2006 she served as interim dean of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies (HArCS). She returned to the position of Vice Provost-Undergraduate Studies in spring of 2007. Vice Provost Turner serves on the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)'s Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence and on the executive board of the American Folklore Society.
Vice Provost Turner recently completed her fourth book, Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African-American Quilters (University of Mississippi Press, 2009). Her earlier books include Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America (with Gary Alan Fine) University of California Press, 2001, Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture (originally published by Anchor Books 1994, reissued by University of Virginia Press, 2002), and I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture (University of California Press, 1993).
Turner has served as a consulting scholar on several documentary film projects. She conducted research for and appeared on camera in Marlon Riggs' Ethnic Notions which received a national Emmy award in 1989 for best research in a documentary. She also conducted research for and appeared on camera in his 1992 Peabody-award winning film Color Adjustment. Most recently, she was interviewed for a film on quilt artist Richť Richardson entitled "Portrait of the Artist: Richť Richardson."
Turner's commentary on issues related to folklore and popular culture is frequently sought by print, radio and television journalists. She has been interviewed for stories in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and many other prominent publications. She has completed dozens of radio interviews including features on Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and All Things Considered. She has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, the O'Reilly Factor and her book I Heard It Through the Grapevine inspired a story on ABC's 20/20.
J. Milton Adams
Gene (Nelson Eugene) Bickers
William Scott Green
Dr. Green also teaches courses in religion and in entrepreneurship at the University of Miami. Until July 1, 2006, he was Professor of Religion and Dean of the College at the University of Rochester, where he founded the popular Department of Religion and Classics in 1983, led in developing Rochester's undergraduate curriculum, and was Director of Rochester's university-wide Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Green writes on religion, ancient Judaism, and higher education, and has served on the board of the Association of American Colleges, the chief academic organization for promoting liberal education. He is currently collaborating with David Sloan Wilson on a research project on religion and social evolution.
Daniel E. Hastings
Professor Hastings received his B.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University and his S.M. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Professor Hastings has taught courses and seminars in plasma physics, rocket propulsion, advanced space power and propulsion systems, aerospace policy, technology and policy, and space systems engineering. Recently, his research has focused on issues related to space systems and space policy. He has published many papers in the field of spacecraft-environment interactions and with Henry Garrett wrote Spacecraft-Environment Interactions (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He has also written on space propulsion and space systems. From 1997-1999, he was chief scientist of the US Air Force. In that role, he served as chief scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary and provided assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. Professor Hastings is a fellow of the AIAA and INCOSE, and an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and is a member of the National Science Board, the Applied Physics Lab Science and Technology Advisory Panel, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Advisory Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Aerospace Corporation.
Dennis C. Jacobs
Dr. Neuhauser holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She is Director of the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of Minnesota Rochester and is responsible for the development of an innovative new undergraduate degree in the Health Sciences. An applied mathematician, Dr. Neuhauser's research interests are in two areas of biology: ecology and population genetics. In ecology, she studies the role of space in community dynamics, and in population genetics, she is investigating how selection affects geneaologies. She is the author of numerous articles and a textbook, Calculus for Biology and Medicine (Prentice Hall 2004), which is based on her teaching of an undergraduate calculus course for biology majors.
Former Board Members
Robert J. Thompson
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