Associate Dean of Student Affairs

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Education

PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
MA/MSW, Sociology and Social Work, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
BA, Sociology and Social Work, Fu Jen Catholic University, Hsinchuang, Taiwan

About

Dr. Paige True has a background in medical and psychiatric social work. Starting as a front-line social worker in the public sector, Dr. True transitioned to a teaching career in 1995 and has taught social work courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at California State University (CSU), Monterey Bay; CSU East Bay; CSU Stanislaus; and Auburn University. She was also involved in building three new social work graduate programs in the CSU system (1996-2014). While at CSU, Monterey Bay, Dr. True was the founding director of the social work graduate program and interim department chair of the Department of Health, Human Services, and Public Policy.

In addition to her faculty roles and teaching expertise, Dr. True has provided administrative leadership in the areas of research and grants, accreditation, budgetary management, and international initiatives in higher education. She is also an active member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA).

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Director of Accreditation and Assessment

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Education and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
PhD, Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
MS, in Nutritional Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
BS, in Food and Nutrition Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

About

After completing her PhD in 2010, Dr. Rikki Somers Corniola served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience at Stanford University until 2012, at which time she joined the California Northstate University College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Nutrition. Her scholarly work includes 13 primary research articles, reviews, and book chapters in the areas of nutrition and neuroscience.

In the years since joining CNU, Dr. Corniola has filled several critical roles at the university, including Director of Curriculum Mapping and Director of Accreditation and Assessment. In 2014, she led the College of Medicine through its successful WASC site visit and, in 2015, spearheaded the successful WASC accreditation proposal and site visit for the College of Health Sciences. She sits on many of the College’s service committees, including the curriculum committee and the assessment committee, for which she is chair.

Lecturer of Service Learning
Director of Student Life and Community Services

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Education

MA, Italian Language and Literature, Middlebury College

MA, French Language and Literature, Middlebury College

BA, French, University of California, Santa Barbara

About

With over 20 years in higher education and non-profit management in Texas and California, Ms. Delgado possesses expertise in teaching intercultural communication; program development that targets underserved students; presenting intercultural communication, advising, diversity and social justice workshops.

In 2002, upon leaving her role as a Crisis Intervention Team Specialist with Mental Health Association in Houston, Texas, Ms. Delgado joined the University of California, Davis, where from 2002 –2015 she held such positions as Outreach Coordinator, Education Specialist, and Outreach and Program Manager for International Students and Scholars, and Intercultural Leadership instructor.

During her career at UC Davis, Ms. Delgado was the recipient of four Principles of Community Awards, two individual and two team recognitions, for dedication to social justice and diversity at UC Davis and in the greater community. In fact, Ms. Delgado was a member of volunteer diversity trainers for Office of Campus Community Relations for 12 years and a three-time volunteer for Seeds of Learning, a non-profit that builds schools in rural villages in El Salvador and Nicaragua. In spring 2015, UC Davis created the Moira Delgado Campus Involvement Award, in honor of the great strides Ms. Delgado made for creating a more inclusive, welcoming environment for international students and scholars.

Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics

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Education and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
PhD, Biological Sciences, Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
BS, Genetics, University of California, Davis
AA, Biology, Hartnell Community College

About

Dr. Damon Meyer received his doctorate in Genetics and Molecular biology from the Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. His graduate research focused on the dynamic interplay between telomere stability and genome stability, which has the potential to impact aging and cancer development. Upon completion of his Doctor of Philosophy degree, Dr. Damon Meyer joined the lab of Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Heyer at the University of California, Davis in 2009 as a Postdoctoral Scholar, where he examined the genetic and molecular mechanisms of DNA damage repair. Specifically, he explored a DNA damage repair pathway which requires the use of microhomologies to facilitate repair known as microhomology mediated end-joining (MMEJ). In addition to his postdoctoral research, from 2011 – 2015, Dr. Meyer was an instructor at Woodland Community College, teaching microbiology, ecology, general biology and human anatomy.

During his graduate and postdoctoral work, Dr. Damon Meyer has received several awards, including a Department of Defense Pre-Doctoral Training Grant from 2004-2007, a UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology, UC Davis Cancer Center, in 2009, and the California Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, from 2009 - 2011. Furthermore, his work has resulted in several scientific publications including a 2015 publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Education and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oregon
PhD, Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
BS, Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

About

With over 10 years of chemical research experience, Dr. Nicholas Valley brings breadth to his work, including interests in computational chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and interfacial structure and dynamics. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oregon from 2012 – 2015, Dr. Valley focused on the development of methodology for the calculation of vibrational sum frequency spectra of molecules at aqueous interfaces, programming automation of calculation of spectra combining data from classical molecular dynamics and electronic structure methods, and calculating behavioral and spectral properties of environmentally relevant molecules at aqueous interfaces.

In addition to his graduate teaching and research experience at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University, Dr. Valley has co-authored numerous publications, including several as first author of record, and is presently a member of American Chemical Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

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Education and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University
PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Anthropology, University of Southern Illinois
BS, Anthropology, University of California, Davis

About

Dr. Katherine Whitcome is a biological anthropologist who is interested in comparative and evolutionary aspects of human posture and locomotion. Her research focuses on the functional anatomy and biomechanics of female positional behavior because both clearly played a major role in shaping our species, not only in the past but also in the present. She is interested in all research that links anatomy and performance. She applies diverse methodologies including 3D kinematics of natural motion, musculoskeletal modeling, comparative morphometrics and primate field study. She served as a Co-Investigator and Collaborating Faculty at the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital from 2012 to 2015 and as an Assistant Professor in Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati from 2009 to 2015. Additionally, she has taught at Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and as an instructor at the University of Texas, Austin.

Dr. Whitcome has served as a manuscript reviewer for many major journals, including Science, and her own research is published in Nature, the Journal of Human Evolution, and the Journal of Sport and Health Sciences. Her research has been funded by grantors including the National Science Foundation and the Leakey Foundation.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Education and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research, University of Colorado, Boulder
PhD, Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
BS, Biochemistry with honors, California State University, Long Beach, CA
BS, Mathematics with honors, California State University, Long Beach, CA
BA, Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach, CA

About

Dr. Christopher Wostenberg has been tutoring and mentoring students in science and math since he was a sophomore at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). While at CSULB, Dr. Wostenberg was involved in undergraduate research in the field of organic synthesis under the guidance of Dr. Eric Marinez.

At Pennsylvania State University (PSU), where he entered under a departmental and university fellowship, Dr. Wostenberg’s area of study as a graduate student was protein structure and dynamics and their relationship to binding in the lab of Dr. Scott Showalter. While obtaining his PhD in Chemistry at PSU, he served as a teaching assistant for the first semester of organic chemistry. Among his accolades of distinction at PSU are the Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology and the Braucher Award for graduate research in Chemistry, both awarded in 2010.

Prior to joining the faculty at California Northstate University in the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Wostenberg was a post-doctoral researcher in the Batey lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU, Boulder) from 2012 - 2015. His research was in the field of biochemistry/biophysics, however, he switched to studying RNA structure and function utilizing riboswitches as a model RNA.

Currently, Dr. Wostenberg is collaborating with the College of Health Sciences faculty members to design chemistry lectures and labs as well as the math placement exam and Introduction to College Math course. Additionally, he is a member of RNA society and the American Chemical Society. His research interests are understanding the role structure and dynamics has on the function of biological macromolecules.

Assistant Professor of English and Technology Studies

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Education

PhD, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
MS, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
MA, English, Northern Arizona University
BA, English, Virginia Tech

About

Dr. Davis has most recently taught philosophy and science and technological studies at Virginia Tech and, from 2006 – 2008 served as English professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus.

In 2011, Dr. Davis was a co-creator and organizer of Outside Authority, a Virginia Tech Graduate Student Conference. He has published articles and chapters in Social Epistemology Review and Reply and has forthcoming articles and chapters in Social Epistemology and Technology: Toward Increasing Public Self-Awareness Regarding Technological Mediation and The Future of Social Epistemology: A Collective Vision. Dr. Davis has also chaired several academic conference talks, including talks for the Society for the Social Studies of Science, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Ninth Annual English Conference at the Peaks, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Adjunct Faculty Psychology

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Adjunct Faculty English Composition

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Adjunct Faculty English

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Instructor and Director of Student Support Services

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Education

PhD, Candidate, Doctor of Education May 2015
MS, Business Administration, University of Phoenix
BA, Business Administration, Minor International Business, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA

About

An academic executive with over twenty years of progressive leadership experience in higher education including budget oversight, personnel management, regional and programmatic accreditation, academic advising, faculty and staff training, committee chair, and teaching. The last twelve years of experience has been dedicated to service of education at professional colleges in the health sciences including pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, and holistic medicine.

Contact

Phone: 916-686-7657
info.chs@cnsu.edu

Address

California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032