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June 27, 2013

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Kevin Monahan, associate director of the Career Center at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the new associate dean of Student Affairs for Career and Professional Development, effective July 1. Monahan joined Notre Dame in 1998 as an academic adviser in the Office of First Year Studies before joining the Career Center in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Portland.

Larry Lee, who has served higher education in a variety of roles for the past 20 years, will assume the newly created role of associate dean of Student Affairs for Operations, effective July 29. Most recently, Lee was vice president for Finance and Administration at Allegheny College. Previously, he served as associate vice president for Finance and Planning from 2006-2011 after a successful four-year stint as director of Athletics and Recreation at Allegheny. Before arriving at Allegheny, Lee held a variety of positions in the University of Denver’s Division of Athletics and Recreation, including associate athletic director for Ritchie Center Operations, Events and Recreational Services. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Colorado State University and his master’s degree in management at the University of Denver.

Tom Cooley, associate director for Administration of Campus Housing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has been named the new director of Housing Services, effective July 29. Prior to joining UIC, Cooley was a member of the staff and faculty at Becker College, where he worked in residence life, athletics and student conduct from 2002 to 2008.  He launched his full-time career in Student Affairs as a residence hall director at Quinnipiac University in 2001-2002. Cooley holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Becker and a Master of Education in adult learning and development from Cleveland State University.

Jennifer Cox-Siegel has been promoted from financial manager to director of Finance for Student Affairs, effective in late July. Cox-Siegel served the last five years as financial manager, a position created in 2008 to more effectively leverage the division’s financial resources to positively impact the student experience.

Statistics Professor Christopher Genovese and Scott Berry (DC'94) have been elected fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for outstanding professional contributions to, and leadership in the field of statistical science. Genovese is being recognized for fundamentally important contributions to statistical theory and methodology and their applications to diverse scientific problems; for using scientific problems to inspire new statistical theory; for innovation in statistical pedagogy and for service to the ASA. Berry is being honored for outstanding contributions to innovative design and analysis of clinical trials, including a highly regarded textbook and an award-winning ASA short course; for excellence in the development and dissemination of Bayesian methods with applications in medicine and sports; for mentoring others in the statistical science community; and for service to the ASA. Read more at

James Bursley (DC'12), a researcher in the Department of Psychology and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, wrote a blog post on his recent brain imaging research that he conducted with Psychology Professor David Creswell. The piece, “The Unconscious Mind at Work,” focuses on how the brain uses unconscious thought processes to make decisions. Read it at

Eric Whitman, a Robotics Institute graduate student, was recently eliminated from the penultimate episode of Discovery's "Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius." The grand prize of $50,000 and a job with WET, a design engineering firm, went to contestant Corey Fleisher.


Jeffrey Hunker, who was dean of the Heinz College from 2001 to 2003, died on Friday, May 31. Prior to his time at Carnegie Mellon, Hunker served under President Clinton as senior director for Critical Infrastructure for the White House National Security Council, and before that as the first director of the Federal inter-agency Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied physics and a Ph.D. in business administration (managerial economics) from Harvard University.

Hunker authored several books on cybersecurity, including “Creeping Failure: How We Broke the Internet and What We Can Do to Fix It” and “Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibility.”

Read memories of Hunker from his friend and colleague Matt Bishop, professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis.