October 6, 2014
Ksenija Marinkovic, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Area of Excellence: Cognitive Neurosciences
Ksenija Marinkovic was an Associate Professor in Radiology at UCSD. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Zagreb in 1984, a M.S. in Psychology from the Occidental College in 1987, a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA in 1993, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at INSERM in France, followed by a second postdoctoral fellowship in the Brain Research Institute at UCSD. Dr. Marinkovic has 44 peer-reviewed publications, and 14 reviews/chapters. She serves on grant review panels and editorial boards and has given numerous national and international presentations. She also has considerable experience teaching at different levels. Her research field in spatiotemporal brain imaging, a topic with many applications including alcohol effects on inhibitory control. She has multiple active grants, including an NIH grant that runs through 2018.
Tom Rockwell, Ph.D.
Department of Geological Sciences
Tom is an expert on the tectonics and earthquake hazards of southern California and Baja California, has conducted extensive trenching programs to date earthquakes on faults in the western U.S., South and Central America, the Middle East and Asia, and routinely uses soil stratigraphy and geomorphology combined with various radiometric dating techniques to assess rates of fault activity, determine recency of faulting, and date past earthquakes. His research focuses on understanding earthquake occurrence in time and space. Current projects include the characterization of fault systems behavior by understanding patterns of past recurrence of large earthquakes on faults in southern California, northern Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Portugal, Turkey, India, and Israel. This work includes resolving information on slip per event, as it relates to understanding the controls on segmentation and rupture termination. He has also worked extensively on the affects of tectonism on the landscape, and using geomorphology to constrain rates and timing of tectonic events. Included in this latter aspect is detailed mapping and dating of marine terraces along the west coast of North America and assessment of paleosea level during the late Quaternary. Atomic Energy Commission / Nuclear reactors.
Bo-Wen Shen, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Area of Excellence: Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
Shen is an atmospheric scientist specializing in global weather and climate modeling, high-end computing, and nonlinear dynamics. His areas of interest include hurricane modeling, predictability of nonlinear weather systems, nonlinear multiscale analysis, scientific visualizations and parallel computing. He has been a principal investigator for the NASA High-End Computing (HEC) program since 2006, and a principal investigator for the NASA Advanced Information System Technology (AIST) program of Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) since 2009. Since 2011, he has studied the chaos in high-order Lorenz models with the aim of understanding the impact of butterfly effect on predictability.