Top 100 Influentials 2010 - Academic
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Maria Blanco
Maria Blanco   Executive Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity & Diversity, UC Berkeley

Ms. Blanco joined UC Berkeley on July 1, 2007, as the first executive director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women's rights and racial justice. She was formerly executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Irasema Coronado
Irasema Coronado   Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Texas, El Paso

Dr. Coronado is one of five people appointed by President Obama to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. She is a faculty member of the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. program. Additionally, she is co-author of the book. 'Fronteras No Mas: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border', and several academic articles.

Roberto Díaz
Roberto Díaz   President, Curtis Institute of Music

A violist of international reputation, Mr. Díaz follows renowned artist/directors Gary Graffman, Efrem Zimbalist, Rudolf Serkin and Josef Hofmann. As a member of the Curtis viola faculty since 2000, and as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1996 to 2006, Mr. Díaz has had a big impact on American music.

Benjamin Flores
Benjamin Flores   Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, El Paso

Dr. Benjamin C. Flores is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Additionally, he is an expert in retention strategies for nontraditional students.  From 1999 to 2007, he was project director of the Model Institutions for Excellence Initiative. Dr. Flores' technical expertise is in the area of radar signal processing, analysis, and design.  He was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentorship.

Ruth E. Lugo
Ruth E. Lugo   Dean, Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, Metropolitan College of New York

During her tenure at Metropolitan College of New York, Dr. Lugo developed curriculum and implemented new programs, including the college's first undergraduate liberal arts program in American Urban Studies. In fall of 2010, the college will begin offering a Master of Science in Education in Mathematics, another program developed under her leadership.

Pablo G. Molina
Pablo G. Molina   Associate Vice President for Information Technologies and Campus CIO, Georgetown University

Mr. Molina teaches graduate courses on Ethics and Technology Management and Managing Information Security. He worked as director of information technology for the University of Pennsylvania Law School, lecturer/director of information systems for Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, and senior lecturer for the University of Missouri in Saint Louis Business School.

Rachel F. Moran
Rachel F. Moran   Dean and Michael J. Connell Professor of law, UCLA School of Law

Dean Moran is the dean-designate at UCLA School of Law. She is the eighth dean of UCLA School of Law, and the first Latina dean of a top-ranked U.S. law school. She was previously the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven professor of law at Berkeley Law School as well as a founding faculty member at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. In 2009, she became president of the Association of American Law Schools.

Cynthia A. Telles
Cynthia A. Telles   Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic, UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Telles has been on the faculty of the UCLA's School of Medicine since 1986. She is currently the director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic. Among her many corporate, nonprofit, and public service board memberships, Dr. Telles was recently appointed to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Dr. Telles was also appointed to the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.