Molitor, Metzger and Holden join CNS leadership team

Oct. 12, 2011. CNS-UCSB Director Barbara Herr Harthorn today announced the appointments of three new members of the Center's leadership team. Bonnie Molitor starts her position as Assistant Director on October 17, 2011.  Joining the Center’s Executive Committee are Associate Professor Miriam Metzger from the Department of Communication, and Professor Patricia Holden from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.


"I am delighted to welcome Bonnie Molitor, Miriam Metzger, and Patricia Holden to the CNS leadership team," said Harthorn. "Bonnie's broad range of accounting. federal grants, and management skills will be valuable assets to CNS' day-to-day operations. As Education Director, Miriam's considerable knowledge of the dynamics leading to successful online education programs will inform the expansion of our formal and informal education and outreach efforts into new directions. And Trish's scientific expertise about the effects of nanomaterials on ecosystems will significantly inform the direction of current and future CNS research into the opportunities and risks posed by nanotechnologies."


Bonnie Molitor comes to CNS-UCSB with nine years’ experience in grants administration and project management in public higher education. As Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at CSU Channel Islands, Ms. Molitor was integral in building the infrastructure and administration of the centralized campus grants administration office, overseeing policy development, budgeting, proposal development, and pre- and post-award research and sponsored programs compliance.  In 2010, she was one of only ten administrators selected nationwide to participate in the DHHS-HACU Professions Capacity Building Program, a federal professional development program to strengthen the capacity of Hispanic Serving Institutions to secure and retain federal funding for research and sponsored programs. Ms. Molitor also has private-sector professional experience in accounting and financial analysis.  She  graduated from California Lutheran University with a BS in Business Management.  


Dr. Miriam Metzger, Associate Professor of Communication, is joining the CNS-UCSB Executive Committee as Education Director. Professor Metzger’s research interests lie at the intersection of media, information technology, and trust, centering on how information technology alters our understandings of credibility, privacy, and the processes of media effects. Dr. Metzger’s research has been widely published in journals including Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Mass Communication & Society, Media Psychology, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Computers & Education, and Information, Communication & Society. She has also published several book chapters and co-edited Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility (MIT Press) and Kids & Credibility: An Empirical Examination(MIT Press), as part of the MacArthur Series on Digital Media & Learning. In addition to serving as CNS-UCSB’s Education Director, she is the PhD Emphasis Director of UCSB’s Center for Information, Technology and Society, and a faculty affiliate of the Carsey-Wolf Center.


Dr. Patricia (Trish) Holden is Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Dr. Holden’s background is in civil/environmental engineering and soil microbiology. Her research cross-cuts these fields, with current projects regarding the interactive effects of soil, water, and nutrients on deep soil bacterial processes, bacterial interactions with engineered nanomaterials in soil and water, and microbiological coastal water quality in urban environments. Her numerous research publications have appeared in Nature Nanotechnology, Environmental Science and Technology, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Journal of Microbiological Methods, Annals of Environmental Science, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, and the Journal of Water and Health. Dr. Holden also serves as leader of research Theme 4 of the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN), studying “Terrestrial Ecosystems Impact and Hazard Assessment”and has been a collaborator on research projects with CNS Director Harthorn and Co-PI Richard Appelbaum. She also serves as Director of the UCSB Natural Reserve System.