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New faculty members for 2011-12: Part 2
September 14, 2011Tweet
Inside will profile the University’s new faculty members this month. This is the second installment:
Ming An, assistant professor of chemistry, will teach Chemistry in Drug Discovery at Binghamton University.
An received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and molecular biology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and his graduate degree in organic chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley.
He did his postdoctoral work at Yale University.
An’s research interests include membrane protein-lipid interactions, membrane active peptides for drug delivery and inhibitor design and synthesis.
Somnath Basu, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, specializes in algebraic topology.
Basu received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Indian Statistical Institute and received his graduate degree in algebraic topology from Stony Brook University.
Basu, from Kolkata, India, will teach Number Systems (following the book The Art of Proof by Beck and Geoghegan) at Binghamton University.
He enjoys painting and squash.
Daniel Koltonski, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in ethics and political philosophy.
He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Swarthmore University and his graduate degree in philosophy from Cornell University.
Koltonski has served as a visiting instructor at Haverford College and Temple University.
He will teach Markets, Ethics and Law, Intro Logic, and Problems in Law and Morality at Binghamton University.
Loretta Mason-Williams, assistant professor of special education in the School of Education, previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh.
She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education/special education from the University of Dayton and received her graduate degree in special education from the University of Maryland.
Mason-Williams specializes in the distribution of special education teachers; equity issues; and the economics of education.
At Binghamton University, she will teach Special Education Content for Area Teachers.
Mason-Williams enjoys running, reading and cooking.
Heather Schwartz, visiting assistant professor of history, has taught at SUNY Delhi for the past two years.
Schwartz received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications and history from Towson University and received her master’s degree and doctorate in history from Binghamton University.
She specializes in colonial America and institutional and imperial history.
At Binghamton University, Schwartz will teach Foundations of America, Civil War America and Revolution and the Founding.
Schwartz enjoys reading, hiking, geocaching and art museums.
Richard Shaker, visiting assistant professor of geography and environmental studies, previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He also served as a visiting researcher at the Academy of Science of Moldova.
Shaker, from Viola, Wisc., received his undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his graduate degree in spatial ecology, sustainable urbanization and landscape change from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
At Binghamton University, Shaker will teach Environmental Planning and Policy, Water Resources Planning and Management, Environmental Planning, Environmental Hazards and Conservation of Natural Resources.
His hobbies include bicycling, camping, hiking, swimming and motorcycles.
Seth Spain, assistant professor in the School of Management, will teach Introduction to Leadership and Research Methods at Binghamton University.
Spain received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and his graduate degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.
He has taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Business.
Spain’s research interests include leadership, job performance and statistical methodology.
He enjoys running and biking.
Ting Zhu, assistant professor of computer science, will teach Wireless Sensor Networks at Binghamton University.
Zhu received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Zhegiang University and received his graduate degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota.
He previously taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Zhu specializes in computer networks, embedded systems and energy-aware computing.
He enjoys running and swimming.