New faculty members for 2012-13: Part 3Tweet
Talia Bar, visiting assistant professor, economics
Talia Bar, a visiting assistant professor of economics, was born and raised in Givataim, Israel, and now lives in Ithaca.
Bar received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and her master’s degree in economics from Hebrew University. She received her doctorate in economics from Yale University.
She has worked as an assistant professor and senior lecturer in the Economics Department at Cornell University.
Bar’s research interests include industrial organization and microeconomics (theory and applications).
She will teach Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organization and Game Theory at Binghamton University.
Bar enjoys cooking and nature walks.
Chun-An Chou, assistant professor, systems science and industrial engineering
Chun-An Chou, assistant professor of systems science and industrial engineering, has worked as a postdoc researcher in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Integrated Brain Imaging Center (IBIC) at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
Chou received his doctorate in industrial and systems engineering at Rutgers University in 2011, after earning his master’s degree in operations research from Columbia University in 2007.
His research interests include mathematical optimization modeling and computation in data mining for large-scale problems in several applications: brain neuroimaging with fMRI, computational biology, and medical data analysis and decision-making.
During his PhD studies, he was a finalist for the INFORMS Data Mining best student paper award in 2011, and received an honorable mention in the INFORMS NJ Chapter Operations Research Student Contest in 2009. He has published, papers in the leading OR journals.
Arnab Dey, assistant professor, history and Asian and Asian-American Studies
Arnab Dey, an assistant professor of history and Asian and Asian-American Studies, will teach courses on modern South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Dey, from Assam, India, received his undergraduate degree in English literature from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He received his master’s degree from the University of Delhi and completed his doctorate in history and South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago. Before coming to Chicago, he taught for three years at St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi, India.
Dey’s research centers around tea plantations in colonial India, with special focus on their environmental and cultural life worlds. He also examines the interface of human and nonhuman actors in the history of commodity production in British India.
He received the Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Award at the University of Chicago and was also awarded the Nicholson Center for British Studies Fellowship twice, in 2009 and 2011.
Dey enjoys traveling, reading and the occasional foray into cooking.
Jeffrey Mativetsky, assistant professor, physics
Jeffrey Mativetsky, assistant professor of physics, applied physics and astronomy, will teach introductory physics at Binghamton University.
Mativetsky, from Montreal, received his undergraduate degree and doctorate in physics from McGill University. He received his master’s degree in physics from McMaster University.
From 2007-2010, Mativetsky was the Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Supramolecular Science and Engineering Institute in Strasbourg, France. From 2010-2012, he served as the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.
Mativetsky is interested in the interplay between nanoscale structure and electrical function in organic materials for use in flexible, light-weight and low-cost solar cells and electronics. He plans to develop a course on energy science
He enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and music.
Joshua Reno, assistant professor, anthropology
Joshua Reno, assistant professor of anthropology, will teach Introduction to Social Anthropology and Science, Technology & Knowledge at Binghamton University.
Reno, from Walworth, received bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and psychology from Cornell University and a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Michigan.
He previously served as a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Reno’s research interests are environmental crises and technologies, waste and semiotics.
He has received awards for innovative teaching, including the Peake Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the co-editor, with Catherine Alexander, of “Economies of Recycling” from Zed Books. His work has appeared in places such as American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, the Journal of Material Culture and Science, Technology & Human Values.
Reno’s hobbies are cooking, sports and movies.
Bonggu Shim, assistant professor, physics
Bonggu Shim, an assistant professor of physics, applied physics and astronomy, specializes in plasma, laser physics and nonlinear optics.
Shim, from Anyang, South Korea, received his undergraduate degree in physics from Seoul National University and his doctorate in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.
He previously served as a postdoctoral researcher and research associate at Cornell University.
Shim enjoys sports and music.
Corrine Spencer, lecturer, English as a Second Language Program
Corrine Spencer, a lecturer in the English as a Second Language Program, specializes in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and language acquisition; corpus linguistics and pedagogy.
Spencer, from Conklin, received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam, where she studied Academic and Professional English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She did her graduate work at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she studied linguistics with a focus on TESOL.
She previously worked as an ESL instructor at the University of Illinois and has presented her work at the International TESOL Convention.
At Binghamton University, Spencer will teach Advanced English as a Second Language, and Advanced Speaking and Listening Comprehension.
Spencer enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking and swing dancing.
Marguerite Wilson, visiting assistant professor, human development
Marguerite Wilson, visiting assistant professor of human development, specializes in gender, development, education and social justice.
Wilson, who is originally from Montreal, but mostly grew up in Orinda, Calif., and Germany, received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and her master’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of California-Davis.
She previously worked as a graduate student teaching assistant at the University of California-Davis.
Wilson will teach Gender, Development and Education, and Child Development at Binghamton University.
She enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, knitting and traveling.