New faculty profiles for 2015-16: Part 6
October 9, 2015Tweet
Marie-Christine Merdan, lecturer, German and Russian Studies Department, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Marie-Christine Merdan, a lecturer, in the German and Russian Studies Department, will teach German 101 and German 203 at Binghamton University.
Merdan received her undergraduate degree from Universitat Regensburg in Germany, and her graduate degree from Universitat Regensbug in German language and literature in German language and literature; history; and German as a foreign language.
She is from Regensburg, Germany.
Julien Panetier, assistant professor of physical chemistry, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Julien Panetier, an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department, specializes in computational chemistry and artificial photosynthesis.
Panetier, from Reims, France, received his undergraduate degree in physical chemistry from the University of Reims, a master’s degree in chemistry from Heriot-Watt University and a doctorate in computational chemistry from Heriot-Watt University.
He previously served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California-Berkeley.
At Binghamton University, Panetier will teach computational chemistry.
He enjoys running and playing basketball.
Randall Souza, visiting assistant professor, classical and near eastern studies, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Randall Souza, a visiting assistant professor in the Classical and Near Eastern Studies Department, will teach Rome and Pompeii: Eternal Cities and Intro to Latin at Binghamton University.
Souza, from Williamstown, Mass., received his undergraduate degree in the classics from Amherst College. He received his graduate degree in ancient history and Mediterranean archeology from the University of California-Berkeley.
He previously served as a visiting assistant professor at Duquesne University.
Souza’s research interests include the history and archeology of ancient Sicily; citizenship in antiquity; and human mobility and archaeologically visible communities.
He enjoys backpacking, ultimate frisbee and cooking.
Bridget Whearty, assistant professor of medieval studies and digital humanities, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Bridget Whearty, an assistant professor in the English Department, previously served as a visiting assistant professor at Mills College in California.
Whearty, from Helena, Mont., received her undergraduate degree in English literature and creative writing from the University of Montana and her graduate degree in medieval English literature from Stanford University.
She specializes in 15th-century English literature, manuscript stories and the history of the book, Geoffrey Chaucer and John Lydgate, and digitalization and digital humanities.
At Binghamton University, she will teach Introduction to Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Chaucer and His Legacy; Medieval English Literature; and Medieval Books in the Digital Age.
Whearty enjoys gardening, hiking, crafting and camping. She also is tweeting a new translation of the Lydgate poem “The Fall of Princes.”
Mathew Wolak, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Matthew Wolka, a visiting assistant professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, specializes in lie theory.
Wolak, from Haddam, Conn., received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his graduate degree in mathematics from Tufts University.
At Binghamton University, Wolak will teach Business Calculus, Calculus II and Number Systems.
Wolak enjoys games.