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New Faculty Members

Allison Alden is not new to campus, but has a new job. She’s an associate professor in the Master of Public Administration Program and director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, a newly funded research center on campus. She had been division director of professional development and research for SEHD.

Alden, 45, is teaching a class on organizational behavior and serving as the director for three grants, including the HUD-funded C3 project.

She holds a doctorate from Binghamton University, where she also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Alden focuses on community-based research, especially on youth issues.

Alden enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking. She and her husband, a New York State forester, are also tree farmers. They live in Port Crane with their two sons and a dog.

Christopher Hanusa, a visiting assistant professor, studies combinatorics, a field of mathematics. “We’re basically talking about combinations of objects,” he said. “What I’m interested in is counting these combinations. An example from my recent research is: ‘How many ways are there to cover a chessboard with 32 blank dominoes?’ The answer is 12,988,816, but just knowing this number doesn’t provide much insight about why it should be the number. What I like to do is find new, intuitive ways to count discrete families of objects.”

Hanusa, who is teaching calculus this fall, received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Washington in Seattle this year. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvey Mudd College in California.

Until recently, he and his wife lived in Seattle, where they enjoyed outdoor activities such as hiking, ultimate Frisbee, kayaking and skiing. They and their cat are settling into a new home on Binghamton’s West Side.

Robert Ji-Song Ku, visiting associate professor and associate director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program, holds a doctorate in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as well as a master’s degree from New York University.

His research interests include Asian-American and Asian diasporic literature and culture, 20th-century American literature and culture and the study of ethnographic and touristic displays and performances.

Ku is teaching the major seminar in Asian and Asian American Studies, focusing on the differing notions of nationalism and sexuality within various Asian diasporas. He’s also teaching a course called Asian American Cultural Representations that critically examines stereotypes, archetypes, caricatures and other cultural images that are commonly associated with Asians in the U.S. and beyond.

He previously held positions at Hunter College and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Ku, who was born in Korea, grew up in Hawaii. He enjoys cooking and hopes “to someday become an amateur Iron Chef.” His wife, Nancy Um, is an assistant professor in the Art History Department.

Dina Maramba is an assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Development. This semester, she’s teaching Introduction to Interdisciplinary Social Sciences as well as Practitioner as Researcher. Her research interests include equity and diversity issues in higher education, college student development, the experience of students of color on college campuses and theory and practice in student affairs.

Maramba holds a doctorate in higher education from Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University, a master’s degree from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego.

Maramba, who grew up in San Diego, enjoys hiking, photography and playing sports. She’s a football fan with an eclectic music collection.

John McNulty studies elections and voting behavior, including campaign strategy, voter turnout and mobilization, voting technology and political parties. He also has done work in campaign finance, the presidency, American political development, quantitative methodology, technology and politics, political participation and general American politics.

McNulty, 33, received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley this year. He also holds a master’s degree from Berkeley as well as a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He will teach courses on political behavior and voting behavior this academic year.

McNulty, who grew up in New Jersey, lives in Apalachin with his wife and their 20-month-old daughter.

Chris Reiber, a physical anthropologist, is teaching International Health as well as Sex, Food, Drugs and Disease in Global Society. Her research focuses on an evolutionary understanding of health.

Reiber, 38, holds a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree and a post-doctoral master’s of public health degree. She comes to Binghamton from the University of California at Los Angeles’ Neuropsychiatric Institute.

The Pittsburgh native lives in Campville with her partner, 15-year-old daughter and two Alaskan malamutes. Reiber, a stained-glass artist, loves to cook.

Patrick G. Sheridan, a new visiting assistant professor, received his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from Tulane University this year. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Stockton College.

Sheridan, 29, said his dissertation focused on the preparation of a biologically active diterpene used for the treatment of breast and cervical cancer. He is teaching a class in physical organic chemistry this semester.

The New Jersey native enjoys Cajun cooking. He’s a Pisces and owns several large fish tanks with scores of tropical fish. He also has a beagle named Max.

Qi Wang is teaching international marketing for undergraduate and MBA students.

Her research centers mainly on using quantitative methods to analyze the marketing impacts on the survival of new firms and new products, and the implications of network effects and standards competition on marketing strategies.

Qi received a doctorate this year from the University of Florida, and previously earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and a master’s degree in econometrics in China.

Before joining the Ph.D. program in the Marketing Department at the University of Florida, she had been an assistant professor at Zhongshan University for two years and an editor at Zhongshan University Press for five years.

Qi enjoys music and sports, especially swimming and basketball. She was a basketball player in college.

Judith Webb is a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing. She’s teaching Socialization into the Professional Role for undergraduates as well as a graduate-level class about gerentological nursing.

Webb, who now lives in Binghamton, was a nurse practitioner in long-term care facilities in the Utica area for the last eight years. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. She is also board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and in palliative care.

Webb, who has a sharp sense of humor, recently completed Greater Binghamton’s carousel circuit. She’s interested in local history and culture.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08