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Katalin Balogh, lecturer, German,
Russian and East Asian Languages
Katalin Balogh Katalin Balogh, lecturer, German, Russian and East Asian Languages, is from Leipzig, Germany.

She studied American studies and German as a foreign language at Leipzig University and taught in 2003 in Sydney, Australia.

At Binghamton, Balogh is teaching German 101 and German for the Professions.


Rosemarie F. Dobrydney, clinical instructor,
Decker School of Nursing
Rosemarie F. Dobrydney, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the State University College at New Paltz and a master’s degree in nursing at the Decker School.

Dobrydney, who’s in practice at United Medical Associates in Endicott, is teaching Nursing Assessment, Practice of Nursing I and Practice of Nursing II.

Dobrydney, who’s from Hyde Park, is married with three daughters ages 2, 3 and 5. She enjoys tennis and hiking.
Rosemarie F. Dobrydney


Christof Grewer, associate professor,
Chemistry Department
Christof Grewer Christof Grewer, who begins work as an associate professor in the Chemistry Department in January 2008, is from Wiesbaden, Germany.

Grewer, who holds undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Frankfurt, specializes in biophysical chemistry and the mechanism of ion and small molecule transport across biological membranes.
He previously was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and a senior research associate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics in Germany. He’s now an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine. At Binghamton, Grewer will teach Chemical Kinetics and the Life Sciences and Biophysical Chemistry.

Grewer, 42, and his wife, Jennifer McManus, have a son named Calvin. Grewer enjoys hiking, singing with a choir and playing volleyball.


Martha Kelehan, area studies librarian for Africana,
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Martha Kelehan, area studies librarian for Africana, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, majored in international studies at Vassar College before earning a master’s in Latin American and Caribbean studies from Tulane University and a master of library and information science from UCLA. Martha Kelehan
Kelehan’s research interests include anything related to Caribbean culture, history and art. She’s working on a paper on the earliest books printed in Saint Domingue, before the Haitian Revolution.

Kelehan, 27, previously worked for the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI). She hopes to teach Library Research for Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies in the spring.

Kelehan, who grew up in Braintree, Mass., enjoys reading, cooking and gardening. She’s married.


Andrés Molina-Ochoa, lecturer,
Philosophy Department
Andrés Molina-Ochoa, a lecturer in the Philosophy Department, is a former Fulbright Scholar from Bogotá, Colombia.

He holds a law degree from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia as well as a master’s degree in philosophy from Binghamton University.

Molina-Ochoa’s research interests include philosophy of law and business ethics. He’s teaching Philosophy of Law, Introduction to Philosophy and Markets, Ethics and Law.

Molina-Ochoa, 32, enjoys soccer and movies.


Kurt Rogers, lecturer,
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kurt Rogers, a lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Binghamton university.

He specializes in DSP Algorithm Hardware Implementations (FPGA’s).
Kurt Rogers
Rogers is teaching Senior Design, Junior Design Lab, Digital Logic Design and Electrical Circuits.

He enjoys jet skiing, water skiing and snowmobiling. He’s also a member of a country/Southern rock band.

Rogers, 28, is engaged to be married.


Susan Seibold-Simpson, clinical associate professor,
Decker School of Nursing
Susan Seibold-Simpson, a clinical associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, is from Port Washington.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Decker School and a master’s in health policy and administration from the University at Albany.

Seibold-Simpson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester, counts public health, adolescent health, reproductive health and social justice among her research interests. She received the Individual National Research Services Award.

Seibold-Simpson enjoys gardening and motorcycle riding.


Amara L. Solari, assistant professor,
Department of Art History
Amara L. Solari, an assistant professor in the Department of Art History, counts Maya colonial history, indigenous conceptions of space and cartography and colonial visual culture among her research interests. Amara L. Solari
Solari, who’s from Napa, Calif., holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied pre-Columbian and colonial Mexican art history.

Solari has received research grants to support field work in Spain and Mexico. Her master’s thesis and undergraduate honors thesis both received awards.

At Binghamton, Solari is teaching Art and Empire in the Ancient Americas: Aztec, Inka, Spanish as well as Introduction to Pre-Columbian Art, Space and Sacrality in the Ancient Americas.


Brian Wall, assistant professor,
Cinema Department
Brian Wall Brian Wall, an assistant professor in the Cinema Department, specializes in film theory, film noir and the historical avant-garde.

Wall, who’s from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor’s in English. He holds a doctorate in critical theory from the University of Western Ontario, where he previously taught in the Department of Film Studies.
Wall has written on topics such as The Big Lebowski, Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Theodor Adorno and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He’s teaching Film Theory, Film Noir and Paracinema.


Julie Wang, area studies librarian
for Asian and Asian-American Studies
Julie Wang, area studies librarian for Asian and Asian-American Studies, holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Bejing Normal University as well as a master’s in library science from Southern Connecticut University. Julie Wang
Wang, a Beijing native, has worked in the libraries of Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Penn State University. She most recently worked at Ithaca College.

Wang and her husband have two sons. She’s a former president of the Southern Tier Chinese Cultural Association and continues to serve on its board.

You can view the new faculty listing from last weeks paper here.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08