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Elizabeth Anderson,
lecturer, School of Education
Anderson Elizabeth Anderson, a lecturer in the School of Education, specializes in childhood and early childhood inclusive education, sensory integration disorder, childhood and early childhood mental health.
Anderson, a doctoral student in the School of Education, holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and master’s degrees in education from Lesley University and Binghamton University. She has been a teacher, a student teacher supervisor and a lecturer at Broome Community College.

This semester, the Binghamton resident is teaching Introduction to Special Education as well as Instructional Approaches for Inclusive Elementary Classrooms.

Dennis Chapman,
visiting instructor, Department of Social Work
Dennis Chapman, a visiting instructor in the Department of Social Work, specializes in gerontology and mental health. Chapman
Chapman, who’s from Vestal, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hobart College and a master’s in social work from the University at Albany. He’s now a doctoral candidate in Albany’s School of Social Welfare.

Chapman, who has served as a research assistant and project director for the Institute of Gerontology at Albany, has also been a part-time lecturer there. At Binghamton, he’s teaching Social Work Practice and Evaluation of Social Work Practice.

He enjoys bicycling, golf, home renovations, running and tennis.

Theja De Silva,
assistant professor, Physics Department
De Silva Theja De Silva, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, is from Bandrawela, Sri Lanka.
He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, as well as a doctorate in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award in 2005 from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.

De Silva, who previously was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, is teaching Physics 121.

His research interests include condensed matter physics. In particular, he’s studying strongly correlated and collective phenomena in many-body systems. These systems include both cold-atomic gases and electronic matter.

He and his wife, Badra, have a son.

Rui Huang, assistant professor,
School of Management
Rui Huang, an assistant professor in the School of Management, is teaching Information Systems and Applications. Huang
Huang, who’s from Beijing, China, hold’s a bachelor’s degree in English from Beijing Language and Culture University, a master’s degree in management information systems from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.

She received a University of Oklahoma Graduate Foundation Fellowship, a Graduate Student Senate Conference and Creative Exhibition Grant, a Graduate College Robberson Conference Presentation Travel Grant and a Sooner Heritage Scholarship.

Huang’s research interests include IT governance, IT outsourcing, knowledge management and virtual teams. She enjoys tennis, hiking and watching movies.

Yee Cheng Loon, assistant professor,
School of Management
Loon Yee Cheng Loon, an assistant professor of finance in the School of Management, specializes in mutual funds, hedge funds, market microstructure and corporate finance.
Loon, who’s from Singapore, received his doctorate in finance this year from Georgia State University. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

He received the award for Best Paper on Hedge Funds at the 2006 European Finance Association conference, the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award at Georgia State University in 2006, a Nanyang Technological University Research Scholarship and First Class Honors at Nanyang Technological University.

At Binghamton, Loon is teaching Financial Markets and Institutions.

Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman,
assistant professor, Department of English
Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, assistant professor of English, enjoys snowboarding, yoga, writing poetry and attending concerts. Stoever-Ackerman
Stoever-Ackerman, who’s from Riverside, Calif., holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Riverside, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. In 2005-06, she was a predoctoral research fellow at the Frederick Douglass Institute of African and African American Studies at the University of Rochester.

Stoever-Ackerman’s research interests include African-American literature, sound and audio culture studies, popular music, 20th century American literature, race and representation and cultural studies. She’s teaching Race, Realism, and the City: African American Literature 1930-1960 as well as Popular Music and Representation.

Christopher Twigg, assistant professor,
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Twigg Christopher Twigg, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is teaching Analog Circuit Design and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design and Test.
Twigg, who’s from Martinsburg, W.Va., holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a doctorate from Georgia Tech. He previously was a post-doctoral researcher at Georgia Tech.

Twigg’s research interests include reconfigurable and programmable mixed-signal circuits and systems as well as neuromorphic circuits.

Twigg, 29, enjoys basketball, ping-pong and darts. His wife’s name is Shannon.

Adrian Vasiu,
visiting assistant professor,
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Adrian Vasiu, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, hails from Cluj Napoca, Romania. Vasiu
He is a graduate of Cluj University and did his graduate work at Princeton University.

Vasiu, whose specialty is arithmetic algebraic geometry, previously taught at the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn; ETH, FIM, Zurich; the University of California-Berkeley; University of Utah; and University of Arizona. He will be teaching Linear Algebra as well as Rings and Algebras I.

Vasiu, 38, and his wife have two daughters. He enjoys sports, reading and playing with his children.

Xiangjin Xu, assistant professor, Department
of Mathematical Sciences
Xu Xiangjin Xu, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, grew up in Dongyang, Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Nankai University, a master’s degree from Nankai Institute of Mathematics and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, all in mathematics.

Xu previously was a Whyburn instructor at the University of Virginia, a visiting scholar at the Chern Institute of Mathematics and a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. He’ll be a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques at the Université de Montreal from January-August 2008.

Xu’s research interests include harmonic analysis on manifolds and nonlinear differential equations. He’s teaching Math 508: Complex Analysis this semester.

Guangwen Zhou, assistant professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Guangwen Zhou, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, holds a doctorate in materials science from the University of Pittsburgh. He received a master’s in physics from Beijing University of Technology in Beijing, China, and a bachelor’s in physics from Xiangtan University in Xiangtan, China. Zhou
Zhou, who is teaching transmission electron microscopy, counts among his research interests structure and dynamics at surfaces and interfaces; self-assembly of nanoscale structures; atomic scale mechanism of gas-surface reaction: catalysis, hydriding, oxidation; transmission electron microscopy, scanned probe microscopy, X-ray scattering; biomineralization; nano-bio interface; epitaxial growth of thin films: strain, dislocations and surface morphology.

Zhou was a post-doctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory and previously served as a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

He enjoys reading.

You can view the new faculty listing from last week's paper here.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08