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President Lois B. DeFleur visits during the reception for new faculty and staff Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur visits with resident director Meghan Hinkley-Forcier and Gabriel Reif, an assistant director in the Judicial Affairs Office, during the reception for new faculty and staff held Sept. 19 in the Anderson Center’s Reception Room.


Daniel Brennan, lecturer,
Chemistry Department
Daniel Brennan Daniel Brennan, a lecturer in the Chemistry Department, graduated from Le Moyne College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He earned a doctorate in chemistry and a master of arts in teaching from Binghamton University. In 2006, he received both the Binghamton University Award for Student Excellence and the Chemistry Department’s Outstanding TA Award.
He’s teaching Introductory Chemical Principles.

Brennan, a 27-year-old Syracuse native, enjoys travel and movies. His wife, Alison, teaches chemistry at Chenango Forks High School.


Sunha Choi, assistant professor,
Department of Social Work
Sunha Choi, an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, is from Seoul, Korea. Sunha Choi
She graduated from Yonsei University in Seoul as well as Ball State University in Indiana, then earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation focused on longitudinal changes in health, health insurance and health service use among older foreign-born individuals. Her specialty is health and mental health service use among older vulnerable populations.

Choi, who’s teaching Research Methods in Social Work, previously was a teaching fellow at Washington University and a senior research specialist with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health.


Mariko Hashimoto, lecturer,
Department of German, Russian
and East Asian Languages
Mariko Hashimoto Mariko Hashimoto, a lecturer in the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages, is from Yokohama, Japan.
She holds a degree in American literature from Wako University as well as a degree in Japanese linguistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Hashimoto previously served as a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

At Binghamton, she’ll teach elementary, intermediate and advanced Japanese classes.


Jayantha Jayman,
research assistant professor,
Institute of Global and Cultural Studies
Jayantha Jayman, a research assistant professor with the Institute of Global and Cultural Studies, focuses on international political economy and international relations. More specifically, he’s interested in North-South relations, especially the roles of hegemonic powers such as Japan and the United States. Jayantha Jayman
Jayman holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and political science from Denison University and a master’s degree in political economy and international development from the University of Toronto. He earned a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.

He received the AFS International/Intercultural award to the United States as well as a Monbusho Award to study in Japan.

Jayman, who was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Pittsburgh. He then lived in Canada for more than 15 years.
Jayman enjoys tennis, soccer, volleyball, softball and cricket. He us
ed to play chess at a competitive level.


Karen Johnson Feltham, clinical instructor,
Decker School of Nursing
Karen Johnson Feltham Karen Johnson Feltham, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the State University College at Geneseo, a bachelor’s in nursing from Binghamton University and a master’s in midwifery from Stonybrook University.
Feltham has been in clinical practice for eight years, including hospital and home births. She’s in her third year of service on the state Midwifery Board. She practices with the Bassett Midwives, a Cooperstown group that was recently awarded the Golden commendation from the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Feltham is a member of the international non-government organization Circle of Health International and has an interest in maternal child and global health.

Feltham, a mother of three, recently swam across Cayuga Lake in a fundraiser for Ithaca Hospicare. She’s always looking for an opportunity to run, hike, swim or walk the dog.


Changhong Ke, assistant professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Changhong Ke, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is from Shandong Province in China.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology. In 2006, he earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.
Changhong Ke
Ke previously was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University. At Binghamton, he’s teaching Selected Topics in Nano-Bio Science and Engineering as well as Introduction to Nanotechnology.

His research interests include NEMS and MEMS, nanomanipulation, multi-physics modeling, AFM molecular imaging, DNA damage and repair, DNA mechanics and single molecule force spectroscopy.


Kelly Kinney, assistant professor,
Department of English
Kelly Kinney Kelly Kinney, director of composition and assistant professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, is interested in intersections of rhetoric and politics in the history of writing instruction.
Kinney holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a master’s in rhetoric and composition from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate in rhetoric and composition from Ohio University.

She previously served as coordinator of first-year composition at the University of Notre Dame and as a rhetoric and composition fellow at Grand Valley State University.

Kinney, who’s from Muskegon, Mich., is married to Scott Henkel, a visiting assistant professor in the English Department. She’s teaching Coming to Voice in Academic Writing and the Graduate Seminar on Teaching College Composition.


Candace Mulcahy, assistant professor,
School of Education

Candace Mulcahy, an assistant professor of special education in the School of Education, is from Endicott.

She holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. She received the Donald D. Hammill Dissertation Scholarship.
Candace Mulcahy
Mulcahy’s research interests include instructional approaches for students with learning disabilities and students with emotional and behavioral disorders as well as the education of incarcerated youths and at-risk youths.

She’s teaching Assessment in Special Education, Personality and Behavioral Disorders of Childhood and Collaboration with Families and Staff.


Gwendolyn Schwinke,
visiting assistant professor,
Theatre Department
Gwendolyn Schwinke Gwendolyn Schwinke, a visiting assistant professor in the Theatre Department, is a professional actress and published playwright from Morrison, Mo.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from Drury University and a master of fine arts in acting from Illinois State University.
Schwinke, who specializes in movement and voice for actors, is a certified Feldenkrais movement teacher and a designated Linklater voice teacher. She is vice president and chair of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.

She has taught at New York University, St. Olaf University, Macalester College and elsewhere. At Binghamton, Schwinke’s teaching the Feldenkrais Method for Performers, doing voice work and body work with actors and serving as voice and text coach for Romeo and Juliet in the spring.

She enjoys travel, biking and Taiko drumming.


M. Jacqueline Visser, lecturer,
School of Education

M. Jacqueline Visser, a lecturer in the School of Education, is from Endicott. Her research interests include the role of school principals in K-12 literacy learning. M. Jacqueline Visser
She graduated from Harpur College with a bachelor’s in sociology and received a master’s in reading education from the University of Scranton.

Visser, who retired from the Union-Endicott Central School District after a career as a teacher and administrator, is teaching several courses in the Literacy Department at Binghamton.

Visser received the Glenn G. Bartle Award from the Alumni Association in 1988. She and her husband, John, also a Harpur graduate, have a son named Andrew.


Bruce White, associate professor,
Physics and Materials Science
Bruce White Bruce White, an associate professor of Physics and Materials Science, holds 19 patents.

White, who earned his bachelor’s in physics at Binghamton, received master’s and doctoral degrees in solid state physics from Cornell University.
His research interests are in the areas of carrier transport in nanostructures, lattice vibrations of nanostructures and development of novel electron devices for information processing and energy generation.

White previously was a distinguished member of the technical staff and manager of CMOS Research and Development, Freescale Semiconductor. He was a Presidential Scholar at Binghamton University, where he won the George E. Moore Award. He also received the Distinguished Innovator Award at Motorola as well as the Motorola High Impact Technology Award. He’s chair of the Emerging Technologies Session on Energy Harvesting Electron Devices for the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM).

White, 39, and his wife have a daughter. The Spartanburg, S.C., native enjoys golf and occasionally trains for marathons.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08