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Susan Bragg, visiting assistant professor, History Department
Susan Bragg, a visiting assistant professor in the History Department, has taught at the University of Utah, University of Washington and University of Puget Sound.

Bragg, from Sacramento, Calif., did her graduate work at the University of Washington and undergraduate work at California State University-Sacramento.

She specializes in U.S. cultural history, African-American history and women’s history.
At Binghamton, Bragg will teach U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History; U.S. Popular Culture; and African American History to 1865.
She enjoys popular fiction and movies.

Emanuele Delucchi, visiting assistant professor,Mathematical Sciences Department
Emanuele Delucchi, a visiting assistant professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, received his doctorate and did his undergraduate work at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).

Delucchi, from Arogno, Switzerland, specializes in the theory of arrangements of hyperplanes. He will teach calculus, combinatorics and graph theory at Binghamton.
He previously taught at the University of Pisa in Italy.

Delucchi enjoys composing and performing music. He composed the score for the short film Endsieg and has performed with the UC-Berkeley Chamber Chorus.

Vishal Gupta, assistant professor,School of Management
Vishal Gupta, an assistant professor in the School of Management, specializes in strategic entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership.

Gupta, from Punjab, India, was previously an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

He received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Missouri and did his undergraduate work at Punjab Technical University in India.

Gupta started and maintains a blog on using movies in business education and training.

Eser Kirkizlar, assistant professor,School of Management
Eser Kirkizlar, an assistant professor in the School of Management, will teach Statistical Analysis for Managers and Business Process Reengineering at Binghamton.

Kirkizlar received a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering and a master’s in mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

He previously served as a teaching and research assistant at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kirkizlar enjoys running, literature, cinema and foreign languages.

Linda Lazzari, clinical instructor,Decker School of Nursing
Linda Lazzari, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, specializes in community health and communicable disease.

Lazzari previously worked in the Essex County public health department for 20 years before retiring and returning to school to earn her master’s in nursing from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Her daughter also graduated from the school in the same class.

Lazzari will teach clinical in community health nursing at Binghamton.
She enjoys traveling, crocheting and swimming and fishing with her grandson.

Jeanette Lee, clinical instructor, Decker School of Nursing
Jeanette Lee, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, specializes in holistic nursing and psychiatric nursing.

Lee received her master’s from the Decker School of Nursing and did undergraduate work at Yon Sei University School of Nursing. She will teach psychiatric nursing at Binghamton.

Lee was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, and has lived in the area for more than 25 years.

Suman Niranjan, visiting assistant professor,School of Management
Suman Niranjan, a visiting assistant professor in the School of Management, will teach Operations Management and Business Statistics at Binghamton.

Niranjan, from Hyderabad, India, specializes in supply chain optimization, simulation optimization and stochastic inventory theory.

He attended Visveswaraiah Institute of Technology in Belgaum, India, and received his master’s and doctorate in industrial and human systems engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Niranjan enjoys reading, movies and music.

Stefan Sciaraffa, visiting assistant professor, Philosophy Department
Stefan Sciaraffa, a visiting assistant professor in the Philosophy Department, has taught at Rice University, Florida State University School of Law and University of California-Davis.

Sciaraffa, from San Antonio, Texas, attended the University of Texas School of Law and Southern Methodist University.

At Binghamton, he will teach Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy. He also specializes in moral and social philosophy.

Sciaraffa enjoys tennis, weightlifting and politics.

Wendy Stewart, lecturer, Harpur College   
Wendy Stewart, a lecturer in Harpur College’s Writing Initiative, will teach Writing 111: Coming to Voice.

Stewart, from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, received a master’s in literature from the University of Saskatchewan. She also did her undergraduate work there.
She has taught at Waterloo University, McMaster University and Brescia College, all in Ontario, Canada.

Stewart is enjoying exploring upstate New York with her husband and daughter.

Yuki Taguchi, lecturer, Asian and Asian American Studies Department
Yuki Taguchi, a lecturer in the Asian and Asian American Studies Department, will teach Japanese at Binghamton.

Taguchi is from Tokyo and has studied Japanese pedagogy. Her specialty and research interest is the non-native speakers’ use of the final particle “ne” in Japanese.

She has an American partner and a 4-year-son with him.

Alan Temes, instructor, Health, Physical Education and Athletics Department
Alan Temes, an instructor in the Health, Physical Education and Athletics Department, specializes in holistic wellness, holistic health and exercise science.

He has a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Toledo and master’s degrees from Lehman College and The Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies-City University of New York.

Temes previously taught at Hostos Community College, University of Toledo, Southeast Missouri State University, Western State College of Colorado, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Georgian Court University.

At Binghamton, Temes will teach Contemporary Health Issues and Psychosomatic Health: The Mind Body Connection in Health and Healing.

Temes enjoys travel, hiking, cycling, skiing, snowshoeing, photography, writing, literature and philosophy.

Cyma Van Petten, professor, Psychology Department
Cyma Van Petten, a professor in the Psychology Department, will teach courses about human memory, cognitive neuroscience and functions of prefrontal cortex.

She previously served as a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona.
Van Petten did her graduate work in neurosciences at the University of California-San Diego and undergraduate work in psychology at Reed College. Her specialties and research interests include memory and language processing.

She also served as principal investigator for the National Institute on Aging’s “Cognitive and Neural Bases of Aging and Memory.”

Van Petten enjoys hiking, gardening and fiction.

Julia Walker, visiting assistant professor, Art History Department
Julia Walker, a visiting assistant professor in the Art History Department, has taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

At Binghamton, she will teach Introduction to Architecture and Architectural Theory Since 1960.

Walker received her master’s and doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and was a double major in English and art history at Trinity University.

Her specialty is modern architecture and urbanism and her research generally deals with architecture’s relationship to memory.

Walker enjoys running, lifting weights and cooking Tex-Mex food.

She also is trying to read all of the novels that have won the Pulitzer Prize.

Walker’s husband Kevin Hatch also is a visiting assistant professor in the Art History Department.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08