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2008-09 new faculty members

Onur Koksoy, associate
professor, Mathematical
Sciences Department

Onur Koksoy, an associate professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, was chair of the Mathematics Department at Nigde University in Turkey from 2006-2008.

His specialties include industrial statistics and design of experiments.

Koksoy received his bachelor’s degree from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey; a master’s degree from Virginia Tech University; and his doctorate from Hacettepe University in Ankara.

At Binghamton, he will teach Calculus II, Industrial Statistics and Advanced Nonparametric Statistics.

Koksoy is married and has two daughters, ages 4 and 2. He enjoys watching soccer, Formula One, swimming and the outdoors.

Alan Lockard,
visiting assistant professor,
Economics Department

Alan Lockard, a visiting assistant professor in the Economics Department, has taught at St. Lawrence University, Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and Trinity College in Connecticut.

Lockard has a doctorate in economics from George Mason University, master’s degrees from George Mason, Trinity, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Florida Atlantic University and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Hartford and Syracuse University.

At Binghamton, he will teach Principles of Microeconomics and Economic Analysis of the Law.

Lockard enjoys canoeing, skiing and card and board games.

Rolf Quam,
visiting assistant professor,
Anthropology Department

Rolf Quam, a visiting assistant professor in the Anthropology Department, has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Quam received his doctorate in anthropology from Binghamton University, a master’s in the field from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At Binghamton, he will teach Human Origins and Human Paleontology.
His field experience includes work as a team member at archaeological sites in Burgos, Spain and Madrid, Spain.

Eriks Rozners,
associate professor,
Department of Chemistry

Eriks Rozners, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, was born, raised and educated in Riga, Latvia.

He received a degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Riga Technical University and worked on RNA synthesis at Stockholm University.

Rozners spent the past seven years as an assistant professor at Northeastern University. He will teach Organic Synthesis at Binghamton.

He moved to the United States from Sweden in 1997, enjoys hiking, camping and backpacking. Rozners’ hobbies include rock and ice climbing and mountaineering.

Sarah Shectman,
visiting assistant professor,
Judaic Studies Department

Sarah Shectman, a visiting assistant professor in the Judaic Studies Department, received her master’s and doctorate from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Wellesley College.

Shectman, from San Francisco, previously served as a visiting assistant professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

Her research interests include sources of the Pentateuch and women and priestly law. At Binghamton, she will teach Biblical History: Israelite Origins to the Exile and Contexts of Creation: Genesis and Ancient Near Eastern Myth.

Shectman’s hobbies are cooking, baking, gardening and travel.

Matthieu van der Meer,
visiting assistant professor,
Department of Classical
and Near Eastern Studies

Matthieu van der Meer, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, specializes in medieval and Renaissance philosophy.

Van der Meer received master’s degrees in theology from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and in philosophy from the Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.

He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Van der Meer previously taught at Syracuse University and in the Netherlands. He will teach Latin and Greek this semester at Binghamton.

He enjoys singing, playing the piano and biking.

Ruth Van Dyke,
associate professor,
Department of Anthropology

Ruth Van Dyke, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, is an archaeologist specializing in the study of ancient Native Americans in the Southwest United States, particularly Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

She is originally from Texas and has lived in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
Van Dyke received her doctorate and master’s in anthropology from the University of Arizona, and received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her work examines the issues of social power, landscape, ritual, memory, architecture and ideology.

This fall, Van Dyke is teaching Archaeology of the Southwest U.S. and Strategies in Archaeology. She previously taught at Colorado College, California State University-Fullerton, University of Arizona and Pima Community College in Arizona.

Diane Vavrichek,
visiting assistant professor,
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Diane Vavrichek, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is from Silver Spring, Md.

She specializes in geometric group theory and will teach Linear Algebra at Binghamton.
Vavrichek, a graduate of Beloit College, received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

Leigh Ann Wheeler,
associate professor
History Department

Leigh Ann Wheeler, an associate professor in the History Department, has a doctorate in history from the University of Minnesota and did her undergraduate work at Kansas State University.

Wheeler, from Kansas City, Kan., previously taught at Bowling Green University, Rollins College and Concordia College. This fall, she will teach U.S. Women, Gender and Sexuality and Women and Social Movements in the 20th Century U.S.

Her research specialties include the history of U.S. women; social movements; civil liberties; sexuality; and the First Amendment and censorship.

Wheeler is married and has a 5-year-old son and two dogs.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08