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Three Join Sciences

This academic year, the environmental studies, geoscience and chemistry departments have welcomed three new members of faculty to the tenure track. Each of these experts in their field has joined the Hobart and William Smith community as assistant professors.

Joining the department of environmental studies is Beth Kinne. Kinne received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. from the University of British Columbia  and her JD from the University of Washington, School of Law.

Prior to joining the Colleges in 2008, Kinne served as an associate attorney at Leavenworth & Karp, P.C. in Colorado, where she negotiated and drafted contracts relating to land use and water law practice. Kinne also served as a law clerk with the Washington State Attorney General in their Division of Natural Resources. Kinne has presented her work in the U.S. and China, and recently organized the Finger Lakes Institute’s Environment and Development Conference, which focused primarily on hydrofracking.

Nicholas Metz has joined the department of geoscience. Metz received his B.S. from Valparaiso University and his M.S. from the University of Albany. In 2011, he earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Albany, with the dissertation “Persistence and Dissipation of Lake Michigan-Crossing Mesoscale Convective Systems.”

Metz has previously taught introductory and synoptic meteorology in the department of atmospheric and environmental sciences at the University at Albany, for which he received the Vonnegut Award for excellence in teaching in 2010. He has published papers, presented at numerous conferences, and produced technical reports on many aspects of atmospheric science including summertime convective systems, large-scale cyclones, and cold-air outbreaks.


New to the department of chemistry is Kristin Slade. She earned her B.S. from the University of Richmond and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with the dissertation “Protein Diffusion in Escherichia coli.

Slade recently served as a teaching and research postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology at Claremont Colleges in California. She has extensive research experience and her interests in analytical chemistry have a strong emphasis on biophysics, biochemistry and molecular biology. Slade is the recipient of several fellowships and has contributed to nearly a dozen publications.

The top photo features Beth Kinne teaching a class in Stern Hall.