Two new professors join departments of science, one joins the English department, a fourth will educate future teachers.
GENEVA, N.Y.—Each fall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcome new members to the faculty. This year four new professors have been hired into full-time positions, and another dozen join the faculty in full- or part-time temporary positions. All bring impressive scholarly and teaching credentials, and all enhance the Colleges community with their talents.
James MaKinster, assistant professor of education, holds a doctorate in science and environmental education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. MaKinster’s credentials as an educator span from classroom teaching to involvement in several research projects, which have focused largely on developing and testing science curricula, fostering web-supported professional development communities, and ways in which technology can enhance learning environments. Most recently he worked on projects supported by the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University. MaKinster has been published in a variety of scholarly publications and frequently presents his work to colleagues at professional meetings. He and his wife now reside in Geneva.
Holding a doctorate from Indiana University is Mark Deutschlander, assistant professor of biology. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 with a major in zoology, and a minor concentration in neuroscience. Deutschlander has taught biology at Indiana University, and at Rochester Institute of Technology. He was also a research post-doctoral fellow at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and a visiting scholar in Sydney, Australia. Deutschlander’s research interests are centered on animal migration and the cues that animals use to find their way, such as the earth’s magnetic field and celestial cues. He has worked with salmon, amphibians, rodents and birds in his studies. Throughout his career, he has been active in the mentoring of undergraduate research students, the pairings often resulting in scholarly presentations and published works. He has won several research awards and has been active both in publishing his own studies, one of which was published in the journal Nature. He is currently vice president for the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, a position that allows him to combine research with community outreach. Deutschlander and his wife, Cheryl Galvani, live in Canandaigua.
Directly after earning her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, Melanie Conroy-Goldman, assistant professor of English, taught first and fourth grades through Teach for America. Later, she earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Oregon in 1999 and taught at Gettysburg College and Rhodes College in Tennessee. Conroy-Goldman also has worked as a fiction editor, assistant for a production company and a literary agent, and a play reader. The author of several published short fiction pieces, she says her writing and her teaching are two equally important facets of the same career. Conroy-Goldman lives in Rochester.
Steven Penn, assistant professor of physics, earned a Ph.D. in nuclear structure physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, Penn joined the experimental gravitational physics group at Syracuse University. There he joined the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) project, a multi-university collaboration headed by Caltech and MIT that is attempting to provide the first-ever measurement of gravity waves. Once gravity waves are detected LIGO plans to observe the universe with this
new found way of seeing. Penn's research is on advanced detector design to lower LIGO's thermal noise limit and in developing methods for measuring higher order noise couplings. Penn is well published in the field.
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