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Colleges Welcome New Faculty Members

Seven departments at Hobart and William Smith add to their teaching staff

(Aug. 20, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart and William Smith Colleges community welcomes seven tenure-track members to the faculty this year as assistant professors:

Nicola Minott-Ahl, English and comparative literature. Minott-Ahl has taught classes on the short story, expository writing and fantasy/horror. She received her bachelor's degree from City College of New York and her master's and doctoral degrees from City University of New York. She also holds a certificate in medieval studies.

Stina Bridgeman, computer science. Bridgeman comes to HWS from Colgate University. Her research interests include graph drawing, information visualization, computational geometry and human-computer interaction. She received her bachelor's degree from Williams College and her master's and doctoral degrees from Brown University.

Neil Laird, geoscience. Laird’s research incorporates computer modeling and observational techniques to study
meteorology and oceanography. He most recently taught courses on severe weather and physical oceanography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which awarded him his master’s a doctoral degrees. Laird received his bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego.

Helen McCabe, education. McCabe comes to the Colleges from Indiana University, where she received her Ph.D. in special education and international/comparative education. Her research involves social change and disability in China. She received her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and her master's from Washington University.

Dia Mohan, anthropology and sociology. Mohan studies globalization, political and historical sociology, ethnography and sustainable development. She received her bachelor's degree from Lady Shri Ram College for Women at the University of Delhi, India, her master's from the University of Warwick (England) and her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Justin Miller, chemistry. Miller has studied the principles of bio-organic chemistry using peptide and protein synthetic methodology. He has taught undergraduate organic chemistry courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he earned his doctoral degree. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University, and has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sloan-Kettering Institute.

Uta Wolfe, psychology. Wolfe joins the Colleges from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She studies the psychology of vision and movement. Wolfe received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

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