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New Faculty for 2003-2004
August 21, 2003
School of Architecture
Mr. Chandler attended Cornell University where he graduated with a bachelor of architecture. He later attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design and graduated with a master of architecture. He has been in private practice since 1997 and prior to that, he worked with several architects as project designer. Mr. Chandler is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in the State of Florida. He has taught as an adjunct professor at FIU since 1998 and as a lecturer at UM School of Architecture. Courses taught include graphic communication, design, method and materials, and lighting.
Prior to joining FIU, Ms. King was the chair of the Department of Interior Design-College of Design and Planning at the University of Florida, where she worked since 1993. She holds a BA in art history, a BA in fine arts and a master of interior architecture, the latter from the University of Oregon. Ms. King is the chair of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council, as well as a member of an editorial review board and a publication board member of the Journal of Interior Design. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and grants.
Henry E. Lares, Visiting 1st year
Mr. Lares graduated from FIU with a BA in history, and a minor in psychology and religious studies. He also took some courses in architectural history and design at FIU and later graduated from Texas A&M with a master of architecture. Mr. Lares’ previous work experience includes working as an architectural draftsman and an AutoCAD operator. He also worked as a design teacher at Texas A&M and a lecturer in Paris, giving on-site lectures at the Place Dauphin, Place Royal and the Place Victoire. Mr. Lares has been an assistant designer with a consulting firm since 1992.
College of Arts & Sciences
Office of the Dean
R. Bruce Dunlap
Dr. Dunlap graduated from Beloit College with a BS in Chemistry and holds a PhD in Chemistry from Indiana University. Dr. Dunlap was originally hired in 1971 at USC as the first biochemist in the Department of Chemistry. He went on to collaborate with the new (1974) School of Medicine there, where he still teaches one course a year. During his 31 years at USC, he has published over 150 refereed journal articles and his research has received nearly $5 million in support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. He has received numerous recognitions for his work, including a 1993 R&D 100 Award for Innovations in Science and Technology from Research and Development Magazine.
He has held numerous leadership positions at USC including six years as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. As Chair, he provided leadership for a department of 26-tenure track faculty, 30 professional staff, 33 research faculty and postdoctoral fellows, 115 graduate students and 160 undergraduate majors. During this period, he hired eight new faculty, collaborated in the design and funding for a new 150,000 square foot Graduate Science Research Center, and moved the department into the facility. He also developed the Department’s first Friends of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which contributed in excess of $2.5 million for the department while he was chair. Throughout his career, Dr. Dunlap has been involved in the development of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research initiatives. Working with an oncologist at the Richland Memorial Hospital, he built a network of cancer researchers that subsequently received laboratory space at the hospital’s new Center for Cancer Treatment and Research. Later, he helped to build the nanoscience center at USC through support from the National Science Foundation. Finally, he has taken leadership for the South Carolina Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, which promotes biomedical research and its funding in institutions of higher education in South Carolina. He has served as advisor or co-advisor for 44 graduate students who have earned the PhD degree.
An active community fund-raiser, Dr. Dunlap chaired the Education Funds Crusade Committee for the American Cancer Society. For three successive years, his committee increased the funds raised—leading to a Diamond Award from the ACS—indicating outstanding performance. He also chaired the statewide campaign for the American Cancer Society that raised over $2.5 million.
Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Heithaus was a staff scientist at the Center of Shark Research, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. He attended the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia where he graduated with a PhD from the Behavioral Ecology Research Group. During 2002, Dr. Heithaus was on loan to National Geographic Television as a research fellow in the remote imaging department. He has over 20 major publications; his most recent currently in press: “Novel insights into the behavior of sea turtles from animal-borne cameras,” Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK. He has been a guest lecturer in undergraduate courses such as animal ecology, marine biology, advanced freshwater biology, animal behavior, and marine ecology. In addition, Dr. Heithaus has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards and grants from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council, and the Australian Geographic Society, among others. He is an avid scuba diver who enjoys nature photography and has published photographs in several reference books and magazines.
Dr. Kim holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Rutgers University. He attended the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, where he graduated with a MS in biochemistry. Dr. Kim’s professional career includes teaching at the Korea Institute of Technology, postdoctoral fellow and later research fellow in the Lab of Cell and Developmental Biology at the National Institute of Health. Dr. Kim’s publications and articles have appeared in Genes and Development, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cell Biology, Current Opinions in Genetics and Development, as well as a recent article “Receptor-dependent and Tyrosine Phosphate base-Mediated Inhibition in GSK3 Regulates Cell Fat Choice” in Developmental Cell.
Polly K. Phillips
Dr. Phillips attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with a MS in biology and a PhD in physiology. She taught at Miami-Dade Community College courses such as human anatomy and physiology, general biology, energy and the environment, as well as general zoology. Dr. Phillips also worked as associate professor of physiology and director of alumni affairs at the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten and was recently adjunct faculty at Barry University. She has numerous publications in professional journals such as the Journal of Thermal Biology, the online journal Science in Africa, and Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, among others. Dr. Phillips has assisted with museum research on taxonomy of the family Cicadidae at over 40 different institutions since 1996. She has also assisted with field studies on environmental adaptation and communication in North American, Costa Rican and South African cicadas.
Maureen Walter has been teaching at FIU since 1999, however she was teaching as a visiting and/or adjunct instructor. She graduated from FIU with a MS in biology. As a teaching assistant, she taught human biology lab, marine biology lab and ecology lab. Ms. Walter is a member of the Biological Sciences Department Library Committee and a member of Biological Sciences Department Academic Advising Committee. Ms. Walter has also been involved with FIU’s Freshmen Interest Groups and has advised incoming freshmen and current students on the University curriculum requirements.
Douglas Heller, Visiting 1st year
Dr. Heller joined FIU as an assistant scholar/scientist to teach organic chemistry and forensic science to undergraduate students. He will also assist the International Forensic Research Institute in business development, public outreach and other strategic initiatives. Dr. Heller graduated from the University of Chicago with an MBA in finance/economics, a MS in organic chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry. He previously worked with Ivax Corporation managing and planning the set up of a multi million-dollar oncology drug. He also worked with Arch Development, the technology transfer/venture capital affiliate of the University of Chicago and the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratories. While at the University of Chicago, he worked as a teaching assistant/research assistant in the Department of Chemistry.
Watson James Lees
Dr. Lees graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in chemistry and had previously attended McGill University in Montreal where he obtained his BS in chemistry. His research interests include the rate of protein folding, development of new materials for optical memory and design of improved drugs with multivalent interactions. Most recently, Dr. Lees was assistant professor at Syracuse University, where he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses. Graduate courses included biochemistry, physical organic chemistry I and II; undergraduate courses included analytical biochemistry, organic chemistry and independent study course on polyvalent interactions. He has been the recipient of several research grants, has numerous publications and holds a patent in “meso 2, 5-Dimercapto-N,N,N,N – tetramethyladipamide and its use in reducing disulfide bonds.”
Alexander M. Mebel
Dr. Mebel did his undergraduate studies at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys where he obtained his BSc in physical chemistry. He later attended the Kumakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Science where he graduated with a PhD in physical chemistry. Dr. Mebel worked as an associate research fellow at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences in Taipei, Taiwan. He also worked as a visiting assistant professor in Tamkang University in Tamsui, Taiwan. Dr. Mebel has over 180 publications and articles in scientific journals including the Journal of Chemical Physics, the International Journal for Quantum Chemistry, and the Chemical Physics Letters.
Computer Science & Information Technology
Peter J. Clarke
Dr. Clark graduated with a PhD in computer science from Clemson University. His research interests include software engineering, software testing, software maintenance and programming languages. His professional teaching experience includes working as a teaching assistant at Clemson’s Department of Computer Science; an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Computer Science of the University of the West Indies in Barbados; a teaching assistant at the Department of Computer Science at Binghamton University, and a lecturer at Barbados Community College. Dr. Clark is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society.
Professor Zhang is a PhD candidate in computer science at Northeastern University in Boston. He expects completion during 2003 and his thesis is “Receiver-oriented and measurement-based transmission control for heterogeneous networks”. He has been a research assistant since 2002 at Northeastern’s College of Computer Science. Professor Zhang has a US patent pending on “retrieval of cursive Chinese handwritten annotations based on radical model.” He has taught object-oriented design; advanced operating systems; object oriented database; internetworking: principles, protocols and applications; as well as computer networks: theory, modeling and analysis.
Dr. Sukop holds a PhD in soils with a minor in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and a MS in soils from Washington State University. He holds professional registrations as a certified hydrogeologist and certified geologist in California, and as a professional geologist in Kentucky. Dr. Sukop’s interests include groundwater and solute transport modeling from pore to aquifer scales, fluid dynamics in unsaturated porous media, multiphase lattice Boltzmann models, porous media, fractals, multifractals, cellular automata, percolation phenomena, stochastics, geostatistics, and surface chemistry. His professional experience includes working as principal hydrogeologist for numerous projects throughout the western United States, including groundwater aspects of large water resources studies, Superfund sites, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and disposal systems, industrial facilities, military installations and landfills. Dr. Sukop is a technical expert in groundwater and unsaturated zone hydraulics and modeling, groundwater and unsaturated zone chemistry, including contaminant transport modeling and sorption phenomena.
Dr. Bidarkota holds a PhD in economics from Ohio State University. Her primary teaching and research fields include econometrics, macroeconomics and finance. She most recently taught economics at Kansas State University and previously was a lecturer at La Trobe University’s School of Business in Australia. Courses taught include doctoral level econometrics II and time series analysis; undergraduate courses include principles of macroeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, econometric methods, applied economics, principles of microeconomics, risk management, investment and portfolio management as well as management information systems.
Jonathan B. Hill
Dr. Jonathan Hill holds a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has been a visiting lecturer and/or professor of economics and econometrics at the University of California-San Diego; San Diego State University; China Agricultural University in Beijing; University of Colorado in Denver, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Hill’s teaching experience includes advanced econometrics and forecasting at the masters level and undergraduate courses in public economics as well as introduction to statistics with computer applications. His research interests include time series econometrics, theoretical econometrics, statistics, applied econometrics, business forecasting and public economics.
Mihaela I. Pintea, visiting 1st year
Ms. Pintea is currently working on her PhD in Economics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her areas of interest include economic growth, economies in transition and econometrics. She has worked as an instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Washington, where she taught introductory macroeconomics, introductory microeconomics, and econometrics. Ms. Pintea is fluent in Romanian, English, and French, with a working knowledge of Italian.
|Born in Syracuse, New York in 1929, Eric Carle and his parents moved to Germany when he was six years old. He attended and graduated from the prominent art||Professor Emeritus Graduate School and University Center The City University of New York|
|Professor Emeritus Graduate School and University Center The City University of New York||Prepared by Susan S. Grover, Eric Chason & J. R. Zepkin of William & Mary Law School, Emmeline P. Reeves of University of Richmond Law School, Robert W. Wooldridge, Jr of George Mason University Law School & C. Scott Pryor of Regent University Law School|
|Is Professor of International Relations at the European University Institute in Florence. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 1995, and has been||The University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business|
|Continuing Education Attended||Karen Meier Reeds received her Ph. D. in the history of science from Harvard University. She has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College and currently is a Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley|
|Mba, University of Rochester, William E. Simon School of Management, Rochester, ny, 1976 Concentration in Marketing and Labor Economics Cumulative Average 4 Bachelor of Arts||Louis Laybourne-Smith School of Architecture and Design|