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The Eberly College Magazine, Winter 2007

The Eberly College Magazine, Winter 2007

NewEberly CollegeFacultyWelcomesAmong the new faculty members in the Eberly College this yearare, back row, left to right:Amy Hirshman, Sociology/Anthropology, holds a Ph.D. inanthropology from Michigan State University. Her currentresearch is on the emergence of the Prehispanic Tarascan State inwestern Mexico. Before coming to WVU, Dr. Hirshman taughtat the University of Michigan-Flint and at Michigan StateUniversity.Jim Siekmeier, Political Science, holds a Ph.D. in the history ofU.S. foreign policy from Cornell University. He previouslytaught at Cornell; Luther College in Decorah, Iowa; Angelo StateUniversity in San Angelo, Texas, Universidad Mayor de SanAndres, La Paz, Bolivia; Universidad de San Simon,Cochabamba, Bolivia; and George Washington University inWashington, D. C.Peter Carmichael, Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies,Department of History, holds a Ph.D. from Penn State. His fieldis 19th century U.S. history, with special interest in the Civil War,Reconstruction, and Southern history. He comes to WVU fromthe University of North Carolina-Greensboro.Angel Tuninetti, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages,comes to WVU from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.His Ph.D. is from Washington University in St. Louis, and hisfield is travel literature of South America.Middle row:Tim Carr, Marshall Miller Energy Professor of Geology,focuses on energy research. He comes to WVU from theUniversity of Kansas where he was co-director of the KansasUniversity Energy Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. from theUniversity of Wisconsin.Erin Cassese, Political Science, holds a Ph.D. from Stony BrookUniversity with a specialization in political psychology.Joseph Baltimore, Philosophy, specializes in philosophy of themind, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. He holds aPh.D. from the University of Wisconsin-MadisonRita Rio, Biology, holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. Herfields are symbiosis (interspecific associations) and evolutionof benevolence versus virulence. She did a postdoctoralfellowship at the University of Connecticut.Marjorie Darrah, Mathematics, earned her Ph.D. at WVU,with a specialization in graph theory. She is the former chairof Natural Sciences at Alderson-Broaddus College where shetaught for ten years.Front: David Westerman, Communication Studies, holds aPh.D. from Michigan State University where he specialized inmass communication and computer-mediatedcommunication.Arts & Sciences | 22 | Fall 2007

Middle Row:Brian Ballentine, English, did his graduate work atCase Western Reserve University where he alsoserved as Director of Technical Communication. AtWVU, he is Coordinator of the Professional Writingand Editing Program in the Department of English.He researches rhetoric, and professional andtechnical writing.Xiangying Jiang, Foreign Languages, holds a Ph.D.in applied linguistics from Northern ArizonaUniversity.Michelle Withers, Biology, earned a Ph.D. inneuroscience from the University of Arizona, whichshe followed with a post-doctoral fellowship atBrandeis University. Before coming to WVU, shetaught at Louisiana State University. Her fields ofstudy are neuroscience and biology education.Front row:Amy Gentzler, Psychology, taught at the Universityof Pittsburgh before coming to WVU. She holds aPh.D. from Kent State University and did apostdoctoral fellowship at George WashingtonUniversity. She specializes in developmentalpsychology with a special interest in socialdevelopment.Jim Belanger, Biology, holds a Ph.D. from theUniversity of Toronto. Before coming to WVU, hetaught at Louisiana State University. His research isin neurobiology, with special interests in the neuralbasis of behavior, adaptive behavior, andcomparative physiology.Back row, left to right:Helen Hartnett, Social Work, holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio StateUniversity and taught previously at the University of Kansas. Shespecializes in community organizing, and political advocacy andhomelessness.Rosemary Hathaway, English, is a specialist in folklore, 20th centuryAmerican literature, and English education. She comes to WVU fromthe University of Northern Colorado where she was on the faculty for11 years. Her Ph.D. is from The Ohio State University.Matthew Talbert, Philosophy, previously taught at the University ofCalifornia, San Diego. He holds a Ph.D. from the University ofCalifornia, Riverside. His research focuses on ethics, moral philosophy,and philosophy of action.Not pictured:Elisa Krackow, Psychology, studies children’scognition and emotion. Her Ph.D. is fromBinghamton University/State University of New York.She taught at Northern Illinois University beforecoming to WVU.Michael Zakour, Social Work, holds a Ph.D. from theGeorge Warren Brown School of Social Work atWashington University in St. Louis. His researchfocuses on volunteers and social work in disasters.Mark Culp, Statistics, holds a Ph.D. from theUniversity of Michigan. His field is machine learningand computational statistics.Arts & Sciences | 23 | Fall 2007

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