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Lafayette has 188 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, all holding the highest degree in their field. This fall the College welcomed 10 new faculty, completing year one of a four-year faculty staffing plan adopted last year in accordance with Lafayette’s strategic plan Beyond Threshold 2000: Building on Success.

Justin Corvino, assistant professor of mathematics, comes to Lafayette from Brown University, where he was assistant professor and National Science Foundation post-doctoral research fellow. With research interests that include differential geometry, general relativity, and partial differential equations, he holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford University and B.S. in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

W. Mark Crain is William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy in the department of economics and business. He served at George Mason University, most recently as director of the Center for Public Choice and professor of economics, since 1982. Author of seven books, including Volatile States, published last year by University of Michigan Press, he also taught at UCLA and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University and B.S. in economics from University of Houston.

Joining the faculty as assistant professor of biology is James R. Dearworth. He was postdoctoral fellow at University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Vision Science Research Center and taught at Jefferson State Community College. His research interests include neural control of eye movements and retinal physiology. He received his Ph.D. in biological sciences and neuroscience from Delaware and B.S. from Michigan.

Rebecca J. Kissane, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, comes to Lafayette from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. She was also postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology and graduate certificate in urban studies from University of Pennsylvania and B.A. in sociology from Villanova University.

Joining the chemical engineering department as assistant professor is Samuel A. Morton. He completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at University of Tennessee this year with a thesis on “Prediction of Organic Droplet Behavior on Solid Surfaces as Influenced by Aqueous Surfactant Solutions.” He also holds an M.S. from Tennessee and B.S. from Tennessee Technological University.

James A. Moyer, associate professor of music, comes from Marywood University, where he was chair of the music department. A former percussionist for Illinois Symphony Orchestra, he also was associate professor and assistant director of bands at Millikin University. He holds an M.M. and D.M.A. from University of Oklahoma and B.M.E. from Susquehanna University.

Steven E. Mylon joins the chemistry department as assistant professor. He served as research associate, lecturer, and postdoctoral fellow in environmental chemistry at Yale University since 2000. He earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Dartmouth College and holds a B.S. in engineering and B.A. in Soviet Eastern European studies from Tufts University.

Joining the faculty as assistant professor of English is Alix Ohlin. She was writer-in-residence at Portsmouth Abbey School and instructor at Inkberry Center for Writing in the Berkshires since 2002. Her first novel, Under the Sun, is scheduled for publication this year by Alfred A. Knopf. She holds an M.F.A. from University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers and a B.A. in English and American literature and language from Harvard University.

George Torres, associate professor of music, comes to Lafayette from Grinnell College, where he was assistant professor of music. He also taught at St. Lawrence University. A recitalist in guitar and lute, he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at Cornell University, did postgraduate studies at California State University, Fullerton, and holds a B.F.A. in music from California Institute for the Arts.

Bringing significant experience in industry is Todd A. Wey, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. In 2000 he co-founded Catapult Technologies LLC, Limerick, Pa., which provides microelectric design services in analog and mixed-signal solutions in CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) processes, and served as its managing member. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, M.S.E.E. from University of Texas at Dallas, and B.S.E.E. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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