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Jacques Beaumont, associate professor of bioengineering, holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Laval University in Quebec, Canada, and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Montreal. He did post-doctoral work at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Beaumont, a native of Quebec, previously taught at Upstate Medical University. At Binghamton, he will teach Autonomous Agents as well as Modeling of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Phenomena I and II. His research interests include modeling of living systems, specifically the heart.

He received the Gordon K. Moe Young Investigator Award in 1994 from the American Heart Association, New York Affiliate, and Upstate New York Cardiac Electrophysiology Society.

Beaumont lives in Syracuse with his wife, an accountant, and their three teenage children. He enjoys archery, canoeing and kayaking and also coaches soccer.


Maureen Boyd, assistant professor in the School of Education, comes to Binghamton from the State University College at Cortland, where she was an assistant professor of literacy.

Boyd, a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, holds a doctorate in language and literacy education from the University of Georgia. Her primary research interest is classroom discourse analysis. She will teach Current Research and Practices in Literacy Education as well as Language Arts in Elementary and Middle School.

Boyd has published research articles in academic journals such as Journal of Literacy Research and Research in the Teaching of English. She received excellence in teaching awards in 2005 and 2006 at Cortland.

Boyd, who grew up in Ireland, now lives in Ithaca with her husband, David, two sons, one dog and two cats. She enjoys reading and listening to music.


Andy Cavagnetto, assistant professor in the School of Education, has experience as a high school science teacher and as a substitute.

Cavagnetto, who grew up in Plainview, Minn., holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s in education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He received a doctorate in science education this year from the University of Iowa.

His research interests include fostering science literacy and scientific argument in elementary classrooms. He will be teaching Foundations of Education and Elementary Practicum I.

Cavagnetto, 30, enjoys hiking, camping and basketball. He and his wife, Jessica, have a dog named Barley.



Scott Duellman, assistant professor of accounting, holds a degree in accounting from North Dakota State University and a doctorate in business administration from Syracuse University. He received the Doctoral Prize from Syracuse.

Duellman, who will teach Intermediate Accounting II, lists accounting conservatism, corporate governance and auditor independence among his research interests.

Duellman, who grew up in Worthington, Minn., enjoys running, reading and pop culture. He’s a football and college basketball enthusiast and roots for the Orange.



James (Jiye) Fang, associate professor of chemistry, specializes in the synthesis of nanomaterials.

Fang, who is from the People’s Republic of China, holds a degree in chemistry from Lanzhou University in China and two degrees from the National University of Singapore, a master’s in chemistry and a doctorate in materials science.

Fang, who was previously an associate professor at the University of New Orleans, is a 2005 NSF Career winner and has had more than 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

He will be teaching Soft-Chemical Processing of NanoMaterials.

Fang, 43, enjoys music and Web design. He and his wife have a daughter and a son.


Anthony Fiumera, assistant professor of biological sciences, holds a doctorate in genetics from the University of Georgia as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from Ohio State University.

Fiumera studies evolutionary and conservation genetics.  He’s interested in understanding the genetic basis to sexual selection and sexually antagonistic coevolution using fruit flies as a model system.

At Binghamton, he’ll teach Seminar in Quantitative Genetics and Genetics Laboratory.

Fiumera received a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Distinguished Teaching Award form the University of Georgia.

Fiumera, 34, who grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio, enjoys hiking, birding, canoeing and hunting. He and his wife, Heather, have a baby son, Max, as well as a dog and a cat.



Sharon L. Holmes, associate professor and director of the master’s program in student affairs in the Department of Human Development, hails from Inkster, Mich.

She holds a bachelor of business administration from Davenport College, a master’s degree in student personnel from Iowa State University and a doctorate in education/higher education administration from Iowa State.

Holmes previously was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama and Northern Illinois University. Her areas of expertise and research interest include women in higher education, leadership development, college student development and retention of students of color in higher education.

She will be teaching Student Development Theory I and II, Critical and Feminist Pedagogies in Higher Education, The Comprehensive Community College, Introduction to Student Personnel Services, Special Issues in Student Affairs/Higher Education and Women in Higher Education.

Holmes enjoys talking, reading fiction and nonfiction, sewing, teaching adult Sunday school classes, refinishing furniture and volunteer work with special-needs women.


B.M. Jain, visiting professor in Asian and Asian American Studies, holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Jodhpur and a graduate degree in international relations from the University of Rajasthan, both in India.

Jain’s research interests include international relations, South Asia, foreign policy defense, security, conflict, peace and development studies. He has been a visiting fellow at Hong Kong University and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, among other appointments.

Jain, who will teach India and South Asia: New World Order as well as India-U.S. Relations, is the author of more than a dozen books.

He enjoys tennis and yoga.


Wendy Wan-Ki Lee, assistant professor of music, received her doctorate in music composition and theory this year from the University of Michigan, where she earlier earned a master’s degree. She’s also a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Lee, whose specialty is music composition and theory, will teach Music Theory III and IV, Musicianship III and IV, Orchestration and the Graduate Theory Seminar at Binghamton. She previously taught at Michigan, the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and elsewhere.

Lee, the recipient of numerous composition commissions, awards and scholarships, has entered international piano competitions and given piano recitals. She has also performed as a harpsichordist.

Lee, 29, grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and now lives in Endicott. She enjoys badminton, reading and going to the movies.



Teresa Pac, a visiting assistant professor in the Art History Department, is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She earned a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College and received a doctorate from Binghamton University.

Pac, who previously taught at Marywood University and at Binghamton, will teach Early Modern Art and Architecture and The Medieval Construction of Christian Europe: The Modern Invention of the Medieval.

Her research interests include the comparative study of art and architecture of societies from eastern and western parts of Medieval Europe, the Christianization process, nationalism, urbanism, architectural history and aesthetics. Pac received a Fulbright for study in Poland and an S. Kress Fellowship in Germany.

Pac, who lives in Binghamton, enjoys jazz, skiing, bicycle riding and reading.


Michael Vardanyan, lecturer in economics, will be teaching Principles of Microeconomics and Introduction to Econometrics.

Vardanyan, who grew up in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia, holds a degree in economics from Yerevan State University. He received a doctorate in economics last year from Oregon State University.

At Oregon, he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award in 2003.

Vardanyan’s research interests include microeconomics, efficiency and productivity analysis.

He enjoys hiking and speaks English, Russian and Armenian.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08