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Mary Anne Blum Condon, associate dean of undergraduate programs, Decker School of Nursing, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University at Buffalo and a doctorate in nursing from Adelphi University.
Her interests include women’s health, child health and history. She serves in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Condon, 54, grew up in Hornell and enjoys gardening. She and her husband have three children.

 

Anthony Ephirim-Donkor, who grew up in Gomoa Mprumem, Ghana, holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a doctorate in history from Emory University.
He also received a master’s in divinity in theological studies from Emory’s Candler School of Theology.
Ephirim-Donkor’s research interests include African religion and shamanic (akom) practices.
He previously served as world civilizations instructor and assistant administrator of the World Civilizations Program in the Department of History at the University of Akron. At Binghamton, he is assistant professor of Africana Studies.
Ephirim-Donkor will be teaching African Religion, African Religion and Metaphysics, Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean Religions and Studies in African Cultural Traditions.

 

Linda Scharn Fair, visiting assistant professor of geography, holds an undergraduate degree in French and sociology from Rice University, a master’s in geography from the University of California Los Angeles and a doctorate in geography from Rutgers University.
Fair, who previously taught at Georgia State University, will teach Introduction to Geography and Cultural Geography at Binghamton. Her research interests include migration and spatial dispersal of refugees in Denmark.
Fair speaks Danish and has lived in several states as well as in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Denmark, Libya, France and Spain. She was a fellow with the Academy for Migration Studies in Denmark in 2004-05, when she also received a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Fair, who grew up in Mount Kisco, enjoys reading and swimming. She and her husband have two grown sons.

 

Shelley Feldman, a professor in the Sociology Department, counts comparative historical sociology, development, international political economy, state formation, gender, law and Islam and South Asia among her interests.
Feldman, who was previously a professor at Cornell University, holds an undergraduate degree from Queens College, City University of New York, and master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Connecticut. At Binghamton, she’ll teach Theories of State, State(s) of Theory and Epistemological Foundations of the Social Sciences.
Feldman has been an A.D. White Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; a research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C.; a senior scholar with the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies; a fellow for the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley; and a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh.
She considers New York City and Carlsbad, Calif., her hometowns. Feldman enjoys listening to jazz and classical music, tennis and walking in the country as well as roaming big city streets.

 

Greg Geddes, visiting assistant professor of history, lists labor history, literary history, Asian-American studies, race and imperialism among his research interests.
Geddes, who grew up in Richmond, received a bachelor’s in English literature and history from the College of William and Mary. He earned his doctorate in history this year from Binghamton and received the University’s Distinguished Dissertation Award.
Geddes will be teaching The American War in Vietnam and U.S. Immigration History.
Geddes, 37, and his wife, Michelle Harris, have two sons, ages 3 and 6. He enjoys playing with his kids, the Red Sox and listening to his old SST records.

 

Kartik Gopalan, assistant professor of computer science, grew up in Bangalore, India.
He holds a doctorate in computer science from the University at Stony Brook, a master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and a bachelor’s degree from Delhi Institute of Technology.
His research interests are in operating systems and wide area/wireless networks, with a focus on performance guarantees and resource virtualization.
Gopalan was previously an assistant professor at Florida State University, where he also served as director of the Large Scale Experimental Networks and Systems Lab. He’s teaching Operating Systems this semester at Binghamton.

 

Gabriel Picioroaga, a visiting assistant professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, grew up in Romania.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science from the University of Transylvania and a doctorate in math from the University of Iowa. He also did post-doctoral work at the University of Southern Denmark.
Picioroaga, 32, will teach Calculus I at Binghamton. His research interests include operator algebras, geometric group theory and free probability.
He is married and enjoys photography.

 

Ying Sun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, grew up in Beijing and received an undergraduate degree in thermal engineering from Tsinghua University.
She also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa.
Sun, who has worked as an engineer in the United States and China, counts computational materials science, multi-scale modeling of thermal/fluid sciences
Sun received the Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad as well as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Student Research Award. She will be teaching Heat Transfer as well as Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Sun, 30, likes to travel, ski and play the piano. She and her husband also enjoy watching college football.

 

Pei-Fang (Jennifer) Tsai, research assistant professor in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, grew up in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
She studied industrial engineering at Tunghai University and received a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech.
Her research interests include production planning and scheduling as well as optimization.

 

Marco Varisco, visiting assistant professor of mathematical sciences, lists geometric and algebraic topology, algebraic K-theory and L-theory among his research interests.
Varisco, who grew up in Milano, Italy, holds an undergraduate degree in math from the Università degli Studi there. He also holds a doctorate in math from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany.
At Binghamton, Varisco is teaching calculus.

 

Ping Yang, assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, grew up in the People’s Republic of China and received her bachelor’s degree in computer science there.
She also holds master’s degrees in computer science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University at Stony Brook as well as a doctorate in computer science from Stony Brook.
She received the Best Graduate Award as well as an IBM fellowship at Zhongshan University. In 2005, she received Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages’ Most Practical Paper Award.
Yang, whose research interests include security, verification, programming languages and software engineering, will teach graduate courses in programming languages and security at Binghamton.
She enjoys singing and aerobics.

 

President Lois B. DeFleur, left, greets, from right to left, Gerard Cole, a counselor in the School of Education; Monisha Mealing of Athletic Student Services and Natilee M. Dawkins, assistant track coach, during the welcoming reception for new faculty and staff held Sept. 13 at the Anderson Center Reception Room.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08