The Schmid College of Science and Technology
announced the appointment of several new faculty. Six scientists from accomplished institutions will join Chapman in the next 18 months with Ph.D. degrees in the fields of biological sciences and biochemistry.
“These talented individuals will bring tremendous expertise and experience to our existing academic programs and research mission,” said
Andrew Lyon, Ph.D
., dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology. “The students will benefit from a richer set of course offerings, combined with the opportunity to learn and do research side by side with distinguished scholars.”
Specifically, the new faculty are:
Dr. Patricia Castro Lopes
— will join as an assistant professor of biological sciences in the fall of 2017, and in the meantime will be finishing up her postdoctoral work at the University of Zurich. In her own words, Patricia is interested in understanding:
…social behavior by studying it at several levels of organization, ranging from genes, to hormones, the brain, the individual, and ultimately to the dynamics of a whole social group. I consider my research to be question, rather than organism-driven, and the research…can be conducted in a wide range of social animals, combining lab and field studies.
Dr. Douglas Fudge
—will join as an associate professor of biological sciences in fall 2016. Professor Fudge comes from the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph where he has built a research program focused on the organismal biology of hagfishes. In his words:
“Our work is multi-disciplinary and integrative, employing concepts and methods from biomechanics, physiology, cell biology, proteomics, materials science, and engineering. While our main focus is fundamental, discovery-based research, some of our findings have inspired practical applications, and biomimetic projects are now a major source of funding in my lab.”
In addition to his diverse research program, Dr. Fudge is an accomplished educator, having earned a M.A.T in Science & Math Education from Cornell University in 1992.
Dr. Gregory Goldsmith
—will join as an assistant professor of biological sciences in the fall of 2017. Dr. Goldsmith will also serve as the program director for the college’s new Grand Challenges Initiative, which is aimed at delivering a team-based, interdisciplinary learning experience to all Schmid College undergraduates.
In the meantime he will be finishing up his stint as a Marie Curie Co-Fund Research Fellow at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. Dr. Goldsmith is a broadly trained ecologist, who is currently studying the ”
positive and negative effects of leaf wetting on plant, community, and ecosystem function.
” Additionally, he has deep scholarly interests various aspects of science education, outreach, and communication, which will lend him well as in his hybrid role as Grand Challenges Initiative Program Director.
Dr. Jeremy Hsu
—will join as an instructor of biological sciences in fall 2016. Dr. Hsu has broad interests in population biology and conservation genetics, and is currently putting the finishing touches on his research at Stanford University. That work focuses on the impact of recent environmental perturbations, such as volcanic eruptions, on the population genetics of the tuco-tuco, a rodent genus endemic to South America.
Dr. Cassandra Medvedeff
—will join as an instructional assistant professor of biological sciences in fall 2016. Dr. Medvedeff is an ecosystem ecologist interested in the intersection between wetland carbon cycling and global change. She has been a part of the Schmid College since 2013 as a post-doctoral researcher working on a project exploring climate change in Minnesota peatlands. For the past year, she has served as an instructional assistant professor serving in both lecture and laboratory courses in Biology.
Dr. Cedric Owens
— will join as an assistant professor of biochemistry in the fall 2016. He is a biochemist whose research provides interesting links between chemistry, biochemistry, food science, and biology. In his own words, his research:
“revolves around questions related to catalysis and regulation of biological nitrogen fixation, the bacterial conversion of dinitrogen (N2) to ammonia (NH3) by the enzyme nitrogenase. My laboratory will be highly interdisciplinary and investigate biological nitrogen fixation at the genetic, biochemical, and structural level. The long-term goal of my research is to leverage understanding of biological nitrogen fixation to engineer nitrogen fixing bacteria that can be used as natural fertilizers.”