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Fisher Welcomes New Faculty for 2012-13 Academic Year

09/13/2012


St. John Fisher College has added several new faculty members for the 2012-13 academic year across a variety of disciplines.

David Bell, Visiting Instructor, Anthropology

David Bell earned his bachelor of science degree in anthropology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, and received two master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University – a master of arts in anthropology and a master of science in public health. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the State of New York University at Buffalo, and expects to complete the program this month. Bell has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, Buffalo State College, University of Rochester, Case Western Reserve University, and the University at Buffalo. He has also worked in research and social and preventive health. In addition, Bell has been a disaster relief volunteer for Hurricane Katrina, a volunteer for international orphan mentorship for Project Life, a volunteer and mentor for teens at the Oasis Teenage Runaway Shelter in Tennessee, and a volunteer at the Vanderbilt Prison Project, where he met inmates on a weekly basis to discuss literature.

Katharine Burakowski, Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Katharine Burakowski received her bachelor of arts degree in history from Valparaiso University, and her master of arts degree in sports administration from Canisius College. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to Fisher, Burakowski taught at the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado, and Earlham College. She has also worked as the Sports Information Director and the Director of Campus Recreation at Pfeiffer University. She has given several professional presentations at sports-related conferences, and is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Sport Marketing Association.

Dr. Lauren Calimeris, Assistant Professor, Economics

Dr. Calimeris came to Fisher from the Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she was a lecturer in economics. Prior to that, she taught at the University of Colorado. She was also a research associate for Innovus Research, Inc. Calimeris earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics and Spanish from Colby College, and went on to earn her master of arts degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She stayed there to pursue her Ph.D. in economics, which she received in 2011. She has been published in The Journal of Economic Education, and has written several papers about teacher quality and retention. In addition, Calimeris is a member of the American Economic Association, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, and the Eastern Economic Association.

Dr. Lipika Chablani, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Originally from Delhi, India, Dr. Chablani received her bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Mumbai University in India and went on to pursue her master of science degree in pharmaceutical sciences from Campbell University. She then pursued her Pharm.D. from Mercer University. Before coming to Fisher, she taught in the pharmacy teaching certificate program at Mercer University, and was a teaching assistant at both Mercer and Campbell Universities. Her research work has been published in well-known industry journals including Vaccine and AAPS PharmSciTech.

Dr. Lori Dambaugh, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Dr. Dambaugh received her bachelor of science degree in health science from Cortland State College, and her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Seton Hall University. She then came to the Wegmans School of Nursing to pursue her master of science in nursing and her doctor of nursing practice degree. She is a clinical nurse specialist at Rochester General Hospital, and has also worked at the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network and Patient Care of New Jersey. Her research has been published in industry journals, including Critical Care Clinics of North America and Nursing Management. In addition, she has presented her work both locally and nationally. In 2009, she received the Rochester Business Journal Healthcare Provider Award.

Dr. Vivek Dave, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

After receiving his bachelor of science degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Pune in India, Dr. Dave went on to pursue a master of science degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth University in India. He then pursued his Pharm.D. at the University of Maryland. Previously, he was a research scientist at Lubrizol Advanced Materials Inc. in Ohio. He has published book chapters and journal articles, and has presented his work at a variety of industry meetings and conferences. Dave is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the American Chemical Society, and the Controlled Release Society.

Dr. Kermin Martínez-Hernández, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Martínez-Hernández is originally from Guánica, Puerto Rico, and received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry and his master of science degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico. He went on to pursue his Doctor of Philosophy in chemical education from Purdue University. Prior to Fisher, he worked as a laboratory teaching assistant at Purdue University, as well as a Spanish and Education tutor. He has had three papers published, and has presented at over 40 conferences across the country.

Dr. Jonathan Holz, Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology

Originally from St. George, Utah, Dr. Holz received his bachelor of arts degree in biology and ancient history from Washington University, and went on to earn his master of science and Ph.D. degrees in molecular toxicology from the University of Rochester. He has taught at the high school and college levels, at Washington University, U of R, Finger Lakes Community College, Victor Intermediate School, and Pine View High School, in St. George. Holz is affiliated with the Society of Toxicology and the Toxicology History Association. His work has been published in over a dozen industry journals and publications.

Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko, Visiting Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry

Dr. Ignatchenko joins Fisher’s Chemistry Department from the research side, serving as a Research Scientist for the Energy and Environmental Research Center for the past six years. Prior to his role there, he was the Principal Research Chemist for Eastman Chemical in Longview, Texas. Ignatchenko has 10 patents and has been published in over two dozen industry journals. In addition, he is a member of the American Chemical Society. A native of Moscow, Russia, Ignatchenko earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Moscow State University.

Dr. Thomas Martin Key, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Dr. Key completed both his undergraduate and graduate education at Southern Illinois University, receiving his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in anthropology, and his Ph.D. in business administration this past spring. He has experience teaching both in the classroom and in an online setting. His work has been published in Marketing Legends, and he has manuscripts currently under review for publication.

Dr. Kimberly McClure Brenchley, Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology

After receiving her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from LeMoyne College, Dr. Brenchley pursued her master of arts and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. And in between those two degrees, she also obtained her graduate certificate in college instruction and in quantitative research methods while at the University of Connecticut. Prior to Fisher, she was a graduate assistant at the University of Connecticut. Brenchley has obtained numerous grants for her research, and has received national media attention from Time and The Globe and Mail for one of her published articles entitled, “Obesity stigma in online news: A visual content analysis,” which appeared in the Journal of Health Communication. Additionally, she has presented her work at 19 conferences across the country.

Dr. Fernando Ontiveros-Llamas, Assistant Professor, Biology

After receiving his bachelor of science degree in biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Dr. Ontiveros-Llamas came to Rochester where he earned his master of science degree in microbiology and immunology and his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Rochester. He has taught at Nazareth College, the University of Rochester, the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, and Simon Bolivar University in Mexico City. In addition, he has published a dozen journal articles and books, and has presented at a variety of national conferences.

Dr. Anand Sridhar, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Dr. Sridhar received his bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences from Mumbai University in India, and pursued his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, he was a co-instructor of medicinal chemistry at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy. He has also taught at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Additionally, Sridhar worked in research at Loma Linda University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Mississippi. He has been a contributing writer to two books, and has been published in three industry journals.

Dr. Elizabeth Tredwell-Kiss, Visiting Assistant Professor, Nursing

Dr. Tredwell-Kiss received her bachelor of arts degree in communications from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and went on to pursue a master of science degree from SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry. She decided a few years later that she wanted to become a nurse, and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Currently, she is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) candidate in Fisher’s doctoral program, and will graduate this spring. Tredwell-Kiss has been a clinical instructor at the Wegmans School of Nursing since 2011, leading clinical groups of 10-12 students. She is a registered nurse in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, and has also worked in the Adult Medicine unit at Strong.

Dr. Patricia Tweet, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology

Dr. Tweet received her bachelor of arts and master of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and pursued her Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. Prior to joining Fisher, she taught at the College at Brockport, the University of Nevada, the University at Buffalo, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Tweet’s work has been published in two books, and she has several works in progress. In addition, she has served as a presenter at a variety of industry conferences. She is an active member in the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the New York State Sociological Association.

Dr. Cara Welch, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Welch most recently resided in Virginia where she taught at Hampden-Sydney College. She also served as a language instructor for the Bryn Mawr College Summer Program in Avignon, France, for six years. Welch received her bachelor of arts degree in French language and literature from Whitman College, and her master of arts degree from the University of Virginia, where she also pursued her Ph.D. She has been published in two books, and has presented at several conferences. Welch also has a book project and article in progress.

Dr. Melanie Woytowish, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Dr. Woytowish received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and completed her post-graduate residencies at West Virginia University Hospitals. Prior to coming to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, she was a clinical pharmacist at West Virginia University Hospitals, and served as an adjunct clinical faculty member at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Her research has been published in several pharmacy journals and publications. Woytowish is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dr. Charles Wuertzer, Visiting Professor, Biology

Dr. Wuertzer earned his bachelor of science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), completing the molecular bioscience and biotechnology program with the highest honors. He went on to earn his master of science and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (U of R), focusing on neuroscience, gene therapy, and immunology in his graduate work. Wuertzer has taught at Monroe Community College, U of R, and served as an instructor for human physiology lab at Fisher last spring. He has conducted research and undergone extensive training at the U of R, Mayo Clinic, and RIT. Wuertzer’s work has been published in several industry journals, and he has been the recipient of a variety of awards both during his education and early career. In addition, he has three pending inventions and patents.

 


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