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03-06-2006

Clarkson University Announces Tenure and Promotions for Faculty

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that seven faculty members have been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. The University has also granted tenure to one current associate professor. tenure

Assistant Professor of History Laura E. Ettinger has been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Ettinger received a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and both a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. Her research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, women's history and modern American history. More specifically, she is interested in the culture of childbirth, gender and the professions, the structure of American health care, and oral history. She has published a number of scholarly articles and recently completed a book on the history of American nurse-midwives. Ettinger received the 2000 Clarkson University Outstanding New Teacher Award.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Kathleen A. Issen has been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Issen received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. She received a master's degree and a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from Northwestern University. Issen's research focuses on constitutive modeling of natural and manufactured porous materials, such as sandstone, metal foam and trabecular bone. Her research also includes investigation of bifurcation phenomena and instability problems. She is co-director of a summer undergraduate research program funded by the National Science Foundation. Issen's teaching interests include use of collaborative and active learning methodologies in undergraduate engineering courses, and development of concept inventory tools to assess teaching effectiveness. She received the 2003 Clarkson University Outstanding New Teacher Award and the 2005 Clarkson University Outstanding Advisor Award. Issen is the advisor for the Society of Women Engineers and serves on the Clarkson University Honors Council. She has authored several technical papers and presented her research at numerous national and international conferences.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Psychology Tom Langen has been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Langen received a bachelor of science degree in biology (with honors) from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his postdoctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles. Langen's research and teaching interests include animal behavior, conservation biology and ecology. Currently, Langen is working on projects that are focused on road mortality of amphibians and reptiles, on the environmental impact of chemical deicing using road salt, and on the monitoring of waterbirds as indicators of environmental health. His grant awards have totaled over $650,000 and his research has been featured in over 30 publications. He has received a Clarkson University Student Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Presidential Award from the Society of American Naturalists.

Assistant Professor of Physics Igor Sokolov has been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Sokolov received a Ph.D. from D.I. Mendeleev Metrology Institute, Russia, and completed his postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto. His research interests include Biological Physics, Advanced Materials, and Atomic Force Microscopy. Focus areas of this research is on the aging of human cells, self-assembly of nanostructured functional colloids, and self-healing materials. His work on aging cells was highlighted on the front page of the May 2004 issue of APS News magazine, in newspapers in nine countries, and in such magazines as Skin & Aging, Advance News and BBC Health news and New Scientist.

Two of Sokolov's papers on cancer and aging cells were among 50 (from 6,500 submitted) to be featured at the 2006 American Physical Society meeting. His research is supported by the NSF, NYSERDA, NYSTAR (CAMP), ARO and several companies (24 grants in total). He has been the principal investigator (PI) in 19 and was the leading co-PI on one. The cost of the supported projects was nearly $3 million. He currently has six grants and is a leading co-PI on a $2 million ARO grant to study self-healing materials. Sokolov has 85 refereed publications, one U.S. patent, and seven U.S. and one international patents are pending. He has given 63 invited lectures, seminars, conference presentations and participated in 41 conferences with contributed presentations.

Assistant Professor of Economics & Financial Studies Wei Zhang has been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Zhang received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research interest considers the role of accounting information in management behavior, such as insider trading and the exercise of stock options. She combines neural network methodologies with accounting information to generate more accurate corporate earnings forecasts. She is also studying the possible relationship between auditor conservatism and litigation risk. Zhang has presented her work at various national and international accounting conferences. Refereed journals she has published in include the Accounting Review, Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University recently announced that eight faculty members have been promoted and/or granted tenure. Shown from left to right are:

Front Row: Thomas A. Langen, Craig D. Woodworth, Igor Sokolov, Dan V. Goia

Back Row: Wei Zhang, Annegret D. Staiger, Kathleen A. Issen (Not shown: Laura E. Ettinger)

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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