State of the College community gathering celebrates new faces, initiatives

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State of the College community gathering celebrates new faces, initiatives

October 5, 2018

This September, the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) welcomed 56 new faculty and nine new staff members to its 15 departments and schools. Some are brand-new to the university, and some are assuming new roles.

The State of the College event on October 9 will give new and returning members of the college community an opportunity to celebrate recent achievements, to hear from the Dean about collective goals and initiatives for the current academic year and beyond, and to share food, drink, and social time with colleagues. All staff, faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are invited to attend. 

New faculty and staff are also invited to have their portraits made during drop-in photography sessions in Munson Hall room 101: 

  • Monday, October 15, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

The 747 faculty members at CNS teach 7,450 undergraduate students and 983 graduate students, with over 600 staff members working to keep everything running smoothly for 33 bachelor’s degree programs, 39 different masters and PhD programs, and associate degrees in six areas.  
We’re so pleased to have the diverse perspectives and skills of these new additions to our sprawling natural sciences community, a hub of research and learning. 

CNS Leadership

Elizabeth Connor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Development 

Chelsea Gwyther, Assistant Dean of Advancement 

Peter Holden, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance 


CNS Deans Office

Candice Pinault Novak, Director of Communications 

Vannoch Sin, Director of Human Resources



Daniela Calzetti, Department head 


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Laura DanaiLecturer  

ChangHui PakAssistant Professor  



Benjamin Normark, Department head 

Amber Davis, Director of Administration and Finance 

Michelle Facette, Assistant Professor 

Karine Fenelon, Assistant Professor 

Stephanie Padilla, Assistant Professor 

Rachid Skouta, Research Assistant Professor 



Tais LabradorVisiting Assistant Professor  

Philip ShivokevichVisiting Assistant Professor  

Rachid SkoutaLecturer 

Sravan SurampudiLecturer   

Environmental Conservation

Kristina Bezanson, Lecturer

Katherine Kahl, Extension Assistant Professor 

Lisa Komoroske, Assistant Professor 


Food Science

John Gibbons, Assistant Professor 

Matthew Moore, Assistant Professor 

Alissa Nolden, Assistant Professor 



Justin Richardson, Assistant Professor 

Matthew Winnick, Assistant Professor 


Mathematics and Statistics

Siddhant Agrawal, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Panagiota Birmpa, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Laura Colmenarejo Hernando, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Maria de Fatima Corriea, Lecturer 

Owen GwilliamAssistant Professor 

Belgin Korkmaz, Lecturer 

Kuan-Wen Lai, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Annie Raymond, Assistant Professor 

Jonathan Simone, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Zahra Sinaei, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Zheni Utic, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Brian Van KotenAssistant Professor 

Mark Wilson, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Jiayu Zhai, Visiting Assistant Professor 



Timothy DalyLaboratory Technician II  

JaishreeGarhyanPostdoctoral Research Associate  

Paul KillingerClerk III  

Jennifer Prescott, Clerk III    

Fumiko Ribbe, Laboratory Technician II  

John UhrigPostdoctoral Research Associate  

David WalkerSenior Research Fellow  



Ben Heidenreich, Assistant Professor 

Jordy de VriesAssistant Professor  

Shuang ZhouAssistant Professor  


Polymer Science and Engineering

Reika Katsumata, Assistant Professor 


Psychological and Brain Sciences

Tara Mandalaywala, Assistant Professor 

Bruna Martins, Assistant Professor 

Evelyn Mercado, Assistant Professor 

Allecia Reid, Assistant Professor 

Danielle Samuels, Lecturer 

Amanda Sundberg Hamel, Lecturer 


Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Lisa DePiano, Lecturer 

Olga Kostromytska, Extension Assistant Professor 

Jaime Piñero, Extension Associate Professor  


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