New batch of faculty arrives on campus

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Faculty and staff gather during University Day, the kickoff of the school year. Date: Sept. 19, 2013 (photo: Theresa Hogue)

As Oregon State University students begin their first day of class on Sept. 30, a fresh batch of tenure and tenure-track faculty members are also learning the ropes of a new campus.

The list of 2013-2014 new hires has been released by the Office of Academic Affairs, and it includes 77 individuals who will be teaching, conducting research and administrating programs on campus. We’ve assembled a few fun facts about some of your new colleagues, and you can find out more details here:

  • Of the 77 new hires, 22 are women
  • They come from around the world, including Italy, India, South Africa, Belgium and Ukraine.
  • One faculty member was a former commissioned officer in the Army, while another served as an officer in the Air Force.
  • Other non-academic experience ranges from being senior art director for Newsweek magazine to a manager at General Mills.

Unique research:

  • Monique Udell is an expert in the human animal bond and has worked with species ranging from foxes to ferrets, coyote to megachiropteran bats. (College of Agricultural Sciences)
  • Daniel Borello is interested in mitigating the impact of earthquakes through innovative, replaceable structural systems that can increase safety in buildings and improve access to such structures in developing countries. (College of Engineering)
  • Colin Hesse’s research focuses on the communication of affection, jealousy and family communication, including the perception of attraction in an initial encounter. (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Sangeeta Ahluwalia is an expert in palliative care issues and looks at barriers to palliative care for patients with serious progressive illness, with an eye on impacting health policy implementation. (College of Public Health and Human Sciences)
  • Dr. Natalia Shulzhenko was a medical doctor in Ukraine before moving to Brazil to obtain her PhD and work in clinical transplant immunology, after which she moved to the US to work at the National Institutes of Health. (College of Pharmacy)

Endowed positions for 2013-14:

  •  Alec Kowalewski, N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professor in Turf Management. (College of Agricultural Science)
  • Vidyasagar Sathuvalli, Oregon Potato Research/Extension Professor. (College of Agricultural Science)
  • Karl Schilke, Callahan Faculty Scholar (College of Engineering)
  • Eric Kirby, Robert S. Yeats Professorship in Earthquake Geology and Active Tectonics (College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Bob Cowen, Hatfield Marine Science Center Director

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