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U of T Scarborough welcomes new faculty for 2015-16

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is pleased to welcome eight new Assistant Professors to its ranks for 2015-16 academic year. New faculty members will be joining several of our academic units. 

Julie Teichroeb
Primatology, Department of Anthropology

Julie Teichroeb came to UTSC from her position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University.  She has held a postdoc at McGill and was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research lies in primate behavioural ecology, the evolution of group-living & social organization, and spatial cognition; in particular the increases in cognitive abilities that allowed intensive social bonding in group-living in primates and individual decision making. She has studied these questions among ursine colobus monkeys in Ghana for her dissertation and since among vervet and colobus monkeys in Uganda and will extend to solitary-living aye-ayes and lemurs at the Duke Primate Center.

Robert Haslhofer
Pure Mathematics, Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences

Robert Haslhofer works in the broad area of geometric analysis. He completed his PhD in 2012 at ETH in Switzerland, and since graduating he has held a Courant Instructorship at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Haslhofer works on geometric flows, specifically on mean curvature flows. This is an area of intense interest in pure mathematics, but also one in which there is growing practical application (e.g., for image processing). Haslhofer has quickly become one of the rising young stars in this field.

Sara Saljoughi
Film Studies, Department of English

Sara Saljoughi recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature with a concentration in Moving Image Studies. She is currently engaged in writing the first study of Iranian cinema in the pre-revolutionary period, 1962-79, a project which promises to be groundbreaking.

Anup Grewal
Gender in East Asia, Department of Historical & Cultural Studies

Dr. Anup Grewal received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2012, during which year she was also awarded a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship in "Asian Modernities and Traditions" at the Leiden Institute of Area Studies, and a position as Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at King’s College, London, which she took up in January, 2013. Dr. Grewal is likely to become one of the most profound scholars of Chinese women’s literature and history in her generation. Her research has extended to networks encompassing Korea, Japan, and India in addition to China, Europe, and North America, and promises to lead to knowledge and insight building on and interacting with what she has investigated to date. 

Michael Ekers
Environmental Geography, Department of Human Geography

Although newly appointed Assistant Professor, Michael Ekers joined UTSC in 2013 on a contractually limited term in the Department of Human Geography. During his two years at UTSC he has received two new SSHRC Insight Development grants, the first as PI and the second as a co-investigator.

Mariana Khapko
Finance, Department of Management

Mariana comes from the Stockholm School of Economics where she received her PhD in Finance in 2015. Her seminal work in theoretical finance will be a good addition to the discipline.

Avni Shah
Marketing, Department of Management

Avni received her PhD from Duke University’s Faqua School of Business. She engages in experimental research on the experience of payment pain in the context of purchase transactions. She will contribute significantly to our Marketing group in complementing existing strengths and bringing in new knowledge to the area. 

Cendri Hutcherson
Social Psychology, Department of Psychology

Dr. Cendri Hutcherson recently concluded a postdoctoral appointment at the California Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford in 2008, and her BA in Psychology from Harvard in 2002. Cendri is a social neuroscientist who builds neurally inspired computational models to seek to understand decision making, and tests predictions from those models in both behavioral and fMRI paradigms. To date, she has studied decision making in several interesting domains, including moral judgement, altruism, dietary choice, and self-control, seeking to understand why decisions can often seem difficult in these domains, and what we can do to make better choices.

Peter Molnar (started January 2015)
Conservation Biology/Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences

Before joining UTSC Peter Molnar was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University where he worked on the impacts of climate change and land use change on arctic and tropical host-parasite systems. Dr. Molnar’s work at UTSC will focus more on the development of process-based models of ecological systems, which can be tested against experimental and field data with the aim to develop quantitative predictions with relevance to management and policy decisions.

Tod Thiele (started January 2015)
Circuit Neuroscience, Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Thiele brings to UTSC an outstanding academic record, including prior training at the University of Oregon and Univerity of California San Francisco, working with recognised leaders in his discipline. His most recent assignment was with the Max Planck Institute of Neurobilogy in Germany. His current research combines behavioural and neuroanatomical approaches with modern electrophysiology, imaging techniques and optogenetics. Working with zebrafish, Dr. Thiele applies the extensive set of genetic tools available for that important model oraganism to address fundamental questions of brain function. His specific focus is on the mechanisms of visual sensorimotor integration at the cellular and circuit level.


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