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U of T Scarborough welcomes new faculty for 2017/18

A few faces you’ll see around campus this year, top left to bottom right: Obidi Ezezika, Gennady Pekhimenko, Sherry Yu, Scott McIvor, Christina Guzzo, Kyle Danielson, Ashton Anderson, T.L. Cowan & Caren Hasler.

This year, U of T Scarborough welcomes 20 new faculty members across eight departments. They bring with them experience from Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, University of Neuchâtel and U of T—among others locations around the world. They will inspire our students and improve our understanding of diverse topics, from survey sampling, urban pollinator ecology, infant cognitive and linguistic development, empirical asset pricing, to media, culture and technology in communications.

Marzieh Ahmadzadeh
Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Marzieh received her MSc and PhD from Nottingham University, UK and her BSc from Isfahan University, Iran. Before joining UTSC, Marzieh was a lecturer at University of Ontario, Institute of technology, where she worked in two departments: Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering, and Computer Science. Previously she was assistant professor at Shiraz University of Technology for 11 years. Her major research area is computer science education, and applied data mining. Marzzieh most enjoys teaching courses that require designing and coding.

Ashton Anderson
Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Ashton works at the intersection of computer science and the social sciences, applying computational methods and large-scale analysis of online datasets to answer social questions. His latest research efforts have been devoted to exploring the structure of online diffusion and to understanding human decision-making. 

Andrew Cooper
Department of Psychology
Andrew completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Ohio State University, and postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University. His clinical research primarily focuses on examining how and for whom cognitive behavioral therapies work best. His teaching interests include contemporary psychotherapy research methods, post-traumatic stress disorder, and current issues and controversies in clinical psychology.

T.L. Cowan
Department of Arts, Culture & Media
T.L.’s research focuses on cultural and intellectual economies and networks of minoritized digital media and performance practices. This work includes the monographs Poetry’s Bastards, on intermedial performance, poetry and digital culture, and a second titled Sliding Scale, about the trans local and cross-platform methods of trans-feminist and queer cabaret in Montreal, Mexico City and New York City. Both are nearing completion. With collaborator Jasmine Rault (UTM), she is developing the Digital Ethics Research Collaboratory a 2017 SSHRC Insight Development Grant-funded project. 

Kyle Danielson
Department of Psychology
Kyle comes to U of T Scarborough from UBC, where he completed his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and worked for one year as a lecturer in the psychology department. His research interests include infant cognitive and linguistic development, specifically how bilingual children learn more than one language simultaneously. As teaching faculty here, his primary interest is the instruction of undergraduates at all levels—from first-year introductory psychology to second-year child development courses to fourth-year seminars exploring current topics.

Obidi Ezezika
Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Studies
Obidi’s teaching expertise is in human biology and global health. His research interests lie at the nexus of trust-building, biotechnology development, food security, and global health innovation. Obidi leverages his global experience and multidisciplinary expertise to provide students with the best education, training and experience possible.

Christina Guzzo
Department of Biological Sciences
Christina is establishing the first lab here dedicated to studying live viral infections in human cells, with particular emphasis on the HIV-1 virus. Her lab will build upon key research directions initiated during her post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, MD, where she identified a novel anti-HIV protein secreted by host immune cells, and most recently, how a human protein can be incorporated into the outer coat of HIV viruses and alter infection. 

Caren Hasler
Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Caren completed her PhD in 2015 at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Her research interests are in applied statistics, especially in survey sampling and missing data. Caren has a passion for teaching and is currently working on students’ metacognition and engagement in undergraduate courses.

Scott McIvor
Department of Biological Sciences
Scott is an emerging leader in the field of urban pollinator ecology and takes an interdisciplinary approach to urban ecology and policy. His expertise includes green roof ecology and design; his research goals focus on conservation in urban and near-urban contexts.

Charles Martineau
Department of Management
Charles will receive his Ph.D. degree in Finance from the University of British Columbia in November. His research is in the field of empirical asset pricing with specialization in microstructure and the impact of news on asset prices.

Gennady Pekhimenko
Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Gennady's main research interests are in the areas of computer architecture and systems. His current major research focus is on efficient memory hierarchy designs, machine learning, approximate computing, compilers, hardware acceleration, web search, and bioinformatics. He received his PhD in CS from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, and after spent a year in the Systems Research Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA.

Karen Smith
Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
Karen’s research examines the processes that contribute to climate and atmospheric variability of the mid-latitude and polar regions using a hierarchy of physics-based numerical models and statistical techniques. As teaching-stream faculty, her goal is to accelerate climate science literacy through hands-on data analysis and interactive climate modeling.

Ruby Sullan
Department of Physical &  Environmental Sciences
Ruby is a biophysical chemist with primary interest in bacterial adhesion. Research in her group lies at the interface of mechano-microbiology and materials-biosystems interactions. Her lab combines atomic force microscopy and optical microscopy to quantify, and discover the molecular mechanism behind the forces that stabilize bacterial biofilms on different materials.

Qiang Sun
Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Qiang’s research interests include fundamental methodological and theoretical questions concerning big data and applications to neuroimaging genetic studies, to reveal disease and genetic effects on brain structure and function, and neural pathways.

Sherry Yu
Department of Arts, Culture & Media
Sherry’s research explores media, culture and technology in communication, with a special interest in diasporic media in relation to cultural literacy, intercultural dialogue, and civic engagement in a multicultural society. She is the author of Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora: Korean Media in Vancouver and Los Angeles (forthcoming, UBC Press).

Marco Zimmer-De luliis
Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
Marco completed his MSc and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry with Prof. Bob Morris at the University of Toronto, and was a post-doctoral fellow at UTM with Professor Ulrich Fekl. Following, this he completed his B.Ed at OISE.  Marco strives to engage with students using technology and by creating connections to real world applications as well as current chemical research topics.  He hopes that his teaching builds confidence, enthusiasm, and independence in students, and provides them with the skills necessary for critical thinking and analysis.  "My goal as a teacher is to give my students the ability and desire to continue their own learning even after they leave the classroom."

A warm welcome also goes to Heidi Daxberger (Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences), William McConkey (Department of Management), Shana Ye (Department of Historical and Cultural Studies), and Laurent Cavenaile (Department of Management), and new part-time faculty, who we'll catch up with in a later issue of Inside UTSC.

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