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Andrea Markelz

Department of Physics

Andrea MarkelzAn Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Andrea Markelz is an award winning molecular biophysicist. She also holds adjunct appointments in UB's departments of Electrical Engineering and Structural Biology. Markelz obtained her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 and her master's degree in Applied Physics from Columbia University in 1989. Six years later, she obtained her doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 2004, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Markelz the Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) for her research on techniques to measure the elasticity of proteins and other biomolecules. As part of the grant, Markelz will "establish an educational program between UB, the Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Museum of Science aimed at attracting more females and other under-represented groups into the sciences." (see UB press release for more details)

Carine Mardorossian

Department of English

Carine M. Mardorossian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. In 1988, she earned her B.A. from the University of Liège in Belgium. Both her M.A. and Ph.D. in English came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon conferral of her doctorate in 1998, Mardorossian joined the UB faculty. Her research interests are postcolonial literature and theory, Caribbean studies, feminist theory, cultural criticism, and film.

Mardorossian's writing explores issues of "race and gender in the context of a debate that has been waged within feminist postcolonial studies around the representation of racial otherness."¹ Currently she completing revisions on Migrant Rewritings: Reading Postcolonialism Through Caribbean Women Writers. Mardorossian's work has appeared in many journals including Signs, Callaloo, and The Journal of Caribbean Literatures. She speaks English, French, and Farsi.

¹ "Shutting Up the Subaltern: Silences, Stereotypes, and Double-Entendre in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea" Callaloo 22.4 (1999)

Tracy Gregg

Department of Geology

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology, Tracy K.P. Gregg obtained her B.S. in geological sciences from Brown University in 1990, and five years later earned her doctorate in geology from Arizona State University. Her primary research interest is the behavior of volcanoes on Earth, Mars, and Venus. For her research, Gregg has received grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is the is a co-author of many papers and monographs, most recently Environmental Effects on Volcanic Eruptions: From Deep Oceans to Deep Space (2000). In addition, she has contributed to maps of Mars made by the United States Geological Survey.

Photo: close-up of Tracy Gregg as she prepares to drop a pumpkin from the roof of the Natural Sciences Complex

Diana S. Aga

Department of Chemistry

An analytical chemist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Aga researches the effects of animal antibiotics found in fertilizers on the environment.

"Aga is one of a handful of scientists in the world looking at the question from a unique vantage point, taking into consideration the complete journey made by animal antibiotics and their metabolites from the barnyard to the crop field and, possibly, to supplies of drinking water" ¹

She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines in 1988; a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 1995; and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology in Zurich from 1996 to 1998.

¹ Health & Medicine Week. Antibiotic Resistance: Do antibiotic residues from agricultural use contribute to human drug resistance? (2003)

Meghan Cope

Department of Geography

Meghan CopeAn Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Meghan Cope has served at UB since 1995. Cope received an bachelors in Sociology from Vassar College in 1989. Cope later received both a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado. Upon the conferral of her doctorate in 1995, Cope joined the Geography Department at UB.

Her research interests are geographic perspectives on gender and race, social policy, and the use of qualitative research in geography. Cope teaches courses on Urban Social Geography, Gender and Geography, Critical Urban Issues, and Geography and Social Theory. In 2000, Cope received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Program to fund a project on geography for inner-city elementary school students.

Antonia Monteiro

Department of Biological Sciences

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Antonia Monteiro is the principle biologist on the project to create the first transgenic butterflies that express DNA from another species. Montiero, a native of Portugal, obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Lisbon before attending Edinburgh University, where she earned her doctorate in 1997. After postdoctoral work at Harvard University and Leiden University, Monteiro joined UB in 2001 as an Assistant Professor. She teaches courses in Evolutionary and Development Biology and has published several articles in scholarly journals. Her work with transgenic butterflies has warranted global attention from the BBC News, The Globe and Mail, and Science.

Piya Pangsapa

Women's Studies Department

Piya Pangsapa joined the Women's Studies Department at UB in 2001 as an Assistant Professor after obtaining her doctorate in Sociology from State University of New York at Binghamton. Her courses on women's global citizenship specializing in women and labor in Southeast Asia reflects her research focuses on gender, globalization, poverty and development.

At UB, she is not only a faculty member of the Women's Studies department, but is also affiliated with both the Asian Studies program and the History Department. Pangsapa is currently finishing her book, Factory Women and the Thai Apparel Industry: Exploitation and Possibilities for Resistance, based on her dissertation.

Additionally, she is the co-founder and executive board member of the Society for Social and Political Philosophy: Historical, Continental, and Feminist Perspectives (SSPP). The Society was founded in December 2001 in order to promote discussion, debate and scholarship in social and political philosophy through a variety of academic perspectives.

Deborah Waldrop

School of Social Work

Deborah WaldropDeborah P. Waldrop is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. She obtained her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters of Social Work from Syracuse University, and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Her research centers on gerontology and human development. For her work in this area, Waldrop was granted a Hartford Faculty Scholar award in 2002 to do work with elderly populations in Western New York. In April of 1995, Waldrop was working as a Social Work Director for St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, just five blocks away from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building when a truck bomb detonated in front of it. After the bombing, Waldrop helped develop a crisis-intervention program for hospital employees and other caregivers affected by the bombing. She has co-authored articles on gerontological social work and contributed to the book The Qualitative Research Experience.

Michelle Gregory

Department of Linguistics

Michelle Gregory is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her primary research interests include natural language processing, linguistic informativeness and speech production, and identifying the knowledge sources that influence language processing. In 1992 Gregory obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Boise State University and in 2001 received dual doctorates from the University of Colorado in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She joined UB in 2003 after post-doctoral research at Brown University and at the basecamp of Mount Everest. Gregory is a contributor to various book chapters and journal articles. In 2002, Gregory was an Olympic Torch bearer for the Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ann M. Bisantz

Department of Industrial Engineering Department

Ann BisantzAn Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, Bisantz joined the faculty of her alma mater (B.S. 1989, M.S. 1991) in 1997 after receiving her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research and teaching is in the area of human factors, cognitive engineering, human decision making and systems design. She is one of eight female professors in the School of Engineering and the only female professor in the Industrial Engineering Department. She also acts as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Industrial Engineering. Recently Bisantz became a member of UB's Center for Cognitive Science.