Faculty Accomplishments


Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, geographer of China with expertise in water and energy in the country, was featured in articles from Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg about the South-North Water Diversion Project taking place in China. The project transfers water from flood-prone regions in the south of the country to the north, which often suffers from drought. Magee has authored a number of articles on China’s water and energy issues.


Julianne H. Miller, director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Hillel adviser, has been awarded the highest individual honor bestowed by Hillel International — the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award. One of just eight people to be given the award, Miller was recognized for her efforts on behalf of HWS’ Jewish and interfaith communities. Since coming to HWS in 2015, Miller has created or expanded programs including service projects, public remembrances at Yom HaShoah, celebrations of Passover and Purim, and support for students growing into their Jewish identities.


Associate Professor of English Alla Ivanchikova's first book, Imagining Afghanistan: Global Fiction and Film of the 9/11 Wars, examines how Afghanistan has been imagined in literary and visual texts that were published after the 9/11 attacks. Ivanchikova’s research and teaching focus on the post-9/11 global novel, post-socialist studies, ecocriticism and new media theory. Her book is published by Purdue University Press.


Professor of Biology James Ryan has designed and built a 3D printed florescence microscope that, thanks to its economical price point, has the potential to impact high school and undergraduate classrooms across the county and clinical practices in developing countries around the world. While commercial models range in cost from $15,000 to $50,000, Ryan’s version costs less than $1,000. In a clinical setting, florescent microscopy could allow doctors to readily identify cancerous tissues or blood parasites such as malaria.


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