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College of Science and Mathematics

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Newcomers and Retirements

The college welcomed a number of new faculty and staff members and said goodbye to some who have served the university well.

New Faculty and Staff

Faculty members: Nathaniel Martinez, Alejandra Yep (Biological Sciences); Scott Eagon, Derik Frantz, Katharine Watts (Chemistry & Biochemistry); Alison Ventura (Kinesiology); Steve Drasco, Nathan Keim, Tatiana Kuriabova, Colleen Marlow, Matthew Mewes, Ryan Walter, Stephanie Wissel (Physics); Hunter Glanz (Statistics); Briana Ronan and Leah Wood (School of Education); Jennifer O'Leary (Sea Grant faculty member); Brian Paavo (STAR director). View their backgrounds below.

Staff members: Anya Bergman, academic advisor  in the Advising Center; Maureen Conner, administrative support in the Dean's Office; Kara Eversman, administrative support in the Mathematics Department; Andrea Laubscher, technician in the Chemistry Department.

New Associate Deans

The college named three professors to be associate deans. Derek Gragson from the Chemistry Department will focus on facilities, resources and enrollment management. Kellie Green Hall from the Kinesiology Department will direct program development, review and assessment as well as strategic planning. Camille O'Bryant from the Kinesiology Department will concentrate on student success and welfare and issues of diversity and inclusivity.


A number of faculty and staff members retired in the 2014-15 academic year: Lisbeth Ceaser (School of Education), Neil Fleishon (Physics), David Hey (Kinesiology), James Miller (Liberal Studies), Royden Nakamura (Biological Sciences), Nancy Reid (Biological Sciences), Rod Schoonover (Chemistry & Biochemistry), and Renee Vasnaik (Computing Support Services). We appreciate all that they gave to the college and university.

Backgrounds of New Faculty

Biological Sciences

Nathaniel Martinez

Nathaniel Martinez

B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2002

Ph.D., Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology (2010) and M.D. (2012),  Cornell University

Research Interests: HIV-1 assembly: trafficking of HIV-1 Gag and Env proteins in the host cell; point-of-care devices: development of effective, low cost, low tech, portable devices for the quantitative measurement of biological specimens

Alejandra Yep

Alejandra Yep

B.S. and M.S., Molecular Biology (1999), and Ph.D., Biological Chemistry (2004), University of Buenos Aires in Argentina

Postdoctoral: College of Pharmacy (2005-08), Department of Medicinal Chemistry (2009-10), and Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Medical School (2011-14), University of Michigan

Research Interests: microbial pathogenesis, urinary tract infections (UTIs), novel strategies for prevention and treatment of UTIs



Scott Eagon

Scott Eagon

B.A., Chemistry, Whitman College, 2005

 Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 2010

Postdoctoral and Lecturer: San Francisco State University, 2011-14

Research Interests: potent biomolecules designed to selectively target critical proteins associated with lethal diseases, diseases affecting large groups of people in underdeveloped countries

Derik Frantz

Derik Frantz

B.S., Chemistry, Juanita College, 2005

 M.S.C. and Dr.Sc.Nat., Chemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2012

Postdoctoral: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-14

Research Interests: design and synthesis of non-natural organic compounds with unique nuclear structures and unusual bulk properties

Katharine Watts

Katharine Watts

B.S., Chemistry, University of Texas El Paso, 2006

Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 2011

Postdoctoral: Stanford University and San Jose State University, 2011-14

Research Interests: understanding how actinomycetes, a type of bacteria found in soil, make structurally complex molecules



Alison Ventura

Alison Ventura

B.S., Psychology, UC Davis, 2003

M.S., Nutrition Sciences (2005); M.S., Human Development and Family Studies (2005); and Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies (2008), Pennsylvania State University

Postdoctoral: Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, 2008-11; Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University, 2011-14

Research Interests: how childhood experiences affect eating behaviors and weight status across life course, bidirectional influences between children and parents, obesity prevention programs



Steve Drasco

Steve DrascoB.S., Physics, UC Irvine, 1999

M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2005), Physics, Cornell University

Postdoctoral: Jet Propulsion Lab, 2005-08; Max Planck/Albert Einstein Institute, 2008-10; Lecturer, Cal Poly, 2010-12; Assistant Professor, Grinnell College, 2012-14

Research Interests: theoretical and computational astrophysics, gravitational waves, black holes, relativity, supernovae


Nathan Keim

Nathan Keim

B.S., Physics, Haverford College, 2004

Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago, 2010

Postdoctoral: University of Pennsylvania, 2011-14

Research Interests: probing responses of disordered materials to deformation, understanding memory behaviors in disordered systems

Tatiana Kuriabova

Tatiana KuriabovaH.D. Physics, Ivanova State University in Russia

M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2008), Physics, UCLA

Postdoctoral: University of Colorado, 2008-11; Brown University, 2011-13; Lecturer, Cal Poly, 2013-14

Research Interests: liquid crystals

Colleen Marlow

Colleen Marlow

B.S., Physics, Cal Poly, 1999

 Ph.D., Physics, University of Oregon, 2005

Postdoctoral: Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at UCSF, 2006-08; Lecturer, College of Marin and Cal Poly, 2011-12; Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College, 2012-14

Research Interests: neuroscience, mesoscopic physics

Matthew Mewes

Matthew Mewes

B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Concordia College, 1998

M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2004), Physics, Indiana University

Postdoctoral: Visiting Assistant Professor, Carleton College, 2004-05; Visiting Assistant Professor, Marquette, 2005-09; Visiting Assistant Professor, Swarthmore, 2009-14

Research Interests: theoretical particle physics, space-time symmetries, violations of Lorentz invariance

Ryan Walter

Ryan Walter

B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2009

 M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2014), Stanford University

Research Interests: environmental fluid mechanics, transport processes in coastal estuarine systems, effects on ecosystem health, biological processes in environmental systems



Hunter Glanz

Hunter Glanz

B.S., Mathematics and Statistics, Cal Poly, 2009

Ph.D., Mathematics with a Statistics emphasis, Boston University, 2014

Research Interests: computational statistics, statistical computing, remote sensing, statistics education


School of Education

Briana Ronan

Briana Ronan

B.A., English and Spanish, University of Texas at Austin, 2005

M.A., English as a Foreign Language, University of Alcala, Spain, 2008

M.A. (2010) and Ed.D. (2014), International Education Development, Columbia University

Research Interests: bilingual education and English language development, second language literacy, technology and language learning, multimodal research methods, discourse analysis

Leah Wood

Leah Wood

B.S., Psychology, Davidson College (2003)

 M.A., Teaching, (2009) and Ph.D. (2014), Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Research Interests: expository texts, literacy acquisition for students who are nonverbal, technological supports in academic learning, general curriculum access, quantitative research methods (including single case research), applied behavior analysis (including systematic instruction)

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