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Meet the Cohort (2019-20)
Eugenia Afinoguénova is Professor of Spanish Language, Literature and Culture specializing in Tourism, Museums, Film, and Food Studies. Her latest book, The Prado: Spanish Culture and Leisure, 1819-1939 (2018) has been recently translated into Spanish (published 2019). An author of over 40 articles in English, Spanish, French, and Russian, a recipient of several research fellowships including ACLS’2014, and a participant in two international research projects funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Government of Spain, Afinoguénova has also designed two digital projects: http://prado.nfshost.com with MarVL and https://www.spanishtravelers.com, with the American Geographical Society Library and MarVL. Born and raised in Moscow (Russia), Afinoguénova received the equivalents of B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in Spanish Peninsular Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. She joined Marquette University in 1999. Her term as Department Chair begins in Fall 2019. Afinoguénova’s son, Greg, teaches Russian Imperial History while her husband, Yance Marti, writes about the history of Milwaukee. Her own hobbies include cooking and swimming in Lake Michigan.
Katie Blank is the University / Digital Records Archivist at the Raynor Memorial Libraries, where she documents, preserves, and provides access to digital and analog materials. Katie earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) with an Archival Studies Concentration, a M.A in History, and a B.A. in History, all from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her professional research, work, and interests include digital preservation and access, community archives, and international archives. She joined Marquette in 2013, having previously worked at UW – Milwaukee. Katie enjoys exploring and traveling, whether locally or internationally, with her husband and two children.
Ed Blumenthal is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs in the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences and an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Dr. Blumenthal received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University and conducted postdoctoral research at UC San Diego and the University of Virginia before joining the Marquette faculty in 2003. Dr. Blumenthal is a geneticist who studies the development of barrier structures in the fruit fly, and his research has been funded by both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Before taking his current administrative position, Dr. Blumenthal served as department chair in Biological Sciences for more than three years. Ed and his wife Amy live in Bayside and have two daughters, both in college.
Dennis Brylow is an associate professor of Computer Science at Marquette University, where he directs the Systems Laboratory and leads the PUMP-CS project. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Purdue University, and undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His research has focused on real-time and embedded computer systems, with particular emphasis on tools for system designers and educators in these fields. His PUMP-CS project has garnered repeated funding from the National Science Foundation, Google, and Code.org to emphasize teacher professional development and expanded access to computer science education in hundreds of high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools across the state of Wisconsin. In his spare time, Dennis collects bad science fiction in various media and tries to keep up with his wife and three small children.
Sumana Chattopadhyay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Digital Media and Performing Arts housed in the Diederich College of Communication. She joined Marquette in 2006 after completing a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her primary research focuses on cross-cultural media coverage of crises, public opinion, political advertising, presidential debates and political participation. Dr. Chattopadhyay serves on the University Academic Senate (UAS) where she holds the position of Vice Chair. She has also served as an officer on the Academic Integrity Council at Marquette University and a member of the Honors Faculty Advisory Council.
Dr. Scott C. D’Urso (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is an associate professor in the Diederich College of Communication. Primarily teaching courses in organizational communication, corporate communication, and communication theory, his research focuses on the intersection of communication technology use in and by organizations. Specifically, his scholarship focuses on examining how private industry uses various corporate communication activities to reengage the public’s interest in spaceflight and space exploration. He is currently chairperson in the Department of Communication Studies and serves on the Executive Council in the Diederich College. Scott also serves on the University Board of Graduate Studies as Vice-Chair. He lives in Cedarburg with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters, Alanna (9) and Alessandra (6).
Dr. Angelique Harris (she/her/hers) is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Director of the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies where she also directs the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program. Her research examines social problems and issues within marginalized communities, primarily focusing on the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ communities. Dr. Harris's research studies how disadvantaged groups understand, construct, and respond to health issues as well as how the marginalization and stigmatization they experience impact their access to healthcare. Along with dozens of articles and book chapters, Dr. Harris has authored and co-authored several books on LGBTQ+ communities of color, including AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole and Queer People of Color: Connected but not Comfortable. Dr. Harris was born and raised in Boston and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She lives in Shorewood with her wife, Kim, her daughter Casey, and turtle, Anasazi.
Majeed M. Hayat received a B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, in 1985. He received his M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a professor and chair in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research activities cover a broad range of topics including avalanche photodiodes, high-speed optical communication, signal processing for synthetic aperture radar, data-compressive algorithms for spectral sensing and imaging, networked computing, interdependent networks and systems with applications to smart grids. Dr. Hayat is co-founder of Dynamic Photonics Inc, and he is a Fellow in IEEE, OSA and SPIE.
Dr. Hughes-Morgan joined Marquette University in 2012. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, her M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her B.A. from Duke University. Her research and teaching interests lie mainly in the areas of dynamic competitive interaction, investor psychology, and the structure of inter-organizational networks. She has several years of work experience on Wall Street. Her most recent position was Director for the United Bank of Switzerland where she specialized in analysis of biotechnology and pharmaceutical stocks. She is on the Board of Directors of MPR Research Corporation, a contract research organization in Detroit, Michigan.
Qianhua “Q” Ling (Ph.D., CMA, CPA-China, inactive) is an associate professor in the Department of Accounting. Dr. Ling joined Marquette University in 2007 after receiving her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She has previously worked for Ericsson and Occidental Oil and Gas. While in Ericsson, she led a team that successfully converted financial information under Chinese GAAP to financial information complying with the Swedish GAAP in the ERP system. Dr. Ling has taught a variety of accounting courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research focuses on the use and usefulness of accounting information, which has been published in JAAF, API, and VOLUNTAS, among others. She currently serves on the editorial board of JPBAFM. On campus, Dr. Ling directs the accounting graduate program. She also serves on the Promotion and Tenure committee and the graduate committee in the College of Business.
Emily Patterson is a clinical audiologist who joined the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology as a clinical assistant professor in 2015. She became assistant chair July 2018. Dr. Patterson earned her Bachelors of Arts in Audiology and Speech Sciences at Michigan State University, and Doctorate of Audiology at Purdue University, and completed a clinical fellowship at the Indiana University Medical Center (Indianapolis). Prior to coming to Marquette University, Dr. Patterson practiced as an audiologist in three rural southwestern Wisconsin hospitals performing adult and pediatric diagnostic evaluation, in addition to fitting and verification of hearing aid technology. She teaches courses pertaining to audiology, supervises undergraduate students interested in pursuing audiology at the graduate level in the on-campus audiology clinic, and coordinates opportunities and supervises graduate speech-language pathology students to provide hearing screening in collaboration with multiple medical clinics in the Milwaukee community who serve uninsured and/or medically underserved populations. Dr. Patterson also advises graduate speech pathology clinicians working with hearing impaired clients to provide aural rehabilitation and amplification management
Martin St. Maurice
Martin St. Maurice is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He received his B.S. in Applied Biochemistry from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dalhousie University, Canada. He trained as a National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison before joining the Marquette faculty as an assistant professor in 2008. Martin’s research uses structural and biophysical methods to understand how enzymes achieve their remarkable rate enhancements. He received the Way Klingler Young Scholar Award, the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Faculty Advising Award. He is the director of the Biological Sciences Internship Program and developed and co-directs ME(D)3, the Marquette undergraduate research program in Drug Discovery and Development.
Amy Van Hecke
Dr. Amy Van Hecke is an associate professor of Psychology, and co-founder of the Marquette Interdisciplinary Autism Initiative and the On Your Marq college autism support program. She directs the Marquette Autism Clinic and the Marquette PEERS program for autistic preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Van Hecke’s research examines how the development of friendships affects brain structure and function. She has published over 35 scholarly articles and chapters on autism, and authored over 100 local, national, and international presentations on her grant-funded research. Dr. Van Hecke is also the co-developer of a health ambassador and family navigation program that ensures access to developmental services for underserved children of color. Dr. Van Hecke serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of Southeast Wisconsin, as well as on the Treatment and Intervention Advisory Committee for the State of Wisconsin/Department of Health and Human Services, the Pastoral Council of Immaculate Conception Church, and as co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 8698. She, her husband Jeremiah Van Hecke, their two daughters Aniela and Matilda, and their mini goldendoodle Bear, reside in Bay View.
Leigh van den Kieboom
Leigh van den Kieboom, Ph.D. Marquette University, is an associate professor and mathematics teacher educator in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership. Her research focuses on designing learning experiences that engage pre-service mathematics teachers in developing the knowledge needed for teaching while learning about and enacting the practices involved in effective instruction. Central to this effort is understanding what is entailed in the work of teaching mathematics by eliciting and responding to student mathematical thinking in ways that support all students, regardless of race, class, gender, or ethnic identity in rigorous learning of the discipline. In keeping with the teacher-scholar model at Marquette University, Leigh’s teaching and research mutually inform each other. Her time is divided between studying pre-service teacher learning and K-12 student learning. Leigh uses her research to better prepare pre-service teachers to implement ambitious instruction, high-quality teaching and learning in mathematics classrooms that emphasizes student sense making, maximizes student engagement, builds on the assets students bring with them to school, and maintains high standards for academic rigor.
Baolin Wan is an associate professor of structural engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1996, and his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina. He joined Marquette University in 2004. He was elected Council Member of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) from 2012 to 2018. His research interests include numerical and experimental modeling of repaired and retrofitted structures, use of Fiber Reinforce Polymer (FRP) composite materials, natural fibers and nanomaterials in structural members, ice for construction, field testing and nondestructive evaluation of bridges, behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural elements, and finite element analysis.
Gary Meyer (Ph.D. Michigan State University in Communication Theory) is senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Marquette University. In this role, Dr. Meyer helps prepare faculty for a meaningful and successful tenure at Marquette University across the many roles they will take on as teachers, scholars, and university leaders. Dr. Meyer works closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning, which serves as a catalyst for promoting a culture of pedagogical excellence on campus. In addition to his responsibilities for faculty affairs, Dr. Meyer serves as Marquette’s accreditation liaison officer to the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Meyer served as vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching for five years before being named senior vice provost for faculty affairs in 2015. Meyer also previously served as associate dean in the Diederich College of Communication and director of the corporate communication major. Meyer’s scholarship over the years has focused on using communication theory to develop persuasive messages primarily around health promotion and disease prevention. Gary and his wife Anne have two boys, Max and Charlie, both of whom attend Marquette.
Rev. Kent Beausoleil, S.J.
Currently the Special Assistant to the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs at Marquette University, Rev. Kent A. Beausoleil, SJ has a Ph.D. in Student Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Rev. Beausoleil, SJ is passionate about faculty leadership development gaining experience through his doctoral work in educational leadership and international comparative higher education, as well as his on-campus higher education work in the areas of vocational and leadership program development. He possesses Master degrees in Public Administration, Philosophy, and Divinity. His primary responsibilities include university accreditation, faculty leadership, mission integration, and the promotion of Ignatian Values on Marquette’s campus. In addition, Rev. Beausoleil, SJ is a visible presence on campus as chaplain for the Marquette University Police Department and for the Division of Student Affairs. He is active in student life through student organization involvement, a facilitator on Student Retreats and as a main presider at student-centered Masses on campus. He is a co-chair of the 2017 Marquette Homecoming Committee, a co-goal steward for Marquette’s Strategic Plan initiative Beyond Boundaries, and was a member of Marquette’s Master Plan steering committee. He is active in the Milwaukee Catholic community as well as a frequent presider for the Three Holy Women and Our Lady of Divine Providence parish communities.
David Buckholdt earned his doctorate in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis. Since coming to Marquette in 1974 he has served as chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, Associate Vice President and Vice President of Academic Affairs, founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and co-director of the Burke Scholar’s Program and director of the Trinity Fellows Program. Dr. Buckholdt’s early research focused on the application of social exchange theory to behavioral and learning problems of children and youth. More recently he has worked on issues related to the social construction of decision making in human service settings and on faculty stress. One son is a graduate of the Marquette Physical Therapy Program and another is a graduate of the College of Engineering. Dr. Buckholdt is retired as university professor emeritus.