Welcome Additions

Welcome Additions

Renee Jones

Asst. Prof. Renee M. Jones (Law) most recently has been an associate in the law firm Hill & Barlow, where her practice concentrated on corporate and securities law, including venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions and securities regulation.

She is teaching courses this year on corporations and on securities regulation, and a seminar on corporate governance. Jones graduated in 1986 from Princeton and in 1993 from Harvard Law, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

A member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, she has served on the editorial board of Human Rights Magazine, published by the ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and was special editor of the magazine's edition on civil-rights issues arising from the war on terrorism.

She has been a member of the New England Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and serves on the Board of Overseers for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society.

Stephen Wicks

Asst. Prof. Stephen Wicks (Biology), who took his doctorate in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in 1996, conducts research into the neurobiology of the chemosensory system, using molecular genetic, cell biological, and behavioral techniques to examine the chemosensory system of the small nematode roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.

"Since many basic biological processes are well conserved across the animal kingdom," Wicks writes, "we expect that much of what we learn from the worm will aid our understanding of human diseases and syndromes related to sensory system deficits."

Wicks previously held postdoctoral fellowships at The Hubrecht Laboratory of the Netherlands Institute of Developmental Biology and at the Division of Molecular Biology of the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

Vidya Madhavan

Asst. Prof. Vidya Madhavan (Physics) performs experimental research in scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy on novel electronic materials, including high temperature superconductors. She is teaching a course this semester on the phenomena of vibrations and waves in physics.

Madhavan arrives from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a post-doctoral scientist in the laboratory of physicist Seamus J. C. Davis.

At Berkeley, she was among a group of researchers that used scanning tunneling microscopy to make the first-ever nanometer-scale maps of "granular" superconductivity in a high-temperature superconductor, and to distinguish superconducting from nonsuperconducting regions in the material Bi-2212, an important representative of the copper oxide superconductors. The results were reported in the Jan. 24, 2002, issue of Nature.

Madhavan received her doctorate in physics from Boston University in 2000, a bachelor of technology degree in metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras in 1991 and a master of technology degree in solid state materials from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi in 1993.

Kelly Brotzman

Adj. Instr. Kelly Brotzman (Theology) teaches Personal and Social Responsibility I and II, a year-long sequence required of all students in the PULSE Program, which combines service-learning with classic text-based coursework in philosophy and theology.

She is completing her doctorate in religious ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she was a researcher on the Religion, Culture and Family Project.

Her research and teaching interests include historical and contemporary Christian thought; moral philosophy; social ethics; Reformation themes; German Enlightenment themes; feminism and religion; theology and modernity, and religion and social science.

Brotzman earned a bachelor's degree in religion and English literature at Washington and Lee University in 1995, and the following year studied historical theology at Ruprecht-Karls Universitat in Heidelberg, Germany, under a Fulbright grant. She received a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1998.
She has taught previously as an adjunct professor at DePaul University and Prairie State College.

-Mark Sullivan

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, will profile new faculty members at Boston College.


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