Prior to joining the University, she was an adjunct associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and a senior scientist at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology.
Her research focuses on an enzyme, protein isoaspartyl methyltransferase, which modifies abnormal proteins damaged by age. She is working under a National Institute on Aging grant and her research may have value in treating age-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.
O'Connor teaches "Advanced Biochemistry" to undergraduates.
Asst. Prof. Kristin Butcher (Economics) holds a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and two master's degrees in economics, one from the London School of Economics and one from Princeton University, where she also earned a doctorate.
Her research interests are in labor economics, immigration and issues related to children's economic outcomes.
This semester, she is teaching "Microeconomic Theory" and "The Economics of Immigration," a course she developed. Next semester she will teach "Topics in Labor Economics."
Asst. Prof. Pamela Smith (Law) holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, a master's in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. and a law degree from Tulane University Law School.
She is teaching "Property Law" both semesters this year and will also teach "Computers and High Technology Law" in the spring.
Her research interests cover intellectual property - specifically topics affecting computer law - and race and gender laws affecting African-American women.
Before joining Boston College in September, she worked at Thomas and Knight, a law firm in Dallas, where she specialized in litigation and intellectual property. Previously, she served as a clerk for federal judge Robert H. McWilliams of the US Court of Appeals 10th Circuit in Denver.
Asst. Prof. Gary Yee (SOE) came to Boston College from the Oakland Unified School District in California, where he was a principal on special assignment.
He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from the University of California at Berkeley, a master of professional accounting degree from the California State University at Hayward, and will receive a doctoral degree in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University by the end of 1995. In 1994, he won the Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
He is teaching "Principalship" and "Administration of Local School Systems," both graduate courses.
His research is in organizational features of stability and change in public school systems, unionization of public school employees - including administrators - and policy issues surrounding Asian-American students.
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