Welcome Additions

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

David Lesmes

Asst. Prof. David Lesmes (Geology and Geophysics) holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California at San Diego and a doctoral degree in geophysics from Texas A&M University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Earth Resources Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Boston College, he worked at Chevron Research.

His research interests are in environmental geophysics, exploration geophysics, rock physics and hydrogeology.

This semester he is teaching a course with Prof. John Ebel (Geology) where students learn the theory and practice of exploration seismology and ground penetrating radar, including a geophysical site survey of the Middle Campus Project. Next semester he will teach "Environmental Geophysics."

Elizabeth Graver

Asst. Prof. Elizabeth Graver (English) holds a bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University and a master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Olin Fellow. She has also completed coursework for a doctoral degree at Cornell University.

Graver began teaching at Boston College in 1993 as a visiting assistant professor of English. She has also taught at Emerson College, and Wesleyan, Cornell and Washington universities.

A fiction writer, Graver's interests lie in memory and narrative themes, specifically oral histories. She has published numerous short stories and poems - several of which have won awards - and presented many readings of her work.

She teaches a literature core course, "Literary Themes," and "Writing Workshop: Fiction." In the spring she will teach "Reading for Writers" and "Advanced Fiction Writing."

Matthew Restall

Asst. Prof. Matthew Restall (History) came to Boston College from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he was an assistant professor.

He holds a bachelor's degree in modern history from Oxford University in England, and master's and doctoral degrees in Latin American history and Mexican colonial history, respectively, from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Restall's research interests include colonial Mexico, and Mayan culture and society. He teaches "Culture, Ethnicity and Social Structure in Colonial Latin America" this semester and will teach "A Social History of Mexico" and "The Study and Writing of History: The Conquests of Mexico and Peru" in the spring.

Nicholas Mozak

Asst. Prof. Nicholas Mozak (Theater) holds a bachelor's degree in theater from Illinois Wesleyan University and master's degrees in costume design and stage design from Wayne State and Northwestern universities, respectively.

Prior to joining Boston College, Mozak was a freelance stage designer in Chicago. His research interests are in the technology end of theater design, specifically architecture and art history.

He teaches "Elements of Design" and in the spring will teach "Introduction to Stage Design," "Scene Painting" and - with Prof. Pamela Berger (Fine Arts) - "Introduction to Film: The Designing of an Historical Feature Film." He will also teach "Scene Design" and "Costume Design" every other year starting in the 1996-97 academic year.

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