Welcome Additions

Introductions of new, tenure track members of the
Boston College faculty

Claude Cernuschi

Asst. Prof. Claude Cernuschi joins the Fine Arts Department after seven years as an assistant professor at Duke University. He holds master's and doctoral degrees in fine arts from New York University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont.

Cernuschi's research focuses on American art after World War II, particularly the abstract expressionists. He is using what the artists themselves said about their work to develop an interpretive framework and critical terminology. He also recently began research on early 20th century art in Vienna, which he is placing in cultural context.

He is the author of two books on Jackson Pollock and has a book on abstract expressionism in press.

Cernuschi is leading a seminar on the New York School and teaching a course on Impressionism this semester.

Jan Engelbrecht

Asst. Prof. Jan Engelbrecht (Physics) is a condensed matter physicist studying high temperature superconductivity and materials that can switch between conductive and non-conductive status.

Engelbrecht also is leading the development of a state-of-the-art theoretical physics computer center in the Physics Department, which will provide increased research capabilities and has potential teaching applications.

He holds doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Engelbrecht was a postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1993 until his arrival at BC. Previously, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and as a research scientist at the University of Stellenbosch's Institute for Theoretical Nuclear Physics.

Engelbrecht is not teaching this semester, but will teach a graduate-level quantum mechanics course in the spring.

Solomon Friedberg

Solomon Friedberg joins the Mathematics Department as a full professor after having served on the University of California/Santa Cruz faculty since 1985. He started there as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and to full professor in 1989. Previously, he had been an assistant professor at Harvard University.

Friedberg's research focuses on number theory and representation theory, which have applications in diverse areas of mathematics and physics.

Friedberg has authored or co-authored 34 articles and serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Mathematical Reviews and Zentralblatt für Mathematik , among others.

He is teaching multivariable calculus this semester.

Friedberg holds master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree from the University of California/San Diego.

Lillie Albert

Asst. Prof. Lillie Albert (SOE) studies how students collaborate in groups to solve complex mathematical problems. Rather than have students supply answers and show steps to a problem's solution, Albert asks them to detail, in writing, the strategy and methods they used and explain why their answer is a reasonable one.

Albert was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky last academic year, a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994-95, and an adjunct faculty member at the Southern University at New Orleans in 1990-91. Previously, she taught in the New Orleans Public Schools and in a New Orleans Catholic school.

She has authored or co-authored several publications and serves as a reviewer for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School and Research in Middle Level Education Quarterly.

Albert holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master's degree from Xavier University and a bachelor's degree from Dillard University.

She is teaching Elementary Mathematics and Technology to graduates this semester, and Secondary Mathematics and Technology to undergraduates.

-M.S.

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