Welcome Additions

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

Laura Hake

Asst. Prof. Laura Hake (Biology), whose research focuses on the role of RNA molecules in early embryonic development, joins the Boston College faculty after serving as an associate at the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research in Shrewsbury from 1991 to 1997.

Hake, who earned her bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Tennessee in 1984, received her doctorate in biology from Tufts University in 1992. Her honors include a pair of National Research Service Awards from the National Institute of Health between 1992 and 1995, and a Charles A. King Trust Research Fellowship from The Medical Foundation from 1995 to 1997.

She has co-authored a number of articles published in biology journals, and has collaborated on research papers presented at conferences of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and other professional associations.

Hake is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the RNA Society.

Pierluigi Balduzzi

Asst. Prof. Pierluigi Balduzzi (CSOM) comes to Boston College from New York University, where he had taught undergraduate and MBA courses as an assistant professor of finance since 1991.

Balduzzi received a doctorate in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991, and a bachelor's degree in economic and social sciences from the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan in 1986.

His research interests include inflation and stock returns, money and portfolio choice, and price-triggered trades and asset price dynamics. He has co-authored articles on economic topics for Journal of Finance , Journal of Monetary Economics , Review of Economics and Statistics and European Economic Review , among other journals.

This semester, he is teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on investments.

Charles Noble

Asst. Prof . Charles Noble (CSOM), a one-time student entrepreneur who earned a bachelor's degree in finance from BC in 1986, has returned as a member of the Marketing faculty.

Noble had been an assistant professor of marketing at Mississippi State University, where he taught after receiving his doctorate in marketing from Arizona State University in 1996. He earned his MBA from Babson College in 1989.

Noble, who teaches a course in research methods, has focused his own study on the role of middle managers in marketing strategy. He has co-authored articles in such journals as Strategic Management Journal , Journal of Strategic Marketing , and Journal of Business Research .

As an undergraduate at Boston College, Noble was a co-founder of Boston College Student Agencies, a group of 12 entrepreneurial, student-run businesses.

Gail Kineke

Asst. Prof. Gail Kineke (Geology and Geophysics), whose studies of mud flow in marine environments have taken her to the Amazon and elsewhere, spent the past two years as an assistant professor of marine science and geological sciences at the University of South Carolina.

Kineke received her master's and doctoral degrees in oceanography from the University of Washington in 1988 and 1993, respectively, after graduating with honors from Princeton University in 1983 with a degree in geology.

Her studies of sediment transport in rivers and coastal areas earned Kineke a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and recognition as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator in 1996.

Kineke has traveled to San Francisco Bay, the Hudson River, the Sepik River in New Guinea, and the Amazon River to research how coastal environments are shaped by the deposit of sediments by rivers, currents and tides.

After teaching a course last fall which examined the geological processes involved in the formation and evolution of coastal environments, Kineke is leading a graduate seminar in geology this semester. She also is working on a three-year study of coastal sediment transport, funded by a $299,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research.

-Mark Sullivan

Welcome Additions is an occasional feature introducing new, tenure-track members of the Boston College faculty.

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