Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Viola Benavente, who recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Nursing, previously taught acute nursing care at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Benavente’s clinical experience is in cardiovascular disease, and her research focus is on cardiovascular health promotion and coronary heart disease prevention among Latinas, including the study of cardiovascular health disparities among Latinas and other Hispanics. Benavente, who holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, will teach Adult Health II to undergraduates in the spring.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Maksym Fedorchuk, an algebraic geometer, has taught Multivariable Calculus and Algebra I. Prior to joining BC, he was a Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University. A native of Ukraine, he earned a PhD from Harvard University and an SB in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research on the study of moduli spaces in algebraic geometry is partially supported by an NSF grant. Fedorchuck’s research has been published in such journals as Inventiones mathematicae and International Mathematics Research Notices.
Assistant Professor Micah Lott taught for a year at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh before joining the Philosophy Department this semester. His fields of interest include ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy and ancient philosophy. In addition to a PULSE core course, he currently teaches the upper-level course Kant and Kantians on the Moral Law. Lott, who has been published in the Journal of Moral Philosophy and Social Theory and Practice, describes his writing as focusing mostly on contemporary debates that have deep historical roots. He received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history from the University of Georgia.
A 1992 alumnus who earned his bachelor’s degree in economics, Paul Cichello returned to the department this semester as an adjunct associate professor and has taught courses in statistics and econometrics. His research interests are development economics and applied econometrics, and he has published a number of journal articles and book chapters. Previously a visiting faculty member at Haverford College and Johns Hopkins University, and a senior economist at The World Bank Group in Washington, DC, Cichello — who holds a doctorate in economics from Cornell University — also served for two years as a Peace Corps math teacher in West Africa.