Profiles of Boston College's newest faculty members
Adjunct Associate Professor of English Allison Adair came to Boston College after 10 years as a senior lecturer in writing at Boston University, where she received the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to teaching, she has been an instructor, consultant and board member for Grub Street Writers, which organizes poetry workshops and seminars for Boston-area writers. Adair earned a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature and European history at Brown University, and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; she also was awarded the workshop’s highest honor, the Teaching-Writing Fellowship.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ian Biringer, co-organizer of the University’s geometry/topology seminar, pursues research interests in hyperbolic geometry, combinatorial and geometric group theory, differential geometry and the geometry of lattices in higher rank Lie groups. Last fall, he was awarded a National Science Foundation grant in topology. He is a proponent of inquiry-based learning methods, whether by teaching non-lecture-based courses or by introducing some discovery and experimentation-based activities into lecture courses. Prior to Boston College, Biringer spent almost three years at Yale University as assistant professor and NSF fellow. He earned bachelor degrees in mathematics and computer science from Oberlin College, and master of sciences and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Chicago, where he earned the Graves Teaching Prize.
Assistant Professor of Physics Ruihua He studies the microscopic behaviors of electrons in solid state physics, examining the interplay among multiple degrees of freedom, charge, lattice, spin and orbit. He works with high-temperature superconductors and complex oxides in both bulk and thin-film form. These materials are studied for their unique elemental properties – which often run counter to the laws of physics. A native of China who studied at Fudan University, He earned his doctorate at Stanford University, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research has appeared in numerous journals, including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Physics and Physical Review Letters.
All photos courtesy of Lee Pellegrini