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Welcome Additions

Sandra Hannon-Engel, Marius Stan, Can Erbil, Danielle Taghian (Photos by Gary Gilbert and Lee Pellegrini)

By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Feb. 28, 2013

“Welcome Additions,” an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.

Sandra Hannon-Engel joins the Connell School of Nursing as an assistant professor, having previously served as a clinical instructor. She has worked as psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her research interests are eating disorders, neurobiology, and life-threatening behaviors She earned her doctorate from Boston College and her master’s degree from Rivier College. She has been published in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care and Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Marius Stan spent three years as a Mellon postdoctoral instructor at California Institute of Technology prior to arriving at BC last fall. In 2011 he was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science as part of the research group “Modern Geometry and the Concept of Space.” Stan’s major areas of interest are bioethics, moral and political philosophy, and logic, with specialization in modern philosophy — particularly Kant and Leibniz — and the philosophy of science. He earned his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, and was awarded the David Sachs Memorial Fellowship for his dissertation year. His recent and forthcoming peer-reviewed publications include articles in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and The Southern Journal of Philosophy, and a contribution to The Reception of Newton in the 18th Century.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics Can Erbil — who earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston College — brings 16 years of experience in economic modeling, international trade, economic development, macroeconomics, forecasting and research with a special focus on emerging markets, MENA and GCC regions and Europe, and publications on macroeconomic policy, international trade, economic development, fiscal policy and tax reforms. His recent research concentrates on trade policy, financial regulation, health policy and energy policies. Director and research fellow for the EcoMod Modeling School and Global Economic Modeling Network in Brussels, Erbil was a member of the faculty at Brandeis and Harvard. His honors include several teaching awards, including at BC while a graduate student. Erbil has also worked for the Boston Fed and World Bank on research projects.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology Danielle Taghian has become part of the BC faculty this academic year after having served as a visiting assistant professor since 2002. She teaches Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology and has taught labs in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, and Mammalian Cell Culture, and is faculty advisor to the Science Club for Girls student organization. Her research background includes work in DNA recombination and repair mechanisms and the response of human cancers to ionizing radiation. Taghian earned her doctorate from Harvard University and her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.