New Faculty

February 10, 2005, vol. 32, no. 3



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Lisa Craig joins the department of molecular biology and biochemistry as a tenure track assistant professor. She was most recently a senior research associate with the Scripps Research Institute in California. Craig holds a master of science in biochemistry and a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry, both from SFU. Her research is focused on helping to achieve a molecular understanding of pathogens that are increasingly resistant to antibiotics.


Maxwell Donelan has been appointed a tenure track assistant professor in the department of kinesiology. Donelan, who holds a MA in human biodynamics and a PhD in integrative biology, both from the University of California Berkley, was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta. His research uses techniques from biomechanics and neurophysiology to study how humans and other animals walk and run.


Gwen Flowers joins the department of earth sciences as a tenure track assistant professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in glaciology. Flowers holds a PhD in geophysics from UBC and spent one year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Iceland and another at UBC. Her research interests include alpine glaciology, glacier hydrology and glaciological hazards.


Alan Laitsch joins the SFU Surrey campus where he is a tenure track assistant professor of educational leadership in the faculty of education. He was most recently a senior policy analyst with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in the U.S. He holds a master of education from the University of Virginia and a PhD from American University in Washington, D.C. His research interests focus on education policy issues.


Patricia Mooney has been appointed a tenured professor in the department of physics where she will teach and research in the area of semiconductor physics. A distinguished senior scientist with a PhD in solid state physics from Bryn Mawr College, Mooney holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in materials science. She joins SFU from IBM in New York where she was a research scientist.


John Welch joins SFU as an associate professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in cultural and resource management, a joint appointment with the departments of archaeology and resource and environmental management. An archaeologist who earned a PhD in anthropology at the University of Arizona, Tuscson, he was most recently director of the cultural resource management program for the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona. His research interests are in heritage resource management. At SFU he will develop a research program for ecosystem protection as well as collaborative, sustainable management practices for self-governing First Nations peoples.

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