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Edited by Sarah Haviland (Music and Art), Jill Richardson (English), and Jan Stahl (English)

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Amit Aggarwal

Amit Aggarwal
Assistant Professor, Science
Amit Aggarwal, a material chemist, earned his M.S. in Chemistry from D. A. V. College, Jalandhar, India. He earned an M. Ph. from the CUNY Graduate Center, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He then joined as Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Biochemistry at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

His research focuses on the means to modify self-organized nanoparticles of porphyrins/metalloporphyrins to enhance their catalytic properties and also to study their photophysical properties for biomedical applications such as imaging agents and therapeutics.

David Allen
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Professor Allen received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the CUNY Graduate Center. His specialty is Algebraic Topology. Prof. Allen’s current research interests include the Homotopy Groups of Quasi-toric Manifolds, Topological Data Analysis and the Topology of Complex Networks. 

Arto Artinian
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Human Services
Arto Artinian received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Composition from the University of Rochester (and the Eastman School of Music), as well as a M.M. in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to attending graduate school, he was a social studies high school teacher in the Bronx. While at the Graduate Center, he was an adjunct instructor for eight years across many CUNY campuses, including Queens, Hunter, Lehman, John Jay, Hostos, and York Colleges.

Prof. Artinian’s research focuses on questions of power, hegemony, and the state, as well as inequality in the United States. He is curious about the nature of human consciousness, specifically as it arises through and within social relations. He is currently working on several translation projects, from Russian and Bulgarian to English.

Marcelle Edinboro
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Marcelle Edinboro, a registered nurse, earned an A.A.S in Nursing at New York City College of Technology, and a B.S.N. and M.S. in Nursing Education at Adelphi University.

Esin Egit
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Human Services
Esin Egit received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center and holds a B.A in Sociology from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her areas of interest are psychological anthropology, gender and sexuality, and identity formation. Her geographical focus is the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Before coming to BMCC, Prof. Egit taught anthropology at John Jay College for over six years.

Janet Esquirol
Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Technology
Janet Esquirol is an Art Director and Educator. She specializes in design, advertising, and publishing (online and off). She earned her M.F.A. in Design from Parsons School of Design and her B.A. from Connecticut College. She has been thrilled to bring an interdisciplinary range of experience to the classroom over the past ten years, and is so happy to join the BMCC community.

Heather Finn

Heather Finn
Assistant Professor, Developmental Skills
Heather Finn received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, an M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from New York University. Her research focuses on the sociocultural factors that influence students’ participation in the second language classroom. She has taught a range of courses at NYU, John Jay College, and Kingsborough Community College, including ESL reading and writing, English composition, and critical reading.

Gene IannuzziGene Iannuzzi
Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences
Gene Iannuzzi, the newly appointed Paramedic Program Director, has been involved in emergency services for over 30 years. He first came to BMCC in 1997 as an adjunct in the Paramedic Program, took over the director’s slot on a temporary basis in February 2013 and was appointed Assistant Professor in August 2013. He is a registered nurse, a certified emergency nurse, and a NYS certified EMT-paramedic.

Prof. Iannuzzi obtained his Master of Public Administration degree at Baruch College in 1992, and holds a B.S. in Nursing from Excelsior College, a B.A. in Communications from Lehman College, an A.A.S. from the former Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in the Bronx, and completed his paramedic training at the former New York Infirmary-Beekman Downtown Hospital.

Prof. Iannuzzi serves as a regional faculty member for Basic and Advanced Life Support for the American Heart Association, is a NYS EMS-Certified Instructor Coordinator, and has been active in presenting educational programs in pre-hospital emergency care, disaster preparedness, incident command, weapons of mass destruction, hospital evacuation training, and others.  Prior to coming to BMCC, he was the Trauma Program Manager at St. Barnabas Hospital and has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions in both nursing and emergency medical services. 

Maureen KeenanMaureen Keenan
Assistant Professor, Music
Maureen Keenan earned a Bachelor of Music at California State University Northridge, completed her Master of Music degree at State University of New York at Purchase, and completed her Doctor of Music degree at the CUNY Graduate Center upon submission of her dissertation, The woodwind quintets of Darius Milhaud with an emphasis on Quintette pour instruments á vent, op.443.

Prof. Keenan has taught a variety of college music courses including Music Theory, Piano, Introduction to Music, History of American Music, Latin American Music, Mozart, and Music in Paris between the Wars.

As a flutist she is a founding member of the Tessera wind quintet and maintains a very busy schedule of solo, chamber, and orchestral engagements throughout the New York City area.

Cara KronenCara Kronen
Instructor, Teacher Education
Cara Kronen was raised and attended public schools in New York City. Upon her graduation from Hunter College, she was accepted to the New York City Teaching Fellows program, and earned an M.A. in Secondary Education from City College. After spending eight years working as a teacher, student advisor, and professional developer in the Bronx, Cara began work as an adjunct instructor at Lehman College. Realizing that she could affect more change in our city’s schools by training and mentoring future teachers, she decided to pursue her Ph.D. at Rutgers University-Newark in Urban Systems, specializing in Urban Education Policy.

Stephanie Laudone Stephanie Laudone
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Human Services
Stephanie Laudone earned her B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Fordham University. Her research interests center on social media, identity and issues of race, gender and sexuality. Prof. Laudone has taught courses on introductory sociology, social psychology, and social inequalities.

Quinn Minor
Assistant Professor, Science
Quinn Minor, an astrophysicist, obtained a B.S. in physics from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. He taught as a visiting professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, and at SUNY Oneonta. His specialty is in dark matter modeling in dwarf galaxies, binary star populations, and gravitational lensing.

Christine Priano
Assistant Professor, Science
Christine Priano received a B.S. in Biology from Fordham University, and earned her M.A., M.Ph., and Ph.D. degrees in Genetics and Development from Columbia University. As a molecular biologist, she conducted research at Columbia University and Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York, focusing on the role of RNA secondary structure in bacteriophage gene expression.  Since 2008, she has taught Biology courses at BMCC as an adjunct and a full-time substitute Assistant Professor. She has also mentored BMCC students on a variety of research projects. 

Florence Quideau
Assistant Professor, Music and Art
After moving from France to the United States as a young adult, Florence Quideau obtained her B.A. in Art History, French Literature, and Special Honors Curriculum from Hunter College. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History at Rutgers University. Her primary areas of expertise include Mid-Eighteenth Century to Modern European Art and Museum Studies.

John Reder
Assistant Professor, English
John “Kimo” Reder received his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA’s English Department. He specializes in ecocriticism, ethnopoetics, experimental verse, and performance poetry. Prof. Reder says that, “Following a quarter-century spin along the Pacific Rim, this prodigal son of Inwood has returned to his native island.”

Kibrewossen TesfagiorgisKibrewossen Tesfagiorgis
Assistant Professor, Science
Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Mekelle University, Ethiopia, where he taught for two years. He earned an M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from KU Leuven University/Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Graduate Center, CUNY. He later worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist at NOAA-CREST, City College, CUNY. As an adjunct, he taught Statics and Strength of Materials (I and II) courses at City Tech, CUNY.

Lauren Wickstrom Lauren Wickstrom
Assistant Professor, Science
Lauren Wickstrom, a computational biophysicist, received a B.A. in Chemistry from Stony Brook University, an M.A. in Chemistry from Queens College, CUNY, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Structural Biology from Stony Brook University. Before joining BMCC, she taught at Lehman College, CUNY. Her research focuses on the application of computational methods to biological problems involving protein stability and dynamics and biomolecular recognition.

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