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CCU WELCOMES 12 NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

August 24, 2001

Twelve new faculty members have joined Coastal Carolina University for the 2001-2002 academic year. A listing of new faculty members by academic college follows:

College of Education

- Elissa Howard is an assistant professor of health promotion. She earned a Ph.D. in health behavior and a minor in research methodology and a specialization in human sexuality from the University of Florida. She received several awards while completing her doctoral degree at the University of Florida, including, "Graduate Student of the Year" in the department of health science education and also the "Graduate Teaching Award."

- Julia Orri is an assistant professor of exercise science and physiology. She most recently did research on high altitude physiology in Albuquerque, N.M. She earned a Ph.D. in health, physical education and recreation with a concentration in exercise science from the University of New Mexico. She will also be in charge of developing the exercise physiology lab at Coastal.

- Jean Reid is an assistant professor of human growth and development. She earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Florida. She won the 1999 Isabel Briggs-Myers Memorial Research Award. She has worked at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type, which offers training in the Myers-Briggs instrument.

College of Natural and Applied Sciences

- Jonathan P. Bernick is an assistant professor of computer science. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Bernick's research interests focus on the computational techniques in modeling the availability of integrity algorithm for Global Positioning System (GPS).

- Sharon L. Gilman is an assistant professor of biology. She earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She has served Coastal for seven years in a number of positions including instructor of biology, education/research coordinator for the NSF-AIRE Program and lecturer in the marine science department. She will coordinate the college's and the department of biology's science education programs.

- Jean-Louis Lassez is a professor of computer science. He will join the Department of Computer Science in January 2002. Lassez earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University. He is working as a senior research scientist for integrated genomics and as a visiting professor of computer science at the New Mexico Institute of Technology and Brown University. He has chaired the department of computer science at the New Mexico Institute of Technology and served as senior researcher and manager for the New Language Paradigms, Software Technology Department at the I.B.M., T.J. Watson Research Center.

- James O. Luken is chair of the Department of Biology and professor of biology. He received a Ph.D. in botany from Duke University. Luken comes to Coastal after serving as a professor of biology and director of the environmental science program at Northern Kentucky University. He has received the Distinguished University Scientist Award from the Kentucky Academy of Science and was named Outstanding Professor at Northern Kentucky University.

- John E. Reddic is an assistant professor of chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia and did postdoctoral work at the University of South Carolina. His postdoctoral research has involved the use of small metal particles as potential catalytic materials to destroy chemical warfare agents.

- Stephen E. Shauger is an assistant professor of mathematics. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on graph theory, combinatorics, and algorithms.

- Keith R. Walters is chair of the Department of Marine Science and associate professor. He earned a Ph.D. in biology (marine ecology) at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Coastal he coordinated marine biology instruction and research at Middle Tennessee State University. Walters has also done research in Australia as a Senior Fulbright Postdoctoral Researcher.

- Jenny K. Wickum is an instructor of mathematics and statistics. She earned a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Montana. She has been involved in a NASA/CERES Project creating online lesson plans.

Kimbel Library

- Robert Stevens is an affiliate librarian. He earned a master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University. Prior to joining Coastal, he served as an intern at the University of Detroit-Mercy.