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New professors join the faculty for the 2015-16 academic year

Lake Forest College welcomes several new professors in the areas of computer science, music, art history, finance, psychology, environmental studies, chemistry, and physics.

An expert on computer vision, image processing and machine learning, Sugata Banerji joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an assistant professor of computer science. He comes to the College from George Mason University, having recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship. Banerji holds a PhD in computer science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in information technology from West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, India. At Lake Forest, Banerji will teach courses in computer science, data structure and algorithms, and programming languages.

Anne Barry joins the Department of Music as an assistant professor of music. She comes to the college from Florida State University, where she recently completed her PhD in music education and choral conducting. Barry also holds an MA degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas, and a Higher Diploma in Education and a BM degree from University College Cork, Ireland. At Lake Forest, she will direct the choral ensembles, and teach courses in music and music education.

An art historian who specializes in Romanesque portal sculpture, Catherine Besancon joins the Department of Art and Art History as a visiting assistant professor of art history. Prior to joining the faculty at Lake Forest College, Besancon served as an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College and a lecturer in the art history and history departments at the University of Southern California. Besancon earned her PhD and MA degrees in art history from the University of Southern California and received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to teaching the introduction to visual arts, she will also offer courses in Islamic art and medieval art, and teach a course on women, art and society.

Marc Lawrence comes to Lake Forest College as a full-time lecturer in finance. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Stanford University. He has extensive experience in the financial services sector, having previously worked as an investment banking analyst with Goldman Sachs and as a research analyst for Dorchester Advisors, and served as a partner of Tyndall Management, a New York-based hedge fund. At Lake Forest, Marc will teach courses in financial management and the principles of economics for the Department of Economics, Business and Finance.

Jean-Marie Maddux will be joining the faculty at Lake Forest College in the spring as an assistant professor of psychology. A specialist in behavioral neuroscience, Maddux holds MA and PhD degrees in psychological and brain sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a BS degree in psychobiology from Binghamton University. She is currently completing a postdoctoral research assignment at the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology at Concordia University, Montreal, having previously held postdoctoral research positions at the University of New South Wales and Johns Hopkins University. At Lake Forest, she will teach a range of courses in psychology and behavioral neuroscience.

An expert on the environmental and cultural history of the African-American migration to Chicago in the 20th century, Brian McCammack joins the Lake Forest College faculty as an assistant professor of environmental studies. McCammack received a BS degree in electrical engineering and an MA degree in American studies from Purdue University before completing his PhD in the history of American civilization at Harvard University. He comes to Lake Forest from Williams College, where he has served as a visiting assistant professor of environmental studies for the past two years. McCammack will teach courses in environmental history and environmental politics and policy.

Nilam Shah joins the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor of chemistry. A specialist in nanotechnology and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, Nilam comes to Lake Forest College from Northwestern University, where she served as a research assistant professor in the department of chemistry. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern, Shah completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University. She holds a PhD degree in chemistry and an MS in biomedical engineering from Northwestern and a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Stuart Wick returns to Lake Forest College as a visiting assistant professor of physics, having previously taught here in 2008-09. He joins the Department of Physics from North Central College, where he has most recently served as a visiting assistant professor of physics. Wick holds a PhD degree in physics from Vanderbilt University, an MS degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BA degree in physics from St. Olaf College. At Lake Forest, Stuart will teach introductory physics, analytical mechanics, and quantum mechanics.