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Clarkson Professors Promoted

Clarkson University President Denny Brown has announced that associate professors Susan E. Powers and Yuzhuo Li of Potsdam, and Joseph Duemer of South Colton have each been promoted to full professor; and that Christino Tamon of Potsdam has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor.

Joseph Duemer joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1988 as an assistant professor of liberal arts. He was promoted to associate professor and received tenure in 1994.

Duemer is a poet and teacher of creative writing and literature. He is the author of The Light of Common Day (Windhover 1985), Customs (Georgia 1987), Static (Owl Creek 1996), and Primitive Alphabets (White Heron Press, 1998). His most recent book is Magical Thinking, winner of the Ohio State University Press 2002 Award in poetry. He is also the co-editor Dog Music: Poetry About Dogs (St. Martins Press 1997). His poems and criticism have appeared in the New England Review, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, and others. Duemer is the poetry editor of the Wallace Stevens Journal and book review editor of Poetry International. He is also an essayist for North Country Public Radio and is an advisor for the radio series “Readers and Writers on the Air.”

Duemer has a special interest in the literature and culture of Vietnam. In 2000, he received a one-year Fulbright Grant to Vietnam. He has also served as a United States Information Agency specialist, teaching courses at Hanoi University and working with poets at the Vietnam Writers Union on translation and publication projects.

He received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 1984 and another in 1992.

Yuzhuo Li began his career at Clarkson in 1990 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. He was promoted to associate professor and received tenure in 1996. Prior to his appointment to Clarkson, he was a visiting professor at SUNY Potsdam and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1999, he held guest professorships at China’s Tianjin University of Light Industry and Yangzhou University.

Li's research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanomaterials such as emulsions, microemulsions, liposomes, and semiconductor particles. The scope of his work extends to other areas including chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), a critical process for the manufacturing of advanced computer and microelectronic devices. His research has been published in scientific journals, including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Langmuir, Macromolecules, and the Journal of Electrochemical Society.

During his time at Clarkson, Li has been recognized with several awards, including Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Advisor Award and a J. W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Center for Photobiology, and the Chinese American Chemical Society.

Li received his doctoral degree in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Susan E. Powers joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson as an assistant professor in 1992. In 1998, she was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure.

Powers is interim director of the Clarkson University Center for the Environment. Her research interests include understanding the fate of pollutants such as gasoline, coal tars and chlorinated solvents in groundwater systems. Her research has been widely published in professional and scientific journals, and funded through grants from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Powers is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Distinguished Service Award, the J.W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award and the Dow Outstanding New Teacher Award. In 1995, Powers received a Career Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for junior faculty. Powers is also a member of the team of Clarkson faculty and staff recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award.

Powers is the director of Clarkson's K-12 Project-Based Learning Partnership Program, an innovative program that seeks to increase middle school students’ interest and participation in the sciences and engineering through hands-on projects and partnerships with college mentors.

She received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a master of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson and a doctoral degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

Christino Tamon joined the faculty of Clarkson University in 1996 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2000, he received the Outstanding New Teacher Award. Prior to his appointment to Clarkson, he spent three years as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Calgary, where he also received his doctoral degree in computer science.

Tamon’s interests are in the areas of computational learning theory, complexity theory, machine learning and quantum computing, and he has received research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has published articles in conference proceedings and a number of professional journals, including Algorithmica, Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery and Journal of Computer and System Sciences

He is an adviser to undergraduates in the NSF-sponsored Clarkson-Potsdam Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program.

Tamon is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Complexity Theory and the Mathematical Association of America.

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