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Four Clarkson Professors Granted Tenure And Promoted

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Clarkson University President Denny Brown has announced that assistant professors Mary Graham of Canton, and Alexis Maciel, Somendra Pant and Leslie Russek of Potsdam have each been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor.

Mary E. Graham joined the faculty of the School of Business in 2000 as the Newell Assistant Professor. Last year she was the recipient of the Clarkson University “Outstanding New Teacher Award.” Her courses include human resource management, organizational behavior, rewards management and leading organizational change

Graham’s research interests include new pay plan introduction, gender-related employment discrimination, stock-related rewards and corporate reputation. She has contributed chapters for human resources management books and has published articles in a number of professional and peer-reviewed journals that include Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Science and Organizational Research Methods.

Graham received her doctoral degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1995. Prior to coming to Clarkson, she was a visiting assistant professor at George Washington University and an assistant professor in the Department of Management at Georgia State University. She has worked as a certified public accountant in New York state and as a legislative aide to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Alexis Maciel joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Clarkson in 1997. His research interests include the theory of computation, computational complexity, Boolean circuits, proof complexity, and algebraic theory of automata. He has published articles in a number of conference proceedings, professional publications and peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Computer and Systems Science and Information and Computation

He has been a co-recipient of three grants from the Fonds pour la Formation Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche in Quebec to fund an algebraic approach to the study of parallelism and computational complexity. Recently, he was the co-recipient of a $278,000 National Science Foundation Grant for a study of small-depth circuit complexity and relativized computation.

Maciel has been involved in a number of department and interdepartmental undergraduate curriculum committees, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses that include theory of computation, introduction to automata theory and formal languages, and algorithms and data structures.

He received his doctoral degree in computer science from McGill University in 1995.  He also received one-year research associate appointments at the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Pittsburgh before coming to Clarkson.

Somendra Pant joined the Clarkson School of Business as an assistant professor of management information systems in 1997, the same year he completed his doctoral degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

His research and teaching have been primarily in the areas of e-commerce and supply chain management, two areas within the School recognized for excellence.

He has published original research on Web information systems and e-business systems, Web-based product development, Web-integrated supply chains and strategic frameworks for e-commerce systems planning in professional journals that include Information and Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and Information Resources Management Journal.

His classes include upper-level and graduate courses in management information systems, management of e-business information systems and computer networks and data communications. Pant also taught the first Web-based course offered at Clarkson with students from New York, Massachusetts and Ohio participating.

Leslie N. Russek joined the faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy at Clarkson in 1997 and has been instrumental in developing a problem-based learning Master of Physical Therapy program. Last fall, she was the recipient of a Salant Research Award from the New York American Physical Therapy Association for her work on headache classification systems. Her other research interests include fibromyalgia and hypermobile joint syndrome. She has published her research in peer-reviewed publications such as Physical Therapy.

Since coming to Clarkson, Russek has combined her background in biomedical engineering with her current rehabilitation focus to stimulate collaboration between engineering and physical therapy in a variety of rehabilitation engineering activities at Clarkson. Her efforts contributed to the Wallace T. Coulter Foundation endowment, which included $6.5 million dollars to establish a Rehabilitation Engineering program at Clarkson.

She is a licensed physical therapist who specializes in treatment of headaches and fibromyalgia, working through the Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) outpatient department. Russek has been active in the local community as the founder and facilitator of the Potsdam Fibromyalgia Support Group and, more recently, the Massena Fibromyalgia Support Group. She is also an Aikido instructor and received the Clarkson Student Life Award for Outstanding Faculty Adviser of the North Country Aikido Club from the Phalanx student organization.

Russek received her doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from the John Hopkins School of Medicine and her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Vermont.

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