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New Faculty Bring Varied Expertise

Laura Liu
Laura Liu (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Laura Liu, who received her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, has a joint appointment as assistant professor of geography and women's and gender studies. Her work investigates the gendering of particular places and spaces, such as the home or workplace. She is interested in ethnic studies, class identity, and immigration.

"Joint appointments in geography and women's and gender studies are relatively rare, and I was delighted to come to a place where the productive connection and cross-fertilization between the two areas was already in place," Liu says.

She adds that teaching has had a strong influence on her research. "It has been an immensely useful way for me to distill, express, and better understand complicated concepts in plain language," she says.

Roberto Onofrio
Roberto Onofrio (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Roberto Onofrio, a former faculty member at the University of Padua, Italy, has joined the faculty at Dartmouth as associate professor of physics and astronomy. He studies macroscopic quantum physics, a field aimed at understanding if and how the laws of quantum physics are applicable to the macroscopic world in which we live.

"I came to Dartmouth because I was looking for a place where I could have more freedom to develop my research agenda while enjoying a stimulating environment to continue my professional and personal growth," he says. "I feel particularly fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues at Dartmouth who think that research and teaching work together and are not detrimental to each other."

Carl Pomerance
Carl Pomerance (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Carl Pomerance has joined Dartmouth as professor of mathematics. Previously, he taught at the University of Georgia, where he is research professor emeritus, and held visiting positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Limoges, Bell Communications Research, and the Institute for Advanced Study.

For the past four years, Pomerance worked as a researcher at Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies. He notes that accepting the post at Dartmouth offered him the perfect opportunity to return to the classroom.

"The mathematics department here is not only generally strong in teaching and research, it has existing strengths in my field of number theory, with many graduate students who pursue that discipline," he says.

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Last Updated: 7/24/18