As our new academic year begins, we have a very strong class of new colleagues joining the faculty ranks at Trinity. Because the new group is quite large, I will be featuring them in segments starting today with the new faculty in the sciences. Please join me in extending a big Trinity welcome to our new science faculty:
- Dr. Karobi Moitra, Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Microbiology
Dr. Moitra brings a distinguished track record of cancer research from her work in the Laboratory of Experimental Immunology at the National Cancer Institute. She has taught at Ramananda College in Bishnupur, West Bengal, as well as at Hood College in Maryland and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She earned her degrees at the University of Burdwan in West Bengal, India, including her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. all with majors in Zoology.
- Dr. Patrice Ebony Moss, Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Biochemistry
Dr. Moss joins the full-time faculty as a Luce Professor after teaching Biochemistry as a Trinity adjunct in prior years. She has also taught at Meharry Medical College where she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Cancer Biology, and she has an active cancer research agenda. She earned her B.S. cum laude in Biology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
- Dr. Mia Thompson Ray, Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Biology
Dr. Ray has distinguished herself as a creative teacher and researcher in the field of human anatomy and zoology. She has teaching and research experience at Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, the National Institute of Health, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute Brain Laboratory. She holds the B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in Anatomy from Howard University.
- Dr. Shizuka Hsieh, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Hsieh is on leave from Smith College where she holds tenure in the Chemistry Department. She has extensive teaching and research experience, not only at Smith but also at Oberlin College, the University of Maryland at College Park, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (where she was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science), and the Associated Kyoto Program where she was a Visiting Faculty Fellow. In addition to Smith teaching awards, among many other awards she earned a Marshall Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude in Chemistry at Carleton College, and her D.Phil. in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University.
Our three new Clare Boothe Luce professors listed above join our current Luce Professors Dr. Kerry Luse in Mathematics and Dr. Cynthia DeBoy in Biology. The Clare Boothe Luce Program is the remarkable result of the legacy of Clare Boothe Luce whose bequest established the program in 1988 at Trinity and 13 other colleges and universities. The Luce program is the nation’s most important program of support for women in math, science and engineering.
Congratulations to our new Luce professors and all of our new science faculty!
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