Dr. Peter Ross Bedford | Director of Religious Studies Program and the John and Jane Wold Professor of Religious Studies
Classroom Super Session: "Teaching Religious Studies at Union: Problems and Prospects", College Park Hall, Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Dr. Peter Ross Bedford trained in Semitic languages (Sydney), biblical studies and church history (London), and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Chicago), and was appointed the inaugural John and Jane Wold Professor of Religious Studies at Union College, commencing in fall 2007. He previously taught in Perth, Western Australia for seventeen years and have been a Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at the Social Science History Institute and Department of Classics at Stanford. Dr. Bedford teaches classes on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions with particular interest in their formative periods and comparative perspectives on their central teachings. He also teaches classes on the history and religion of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (Syria and Iraq), and on biblical Hebrew. His research focuses on Jewish history and religion in the first millennium BCE, particularly interactions with Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, Achaemenid Persian, and Hellenistic imperial regimes, and on the economic history of Western Asia in the first millennium BCE.
Dr. Kristin Fox | Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Classroom Super Session: "Changing Water to Wine and the Role of Undergraduate Research at Union", College Park Hall, Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Dr. Kristin M. Fox is Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Undergraduate Research at Union. She received a B.S. in Chemistry at Lafayette College (1988) and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Cornell University (1994). Dr. Fox has taught classes in Introductory Chemistry, Biochemistry and a non-majors course in Nutrition, and especially enjoys introducing students to the study of chemistry by performing demonstrations, live or via YouTube. Her research focuses on the role that proteins play in the fate of cells and she collaborates on a study of potential anti-cancer drugs that break down DNA. All research is done in collaboration with Union undergraduate students, who perform the majority of the experiments. In her role as Director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Fox oversees the Summer Research program, where more than 120 Union students do research on campus each summer, and the Steinmetz Symposium. She is currently part of a group that is developing a list of core concepts for biochemistry education as part of an NSF-funded grant project for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Dr. Roger W. Hoerl | Donald C. Brate ’45-Stanley G. Peschel ’52 Assistant Professor of Statistics
Classroom Super Session: "Implications of the "Big Data" Explosion", College Park Hall, Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Dr. Roger W. Hoerl is Brate-Peschel Assistant Professor of Statistics, in the Mathematics Department of Union College. He is new to Union, having joined the College in 2012. Prior to that, he led the Applied Statistics Lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna for twelve years. Dr. Hoerl received his Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Delaware in 1983, and has approximately 30 years of experience in statistical applications. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Society for Quality, and has been elected to both the International Statistical Institute and the International Academy for Quality. He is the author of six books, and among other awards received the Coolidge Fellowship from GE Global Research, honoring one scientist a year for lifetime technical achievement.
Professor Andrew Morris | Associate Professor of History
Garnet Guard and 50th ReUnion Class Luncheon Speaker, College Park Hall Ballroom, Friday, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Andrew Morris teaches contemporary American history, with a focus on political history and environmental history. He also enjoys using the history of Schenectady as a resource in teaching, both to illustrate recent trends in America history and to introduce students to the history of the surrounding community. His research focuses on the history of public police, and in particular, social welfare policy. His first book,The Limits of Voluntarism, examine the roll of voluntary organizations in the welfare state over the course of the twentieth century. His new book project will investigate the transformation of disaster relief in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.
Dr. Ken Zimmerman | Class of 1978
Leadership in Medicine Event Speaker, College Park Hall Room M102, Saturday, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ken Zimmerman, M.D. is a solo practitioner practicing internal medicine for 27 years in Williamsville, New York. Dr. Zimmerman received his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983 after graduating from Union in 1978 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo and a mentor for first and second year medical students.