Catching up with...

"Catching Up With..." is a new feature that launched in fall 2020 in The Chronicle. Each week a faculty or staff member is profiled. Answering a series of short questions, the profiles are intended to be light, informative and conversational.

Catching up with…Amarilis Francis

As an AOP student, Amarilis Francis ’07 appreciated the support she received from her professors, including Lorraine Cox, Deidre Hill Butler and John Cramsie.

Catching up with...Jillmarie Murphy

Jillmarie Murphy, the William D. Williams Professor of English and director of Interdisciplinary Studies Programs, grew up in the greater metropolitan area of New York City, where she had what she describes as an idyllic childhood.

Catching up with...Mason Stahl

Mason Stahl is the James M. Kenney Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Geosciences and Environmental Science, Policy and Engineering program.

Catching up with...Lara Atkins

Director of International Programs Lara Atkins grew up in Homer, N.Y., a Cortland County village with more cows than people.

Catching up with...Takashi Buma

An associate professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering, Tak Buma almost took a swim in a Venetian canal once.

Catching up with...Aileen Schatz

Aileen Schatz oversees orientation and pre-orientation programs, aiding new students and their families in their transition to Union.

Catching Up with Dong (Carl) Cheng

Two economists, two teaching jobs in different countries, one big commute and a whole lot of cooking. That’s how life adds up these days for Dong (Carl) Cheng, the John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor of Economics, and his wife, Jun (Bean) Zhao.

Catching up with...Kim Plofker

Kim Plofker, associate professor of mathematics, is always eager to talk about ancient Sanskrit, the value of interdisciplinary learning, butterflies and the local bus schedule.