This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.

New Faculty Faces

Published: November 18, 2004

Name: Elliot Caplan
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Media Study
Academic Title: Professor; director, Center for Film Arts
Academic Degrees: B.A., Bard College; M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Areas of Special Interest: Emergency medicine

Good teachers in my academic career changed my life. I thought I would like to do the same for others.


Name: Pauline Hope Cheong
School: Informatics
Department: Communication
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.A., with honors, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Southern California
Areas of Special Interest: Social implications of information and communication technologies, particularly in the ways that implicate social capital, social stratification and innovative access

To me, teaching represents an opportunity to listen, ennoble and inspire.


Name: Derek J. Mohr
School: Management
Department: Finance and Managerial Economics
Academic Title: Visiting assistant professor
Academic Degrees: B.A., Michigan State University; M.S., University of Rochester; J.D., Case Western Reserve University
Areas of Special Interest: Business law (corporate, securities, estate planning), taxation, law and economics, financial markets

I enjoy helping students to learn new concepts and better understand the business world. In particular, I enjoy that moment when things "click" for a student and they really understand a particular concept.


Name: Barbara Wejnert
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Women's Studies
Academic Title: Associate Professor
Academic Degrees: Ph.D., A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Areas of Special Interest: The effect of global development and diffusion of democracy on gender

The thing I enjoy most about teaching is the opportunity to interact with students.


Name: Matthew Alexander Xu-Friedman
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Biological Sciences
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Cornell
Areas of Special Interest: How nerve cells in the brain are adapted to do useful things; more specifically, synaptic physiology-especially in the mammalian auditory system

Some of my current work involves examining the characteristics of synapses made by the auditory nerve within the brain, and how those characteristics influence what computations are performed by the cells in the auditory brainstem. I'm also looking at the role of neuromodulators, such as norepinephrine and serotonin, in changing those characteristics and what they may be doing in behavior.