This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.

New Faculty Faces

Published: November 8, 2007

Name: Sarbajit Banerjee
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Chemistry
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.Sc. (hons.), St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi; Ph.D., Stony Brook University; postdoctoral research scientist, Columbia University
Areas of Special Interest: Materials chemistry and nanoelectronics

I am interested in a "bottom-up" approach to technology where nanoscale building blocks prepared by chemistry are assembled into functional devices and circuits-think of it as Legos on a microscopic scale. Materials that have nanometer-sized dimensions show very remarkable properties that are not seen for their bulk counterparts. I am interested in the preparation of such nanomaterials with controlled size, shape and structure, and in harnessing their properties for energy conversion and to build cheaper and faster electronics.


Name: Carole Rudra
School: Public Health and Health Professions
Department: Social and Preventive Medicine
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.A., Agnes Scott College; M.P.H., epidemiology, Emory University; Ph.D., epidemiology, University of Washington
Areas of Special Interest: Perinatal epidemiology, environmental and behavioral influences on pregnancy and its outcome

I am currently examining the influence of air pollutant exposures on preeclampsia and preterm delivery. I also am examining the impact of physical activity on the risks of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.


Name: Sandro Sodano
School: Graduate School of Education
Department: Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.A., San Diego State University; Ed.M., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Areas of Special Interest: Measurement of interpersonal personality traits, vocational interests and perceived competencies in children, adolescents and adults

The thing I enjoy most about teaching is the process of developing ideas. Together, we get on a train at one stop and through discussion we get off at another stop, often at a novel destination.


Name: Le Wang
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Geography
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic degrees: B.E., Wuhan University, China; M.S., Peking University, China; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Areas of Special Interest: Remote sensing, geographic information science, environmental science

I'm conducting a National Science Foundation-sponsored project regarding experimental and observational studies of mangrove forest structures and gap dynamics in Panama.