As Niagara University prepares for the return of its students to Monteagle Ridge this week, its College of Arts and Sciences welcomed six new faculty members.
Cassandra Daniels is an instructor of social work. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social work from SUNY at Buffalo. She has a variety of social work/counseling, legal, research, and teaching experience and has overseen a mentoring program for inner-city girls for nearly 20 years.
Jessica DiPalma is a faculty fellow in art history with museum studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Baldwin-Wallace College, a master’s degree in art history from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. She is the author of several adult and middle grade fiction novels, papers, and essays; has curated art exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and other area galleries; and given public lectures throughout Western New York.
Dr. Hayden Julius is an assistant professor of mathematics. He holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and in physics from Cleveland State University, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Kent State University. His research interests include linear preserver problems, noncommutative algebra, and operator theory. He has written or co-written several journal articles and presented at professional seminars and conferences over the past few years.
Dr. Laura Kremmel is an assistant professor of English. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University. She also holds a Master of Letters with Distinction from the University of Stirling, UK. She is the co-editor of “The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature,” and the author of “Romantic Medicine and the Gothic Imagination: Morbid Anatomies,” numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and book and film reviews.
Dr. Lauren Rosch is an assistant professor of chemistry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Frostburg State University, and a master’s degree in medicinal chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University at Buffalo. Her research has involved investigating the photophysical and electrochemistry properties of organic dyes and novel iridium (III) chromophores. She is the co-author of three papers published in Nanotheranostics, Organometallics, and Nanoscale Horizons.
Dr. Talia Zajac is an assistant professor of religious studies. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include medieval church history with a particular interest in Orthodox-Catholic relations, and she is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as numerous book reviews, and has given presentations at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe.