Faculty - Mathematics and Sciences

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Elizabeth LucyszynElizabeth Lucyszyn, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Elizabeth Lucyszyn (blucyszyn@medaille.edu) has taught biology at Medaille since 1990. As chair of the Department of Mathematics and Sciences, she has created new courses for the biology major and helped develop the curricula for other proposed majors and courses. She earned a Ph.D. in biology from Saint Bonaventure University. Her courses include Comparative Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology.




Jadwiga (Hettie) DominoJadwiga (Hettie) Domino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Jadwiga (Hettie) Domino (jdomino@medaille.edu) has taught mathematics and statistics at Medaille since 2001. She earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in mathematics education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her current research interests center on the use of manipulatives in the teaching and learning of mathematics. She has also done research on: effective and ineffective teaching of mathematics, how teachers influence students to change their attitudes toward mathematics, how teachers can help their students overcome math anxiety, and how future elementary teachers of mathematics understand mathematics. Dr. Domino teaches Introduction to Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Statistics and Society, Concepts in Mathematics, Operations Analysis and Modeling, Probability and Statistics II, Adolescent Math with Practicum, and Methods in Adolescence Education - Mathematics.


No photoBrenda Fredette, Ph.D.

Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Brenda Fredette (bfredette@medaille.edu) has taught chemistry courses at Medaille College since 1996. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from SUNY Buffalo, Roswell Park Division in 2001. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Fredette joined Medaille College as a full time assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. Dr. Fredette is committed to providing a student-centered active learning environment. She continually develops her teaching methods through ongoing education and attendance at conferences and workshops that focus on the scholarship of teaching. Dr. Fredette was awarded an advanced certificate in educational technology in February 2005 and completed her master’s degree in chemistry education in 2006. She also remains active in research and encourages student participation in research projects. Dr. Fredette currently teaches biochemistry, organic chemistry, chemistry for the health sciences, and scientific discovery. She also serves as faculty advisor to the Life Sciences Club.


No photoRichard Gerber, Ph.D., M.S.Ed.

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Richard Gerber holds a PhD. and M.S.Ed. in Secondary Math Education and a duel Bachelor's in Math and Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo. He has been teaching math for 16 years. His research interest include the effects of writing assignments on math comprehension and the processes students use while generating algebraic representations of problem situations. His courses stress the practical application and verbal communication of mathematics.



Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Robert H. Johnson received his B.S. in environmental science from Belmont Abbey College, an M.S. in plant biology from Western Carolina University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina with concentrations in ecology and biochemistry. Dr. Johnson continued his training as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and as a research associate at SUNY Buffalo. Prior to coming to Medaille, Dr. Johnson was an assistant professor of botany at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He is currently an associate professor at Medaille and Director of the Medaille Scholars Program. He teaches scientific discovery, ecology, botany and epidemiology/biostatistics. Dr. Johnson is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to research the biochemistry of invasive goldenrod plants; he feels fortunate to involve Medaille biology students in this research.

Dr. Johnson is a regular presenter at national and international scientific meetings. Since 2006, he has coauthored five presentations made to the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Ecological Society of America. His most recent papers are published in the Journal of Chemical Ecology (2008), Biochemical Systematics and Ecology (2008), American Journal of Botany (2009), and Chemoecology (2010).


Vochita MihaiVochita Mihai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Vochita Mihai is an associate professor of mathematics and sciences, and has been teaching at Medaille since 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University.




Glenn MorrowGlenn Morrow, Ph.D.

Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Glenn Morrow began his teaching career in 1995 when he accepted an offer to join the University of South Florida as a visiting assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of British Columbia School of Medicine, Department of Physiology in Vancouver, Canada. His research focused predominantly on the use of molecular genetic techniques to explore the structure/function relationship of a protein that triggers insulin release. In 1994-1995 he accepted a post-doctoral position whose focus was the study of the gut protein motilin. 

Dr. Morrow’s courses included General Genetics, Organic Evolution and Human Physiology. He joined Medaille in 1997 and has enjoyed watching the Department of Math and Sciences grow from a service department to one that houses a full-fledged biology major. He teaches a variety of courses in the Biology program including Advanced Vertebrate Physiology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution. In addition, he has taught graduate- and undergraduate-level courses for the Psychology program including the Biological Basis of Behavior and Biopsychology.


No photoPaul L. Piciulo, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Piciulo received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Canisius College. At the University of Notre Dame, he earned a M.S. degree while conducting research using x-ray crystallography, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry researching the effects of phase on photoionization. He performed post-doctoral studies at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he subsequently entered the field of nuclear waste management. Dr. Piciulo joined Ecology and Environment, Inc. to conduct environmental management projects. He went on to work for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he was a program director focusing on technical studies in support of the environmental clean-up of the Western New York Nuclear Service Center. Dr. Piciulo is currently a visiting assistant professor at Medaille College, instructing the chemistry laboratories for general chemistry, organic chemistry and chemistry for the health sciences.



Charles SunCharles Sun, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Sciences Department
Dr. Charles Sun received a B.S. degree in applied physics from Dalian University of Technology in China, and earned a master's and a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the University of Kentucky (Lexington). Dr. Sun joined Medaille College as an assistant professor in 2002. His primary teaching assignments are the Principles of Physics and the Physical Science courses. Dr. Sun has been constantly reexamining and improving his methods in teaching. He uses various student-centered active learning methods to replace the traditional lecture oriented method, and a concept-driven approach to replace the formula driven process in his math, physics, and physical science courses. Dr. Sun’s research focused predominantly on the interaction of highly excited (Rydberg-state) sodium atoms with charged particles and electric fields, and precision fine-structure spectroscopy of highly excited states for sodium atoms. Dr. Sun is a member of the American Physical Society, Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

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