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Yeshiva University Grants Tenure to 17 Faculty, Full Professorship to Two

The Yeshiva University Board of Trustees recently awarded tenure to 17 faculty members across the University’s undergraduate and graduate schools.

At Yeshiva College, Dr. David Lavinsky, associate professor of English; Dr. Ran Shao, associate professor of economics; Dr. Josefa Steinhauer, associate professor of biology; and Dr. Avraham Leff, professor of computer science, have received tenure. In addition, the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology’s Dr. Catherine Eubanks, associate professor of psychology; Sy Syms School of Business’s Dr. Shu Han, associate professor of information systems; and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Dr. Deborah Pearlstein, professor of law, have all been awarded tenure.

At YU-affiliated Albert Einstein College of Medicine, tenure was conferred on Dr. Luciano D’Adamio, professor of microbiology and immunology; Dr. Yousin Suh, professor of genetics; Dr. Bin Zhou, professor of genetics; Dr. Jose Pena, professor of neuroscience; Dr. Ganjam Kalpana, professor of genetics; Dr. Antonio DiCristofano, professor of developmental and molecular biology; Dr. Hannes Buelow, professor of genetics; Dr. Ulrich Steidl, professor of cellular biology; Dr. Kartik Chandran, professor of microbiology and immunology; and Dr. Michael Ross, professor of medicine and chief of the renal division.

Two professors, Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez, professor of psychology at Ferkauf, and Dr. Daniel Rynhold, professor of Jewish philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, were promoted to the rank of full professor.

“YU faculty are true teacher/scholars who balance their dedication to students with a passionate commitment to scholarship and research,” said Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We welcome and celebrate the newly tenured members of our community.”

At Yeshiva College, Lavinsky’s research concerns medieval intellectual and literary history, focusing on England and the specific case of the Wycliffite Bible, the first full translation of Latin biblical manuscripts into English. This is the subject of his forthcoming book, “The Material Text in Wycliffite Biblical Scholarship: Inscription and Sacred Truth” (Boydell & Brewer, 2017).

In his work, Shao explores one of the most basic questions of economics: How does one efficiently allocate resources in complex environments? His research focuses on the fields of mechanism design—and search and matching, which closely studies markets involving a large number of players.

Steinhauer’s research focuses on the roles phospholipids play in animal development and physiology, using the fruit fly as a model. Her findings indicate that phospholipids are important for male fertility. Recent data from the Steinhauer lab suggests that phospholipids also play an important role in the aging process.

Before joining the Yeshiva College computer science department, Leff spent more than 25 years conducting research for IBM. His work focused on the areas of application performance and improving application development productivity.

In her research on psychotherapy processes and outcomes at Ferkauf, Eubanks is particularly interested in how therapists can build and maintain good working relationships (or “alliances”) with patients who struggle with interpersonal relationships..

At Sy Syms, Han’s work focuses on the value of information technology (IT) to business, especially how IT facilitates and enables innovations, including technological innovations and the introduction of new products and services.

Pearlstein’s areas of expertise are constitutional and international law, focused on issues of national security and the separation of powers. Among her projects are an analysis of how law functions to constrain national security policy makers in the U.S. executive branch.

At Ferkauf, Gonzalez focuses on using clinical health psychology to better understand the management of chronic illness and to develop and test interventions that can improve health outcomes in chronic illnesses, especially diabetes. He also seeks to understand the linkages between chronic illness and mental health problems, like depression, as well as disease-specific emotional distress.

Rynhold explores conceptual questions that arise in the field of Jewish philosophy, incorporating approaches from across the historical spectrum. He is currently co-writing a book on a few surprising similarities in the thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Nietzche, expected to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

 

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