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The latest talent on campus: Introducing four new members of the university's faculty

Christopher Batten

Christopher Batten

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Assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering

College: Engineering

Academic focus: Energy-efficient parallel computer architecture for both high-performance and embedded applications; also, parallel programming models, interconnection networks, vector processing, VLSI chip design methodologies and the intersection between computer architecture and such emerging technologies as 3-D integration, silicon nanophotonics and synthetic biology.

Academic background: B.S., electrical engineering, University of Virginia, 1999; M.Phil., engineering, University of Cambridge, 2000; Ph.D., electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009.

Last book read: "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children" by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.

In his own time: "Spending time with my wife, Laura Batten '99, and our daughter, Fiona, who was born in January."

Samuel Kleiner

Samuel Kleiner

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Assistant professor, policy analysis and management

College: Human Ecology

Academic focus: Health economics and health policy, with a focus on the study of hospitals and health care providers; measurement of firm performance in the health care sector; impact of human resource policy on firm performance; applied microeconomics.

Academic background: B.A., mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics, Northwestern University, 2001; M.A., economics, Brown University, 2004; M.Phil., public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009; Ph.D., applied economics, and policy analysis, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010.

Last book read: "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson.

In his own time: Playing music, spending time with family.

Joanie Mackowski

Joanie Mackowski

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Assistant professor, English

College: Arts and Sciences

Academic focus: Creative writing; 19th- and 20th-century American poetry; and poetic theory.

Previous positions: Assistant professor, University of Cincinnati, 2004-10; Wallace Stegner fellow, Stanford University, 1998-2000.

Academic background: B.A., English, Wesleyan University, 1985; MFA, poetry, University of Washington, 1991; M.A., English, University of Washington, 1993; Ph.D., English (creative writing), University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004.

Last book read: "The Ticking Is the Bomb" by Nick Flynn.

In her own time: "When not working, I'm generally walking, riding a bike or reading books about gardening."

Verity Platt

Verity Platt

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Assistant professor, classics and history of art

College: Arts and Sciences

Academic focus: Greek and Roman art, concepts of the sacred image in antiquity, ancient theories of representation, the relationship between image and text, ancient glyptics, Roman wall-painting and funerary art.

Previous positions: Assistant professor, University of Chicago, 2006-10; fellow, ancient visual and material culture, University of Exeter, 2005-06; junior research fellow in classics, University College, Oxford, 2003-05.

Academic background: B.A., classics, Christ Church, Oxford, 1999; M.A., classical and Byzantine art history, Courtauld Institute, London, 2000; Ph.D., classics, University of Oxford, 2004.

Last book read: "The Infinity of Lists" by Umberto Eco.

In her own time: "I run (so that I can cook ...)."

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