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CAS Connect September 2016

Welcome new CAS faculty!

Get to know five of the newest members of CAS faculty whose disciplinary expertise—from aquatic ecotoxicology to metal cluster complexes in multifunctional hybrid materials to operatic mad scenes—enriches and expands the arts and sciences at WSU. Meet additional new faculty in the October issue.

Jennifer ”Jen” McIntyre

Jennifer McIntyreAssistant Professor
School of the Environment, Puyallup Research and Education Center


Research and teaching interests: Aquatic ecotoxicology; impacts of anthropogenic contaminants on aquatic ecosystems, developing fish, and Pacific salmon; and green-infrastructure approaches to prevent toxicity to animals from urban stormwater and runoff

Previous post: Postdoctoral researcher, Washington State University

Education and training: PhD, MS, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Honors and achievements: Salish Sea Science Prize 2016

Outside of work, I enjoy urban farming, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, swimming, and singing.

Lark Powers

Lark Powers

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Music

Research and teaching interests: Playing the piano and the harpsichord; early music, music of the Impressionist period, and new music that explores creative means of engaging contemporary audiences; and performing in duo piano

Previous post: East Central University

Education and training: DMA, University of Colorado Boulder; MM, Graduate Performance Diploma, Peabody Institute; DEM, Conservatoire National de Paris; BMus, University of the Pacific

Honors and achievements: Performed with the Peabody Chamber Players at the Library of Congress and the Kimmel Center; played at the Anfiteatro Simón Bolivar, Mexico City, and the Centro Cívico Pere Pruna, Barcelona; presented at the International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music “Diego Fernandez,” Mojácar, Spain, at the Escuela Superior de Música, Mexico City, and at various U.S. state music conferences

Outside of work, I enjoy running marathons and cooking.

Sophia Tegart

Sophia Tegart

Clinical Professor
School of Music

Research and teaching interests: Operatic mad scenes; music by women composers; and ekphrasis in music

Previous post: Pacific University

Education and training: DMA, Music Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance; MM, MA, University of Oregon; BMus, BA, History, Washington State University

Honors and achievements: Yamaha Performing Artist, Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition Finalist, International Alliance of Women in Music Grant Recipient

Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and salsa dancing.

Daniel Thornton

Daniel ThorntonAssistant Professor
School of the Environment

Research and teaching interests: Carnivore ecology and conservation; impacts of climate and land-use change on species; and international and transboundary issues in biodiversity conservation

Previous post: Clinical Assistant Professor at WSU

Education and training: PhD, MS, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Honors and achievements: “Assessing the Umbrella Value of a Range-Wide Conservation Network for Jaguars (Panthera onca)” in Ecological Applications; “Influence Of Hybridization On Niche Shifts In Invasive Coyote Populations” in Diversity and Distributions; post-doctoral fellowship in biology, Trent University

Outside of work, I enjoy hiking and camping with my wife and son, playing soccer, and traveling to state and national parks.

Qiang ”Jack” Zhang

Qiang "Jack" Zhang

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

Research and teaching interests: Integration of porous materials with molecular compounds, metal cluster complexes, and nano‐materials or polymers to construct novel and multifunctional hybrid materials for applications in biomimetic catalysis, photocatalysis, hydrogen production, sensing, and more

Previous post: Texas A&M University

Education and training: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University; PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia; BS, Chemistry, Jilin University, China

Honors and achievements: International Precious Metal Institute Metro New York Chapter Award; Guy F. Lipscomb Award for the Best Graduate Student; “Piezofluorochromic Metal-Organic Framework: A Micro-Scissor Lift” in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137(32), 10064-10067.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, woodworking, and playing basketball and computer games.