Faculty News for 2018

Sarah Wright, a faculty Hornet, on Hornet/Jacket Day 2016.

It is with pride that we announce that Sarah Wright, SEM’s first academic fellow, this January has moved on to a full time teaching position at the Enterprise Charter School in downtown Buffalo. Happily, Sarah, her husband and pooch remain at the Niscah student residence where she continues as a house director.

Molly Greene will continue on as junior class dean which she was sharing with Sarah, Melanie Jaskolka will take over her advisory, Kanika Durland will take over the history elective class Marginalized Identities and Heather McCarthy will teach the elective Scientist 4 Life. Heather has been a frequent guest in Scientist 4 Life – she and those students are well acquainted.

Photo by Bruce A. Fox

Heather graduated summa cum laude from Buffalo State in 2015 with a BS in Earth Sciences with a minor in Geology. She completed her MA in multidisciplinary studies, which focused on student engagement in science classes, in August of 2017. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning with a focus on Science Education at the University at Buffalo. She has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State. Heather has presented research at the Geological Society of America (GSA), Northeastern Section meeting (2015), the 2016 GSA Annual Meeting, and the joint 52nd Northeastern Annual Section / 51st North-Central Annual Section Meeting (2017). Her research interests are metamorphic petrography and microstructures related to orogenesis and student recruitment, engagement, and retention in STEM fields. Shortly, all of this will be found on the faculty biography pages of the website.


Profe Paula Acosta welcomed her first baby on November 24, 2017. Martin weighed 8.3 pounds and was 22 inches long.