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Bill Farber
William Farber

Dr. William Farber is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education for the Mercy College School of Education and is also a United States Navy Veteran. Dr. Farber teaches both mathematics and mathematics education courses. Moreover, Dr. Farber coordinates a multitude of professional development initiatives and grant programs targeted to secondary school pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers. Mercy College has been awarded a major grant of just over 1.16 million dollars from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The grant is for a project to advance mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on veterans retraining for new careers as secondary mathematics teachers. Dr. Farber co-authored the grant and is the Principal Investigator of the project. Recently (September 2015), The New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NYSAMS) inducted Dr. Farber into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame.
Contact: wfarber@mercy.edu

Marion Ben-Jacob
Marion Ben-Jacob

Dr. Ben-Jacob holds a Ph.D. in theoretical mathematics, an M.S. in computer science and is ABD in the latter field. She has been teaching full-time at the college/university level since 1977. She is a professor in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at Mercy College. She teaches both in the traditional classroom and online.She has spoken at numerous academic conferences and is published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Her fields of interest include mathematics, assessment, computer science, computer ethics, pedagogy, online teaching/distance education, collaborative learning, global learning, and telemedicine. In addition to reviewing articles for various academic journals, she serves on the editorial board of theJournal of Educational Technology Systems.She has been serving as a co-pi of the MISTI, NSF, NOYCE grant.
Contact: MBenJacob@mercy.edu

Renee Haskew-Layton
Renee Haskew-Layton

Renée Haskew-Layton, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist; her research focuses on cell signaling pathways involved in protecting the brain from oxidative stress. She is currently Assistant Professor and Biology Program Head at Mercy College. Dr. Haskew-Layton received her doctoral degree in Neuroscience in 2005 from Albany Medical College; she later completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell Burke Medical Research Institute in White Plains NY in 2011. Dr. Haskew-Layton is passionate about training the next generation of scientists using a chick embryo model to study the brain.
Contact: rhaskewlayton@mercy.edu

Wendy Mages
Wendy Mages

Wendy K. Mages earned a master’s and a doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s degree in Theatre from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the faculty at Mercy College, she taught graduate and undergraduate students at Boston University and at Harvard. In addition to her work with adults, she has designed and taught a preschool performing arts program, worked as a museum educator, and wrote and performed for children’s television. Her research, which focuses on the effect of educational strategies and contexts on language, cognitive, and social development, has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the Review of Educational Research, Research in Drama Education, Youth Theatre Journal, and Library and Information Science Research.
Contact: wmages@mercy.edu

Zhixiong Chen
Zhixiong Chen

Dr. Chen is a professor in math and computer science at Mercy College. He is also the Chair of the department of Math & CS at Mercy College, New York. Dr. Chen holds a PhD in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and MS and BS in Mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Dr. Chen was a senior research scientist in the IBM T J Research Center and an assistant professor in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Before joining Mercy in 2003, he has worked for over six years at IBM T J Watson Research Center and IBM Pittsburgh Research Lab. His research was on Autonomic Computing, Network health Monitoring and transaction servers’ interoperability.
Contact: ZChen@mercy.edu

Elena Nitecki
Elena Nitecki

Elena Nitecki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education. She has higher education teaching experience in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Social Work. Prior to teaching college, Elena held positions as a pre-school teacher and a social worker in medical and early intervention settings. Elena earned her doctoral degree in Urban Education from Temple University and holds master’s degrees in both Education and Social Work. Her background in Early Childhood Education, Urban Education and Social Work has provided a unique perspective on working with diverse student and family populations in the urban environment.
Contact: enitecki@mercy.edu