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Allentown, PA (April 17, 2008) - The Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees has promoted one faculty member to associate professor and three faculty members to associate professor with tenure. These four professors have served the College and the community with their outstanding teaching abilities and professional contributions and were acknowledged at a ceremony on Thursday, April 17, 2008.

Dr. Amy Faivre has been promoted to Associate Professor of Biology and received tenure.  She was awarded a bachelor of arts from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, and a Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.  Before joining the Cedar Crest faculty in 2002, Dr. Faivre served as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.  She also had a Smithsonian postdoctoral fellowship and conducted research at Barro Colorado Island field station in Panama. Her scientific and research interests lie in plant and animal interactions, mapping endangered species populations using GPS and GIS; and pollination and rare plant reproductive biology.  Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented research at numerous regional and national scientific meetings. At Cedar Crest, Dr. Faivre teaches courses and labs in case studies in conservation biology, GIS and spatial modeling, evolution, botany, junior colloquium and principles of biology.  She also teaches a field course on the Ecology and Natural History of the American Southwest that has a component in the deserts and mountains of Arizona.  Dr. Faivre is actively involved in campus activities and committees including the College's annual Earth Day Celebration, the Faculty Development Committee, New Faculty Mentoring Sessions, the LVAIC Sustainability Task Force and co-advising the Conservation Biology Club.  She is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Botanical Society of America and the Ecological Society of America, among others.

Dr. Lawrence Quarino has been promoted to Associate Professor in Chemical and Physical Sciences and received tenure.  Dr. Quarino holds a doctorate from the City University of New York and a master's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Quarino joined the Cedar Crest College Chemistry Department in Fall 2002 as Director of the Forensic Science Program after spending 14 years working in the field of forensic science. For eleven of those years, Dr. Quarino was a supervising forensic scientist at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City.  His research has been widely published in forensic science publications and he has presented at numerous regional and national scientific conferences.  Dr. Quarino is a commissioner on the Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission, a diplomate of the American Association of Criminalistics, a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a member of the Council of Forensic Science Educators, and a member of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists for which he was appointed chair of the Education Committee in 2007.  At Cedar Crest, he helped to gain FEPAC accreditation for the College's forensic science program and aided in establishing the Master of Science in Forensic Science program in 2007.  Dr. Quarino's teaching includes lecture and lab instruction in crime scene reconstruction and pattern analysis, trace evidence analysis and microscopy, forensic molecular biology and population statistics, graduate thesis preparation, and legal and ethical aspects of forensic science.  His other activities include developing undergraduate and graduate research programs, a coordinated internship program with participating laboratories, and a continuing education institute for forensic science and criminal justice professionals.

Dr. Martine Scannavino has been promoted to Associate Professor in Nutrition.  Dr. Scannavino received a doctor of health science from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and a master of science with a concentration in community nutrition from Hunter College, New York, NY.  Prior to joining the Cedar Crest College faculty in 2001, she honed her culinary skills at a number of New York City food destinations and restaurants, culminating in her tenure as executive chef of Restaurant Bellevue.  She also served as culinary arts instructor at Peter Kumps New York Cooking School, a teacher and program coordinator of food and nutrition classes at New York City Alternative High Schools: Rikers Island, nutrition counselor to pregnant and post-partum women and children at New York City's Bellevue Hospital, and instructor at Hunter College, New York City, and Lehman College, Bronx, New York.  Dr. Scannavino is a registered dietician and licensed dietician in the state of Pennsylvania, a "SERVSAFE" course instructor for the National Restaurant Association, and a certified diet and weight management counselor through the American Dietetic Association.  She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dietetic Association, the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association and the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Practice Group.  At Cedar Crest, Dr. Scannavino is chair of the nutrition department and associate director of the Allen Center for Nutrition.  She teaches courses in food service systems operations, nutrition education in the community, experimental foods, nurtrition for fitness, nutrition counseling, weight management and eating disorders, food and culture, and nutrition and the elderly.  She is also involved in the coordination, development and delivery of nutrition outreach programs throughout the Lehigh Valley and the Cedar Crest Campus, and has served on the College's Health and Wellness Committee, Faculty Personnel Committee and Information Technology Committee.

Dr. Marianne Staretz has been promoted to Associate Professor in Chemical and Physical Sciences and received tenure.  Dr. Staretz received a Ph.D in biorganic chemistry from State University of New York Binghamton and a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.  Before joining the Cedar Crest College faculty in 2000, she served as a lecturer in the chemistry department at the University of Scranton, and as an associate research scientist in biochemical pharmacology for the American Health Foundation, Valhalla, NY, where she also completed postdoctoral research in chemical carcinogenesis.  Dr. Staretz has been the recipient of a number of scientific research grants, and her research has been widely published in journals such as Carcinogenesis and Cancer Research.  In addition, she has presented research at numerous local, regional and national scientific meetings.  Dr. Staretz is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association of Cancer Research, and serves as a mentor in the Math/Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia.  At Cedar Crest, Dr. Staretz serves as director of the biochemistry program and teaches courses and labs in biochemistry, toxicology, organic chemistry, general chemistry and heterocyclic chemistry.  She also involves both biology and chemistry undergraduate students in her cancer research that centers on understanding the mechanism of cancer chemopreventive agents.  Dr. Staretz serves the College community as faculty advisor to the Chemistry Club and on academic committess including the Teacher Education Committee and the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee.  She is also an instructor for the Teacher Leader Institute Workshops at the Da Vinci Science Center located on the Cedar Crest Campus.


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