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May 18, 2007
Sean Casey, associate professor of chemistry, received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the State University of New York.
Casey's research is centered on the investigation of growth mechanisms of semiconductor materials during processes such as plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition.
In the words of Casey's students "His perception of students' needs and capabilities is uncannily accurate, focused and invaluable, providing a real-world yet positive analysis of one's options. He is an outstanding advisor who motivates students to aspire higher, strive harder, think deeper, and care more about what they are learning."
MaryAnn Demchak, professor of educational specialties, received her M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees in special education from Pennsylvania State University.
She earned a master of science degree in psychology form Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Her specialty areas are special education, moderate to profound mental retardation and and inclusive education.
Demchak teaches a variety of courses in the areas of severe, multiple disabilities and moderate to profound mental retardation. She is project director of the Nevada Dual Sensory Impairment Project, which provides technical assistance for teachers and families of students throughout Nevada who have both hearing and vision impairments.
In the words of Demchak's students "She demands only the best from her students and helps them attain their goals. I am impressed by her dedication towards her students and classroom experiences."