Rupali Datta will be a new faculty appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences from the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI). She has been at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With her collaborators, she has developed a plant-based method of detoxifying soils contaminated by lead-based paint, using vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides).
Catherine Tarasoff has accepted a joint appointment in both the Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science as an assistant professor. Catherine earned her BS degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, in natural sciences and a PhD in Weed Science from Oregon State University. She is teaching botany at the Department of Biological Sciences