Honors Program Faculty

Daniel McGann, M.A., Honors Program Director

Applauded by the New York Times for his ".... facility and sensitivity for the instrument...distinct tonal character.... and considerable technique." Classical Guitarist, Daniel McGann has concertized extensively as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. Featured solo performances include WNCN and WEVD radio, the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Merkin Concert Hall. Professor McGann has chaired the Music Department for ten years, served on many college-wide committees, including Faculty Council, currently serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative and is an active participant in the Global Learning Program accompanying and leading trips to Ireland, Budapest, Prague, Vienna and France. His research and pending publications of transcriptions focus on early women composers as well as transcriptions for guitar and voice of the musical settings of Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer's settings of James Joyce's Chamber Music Poems.

Dr. Meritta Cullinan
Dr. Cullinan received her M.A. degree from the New School for Social Research in Sociology and her Ph.D. from Fordham University in Sociology. She has been Chairperson of the Sociology Department three times, Faculty President twice, and was twice the recipient of both the Faculty Council Award for Outstanding Service to Teaching Faculty and the Senior Class Recognition Award. Dr. Cullinan is also the recipient of the President's Medal, the Distinguished Service Award and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation's Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. She has delivered papers on sex segregation and occupation and has published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She co-directs the Community Research Institute at Molloy College.

Kathy Lamaute

Dr. Kathleen Lamaute
Dr. Lamaute holds ANCC Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and as a Nurse Executive-Advanced. She is also a NLN Certified Nurse Educator. Dr. Lamaute is the nationally elected Chairperson of the American Nurses Association Individual Member Division. She is a practicing NP with multiple publications and has presented at many national and international nursing conferences. Dr. Lamaute has been with Molloy College since 1996, teaching a variety of both graduate and undergraduate courses. She received her M.A. from Adelphi University, her M.S. from Pace University and her Ed.D from California Coast University.

Dr. Jeff Massey
Dr. Massey earned his Ph.D. from Emory University (English: Certificate in Medieval Studies) in 2002; he also holds M.A. degrees from Bucknell University (English) and Washington University in St Louis (Classics). Massey is Professor of English Language and Literature in the Royal English Department at Molloy, where he teaches "casual but demanding" courses in medieval literature, mythology, linguistics, and SF/Fantasy.  He is currently writing Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned by Watching Monty Python with Brian Cogan (of Molloy's Communications Department) and recently co-edited the critical collection Heads Will Roll!: Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination (Brill 2012).

Eileen P. McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT, Guest Lecturer

Eileen McGann has a broad range of educational and clinical experience. Her clinical work is concentrated in therapeutic milieu and studio approach with persons who have experienced trauma. Ms. McGann has presented nationally and internationally and is widely published; recent publications include translated works in the Czech Republic and artwork featured on book and journal covers. A member of the Editorial Board of Art Therapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Ms. McGann is also on faculty in the graduate art therapy programs at New York University and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Currently Ms. McGann is a consultant developing an art therapy program at MercyFirst Syosset campus and is working on a manuscript for publication regarding trauma, sanctuary and adolescents.

Dr. Howard Ponzer
Associate Professor of Philosophy with sixteen years of teaching experience, Dr. Ponzer specializes in German Idealism, 19th Century European Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Feminism. He has published on subjects ranging from Kant's Transcendental Dialectic, Hegel's dialectic, Aristotle's Physics, and Human Rights Feminism. He is presently working on an article for publication that defends the United States two-party political system that integrates philosophy with history and political science.

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Dr. Noelle Cutter

By training I am a scientist in the field of molecular biology.  My work focuses around epigenetics, changes and repair of DNA without actually changing the genetic sequence.  I am interested in how it changes when people get cancer.  Specifically, I look at an alteration in DNA called methylation, or adding a very small group (methyl) which consists of carbon and 3-hydrogens to the start site of genes in DNA.  When that happens, the gene no longer is transcribed.  Methylation is an epigenetic change that acts sort of like a light switch.  When methyl is added, genes are turned off.  When methyl is removed, genes are turned back on.  It is a cool way that a cell can control when and how much to turn genes on/off.  In our lab, we hypothesize that cancer cells interfere with this process to help them grow and divide uncontrollably. We are currently studying medulloblastoma, a rare type of pediatric brain cancer, and the role that methylation plays in gene regulation allowing tumors to grow and divide.  By doing so, we hope to be able to better diagnose patients so we can treat them more efficiently.

I am a mother to four beautiful children, Lily, Lucy, Jack and Isabel.  All aged 7 and under.  I am married to a wonderful supportive husband, Paul, who shares my love of running, biking and swimming.   My research drive came about when I lost my nephew Louis to Medulloblastoma at only 18 months.  I knew then that I wanted to understand why this was happening so that I could help others.  I work closely with the Katie McBride foundation in my local community to help support families going through similar struggles.  I recently ran the NYC marathon and raised over $37,000 for the foundation and its outreach to 5 local families being treated at the Ronald McDonald House here on Long Island.

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Dr. Jodi Evans

Jodi Evans is a professor of biology at Molloy College.  She received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from St. John's University.  Her teaching interests are in endocrinology, histology and immunology.  Her research interests include adult stem cell regulation of immune cells, the role of the stress axis in osteoarthritis and vascular and immunological complications associated with obesity and diabetes.  Jodi is an active participant in the NYS Collegiate Science and Technology Program at Molloy College in which she serves as a mentor in the Foundations in Research and Research Assitantship programs.  She is a member of the Council for Undergraduate Research, Sigma Xi Research Honor Society and Chi Beta Phi.

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