Posted: July 30, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm

This periodic column highlights the comings and goings of Mason faculty and staff, as well as promotions and job changes within the university.

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John Blacksten has been named associate vice president for University Relations. He will continue to serve as director of the Office of Media and Public Relations in this new role.

Lincoln Drake is a new painter in Facilities Management.

Ye Jin is a new J2EE architect for portal and web technology in the Information Technology Unit.

Fermina Mejia-Green is a new office manager and alumni relations coordinator in the office of Alumni Affairs.

Arthur Patton is a new maintenance assistant in Facilities Management.

Alberto Santillan is a new grounds worker in Facilities Management.

Kim Ann Shriver is a new senior web designer/programmer in Creative Services.

Ricky Allen Smith, formerly a preventive maintenance specialist in Facilities Management, is now a trades/utilities senior worker.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Diane Conners, formerly graduate admissions processor, is now graduate admissions coordinator.

Toby Hettler is the new alumni gifts manager.

College of Science

Romain Aubrey is a new research associate professor in the Department of Computational and Data Sciences.

Mantej Chhina is a new postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Molecular and Microbiology.

Tanja Duric is a new postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Quantum Science.

Ramesh Raj Pant is a new term assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Shane M. Torbert is a new research associate in the Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Honors College

Anthony Hoefer is the new director of University Scholars.

School of Law

Dillon Martinson is a new research associate for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program.

School of Public Policy

Ann C. Baker is the new senior associate dean.

James Finkelstein, formerly vice dean, is now professor of public policy.

Kingsley Haynes, formerly dean, is now professor of public policy.

Anna Urman is the new director of the Women’s Business Center in the Mason Enterprise Center.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Barry Liner is the new director of international engineering programs in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering.

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