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Boise State Welcomes New Faculty and Staff to Campus

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 7:19 am / September 4, 2018

In addition to the thousands of new student faces on campus this fall, Boise State has welcomed a number of new faculty and staff members. Each year, Albertsons Library creates a gallery of new faculty hires, complete with bios and photos. The library’s gallery for the 2018-19 school year is available here. Below you’ll find a small sample of new faces you’ll meet on campus; when you see them, be sure to say hello.

To request an addition or change to the gallery, please email

portraitOlga Goulko is an assistant professor with the Department of Physics. Prior to joining Boise State, Goulko held a postdoctoral fellowship at Tel Aviv University. Her research spans the areas of quantum many-body physics, condensed matter theory and statistical mechanics, with a particular interest in quantitative, controlled studies of strongly correlated fermions and their application to real materials.

portraitZhangxian Deng is an assistant professor with the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests involve a combination of smart materials and system dynamics, with a specific focus on such areas as lightweight and solid-state smart devices for structural vibration control and vibration energy harvesting. His previous professional experience includes collaborative research at the NASA Glenn Research Center and the NSF I/UCRC Smart Vehicle Concepts Center at Ohio State University.

portraitMichael J. Mann is an associate professor and the graduate program coordinator with the Department of Community and Environmental Health. Prior to joining Boise State, Mann was an associate professor at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health where he also functioned as the director of MPH programs and was the co-director for the Integrated Community Engagement (ICE) Collaborative. His recent research focuses on the intersection between public health and public schooling, especially academic achievement as a social determinant of health, student mental health promotion, and school+community substance abuse prevention partnerships.

portraitJingxian Hu is an assistant professor with the Department of Economics. Hu’s previous professional experience includes working as an instructor at the University of Kansas, as well as internships with the China Central Depository & Clearing Co., Ltd. and the China Construction Bank Corporation. Her research interests include open economy macroeconomics, international finance and computational economics.

portraitGena Nelson is an assistant professor with the Department of Early and Special Education. Nelson’s research focuses on the characteristics and outcomes of children with mathematics disability or difficulty, evidence-based practices in mathematics, and assessment and data-use in multi-tiered systems of support. She currently is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.