2014 Governor's School
Harold Butner, Associate Professor of Physics at James Madison University, received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Butner is a radio astronomer who works in the submillimeter range. He was a Carnegie Fellow at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C. From there he held a position at Stewart Observatory in Arizona and, after that, at the Joint Astronomy Center in Hawaii. He is interested in using submillimeter observations to learn more about the process of star formation.
Diana Duckworth received her AB from Duke University in Geology and an MS from the University of Illinois, Chicago in Geological Sciences. She taught for 5 years at the University of Illinois, Chicago before moving to Virginia. Her teaching assignments at Rustburg High School for the last 26 years have included Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Ecology. She has been teaching a course in water resources at Governor's School for 17 years.
Ms. Duckworth has won numerous teaching awards, including the AAUW Educator of the Year for Virginia and the McGlothlin Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms Duckworth loves to travel and has recently visited Antarctica, Botswana, Namibia and the Galapagos.
She is a passionate photographer and loves drawing and painting.
Ceil Fahrman received her Bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she stayed on as a Research Assistant in a cell biology lab. After moving to Virginia in the early eighties, and after tutoring a struggling high school chemistry student, Ceil was encouraged to pursue a teaching certificate, which she did at Lynchburg College. While enrolled in Lynchburg College part time to earn her Master of Education in Secondary Education, she started teaching chemistry at Appomattox County High School, where she has been for the past 27 years.
Having grown up in Baltimore, Ceil is an avid Orioles fan and still remembers attending Game 3 of the 1966 World Series (which the Os went on to win in four games). She enjoys solving problems of any kindfrom trivial word and number puzzles in the newspaper to building computers, repairing appliances, and electrical wiring.
John Gardner earned physics degrees from Princeton (AB) and the University of Illinois (PhD, condensed matter experimental), and has spent twenty years teaching college physics and ten years teaching high school physics, most recently at a Virginia Academic-Year Governor's School. He specializes in student project and laboratory experiences and is excited to be returning for his second year at the Summer Residential Governor's School at Lynchburg College. In his spare time he enjoys reading whatever lands in front of him, running and biking Lynchburg's Blackwater Creek Trail system, and hiking the mountains of Virginia, during which chemical and mechanical energy are converted to thermal energy, all under command of a neural network.
Kim Geier earned her Master's of Life Science from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of William and Mary. She teaches honors biology I and II at Brookville High School in Campbell County and is an adjunct professor of science at Lynchburg College. She has been involved with Governor's School for the past 12 years as a lab assistant or teacher of the anatomy course.
Allison Jablonski received her B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. Her postdoctoral fellowship at the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia involved research in the signal transduction and cell biology of breast cancer. Her teaching experience includes introductory biology, molecular cell biology, genetics, cancer biology, and forensic science.
Her research currently centers on determining how HER2/neu is turned on and off, and why it is overexpressed in breast tumors. This project involves DNA and protein analysis, and how DNA interacts with proteins in the nucleus of breast cancer cells.. New techniques in her lab involve the use of siRNA (small interfering RNA) in an effort to prevent production HER2/neu in breast tumor cells. Another project in her lab examines protein phosphorylation in liver cells after Franciscella tularensisinfection, a species of bacteria which have great potential to be used as a biothreat agent. Her lab is looking at changes occurring in infected cells, such as apoptosis, cytokine production, and changes in intracellular signaling.
Bob Powers teaches at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia. He has several degrees from Virginia Tech - undergraduate degrees in Math, Computer Science, and History and a Master's in Education. He is currently pursuing an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech.
Mr. Powers is the debate, scholastic bowl, and chess coach at Cave Spring High School.
Steve Smith has been in Lynchburg College's Health and Physical Education program as an Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education since August, 2003 and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Lifetime Fitness and Wellness General Education Course.
He received both his BS in Health and Physical Education and his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Lynchburg College. He is currently finishing his Doctoral degree in Motor Learning from the University of Virginia. His primary academic fields are motor learning, sport and exercise psychology, and strength and conditioning. His academic interests include functional strength training, human motor development, self-efficacy, phenylketonuria, and talent selection in sports.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Coach Smith serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the cross country and track and field programs and as the Assistant Golf Coach. Previously, he served as Assistant baseball coach at Lynchburg College for 7 years.
He enjoys spending time with his family, lifting weights, golfing, and mountain biking.