Course: “The Dark Night Sky – Serious Questions for Real Astronomers”
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.
Course: “The Science of Strength”
Sean Collins, Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and Exercise Physiology Human Performance Laboratory Director at University of Lynchburg, received his PhD from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He teaches various exercise physiology and kinesiology courses, including the Physiology of Exercise, Issues and Research in Exercise, and Measurement Techniques in Exercise Physiology. He enjoys outdoor activities, including running, hiking, cycling (road and mountain), swimming, skiing, and golf, and would like to visit all national parks at some point in his life.
Course: “Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink”
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.
Course: “Electron Control: Understanding and Constructing the Fundamental Digital Circuitry of Computing”
John Gardner earned physics degrees from Princeton (AB) and the University of Illinois (PhD), 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 laboratory experiences and is returning for his fifth year at the Summer Residential Governor’s School at University of Lynchburg. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, biking and running Lynchburg’s Blackwater Creek Trail system while listening to audiobooks free on his older sister’s Audible subscription.
Course: “Body Quest: An Exploration in Anatomy and Physiology”
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 University of Lynchburg. She has been involved with Governor’s School for the past 12 years as a lab assistant or teacher of the anatomy course.
Course: “The Science of Sleep”
Dr. Ei Hlaing has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Program, Psychology Department at Southern Illinois University. She specializes in cognitive aging and sleep, and researched subjective sleep quality and its effects on cognitive performance in young and older adults as her Master’s Thesis. Her dissertation – a collaborative research project with a sleep disorder center in the community – examines neuropsychological sequelae of obstructive sleep apnea in late adulthood. She has a graduate certificate in gerontology as well. She has a penchant for teaching, collaborating with other experts to embark on interdisciplinary research, and mentoring undergraduate students to assist with their career development.
Course: “Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are…”
Elmer Hoeksema has been head of the department System and Network Engineering of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (~350 students); he is joining the computer science faculty at University of Lynchburg in the 2016-2017 year. He teaches a broad spectrum of computer science related classes, including programming, computer architecture, computer networking, computer security, and digital forensics. He is also a member of the research group e-discovery at Create-IT, where he is currently researching digital threats in Aviation. He has been teaching for almost 20 years at several universities and has worked for the Dutch National Police and large organizations in the fields of telecom, banking, and business appliances. Mr. Hoeksema started with his BSc in Computer Science and was disappointed by the lack of business courses in the program,; because of this, he simultaneously started a BSc in Business Economics. He believes it is very important to understand the role of computer technology in the business context and so continued his path of education with a MSc in Management at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. He loves to travel and is convinced that a good international perspective helps to broaden and improve insights; he did his International MBA (in part) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in Cape Town, South Africa.
Course: “2D Animation with Photoshop and After Effects”
Bill Noel has been interested in visual and creative arts since childhood, where he developed a love of drawing, playing music, and making things. He has worked in video and media production for more than 20 years as a freelance cameraman, producer/director, professor, and consultant. He has a master of fine arts degree from Southern Methodist University, where he honed skills in documentary filmmaking and multi-camera directing. He is a veteran of more than 600 on-location productions including concerts, speeches, and sports. Bill keeps up with business and technical trends in media production and is accomplished with many forms of video production, digital editing and compositing, and project planning. He has taught at University of Lynchburg since 2000 and is now also the Director of the Donovan Media Development Center at LC. In the classroom, his childhood fascination with all things creative is a fully realized dream. His classes include basic media production, video basics, editing, motion graphics, and high-end compositing, as well as audio. His expertise extends from single camera field production to studio projects, to producing and directing, to editing and 2D animation.
Course: “Dirt-Under-the-Fingernails Mathematics”
Marc Ordower is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Dr. Ordower received his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Waterloo, where he was a Descartes Scholar, and his PhD from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the 1994 Mathematics Department Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 at Stony Brook. Dr. Ordower has both taught and directed the Mathematics Division at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. He was a visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A & M University before coming to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2002. He has published articles in the fields of Linear Algebra, Operator Theory, and Graph Theory. While at Randolph College, Dr. Ordower has advised several successful candidates for Honors in Mathematics, directed Summer Research students in Mathematics, and administered the Virginia Tech and Putnam Mathematics Competitions at the College.
Course: “Tales from the Genome: What Will Your Future Bring”
Erin Rierson adores molecules, and she would love to tell you about them, whether you are in her AP Biology class or stuck behind her in the grocery line. Her passion for molecules began at Liberty University, and she has continued to pursue this love by studying with the Wildlife Conservation Society, NOAA, the National Math and Science Initiative, and Virginia Advanced Study Strategies. Most recently she spent several weeks investigating the role of the ADAM7 protein in immune cell adhesion and trafficking at Brody Medical School at East Carolina University. In 2014 she was awarded a Summer Residential Governor’s School Outstanding Educator award. In her twelve years teaching in Virginia, Erin has led two Scholastic Bowl teams, directed eight plays, and coached one forensics state champion. She is a member of the Lynchburg Tribal dance troupe and recently appeared as Widow Corney in the Masterworx Theatre production of Oliver. Her favorite enzyme is phosphofructokinase, and zombies everywhere flee in terror at her gardening skills.