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.
Animal Cognition: Is Your Dog Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Pepper Hanna received her BS in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans. She worked with a comparative psychologist on two different projects studying primate behavior at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. One study involved Gorillas’ response to the number of zoo visitors. The second project examined the habitat use in a group of Orangutans. These experiences solidified her desire to continue to study animal behavior in graduate school. Dr. Hanna joined the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her MA and PhD. During graduate school, she had the opportunity to study the behavior of a number of different species of marine animals including: bottlenose dolphins, rough toothed dolphins, killer whales, sea otters, and sea turtles. She published two papers on different forms of environmental enrichment in a killer whale and sea otter. She also collaborated on a two-way communication project with bottlenose dolphins, which became her doctoral research.
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: “Cryptography: The Mathematics of Code Breaking”
Michael Penn is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Randolph College. After earning his PhD from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 2011, he held visiting positions at Colorado College and Bowdoin College. Michael enjoys teaching across the mathematics curriculum, including quantitative reasoning, calculus, and abstract algebra. He is also interested in mentoring students at all levels, having advised a high school problem solving group, nearly a dozen undergraduate research students, and a PhD student. Michael has an active research program in representation theory and mathematical physics that has led to over ten publications and numerous presentations at international conferences. Finally, Michael is an avid rock climber and enjoys spending as much time exploring the New River Gorge in West Virginia as possible.
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.