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Dr. Al Bartlett

Dr. Al Bartlett, Ph.D.

Professor Emerius, Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Lecture Title: Arithmetic, Population and Energy

Lecture Abstract: Growth is the centerpiece of the national and world economies, yet few people have even the slightest understanding of the arithmetic and the consequences of growth. The arithmetic of growth is set forth in its elementary simplicity and is then applied to see the effect of growing populations and of growing rates of consumption of resources. When the rate of consumption of a finite resource is growing, the life expectancy of the resource is significantly and alarmingly reduced, a fact that seems not to be understood by those who write about resources. Many examples are given of incredibly dumb statements made by prominent people who are accepted by authorities on the question of resources. The electrical energy crisis can be understood by simply looking at the growth rates of supply (new generating capacity) and demand. Yet people seem surprised at the shortage of generating capacity. The ultimate growth problem in the U.S. is that of population, which is growing at about 1.2% annually. This translates to over 3 million additional people every year. The growing population and declining fossil fuel resources is a recipe for real trouble. This is not rocket science. It s elementary arithmetic, yet elementary arithmetic seems to be ignored by our leaders.

Biography: Al Bartlett is a retired Professor of Physics. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder in September 1950. His B.A. degree in physics is from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics are from Harvard University. In 1978 he was national president of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1969 and 1970 he was the elected Chair of the four-campus Faculty Council of the University of Colorado. In the late 1950s Al was an initiator of the citizens' effort to preserve open space in Boulder, and this ultimately led to the establishment of The City of Boulder's Open Space Program, which has purchased over 41,000 acres of land to be preserved as public open space. He is a founding member of PLAN-Boulder County, an environmental group for the City and County. Since the late 1960s he has concentrated on public education on the problems relating to and originating from population growth. More recently he has written on sustainability, examining the widespread misuse of the term, and examining the conditions that are necessary and sufficient for sustainability in any society.

Dr. Matt Blackwood

Dr. Matthew J. Blackwood, Ph.D.

Supervisor of Homeland Security Programs, West Virginia Department of Agriculture

Directed Study Title: GIS Mapping NYSC Activities

Directed Study Abstract: This Directed Study will be on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Delegates will learn how to use a GIS, or computerized mapping software, through a series of hands-on exercises. These activities will use satellite and aerial imagery, topographic maps, and a variety of other data sets. In addition, the delegates will get the opportunity to use Global Position System units and upload field data into the GIS.

Biography: Matt grew up in Charleston, WV where he continues to live with his family. He earned his B.S. in Telecommunications at Ohio University in two-and-a-half years. Two years later, he added an MBA from Virginia Tech to his resume. Not satisfied with just one graduate degree, he continued his studies at what is now Marshall University Graduate College and earned an M.S. in Environmental Science. This degree laid the foundation for his Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech. For the last thirteen years he has worked with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture where he is the GIS Specialist. Currently, he works on a variety of emergency planning and agro-security programs. His hobbies include genealogy, photography, mountain biking, and chasing his three kids, Evan, Ellen, and Elliott with his wife, Julie.

Dr. Grant Bromhal

Dr. Grant Bromhal, Ph.D., NYSC WV 1985

Research Group Leader, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

Lecture Title: Carbon Sequestration: One Means for Solving the Global Warming Problem

Lecture Abstract: Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have seen a substantial increase during the past couple of decades, which has lead to concern that greenhouse warming is causing temperatures on the planet to rise. Several means are being considered for mitigating the greenhouse gas problem. Among them is a technique known as carbon sequestration, whereby relatively inexpensive fossil fuels are still used, but the carbon dioxide that is produced in their burning is no longer stored only in the atmosphere but is also stored in biomass and in geologic formations. This lecture will describe what carbon sequestration is, current activities in the U.S. and the world, and why sequestration will likely be a part of the portfolio of solutions to greenhouse gas mitigation.

Directed Study Title: Options for Stabilizing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Stabilization Wedge Game

Directed Study Abstract: What do you know about the debate on global warming? Many options are available today to help reduce future carbon emissions, including renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, using more nuclear power, and carbon sequestration. Which of them should we take on and how should we consider the tradeoffs among options? A team of Science Advisors to the President have been asked to recommend a strategy that will allow us to continue to provide needed energy but reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2057. They could not agree on what to recommend and so have agreed hold a competition for the most compelling strategy. This is the delegates chance to show them how it should be done! In this directed study delegates will learn about pros and cons of different options for reducing our carbon emissions and will compete in teams to design a portfolio of options to help solve the global warming problem over the next several decades.

Biography: Grant received bachelors' degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from West Virginia University in 1995. He received a Masters from Carnegie Mellon in Civil and Environmental Engineering in1997 and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in Environmental Engineering in 2000. He is currently the Research Group Leader for the Sequestration, Hydrocarbons and Related Programs Group of the U.S. Department of Energy at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV, after being a National Research Council post-doc at the same place. His current research focuses on modeling of environmental and energy systems, particularly related to carbon sequestration. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, biking, caving, playing the clarinet, juggling, and lots of other fun stuff.

Dr. George Constantz

Dr. George Constantz, Ph.D.

Manager of the Research and Development Program, Canaan Valley Institute

Lecture Title: Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders: An Appalachian Ecology

Lecture Abstract: This lecture will start as a narrated slide show and general overview of the Appalachian chain, including origins of its complex hills and high biodiversity. Dr. Constantz will then explore specific topics, like why Jack-in-the-pulpit changes sex from year to year, how fireflies deceive each other with flashes, and the paradox of autumn leaves. He will conclude by diagnosing Appalachia s most significant environment illnesses.

Biography: Born in Washington, D.C. in 1947, George spent six years of his childhood in Barranquilla, Colombia, among the iguanas of the Magdalena River's floodplain, and in Chihuahua, Mexico, where he chased roadrunners through the desert. Since receiving a B.A. in biology from University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Ph.D. in zoology from Arizona State University, George has worked as a park naturalist, a teacher of biology and environmental science, a fish ecologist, researcher, and writer. George founded Cacapon Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the Appalachian rivers. At the West Virginia divisions of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, George planned and implemented watershed management programs. Currently, he manages the Research and Development Program at the Canaan Valley Institute. George lives with his wife, Nancy Ailes, in the Cacapon River watershed of West Virginia.

Ms. Vicki Fenwick-Judy

Ms. Vicki Fenwick-Judy

Canaan Valley Institute

Directed Study Title: Natural Stream Concepts

Directed Study Abstract: Natural stream concepts will explore the evolution of a natural stream system from its headwaters to its confluence. Students will learn vocabulary and stream measurement methods to classify and compare streams. Measurements and graphical analysis of slope, cross sectional area, bed material, and sinuosity will allow students to use the internationally recognized Rosgen stream classification system. Finally, students will be challenged to identify better management practices to prevent streams from becoming unstable (e.g. overwidening, downcutting, or braiding).

Dr. Justin Fitzpatrick

Dr. Justin Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., NYSC MI 1997

Assistant Professor, Queen Mary, University of London

Lecture Title: Language in the Mind and the Brain

Lecture Abstract: What is a language? How are languages acquired? What can language tell us about how the mind works? In this lecture we will ask these questions (among others), and maybe even answer some of them.

Directed Study Title: Language and the Brain

Directed Study Abstract: Human language involves learning and use of highly abstract, complex, and largely unconscious knowledge. We will look at language as a cognitive system: What is its structure? What neurological components are involved in its use? What happens when components are damaged through brain injury? Participants in this DS will try to discover where language sits in their own brains, through simple experimentation, and will do short experiments involving acoustic analysis of speech sounds.

Biography: Originally a Michigan delegate to the NYSC in 1997, this is Justin's eighth summer involved with a NYSF program. Justin graduated from the University of Michigan in 2001 with a B.A. in linguistics and completed his Ph.D. at MIT in 2006 under an NSF Fellowship. He has taught at Harvard, MIT, and UCLA, and currently lives in London, where he is a junior faculty member at Queen Mary, University of London. Along with many other interests, Justin loves to travel, climb rocks, slide on snow, and grow facial hair.

Mr. Jeff Gilbert

Mr. Jeff Gilbert

Chief Technical Partner, Chesapeake Solar, LLC

Directed Study Title: Renewable Energy: What It is and How It Works

Directed Study Abstract: This directed study will involve hands-on teaching and demonstration of solar and other renewable energy technologies. Delegates will learn what renewable energy is and how it works, including the latest technologies for solar electricity, solar heating, wind energy, hydrolic power, solar derived fuels, geothermal heating, biomass, and much more. Delegates will also learn about career opportunities in the field of renewable energy. Finally, delegates will receive insider information about the future of the natural gas, petroleum, coal and nuclear industries.

Biography: Jeff grew up in central Maryland and always had a fascination for energy and how things work. He spent countless hours as a kid designing, inventing and building gadgets. In high school he won second prize in the local science fair for a magnetic levitated train project. Jeff graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1991 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in energy technologies. In his senior year he was team leader for the Super Mileage Vehicle design team, where he and his team designed and built a one-man vehicle that achieved 480 miles per gallon. Just after college he spent two months riding his bicycle across the United States. His post-college work includes working for three years as a energy analyst under contracts with the Dept. of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and owning his own solar energy business. He is currently Principal Partner and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Chesapeake Wind & Solar LLC (CWS), which is a solar energy engineering and installation company serving the mid-Atlantic area. Jeff frequently conducts seminars on renewable energy to professionals and the general public.

Dr. David Hackleman

Dr. David Hackleman, Ph.D., NYSC OR 1969

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University

Lecture Title: Take Leadership to Sustain our Current Planet

Lecture Abstract: Why should one bother with a renewable energy source when fossil fuels are available? Using biodiesel as an example, this lecture will highlight the importance of renewable energy sources. Dr. Hackleman will describe the complete biodiesel system, as well as other opportunities to harvest sustainable energy using nanoscience and cutting edge technology.

Directed Study Title: Ink-Jet Pen Dissection

Directed Study Abstract: A method to direct inventions toward a topic of interest will be used as a vehicle. Next, methods to refine the idea into a potential device and then delegates will jointly evaluate the practicality of the inventions. Given adequate time, the group will also review a few interesting inventions, such as Ink-Jet Printing technology and biodegradable polymers. Other topics for this review will be welcome.

Biography: David Hackleman arrived on this planet in Coos Bay, Oregon, and for those of you that know the place, observed a cloud-free sky only when his family moved to Klamath Falls. Prior to graduation from High School, he had attended 13 separate schools in various small towns all over Oregon because his father worked for the State Highway department. (Or so he said.) While in Jr. High, he received his Amateur Radio License, and a few things happened between that and graduation with honors from OSU in EECS including attendance as a 1969 Camper at NYSC! He then decided Chemistry was more interesting and completed a Ph.D. (or since he studied Electrochemistry, it might be a pH.dE.). He retired from Hewlett Packard Company from his "Chief Technologist" position in the Technology Development Operation (famous for the development of that little known device, the Thermal Ink-Jet Printer. His team developed the inks...) and is teaching at Oregon State University, having been asked to accept the Linus Pauling Chair in Chemical Engineering and not knowing how to say no. His wife, Deb is a senior librarian at OSU, and holds both an MS degree in Library and Computer Science. She has humored his inability to stay to one career for decades now. They both live in a home on a 40 acre tree (BIG TREES) farm about 3 miles outside the town of Suver, Oregon (population about 8). Oh, David holds around 20 patents in various fields.

Dr. Glen Harrison

Dr. Glen Harrison, Ph.D.

Leader, Transportation Policy and Planning Group, National Transportation Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Lecture Title: The Hermit Kingdom Revealed

Lecture Abstract: Korea was known for many years as the Hermit Kingdom because of its reluctance to interact with the outside world. Much of Korea s early history was spent defending its territory from advances of its two larger neighbors China and Japan. Korea had little contact with Western nations until it signed a commerce treaty with the US in 1882. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest nations in the world. Since that time, the hard work, inginuity, investments, and focus on a strong educational program has resulted in South Korea becoming a true economic power with a high-tech modern economy. Efforts are being made to bridge this gap that will hopefully lead to the unification of the Korean people into one country. This talk will focus on the history, culture, and economy of South Korea. It will present examples of every day life of the people and students in this dynamic and exciting country. It will also discuss the challenges the country faces. These include environmental concerns, population trends, and economic expansion.

Biography: Glen Harrison, Ph.D, is the leader of the Transportation Policy and Planning Group in the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a US Department of Energy Research and Development Laboratory. The group's research focus is on freight, energy, safety, supply chain, defense, and security studies and systems development for air, rail, water, and highway transportation systems. He has over twenty years experience in solving transportation, logistics, and supply chain management problems for a range of government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Agency for International Development, and World Bank. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville teaching courses in Transportation Geography and Supply Chain Management. Between 1995 and 1998, he was a visiting senior lecturer in the Department of Resource Management at Lincoln University in New Zealand teaching Transportation Planning and Geographic Information Systems courses. He has also been a visiting Fulbright Professor in South Korea at Seoul National University and Ewha Woman's University teaching Transportation Geography and Economic Geography (1992-93) and at Ewha Woman's University and Yonsei University teaching Regional Geography of the United States and Environmental Geography (2002-03).

Dr. Samuel Hensley

Dr. Samuel Hensley, M.D., NYSC WV 1971

Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology, Gastrointestinal Associates

Lecture Title: Genetic Technology, Ethical Dilemmas and the Interface Between Science and Religion

Lecture Abstract: The genetic code is the basic blueprint or instruction manual for each individual and our ability to map the human genome raises countless ethical questions. Who should have access to an individual s genetic blueprint? Should insurance companies be able to use genetic information to set medical insurance rates? Should genetic information be used in the evaluation process for college or graduate programs? What is the role of science in determining how our culture answers ethical questions of right and wrong? What role does religion play? Is there a way to bridge the gap between facts and ethical judgments? This begins a discussion that will be followed up in the directed study.

Directed Study Title: Bioethics - Should we do everything in science that we can do?

Directed Study Abstract: Discussions will include embryonic stem cell research, cloning and genetic issues such as implanting human genes in animals. Issues in cyborg technology will also be discussed. An example from this area is the construction of a neural/computer interface with computer chips implanted within the brain to provide a direct interface. Transhumanism as a goal (and philosophy) raises fundamental questions about what it truly means to be human. These discussions will take delegates back to the title of the directed study should we do things simply because we can? What is the role of society in directing scientific research? Delegates will look at various ethical systems to see how they might guide them as concerned scientists.

Biography: Dr. Samuel Hensley, in addition to practicing medicine, serves as Bioethics Consultant to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center and has a teaching appointment at the University of Mississippi Medical School in pathology and ethics. He is a Fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago and serves on the CMDA National Ethics Commission. Dr. Hensley received his M.D. from West Virginia University in 1979, completed a Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1983 at Wilford Hall in San Antonio and a Fellowship in Neuropathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in 1985. He recently received a Master's Degree in Bioethics from Trinity University in Deerfield, IL and he serves on the Health and Human Services Committee in Washington that advises the President and Congress on issues surrounding organ transplantation and procurement (ACOT). He and his wife, Elizabeth, recently developed an elective in bioethics for fourth year medical students at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Terran Lane, Ph.D., NYSC KY 1990

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico

Lecture Title: The Computation of Complex Things: Why Biologists Need Computer Scientists (and Vice-Versa)

Lecture Astract: Computer Scientists are interested in the properties of computation and computability - properties of the most complex and powerful tool that the human race has ever invented. Biologists, on the other hand, study natural systems - from genomes to ecosystems - that are the most complex systems in the known universe. This lecture will explore the advent of bioinformatics and provide some research examples from this booming new field.

Directed Study Title: Computer Science

Directed Study Abstract: Learn about learning. What does it mean to learn something? How can we represent learning mathematically and computationally? How do we tell if learning is taking place? In this (only barely) directed study, we will start with some meditations on what learning is. Then we ll go on to some mathematical formulation, and finally spend some time hacking up our very own learning agents. (And testing to make sure that they actually learn something.) Our target problem will be the monumentally important, world-hunger solving task of getting a (simulated) robot to balance an unwieldy pole upside down.

Biography: Prof. Lane is an expert in Machine Learning, with particular emphasis on real-world and interdisciplinary applications. He is currently maintaining active research projects in areas such as: - Neuroinformatics: applying Bayesian network search methods to identify the neural network substrates of dementia, schizophrenia, and addiction. - Bioinformatics of RNA interference: building computational models of RNAi to predict highly active RNAi molecules, predict non-specific interactions, and design molecule sets for multi-gene knockdowns. - Genomics: deconvolving cellular life cycles from microarray data. - Cognitive modeling: constructing models of human cognitive states and processes from observed computer-interaction data. - Robotics: designing learning algorithms for robotic navigation and multi-step task solution. Within machine learning, his specialties include time-series analysis, reinforcement learning and stochastic planning, Bayesian network modeling, and unsupervised learning. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he worked on machine learning methods for intrusion detection. He then spent two years at the MIT AI lab, where he worked on stochastic planning and reinforcement learning. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Jay Lockman

Dr. Jay Lockman, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Lecture Title: The Radio Universe

Lecture Abstract: Modern radio astronomy has revealed aspects of the universe that were unknown and even unimaginable in the past. In this lecture, Dr. Lockman will explore the radio universe from pulsars to star formation to the big bang and suggest some exciting areas where future discovery is likely.

Biography: Dr. Felix J. "Jay" Lockman is the Principal Scientist for the Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV, past site Director of the Green Bank Observatory, and an internationally recognized expert on the Milky Way. He is the author of more than 85 research papers in astronomy and has lectured at Universities all over the world. His undergraduate degree is from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and his Ph.D. was obtained from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. In addition to his research, he is involved in educational activities and travels widely giving non-technical talks on astronomy to diverse audiences.

Dr. Mac Louthan

Dr. Mac Louthan, Ph.D., NYSF Trustee

Consulting Scientist (retired), Savannah River National Laboratory

Lecture Title: Why Stuff Falls Apart

Lecture Abstract: This humorous, motivational lecture discusses the six fundamental causes of failure of large engineered systems: a deficiency in design, improper material selection, defects in materials, improper processing, errors in assembly, and improper service. The discussion demonstrates that these fundamental causes of failures in engineered systems can also be associated with human failures such as divorce, child abuse and managerial ineptitude. The similarities among failures in engineering systems and failures in modern society are also discussed. Frequently, the failures are associated with a compromise of personal ethics and morals brought on by greed and other societal influences.

Biography: Mac is a retired Consulting Scientist in the Savannah River National Laboratory. He has forty years of experience in materials selection and qualification for advanced nuclear systems, failure analysis, applied and fundamental research, and teaching. Previous assignments have included: Professor of Materials Engineering, Manager of Metals and Ceramics Research Group, Adjunct Professor for ASM-International's Materials Engineering Institute, consultant for industry, national laboratories and legal profession and Engineer/Scientist for Contractors to U. S. Department of Energy. Mac has published approximately 250 technical papers (many of which emphasize environmental degradation of engineering materials), edited nine books and given several hundred invited lectures throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Mac developed a lecture-talk titled "Why Stuff Falls Apart", to emphasize the importance of personal responsibility and ethics in professional activities. This lecture has been given several hundred times to high school, university, industry and professional groups and as a keynote address to the annual meetings of the Materials Research Society, the International Metallographic Society, ASM International and the Australian Institute of Metals. Mac continues to regularly present this talk to various DOE sites, the National Youth Science Camp, selected colleges and universities and to service and professional organizations.

Mr. Dave Masunaga

Mr. Dave Masunaga, NYSC HI 1975

Teacher, Iolani School

Lecture Title: Slime vs. Men's Fashions -- a Contradiction?

Lecture Abstract: Nebulae, Alimentary tract, Tomography, Islands, Oil diffusion, Neural networks, Alps, Lungs, Yardstick, Origami, Undulating oscillatoria, Tchaikovsky, Hairline fissures, Slime, Chaos game, ILM, Electricity, Noise, Clouds, Expert systems, Coastlines, Aggregation, Mitsumata, Pocahontas.

Biography: Dave Masunaga measures his life by a marker and that is his experience as a Hawaii representative to the NYSC in 1975 (the Camp's first coed year). Before Camp he was born and raised in beautiful Hawaii and after Camp he left for the Chicago area to study mathematics, plant physiology, Russian linguistics, and architecture at Northwestern and Harvard Universities. His interests have always been diverse, and Dave feels especially blessed to be able to pursue four things which bring him so much joy -- mathematics teaching at Iolani School in Honolulu, teaching adult professional educators in new classroom techniques and technologies, pursuing his mathematical research in modeling convex polytopes, and lecturing at hundreds of professional meetings, institutes, and universities. Dave has numerous national awards for his work in mathematics and mathematics education and was the youngest person to be awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education by then President Ronald Reagan in 1985. He fills his precious free time playing the oboe professionally and has played in Carnegie Hall twice, once soloing on the English horn.

Dr. Amy McCormick Diduch

Dr. Amy McCormick Diduch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Mary Baldwin College

Directed Study Title: Patents and Experimental Economics

Directed Study Abstract: Is patent protection necessary to spur technological innovation? Do we offer the "right" amount of patent protection for pharmaceuticals? Should patent laws be changed to address current concerns about the affordability of branded drugs? In this directed study, delegates will use experimental economics to gain insights about the nature of knowledge and will conclude the directed study by designing an "ideal" patent system for pharmaceuticals.

Biography: Dr. Amy McCormick Diduch is Associate Professor of Economics at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where she also directs the Honors Program. She received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1995 from Harvard University and her B.A. in Economics from William and Mary. As a labor economist, her initial research focused on the impact of globalization on the worldwide decline in labor strikes. More recently, she has written a variety of case studies on diverse policy topics, including the use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, the distribution of scarce flu vaccine, the nurse shortage, and the impact of pharmaceutical patents on treatment of AIDS in Africa. She teaches a wide range of courses at Mary Baldwin, including Experimental Economics, International Finance, and Globalization and Labor Issues.

Ms. Abby McQueen

Ms. Abby McQueen

Environmental Scientist, Canaan Valley Institute

Directed Study Title: Natural Stream Concepts

Directed Study Abstract: Natural stream concepts will explore the evolution of a natural stream system from its headwaters to its confluence. Students will learn vocabulary and stream measurement methods to classify and compare streams. Measurements and graphical analysis of slope, cross sectional area, bed material, and sinuosity will allow students to use the internationally recognized Rosgen stream classification system. Finally, students will be challenged to identify better management practices to prevent streams from becoming unstable (e.g. overwidening, downcutting, or braiding).

Biography: Abby McQueen is an Environmental Scientist at Canaan Valley Institute in Thomas, West Virginia. As an Environmental Scientist, she is able to work in the field collecting data, in the office analyzing data, and in the classroom educating people about watershed science. After getting a bachelor's degree from James Madison University with a double major in Geology and English, Abby moved to Alaska where she worked for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Currently working for Canaan Valley Institute, Abby participates in stream restoration and research projects as well as educational projects that promote environmental and watershed awareness. When she is not at work, Abby enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and skiing in the beautiful state of West Virginia.

Dr. D. Holmes Morton

Dr. D. Holmes Morton, M.D.

Pediatrician and Director, Clinic for Special Children

Lecture Title: The Road Not Taken: Inspired Choices, Difficult Learning

Lecture Abstract: Reflections about 20 years as a pediatrician translating knowledge of genetics into medical care for children who have inherited diseases. In lectures to students about his work, he tells them that he is a biologist, with special interest in neurobiology and genetics, who found an unusual way to make a living as a general pediatrician for children who have complex medical problems. He is a person with many interests in the sciences and humanities, who set out a age 18 to be a writer, and who, unexpectedly, found meaningful work as a physician and remarkable opportunities to learn, to write, and to be helpful to children in need.

Biography: D. Holmes Morton, M.D. is a Pediatrician. He was a cofounder, with his wife Caroline Smith, of the Clinic for Special Children, and he is a 2006 MacArthur Fellow. The Clinic is in Lancaster County Pennsylvania and is a medical home for children who have inherited disorders. It is a non-profit organization, supported by the Amish and Mennonite Communities, and by private donors throughout the United States. Dr. Morton and his wife are both from southern West Virginia. This is the 21st year Dr. Morton has lectured at the NYSC. Beyond biology and medicine, his interests include studying the cello, fishing for brook trout in mountain streams, writing short stories, and playing an occasional game of golf. In recognition of his work as a pediatrician, Holmes has been awarded six honorary doctoral degrees. He was also featured in Contemporary Pediatrics as an Advocate for Children and in a special issue of Time magazine as a Hero of Medicine. Twice, he and the Clinic for Special Children were awarded the Smithsonian Institution Award for Innovations in Technology. In 1993, Holmes was also awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, a prize given jointly by the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation of Germany and Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Zoon Nguyen

Dr. D.B. 'Zoon' Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D., NYSC WA 1979

Oncologist, Mansfield Radiation Oncology

Lecture Title: Article I, Section 2c, of the US Constitution

Lecture Abstract: Article I, Section 2c, of the US Constitution outlines how Federal legislative power is divided among the states, and is the subject of the original First Amendment to the Constitution. It was rejected as was the original Second Amendment. (Freedom of Speech, third on the list, became the First Amendment.) How to carry out Art. I, Sect. 2c involved many of the Founding Fathers of the young United States and its implementation extended over two centuries. Why was this little sentence in the Constitution so troublesome?

Biography: D.B. "Zoon" Nguyen grew up raising chickens in Vietnam, came to America as a refugee, and started high school in Virginia but finished it in Seattle. During his senior year, he took mathematics and physics courses at the University of Washington, discovered a way to visualize four and higher dimensions as a delegate at the NYSC, and received a scholarship to go to Harvard where he graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. Zoon went on to obtain an M.D. and Ph.D. from Dartmouth, post-doctoral training at Yale, and become a NATO Fellow to Denmark where he learned Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish as a guest professor at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark. Dr. Nguyen completed his internship and residency at Yale and is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is currently a radiation oncologist and President and CEO of American Radiation Oncology. His first loves were mathematics and the piano, and recently became engaged to a concert pianist. He lives in Mansfield, OH, with his fiancee and two small cats.

Dr. Ralph Oberly

Dr. Ralph Oberly, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physics, Marshall University

Directed Study Title: Holography

Directed Study Abstract: In this directed study, delegates will learn about various kinds of holograms and the procedures for making them. The second and third days will focus on a hands-on approach to making simple forms of reflection holograms.

Biography: Ralph Oberly grew up in farm country in the western part of Ohio. He attended Ohio State University to receive his B.S. in Physics (1963) and his Ph.D. in Physics (1970). In between the degree work he worked for North American Aviation in Columbus, Ohio doing electronic-counter-measure work on US Navy contract work. His doctoral studies were on high-resolution infrared absorption spectra of carbon dioxide that was highly enriched (95%) in oxygen-18. In 1970 he became an Assistant Professor of Physics at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he is now a Professor of Physics. Along the way he spent a year as a Fulbright Exchange Professor at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Polytechnic University) in Cambridge, England. He has worked to establish a student exchange program between Marshall University and Anglia Polytechnic University which has been functioning since 1992. He has also spent two summers as a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama doing holography studies. He has also spent five summers as an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio doing spectroscopic studies. His research work now includes supervising students doing spectroscopy, holography, remote sensing and image processing studies. He is married and has four children, all of whom have visited NYSC at various times.

Dr. John Ochsendorf

Dr. John Ochsendorf, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture Title: Structural Analysis of Ancient Monuments: From Inca Suspension Bridges to Gothic Cathedrals

Lecture Abstract: The engineering analysis of ancient structures is a field of growing importance worldwide. The safety of a large Gothic cathedral may be threatened by earthquakes or foundation failures, which could lead to large scale collapse and the loss of priceless artwork as well as human life. By using new technology, engineers are helping to preserve historic structures for future generations as well as helping to answer historical questions that have remained unanswered. This field of research combines engineering, archaeology, architecture, and history in order to preserve and to better understand the great monuments of the past. Dr. Ochsendorf will share over ten years of experience in this field, which has taken him from the suspension bridges of ancient Peru to the largest Gothic cathedrals of Europe.

Biography: John Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Associate Professor of Building Technology at MIT. He grew up in Elkins, West Virginia and graduated from Elkins High School. He earned an undergraduate degree in structural engineering at Cornell with a minor in archaeology, completing an undergraduate thesis on the engineering analysis of ancient Inca suspension bridges in Peru. After receiving a Master's degree in civil engineering at Princeton, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England on a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Following a year in Spain as a Fulbright Scholar, he joined the MIT faculty in 2002. His research interests focus on the technical analysis of ancient monuments, such as the seismic safety of Gothic cathedrals. His work has been covered by the History Channel, the BBC, the New York Times, and the Elkins InterMountain, and in 2007 he was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He lives in Cambridge with his wife Anne and they look forward to visiting the science camp every summer.

Mr. Josh Peters

Mr. Josh Peters, NYSC LA 1999

Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Directed Study Title: System Dynamics

Directed Study Abstract: This directed study introduces the students to system dynamics - a powerful tool for analyzing feedback loops in business and policy systems. Delegates will discuss how to think about and model complex problems surrounding populations, crime, greenhouse gases, and more.

Biography: Josh was a delegate to the NYSC from Louisiana in 1999 and returned as a Staph member for the following six years. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with undergraduate degrees from MIT in engineering and math, as well as a Master's degree in electrical engineering. He went on to earn a Master's degree in technology policy from the University of Cambridge as a Fulbright Scholar. At Booz Allen Hamilton, Josh consults to major automotive manufacturers, technology firms, and other large cap companies. He also currently serves on the Board of Advisors to the NYSC Alumni Association.

Mr. Josh Peters

Dr. Erik Puffenberger, Ph.D.

Laboratory Director, Clinic for Special Children

Lecture Title: Genomic Medicine in Amish Country

Lecture Abstract: Dr. Puffenberger will discuss his work as laboratory director at the Clinic for Special Children. The clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases in the Amish and Mennonite populations of southeastern Pennsylvania. The clinic strives to utilize the explosion of molecular genetic information derived from the Human Genome Project. The practice of medicine meshed seamlessly with genetics is often called "genomic medicine." The clinic is an unusual example of "genomic medicine" in action. A comprehensive research program identifies mutations in candidate genes, develops genetic testing for rapid diagnosis and newborn screening, and maps and identifies new disease-related genes. The ability to rapidly and efficiently use molecular genetic techniques to answer difficult clinical questions results in decreased healthcare costs for the Plain community, increased efficiency and speed of diagnosis, and improved treatment and management of genetic diseases.

Dr. Julie Robinson<empty>

Dr. Julie Robinson, Ph.D., NYSC ID 1985

Program Scientist, International Space Station, NASA, Johnson Space Center

Lecture Title: Research on the International Space Station & the Vision for Space Exploration

Lecture Abstract: The President's Vision for Space Exploration has directed NASA to focus its research on the International Space Station (ISS) in three areas: (1) astronaut health (2) technology testing and (3) space operations. This lecture will discuss the Vision for Space Exploration and the ISS as a research platform. Dr. Robinson will outline the types of research that have been completed on ISS and their results. She will also discuss the designation of the ISS as a National Laboratory and what that means for use of the space station for research over the next 8 years.

Directed Study Title: The Human Body in Space-Planning Research to Support a Safe Human Transit to Mars

Directed Study Abstract: Space is a harsh environment with multiple effects on the human body. In this directed study, delegates will learn about the effect of space on human physiological systems, including cardiovascular, bone, muscle, sensorimotor, immune, nutrition, and behavior. In the first session, teams of delegates will be assigned to understand the effects on each system. In the second session, the teams will lead a brief discussion sharing the information they have learned. In the final session, the group will debate the importance for space station research on how to reduce the risks to humans on future exploration-class missions.

Biography: Dr. Julie Robinson is the Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) for the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) at Johnson Space Center. She serves as the chief scientist for the ISS Program, representing all ISS research inside and outside the agency. She provides recommendations regarding research on the ISS to the ISS Program Manager and the Space Operations and Exploration Systems Mission Directorates at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Robinson has an interdisciplinary background in the physical and biological sciences. Her professional experience has included research activities in a variety of fields, including virology, analytical chemistry, genetics, statistics, field biology, and remote sensing. She has authored over 50 scientific publications. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Biology from Utah State University in 1989. She earned a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada Reno in 1996. She began her career in the Earth Science and Image Analysis Laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center (working for Lockheed Martin), serving as the Earth Science Applications Lead. In this work, she collaborated with numerous ecologists and conservation biologists in incorporating remote sensing data into their projects. She led the development of the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth on the World Wide Web (, which distributes hundreds of thousands of images of Earth taken from orbit to scientists and the public each month. In 2004, she completed a major NASA-sponsored scientific project to develop global maps of coral reefs from Landsat 7 data and facilitate a distribution network to make them accessible to natural resource managers. She was an editor of the book: Dynamic Earth Environments: Remote Sensing Observations from Shuttle-Mir Missions (Wiley 2000), and continues work on a remote sensing textbook. She joined NASA as a civil servant in the Office of the ISS Program Scientist in 2004, leading the development of a system for tracking International Space Station research and results, and providing the information to the public via the NASA Web Portal. She was named Deputy ISS Program Scientist in 2006, and Program Scientist in 2007.

Mr. Dennis Schatz

Mr. Dennis Schatz, NYSC CO 1965

Vice President, Pacific Science Center

Lecture Title: Overcoming Your Expert Blind Spot

Lecture Abstract: We all have expert blind spots. These keep us from explaining to others what we know extremely well. Scientists are especially prone to this. However, scientists have an important responsibility to communicate their research in an understandable manner and to do so in a way that encourages the public to learn more about the subject and to understand implications of research on daily living. This presentation explores the nature of the expert blind spot and uses the research concerning how people learn to identify key strategies to explain scientific concepts so the public understands them.

Directed Study Title: I Get It, Why Don't They?

Directed Study Abstract: Participants use the latest research on how people learn to explore strategies for conveying scientific concepts to the public so that the public does get it . Members of the study group survey other delegates to understand the preconceptions that they have that we all have to further develop methods for communicating science to the public.

Biography: Dennis Schatz is Vice President for Education and at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. A research solar astronomer prior to his career in science education, he worked at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, prior to moving to Seattle in 1977. Pacific Science Center Activities: He provides leadership to Pacific Science Center's science education programs, which includes a broad range of programs serving teachers, students, community-based organizations and families across Washington State. He co-directs Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform), a program to implement a quality K-12 science program in all 296 school districts in Washington State. He has served as Principal Investigator for a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) projects, including the Science Center's innovative Community Leadership project that develops science advocates in community-based organizations, and the nationally touring exhibit, Aliens: Worlds of Possibilities, which explores the nature of the solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life in the galaxy. He is active in the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), being a past member of its Program Committee, Professional Development Committee and past chair of its Education Committee. He now serves at the Chair of ASTC's Leading Edge Awards Selection Committee. He is also active in the National Science Teachers Association, having been Program or General Chair for three of NSTA's Conventions. He is presently Past President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Honors: He has received numerous honors, including the 1996 Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He recently received NSTA's 2005 lifetime achievement award (Distinguished Service to Science Education). In 2006 ASTC made him an ASTC Fellow for his lifetime achievement in service to the field and furthering the public's understanding of science. He is only one of 24 ASTC Fellows awarded in the history of ASTC and the first non-CEO or public official to receive the award. Author Activities: He is the author of 18 science books for children, including Uncover A T.rex, the new Fossil Detective series of three books and the popular Totally series of six books (Totally Dinosaurs in 2000 to Totally Sea Creatures in 2003). His books have sold almost 2 million copies worldwide and have been translated into as many as 20 languages. His Uncover A T.rex book was a 2003 Parents Choice Award Winner and his Fossil Detective Woolly Mammoth received a 2006 iParenting Media award. He is also co-author/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers, including Astro-Adventures, Universe At Your Fingertips and More Universe AT Your Fingertips.

Dr. Kathleen Schreck

Dr. Kathleen Schreck, Ph.D., NYSC WV 1997

Research Associate, University of Colorado - Boulder

DIrected Study Title: Living in a Polymer World

Directed Study Abstract: Synthetic polymers, the spaghetti of the molecular world, are in the products we use everyday - from plastic bottles and bags to cars and iPods. In this directed study, delegates will investigate the chemical structures of typical polymers and the properties that make certain polymers good for different applications (such as diapers, bulletproof vests, and contact lenses). Delegates will also discuss the environmental impact of polymers, plastic recycling, and recent advances in the development and use of environmentally friendly (or green ) polymers.

Biography: Kathleen grew up in Cross Lanes, WV and graduated from Nitro High School in 1997. She was an NYSC delegate from WV in 1997, staph member in 1999, and directed study presenter in 2004 and 2005. Kathleen attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, where she was an RA, captain of the women's soccer team, and NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete. After obtaining her B. S. in Chemistry in 2001, Kathleen entered graduated school at the University of Minnesota, pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry. Her thesis research investigated the synthesis and mechanical testing of new biodegradable plastics derived from renewable resources. Kathleen is currently a research associate in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she is developing improved polymer composites for dental and tissue engineering applications. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys playing soccer, canoeing, yoga, cooking, vocal performance, and hiking.

Mr. Bart Thompson

Mr. Bart Thompson, NYSC LA 1979

Michelin Americas Research and Development Corporation

Lecture Title: Disruptive Technology for Mobility

Lecture Abstract: Mature industries handle evolutionary, incremental improvements quite well, while revolutionary changes are often problematic. External partnering, leverage of external expertise, rapid prototyping, serious play, and a willingness to think in terms of product functionality, instead of product specifications, are necessities for industries trying to adapt to revolutionary changes.

For 100 years, the pneumatic (air-filled) tire has met the majority of land-based personal mobility needs. From the bicycle of 1890 to the modern radial tire, the pneumatic tire has matured with the transportation industry. Recent advances in computer modeling and material technology are challenging the pneumatic tire. This lecture showcases a non-pneumatic structure that provides the same functionality as the pneumatic tire. While the concept holds promise for changing the way automobiles are designed, it may also disrupt global industries in the automotive sector.

Biography: Mr. Bart Thompson received his BSME in1983 from Louisiana Tech University (Magna cum Laude), then his MSME from Virginia Tech in 1985. His graduate work centered on structural modeling, specifically Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Upon graduation, Mr. Thompson joined Michelin Americas Research and Development Corporation in Greenville, SC. From 1985 to 1987 he worked towards developing and validating predictive tools for radial tire design and analysis. From 1988 to 1992 his work centered on applying these tools for systematic design of speed rated high performance tires. Since 1993 much of his work has involved concept projects related to both process and product innovation. Beginning in 1998 Mr. Thompson became technical lead for Michelin's partnership with DEKA Research and Development, the parent company of Segway LLC. Michelin is now the sole supplier for the self-balancing Segway HT. In 1999 Mr. Thompson began research with a group of innovation engineers. Their principle work related to engineering non-pneumatic tire-like structures. The invention of the Michelin TweelTM was publicly unveiled in the 2005 Detroit Autoshow and received international press coverage. During his tenure at Michelin Research, Mr. Thompson has been awarded several patents. These patents have related to advances in traditional tire and wheel technology as well as to advanced concepts for future product innovations.

Dr. Jim Tucker

Dr. Compton 'Jim' Tucker, Ph.D.

Senior Earth Scientist, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center

Lecture Title: Global Warming - Are We on Thin Ice?

Lecture Abstract: The evidence for global warming is very conclusive for the past 400-500 years. Prior to the 16th century, proxy surface temperature data is regionally good but lack a global distribution. Dr. Tucker will review surface temperature reconstruction based upon ice cores, coral cores, tree rings, deep sea sediments, and bore holes and discuss the controversy surrounding global warming. This will be contrasted with the excellent data obtained from the satellite era of earth observations over the past 30+ years that enables the quantitative study of climate across earth science disciplines.

Biography: Jim Tucker is currently a Senior Earth Scientist in the Biospheric Sciences Branch of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland. He received his B.S. in Biology and M.S. and Ph.D. in Forestry at Colorado State University. He has received many awards and honors for his work and achievement including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award and Medal and, recently, the Galathea Medal from the Royal Danish Geographical Society . He can also be seen on PBS television programs such as "Decade of Destruction" and "Banking on Disaster."

Dr. Pam Twigg

Dr. Pam Twigg, Ph.D., NYSC AL 1978

Research Assistant Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Directed Study Title: Structural Biology in a Post-genomic Era

Directed Study Abstract: In the past few years, the scientific community has been inundated with enormous amounts of information in the form of deciphered genomes of bacteria, plants, and humans. The sequence of a gene determines the order of the amino acids in the protein it codes for, but how can that information be used? Structural biologists take advantage of the physical properties of proteins in various states to uncover the three-dimensional fold, which in turn provides clues about the function of the protein. Delegates will learn some of the basics of these techniques as well as how they differ in the kind of information they deliver. The hands-on part of this directed study will involve learning to purify and crystallize proteins for use in x-ray crystallography.

Biography: Pam Twigg currently hails from Huntsville, Alabama, not far from her hometown of Montgomery. After attending NYSC in 1978 as an Alabama delegate, she left for Auburn University, where she earned her degree in Chemical Engineering. Part-time work as an undergraduate lab assistant at Auburn led to a strong desire to pursue a career in research, which ultimately resulted in pursuing a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While finishing up her degree, she moved to Huntsville to be with her husband, and took a job as a research assistant in the Chemistry Department of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. It was at this point that she discovered the field of structural biology and began working with protein crystallization. Her work on a NASA grant to study the physical chemistry of protein crystal growth led to a job at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where she spent the next 8 years working on structural characterization of proteins, and designing, testing, managing, and loading microgravity protein crystal growth experiments for the Space Shuttle program. At some point, the desire to direct her own research projects and answer her own questions became a driving force to return to school. She left MSFC for Florida State University and completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics in 2001. Now, having come full circle, she is once again employed by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, this time as a Research Assistant Professor, to direct a research effort involving the structural characterization of proteins related to the genetic disorder Huntington's Disease using x-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. She is the mother of 2 wonderful daughters, and enjoys volunteering with their band, and school science programs.

Dr. Noelle Umback

Dr. Noelle Umback, Ph.D.

Criminalist IV, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Lecture Title: Forensic Science: Solving Crimes from the Bench

Lecture Abstract: Forensic science has enjoyed immense popularity in recent years based on numerous (fiction and nonfiction) books and TV shows. DNA and other evidence can link people to objects, places, or other people, and can provide persuasive evidence in a courtroom. Indeed, juries have come to expect forensic scientists to testify during trials. This presentation will demonstrate how DNA testing is performed in one of the largest forensic biology laboratories in the United States, as well as distinguish forensics from "faux-rensics.

Biography: Noelle Umback grew up in Lemmon, SD, a small town in the northwest part of the state. She graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings with a degree in Professional Chemistry in 1992; followed by studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Columbia University in New York City, where her dissertation research involved kinetic studies on the rate of uptake of iron (II) into the R2 subunit of the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase. Her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry was granted by Colorado State University in 2000. Dr. Umback began her career as a forensic scientist as a Criminalist II at the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Department of Forensic Biology--the DNA lab. In addition to criminal casework including homicides and sexual assaults, she was part of the OCME team which helped make DNA identifications of hundreds of victims of the World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001. She is currently a Criminalist IV with assignments including evidence examination and analysis, interactions with detectives and the district attorneys' offices, interpretation of DNA testing results, court testimony, and supervision of Criminalists II and III. In her spare time she plays softball with the OCME team, knits, and takes in concerts and other events in Central Park and around NYC.

Dr. Rick Walker

Dr. Frederick W. 'Rick' Walker, M.D., NYSC OH 1964

Private Surgeon, Breast Cancer Surgery Center

Lecture Title: Breast Cancer Genomics

Lecture Abstract: Identification of genetic characteristics of breast cancers allow individual tumor characterization to a much greater degree than even 5 years ago, leading to more accurate prognoses and better utilization of chemotherapy modalities.

Directed Study Title: Human Hand Anatomy: Logic, Multi-functionality, and Redundancy

Directed Study Abstract: This directed study will examine the functional anatomy of the human hand using cadaveric dissection. Emphasis will be placed on logical arrangement, redundancy, and dual functionality. Delegates will experience how their response to human dissection can be an indicator of their aptitude for a career in medicine.

Biography: Rick was a Camper in 1964 from the State of Ohio. He was on staff from 1965 through 1969. In 1972, following his completion of his M.D. at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Rick gave his first lecture at NYSC on Cardiac Transplantation. He was able to return as lecturer in 1979 and has lectured each year since then. Dr. Walker received his B.S. degree from Bowling Green State University and his M.D. degree from the Ohio State University. He was the 100th Halsted surgical resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Rick has a busy general surgery practice in Maryland where he specializes in breast cancer surgery. He has written many book chapters on surgical problems. He has participated in research on image-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer. Rick is an avid cyclist and serves on the board of directors of bike4breastcancer. He has been married to Joanne for 30 years and has brought either Morgan or Abby to camp many times since 1988.

Dr. Alyson Wilson

Dr. Alyson Wilson, Ph.D., NYSC WV 1985

Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Lecture Title: Statistics and Big Science

Lecture Abstract: This lecture will focus on career paths and research directions for people who enjoy mathematics and will highlight interesting examples from the world of statistics. Statistical methods are used to find patterns in complex data and enable researchers to get the most out of their experiments. Dr. Wilson will use examples from her own work as a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory to show how statistics and applied math advance the scientific enterprise.

Directed Study Title: Learning from Data

Directed Study Abstract: In this directed study, delegates will plan and conduct experiments, and collect and analyze data to show how statistical methods make for better science. Experiments and activities will be motivated by problems in mechanical engineering, sports, and wildlife biology. Delegates will learn methods and techniques that will be applicable in their college science courses.

Biography: Dr. Alyson Wilson is a statistician and technical staff member in the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to her move to Los Alamos, Dr. Wilson was a senior operations research systems analyst working in support of the U.S. Army Operational Evaluation Command, Air Defense Artillery Evaluation Directorate. She also spent two years at the National Institutes of Health performing research in the biomedical sciences. She is currently the chair of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security and a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on Methodological Improvements to the Department of Homeland Security's Biological Agent Risk Analysis. Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. in 1995 from Duke University and is a 1985 (WV) NYSC alumna. Her research interests include reliability and information combination in scientific problems.

Dr. Greg Wilson

Dr. Greg Wilson, Ph.D.

Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Lecture Title: History and Science of Plutonium

Lecture Abstract: Plutonium has a spot on the Periodic Table, but does not exist in any real quantities unless created by scientists. In fact, this element was unknown until the early 1940 s when it was discovered/created as a material for use in nuclear weapons. This lecture will focus on the discovery of Plutonium, the chemical and material properties that make it one of the most intriguing and difficult materials to work with, and what researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are finding out about the changes the material undergoes as it ages.

Directed Study Title: Ethnography: Studying Human Cultures

Directed Study Abstract: From the South Pacific, to the American supermarket, to the scientific laboratory, ethnographic methods have been developed and used to understand the patterns that define human culture. Through observation, interviewing, and other modes of inquiry, ethnographers seek to understand the practices that define what groups of people believe, how they solve problems, how they establish and maintain order, how they pass on knowledge in short how cultures work. Such cultural settings are complex, information-rich environments that can t be put under a microscope, or x-rayed, or dissected to understand them scientifically you have to apply different methods. This directed study will review the concepts and methods of ethnography and explore these ideas with group exercises, discussions, and observational fieldwork.

Biography: Greg Wilson grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. Since a young age he has been fascinated by language and problem solving. He went to College at Emory University and majored in Psychology. While at Emory, he worked with student publications as a writer and photographer, wanting to continue an involvement with using language to express interesting ideas. After college he worked for a year, and then enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in an M.A. program in Technical Communication. Greg then worked as a technical writer and editor in several research organizations (i.e., National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Institute, and Midwest Research Institute) and became interested in how scientists solve problems and communicate complex technical concepts. After a few years of working in technical communication, he decided that doing his own research would be more interesting than punctuating the sentences in other peoples' research. He entered a Ph.D. program in Rhetoric at New Mexico State University and wrote a dissertation on how scientists use language to change paradigms in their fields. He now works at Los Alamos National Laboratory on the on a team of social scientists within the Statisical Sciences Group. This social science team uses qualitative methods to characterize large and complex research problems so that quantitative methods can be brought to bear. His research focuses on interdisciplinary communication/problem solving, complex problem definition, and ethnography in technical settings.

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