Molly Albin is a current graduate student in Food Science meaning she studies what makes up food and how to make it safer to eat.
Janna Andronowski received her B.A. and B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University, M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests are in skeletal biology, particularly from a microscopic perspective, and its applications in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. She was formerly a research intern with the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City (NYC-OCME), and a research assistant at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Forensic Research, and the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth, UK. She is currently an instructor in the Department of Anthropology, and involved with the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Anna Jo Auerbach is a graduate student in the Schussler lab here at UT. Her research focus is in undergraduate biology education. In her spare time she plays roller derby for the Hard Knox Roller Girls.
Jeremy Auerbach is a graduate student in the Math Department at the University of Tennessee. He is interested in the origins of human social behaviours.
Riley Bernard is a PhD student in the University of Tennessee’s department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She works in Dr. Gary McCracken’s lab on the behavior of bats in Tennessee, specifically looking at changes in winter behavior of cave hibernating bats due to White-nose Syndrome.
Holly Boos 2014 marks her 4th year teaching the Cool Crafts and UpCycled Jewelry courses in the KidsU program. In December 2008 she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. Since then she has been creating OlioTree functional objects from recycled, vintage, and handprinted materials. You can visit her Etsy store, OlioTree.Etsy.com, to see a variety of my work. Her art can also be found at the Market Square Farmers’ Market. In 2011 she completed my teaching certification through Lincoln Memorial University. She is currently the art teacher at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary, and is working on completing her Masters in Education.
Dr. Heather Booth is a lecturer in math at UT and has taught papercraft, origami, and computer programming camps and classes to kids for several years.
Lisa Cantwell is a fourth year Ph.D graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a concentration in Animal Behavior. Her research integrates both field and laboratory components to further our understanding of antipredator behavior.
Sharon Clemmensen developed an appreciation of insects late in life, when she got a Master's degree in Entomology (the study of insects). Now she is a PhD student at UT studying the development of jaws in cichlid fishes, but she still loves to collect bugs in her spare time.
Crystal Dougan is a certified ZUMBA instructor and an elementary teacher within Knox County Schools. Her love of teaching and heart for kids is what inspired her to become certified to teach ZUMBA Kids/Kids Jr., which is targeted for elementary and preschool age children.
Stephanie Dugger received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. She is currently working on a PhD at the University of Tennessee.
Chef Greg Eisele began his culinary career as a busboy in the Seventh Inn Restaurant in the late 1980s. While there, he developed a passion for all things culinary, and went on to become executive chef at several high-end restaurants. He has experience working with catering events serving over 30,000 people with more than 20 chefs reporting to him, as well as many awards honoring his accomplishments. He currently serves as the Culinary Director of the University of Tennessee Culinary program, focusing on “catering fundamentals.”
Lance England holds the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt in Isshin Ryu Karate, 4th Degree Black Belt in Satori Ryu Iaido and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Muso Shindo Judo. He has been a successful competitor and has also been inducted into the International Black Arts Hall of Fame for outstanding contribution to Isshin Ryu Karate and as the number one weapons instructor in the world. He is senior instructor for the UT Isshin Ryu Karate Program.
Rachel Fovargue is a PhD student at UTK in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Hailing from Virginia, she now researches conservation biology and uses math models to study how to target protected areas.
Jeanne Hardin has a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and M. A. in Art Education from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Her first day working for Knox County Schools was 02/12/2002 and this is her ninth year at Cedar Bluff Elementary School. She has had many Art Contest winning students throughout her teaching years as well as having her own art in Art Exhibits.
Jason Harris is a 5th-year PhD student who enjoys mentoring and teaching activities. He attends the Genome Science & Technology (GST) graduate school and Center for Molecular Biophysics (CMB) at UT/ORNL. His research interests are in medicinal and toxicological studies for which he applies both computational and experimental methods to study interactions between proteins and drug-like compounds.
Al Hazari is director of UT Chemistry Labs.
Steven Higgins is a doctoral candidate in the microbiology department with interests in soil microbial ecology, physiology, and geochemistry. Currently, Steven is investigating the involvement of fungi in nitrogen cycling using molecular, culture-based, and bioinformatics approaches. Steven hopes to use his passion for, and knowledge of, microbiology to engage, entertain, and educate elementary and high school students interested in the life sciences.
Whitaker Hoskins is from Nashville, TN and taught two years as a high school intern science and 7th grade science teacher. Currently, he is a Masters graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studying the genetics of Hibiscus plants and teaching biology labs. He enjoys everything outdoors, playing frisbee, watching movies, and reading. He is super-excited about getting to have fun this summer in The Mysterious World of Fungi.
Stacy Jacobs earned her MFA at UT Knoxville in Media Arts and a BFA in photography from Austin Peay. She currently teaches various art courses at Roane State Community College.
Jared Johnson is currently a graduate student in Anthropology (Mediterranean Archaeology), and my research interests involve Greek gender, attic vase painting, and attic pottery. I have done excavation work in Greece (Thebes), Turkey (Antiochia ad Cragum), and the Midwest (Nebraska).
Matthew Kerr has a B.A. in Anthropology (focused in archaeology) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, an M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Geography at UT. His research areas include Quaternary environments and prehistoric human-environment interactions. He is particularly interested climate, environment, and land-use change, linked to the rise and fall of complex civilizations in Meso- and Central America. Read more about Matthew’s work on his Google Scholar page here.
Ajeet Khalsa is both a certified yoga instructor and a performance artist in the classroom. She is a roster artist in dance with the Tennessee Arts Commission, an ensemble member of The Carpetbag Theatre and was chosen as a guest artist with the National Performance Network in 2009. Ajeet Khalsa studied with Paul Sills, 2nd City Comedy of Chicago and was a character actress and comedienne in New York for over a decade. She has had a wonderful and fulfilling career in hundreds of performances, including her solo theatre piece, Aprons. She has performed at The Bijou Theatre and has also taught in New York at The Actors Studio and Playwrights Horizons. She holds a M. S. in performing arts in education from Columbia Teachers College and a B. A. in sociology with a year abroad at Oxford.
Karan Kapoor is a graduate research assistant in the University of Tennessee’s graduate school of Genome Science and Technology. His research interests include using Computational methods in tackling complex Biological problems like drug discovery.
Catherine Krane is a licensed attorney working in the insurance industry. She is also a mother of four children and has been teaching “Innocent or Guilty… How Do you Plead?” since 2006.
Paul Lewis of the UT Department of Physics is an astronomer extraordinaire.
Stephanie Lundy is an artist, who enjoys watercolor painting and restoring old furniture. She is also an art educator in Knox County. She looks forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for art with others!
Robin Marsh has been a LEGO™ Educator for over 11 years. Little did she know that her love/hate relationship with her children's LEGO™ would lead to this. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of the ISEA (International STEM Education Association). She is the co-owner of Beyond a Brick, a Stem education hub in Knoxville, Tennessee. She serves as the assistant judge/advisor for the FIRST LEGO® League competition in Tennessee. Robin also is the director of the LEGO™ competition at the Tennessee Valley Fair. She is passionate about watching children "blossom" through the avenue of Lego inspired education and encouraging them in the process. She has three grown children, one dog and enjoys various outdoor actives. Her latest enjoyment is collecting Lego mini-figurines. Favorite one? Captain America !
Jennifer Norton is a Special Education/English teacher at South-Doyle High School, loves the creative aspect of academics. Jennifer has worked with the KidsU program and Destination Imagination for the past 3 years and is looking forward to having a wonderful experience with Camp Creativity.
Caroline Rempe is a Life Science Ph.D student in the Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology and a member of SCALE-IT, an NSF-IGERT Fellowship program to promote interdisciplinary work between biology and computer science.
Jennifer Richards, a former middle school teacher, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology where she researchers effective science education outreach models and food safety education.
Rupy Sawhney is a professor and head of the Industrial and Information Engineering department at the University of Tennessee.
Penka Spaulding received a Masters in Music Education from the University of Tennessee. She is a doctoral candidate at Boston University in Music Education. She has taught orchestra in the public school system, and currently teaches private violin, group ear-training and music theory classes.
Laura Arnett Smith has 20 years of experience as a speaker, educator, trainer, manager, and author. Laura’s research focuses on Interpersonal Communication topics, leadership, student career advisement, and genealogy and is the co-owner of J and L Renovations.
Cristina Figueroa-Soto is currently a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her research interests include skeletal biology and population genetics.
Paula Suchomski is co-owner of Beyond a Brick, a Knoxville based business incorporating LEGO in the education, private and business sector. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a teaching certificate in mathematics from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas. She has taught upper level math for 25 years at the middle and high school, home school, community college and private tutoring levels. Mrs. Suchomski is the Assistant Director to Operational Partners and Judge Advisor Tennessee FIRST LEGO League Tournament Committee. In addition, she is a member of the ISEA (International STEM Education Association) and was the assistant director of the LEGO competition at the Tennessee Valley Fair. She has judged the Tennessee First LEGO League Championship, as well as the First LEGO League World Festival. She is a proud mother of three, a military wife of 26 years and enjoys teaching all ages. She received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the United States Army for dedication to provide comfort and morale support to the soldiers and their families as well as shipping humanitarian supplies to support civil military operations.
Michel Swafford graduated from Gallaudet University. She teaches at TSD as Family & Consumer Science/Personal Finance teacher. She also teaches at UT as ASL I twice a week in the evenings.
Hannah Woo received her Bachelor's from the University of California-Berkeley in Molecular Environmental Biology in 2009. She is now a 2nd-year Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student at the UT, researching how deep-ocean bacteria make their living eating hard-to-degrade organic compounds.