Ms. Kris Amatuli
(B.S., University of North Carolina Wilmington; M.S., University of North Florida) joined the faculty of the University of North Florida in 2012. She teaches anatomy & physiology, general biology, zoology, ecology and plant biology. She has been a CrossFit trainer for the past nine years and loves spending time with her dog. Her primary research interests are biomechanics, endocrine physiology and herpetology.
Ms. Jordan Bailey
(B.S., M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology) is an outreach elementary instructor and adjunct biology instructor at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics. Before joining the staff at the Governor's School, she worked as a zoo educator and animal welfare scientist at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. While earning her graduate degree, Ms. Bailey taught ecology and environmental science courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She specializes in conservation biology and reintroduction ecology and has a passion for science outreach and mentorship.
Dr. Jeremiah Bartz
(B.S., B.S.M.E., M.S., University of North Dakota; Ph.D., University of Oregon) is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Dakota. His research area is in discrete geometry and combinatorics. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling, board games, and getting together with friends and family.
Ms. Ashley Bober
(B.S. Juniata College) is an Outreach Instructor and Program Coordinator at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics. She is in the process of completing her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in organic synthesis. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and arts & crafts projects.
Dr. Patrick Briggs
(B.A., California State University at Sacramento; Ph.D., University of Kansas) joined the faculty of The Citadel in 1981. He teaches astronomy, calculus-based introductory physics and advanced mechanics. He has been extensively involved with both teachers and students in improving science education in South Carolina. He has coached Little League baseball and wishes he could spend more time working in his backyard. His primary research interest is solar and interplanetary ions.
Dr. Patricia Craig
(B.S., Florida Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Arkansas) is a science team member on the CheMin instrument onboard the Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover currently exploring Gale Crater, Mars, for evidence that Mars may have once supported life. She helps with the day-to-day operations of the instrument and participates in discussions about where the rover should drive and what rocks it should analyze. To help put the rover data into context, she also conducts experiments on how certain microbes might survive in Mars-like environments and what biosignatures they might leave behind for future rovers or manned missions to Mars to detect. When she's not in the lab, she enjoys board games, painting, reading, cooking, and playing with her dogs.
Dr. Anders Gårdestig
(M.Sc., Ph.D., Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden) currently is a physics instructor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Previously he taught physics and pre-engineering at GSSM Accelerate and a variety of institutions of higher education. He has done research in theoretical nuclear physics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring and learning about the world around him through hiking, camping, reading, or just hanging out with good friends. He also enjoys playing Legos and various board games with his son, cooking, baking, snow sculpting, and woodworking.
Dr. Barbara Gordon
(BS Ashland University; MD, MS Medical College of Ohio at Toledo) is a physician who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and medical genetics. She practiced obstetrics and gynecology for ten years and medical genetics for 5 years. She has taught many medical students and residents during her career and enjoys interacting with students. She has two children and enjoys running, painting, and hanging out with her family in her free time.
Mr. Charles Jeffcoat
(B.F.A., University of South Alabama; M.F.A., University of Memphis) has been an professor of visual art at Francis Marion University since 2006. His applied professional research includes practical design solutions for clients including museums, breweries, universities and many more. Along with applied professional design practice, his current research questions the influence of hypertextual environments on the two-dimensional printed book. His free time is spent with his family and friends doing something in the great outdoors.
Ms. Charlotte Lomnicki
(B.S., University of Wisconsin-Superior; J.D. Georgia State University) is currently the Supervising Assistant District Attorney for the Cobb County Juvenile Court located in Marietta, Georgia. She prosecutes juveniles charged with delinquent offenses and status offenses such as truancy, runaway, and ungovernable. She is also assigned as the prosecutor for the RISING program, which provides additional supervision to court involved youth who are at an increased risk for gang involvement. Prior to being an Assistant District Attorney, she worked as a defense attorney at the Cobb County Juvenile Court representing juveniles in delinquency matters and parents and children in dependency matters. She also worked as the defense attorney for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court and the Family Treatment Court. She is a 1992 graduate of the Governor's School.
Mrs. Julie Mixon
(B.F.A., Barton College; M.F.A., East Carolina University) has taught as an Associate Professor of Photography at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, since 2012. Prior to teaching at FMU, Julie taught as an Art Instructor at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, North Carolina, for eight years. Julie specializes in alternative photographic processes and explores the combination of analog and digital photographic processes. She has exhibited her work regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. Kiley Molinari
(B.A. Franklin Pierce University; M.A. University of Idaho; Ph.D. University of Oklahoma) Dr. Kiley Molinari is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Francis Marion University. Her research focuses on topics such as material culture studies, Indigenous new media, language and cultural revitalization and retention, digital cultural heritage, and collaborative research in Native North America. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and trying new restaurants with her husband and dog.
Dr. Roger Newman-Norlund
(B.A., SUNY Geneseo; Ph.D., Dartmouth College) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina. His degree is in cognitive neuroscience, a branch of psychology that studies the brain basis or mental phenomenon. He uses surveys, behavioral experiments, and 3-D brain imaging and brain stimulation technology to study brain structure and function. He is a father of three wonderful children and his outside hobbies and interests include collectible card games, LEGOs, tennis and video games/computer programming.
Dr. Eli Owens
(B.S., West Virginia University; Ph.D., North Carolina State University) joined the faculty at Presbyterian College in 2013 after a teaching postdoc at North Carolina State University. His specialty is granular physics, and he currently researches granular acoustics; granular flow in model grain silos; and open source, 3D printed prosthetic hands with myoelectric control and machine learning algorithms.
Dr. Jennifer Taylor
(B. A. Washington Univ.; PhD, Washington Univ.) is the Science teacher at Thomas Hart Academy (Hartsville, SC). Dr. Taylor was a Biology instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) from 2012-2019. While at GSSM, she taught AP Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Genetics, Scientific Investigations, and Cancer Biology. Before moving to Hartsville, she taught at Crossroads College Preparatory School (St. Louis, MO) as well as Washington University. Dr. Taylor has twelve years of research experience in genetics and molecular biology laboratories. Her graduate work studied how cells were instructed to form neurons in developing embryos based on which portions of DNA were turned on or turned off, and her post-doctoral studies examined the genetic basis of growth and regeneration.
Dr. Jim Wetzel
(BS, Point Park College; MA, California State Univ. at Rohnert Park; PhD, Clemson Univ.) joined the faculty at Presbyterian College in 1990 after having spent two years teaching in Japan. He currently chairs the Biology Department at Presbyterian College. Among his hobbies is SCUBA diving, in which he is an instructor. An ichthyologist and developmental biologist, his specialty is seahorse reproduction.
Dr. Shayna A. Wrighten
(B.S., Furman University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina School of Medicine) joined the faculty of Francis Marion University in January 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Her research interest is in understanding the behavioral and nervous system processes that underlie social interactions. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, running, travelling, visiting beaches and spending time with family and friends.