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Elizabeth Untiedt
Middle School: Falcon Bluffs Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Elizabeth received her Bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Princeton University in 1997. She went on to do management consulting, first in the pharmaceutical industry, and then in telecommunications. In both industries, she observed the power of optimization, which inspired her to pursue an advanced degree in applied math. She completed research in fuzzy optimization of radiation therapy planning to receive her Master's degree from the University of Colorado Denver in 2006. Her current research applies fuzzy optimization to social networks and she expects to graduate with a PhD from University of Colorado Denver in May 2010. Elizabeth lives in an urban neighborhood in Denver with her two sons and her dog. She enjoys organic gardening, fine cooking, quilting, running, and yoga.
Mentor:
Weldon Lodwick
Lead Teacher:
Jennifer Swanson
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Jeff Larson
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Mathematics
Jeff is a current graduate student in mathematics at UC Denver. He is researching optimization and is interested in using mathematics to help doctors and assist the field of medicine. Jeff was born and raised in South Dakota, and went to college in Helena, MT. He has held many jobs in his life, including driving a truck for Pepsi, painting the lines on Interstates, delivering meals for the elderly, assisting with day-care for 1 and 2 year olds, subsistence farming, and refereeing soccer. Additionally, he has had many head injuries and concussions, ridden in the back of a cop car once, nearly won a High School girl's JV basketball game, and is a two-time champion powderpuff football coach.
Mentor:
Steve Billups
Lead Teacher:
Ericka Legnard
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Katie Cofrin
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Science, Chemistry
Katie is a Master's candidate in the Chemistry program at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research is in atmospheric/environmental chemistry, studying air samples for two pollutants-nitrogen dioxide and PAN-by gas chromatographic analysis with luminescent detection. Katie's interests include playing piano, flute and saxophone, skydiving, golfing, cooking and any water sport in her hometown of Door County, Wisconsin.
Mentor:
Larry Anderson
Lead Teacher:
Scott Wallance
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Craig Tennenhouse
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Craig is a PhD student in mathematics. His work is in Graph Theory, and he hopes to graduate in May of 2010. Craig was born in Maryland but moved to Indiana when he was young. From there he went to school in Chicago, Scotland, and Boulder, and then lived in North Dakota and California. He has a wife who's into art and two wonderful kids who are even more excited about math than he is sometimes. Craig likes to play soccer and ultimate frisbee. He also noodles around on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and various hand drums; though he says he's not very good at any of them. Craig also really likes to cook, ride his bike, and talk about math with anyone who is willing to listen.
Mentor:
Mike Jacobson
Lead Teacher:
Miranda Price
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Courtney Cage
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Science, Biology
Courtney was born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado. After she graduated from Evergreen High School in 2001, she attended Colorado State University, where she obtained a B.S. in Biological Science and Biomedical Science. While at CSU, Courtney was recognized for excellence in leadership and academia, chosen out of 25,000 students to be a CSU Pacesetter. Courtney graduated from CSU in 2005 and began working for the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank whose mission is to stamp out blindness in our community and throughout the world. After devoting 3 years to this cause, Courtney applied to the University of Colorado Denver in order to receive a Master of Science in Biology. As a current graduate student, Courtney studies psychoneuroendocrinology, focusing on how stress affects the brain and hormones in the body. Additionally, Courtney has applied this study to pregnant women who are under stress. By understanding how hormones are affected by stress, it is possible to determine if fluctuations in certain hormones affect the birth outcome of the baby. After graduate school, Courtney plans to continue her scientific education as a Physician Assistant. In this role, Courtney will have the opportunity to be an educator, a researcher, and a provider. Beyond Courtney's professional endeavors, she enjoys playing soccer, drawing charcoal portraits, and staying up-to-date on politics and world events. She also practices yoga, cycling, and international dance. Courtney is extremely passionate about helping others and articulates this passion by volunteering at health clinics, schools, and in community organizations. She strives to contribute her gifts to enhance public health, education, and society as a whole. By participating in the GK-12 Transforming Experiences project, Courtney is better able to realize these goals.
Mentor:
Timberley Roane
Lead Teacher:
Suzanne Stark
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Breeann Tonnsen
Middle School: Creighton Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Breeann was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She also went to college in Billings and majored in mathematics and computer science. After her undergraduate education, she earned her teaching credentials and moved out of state. Being from Montana, mountain sports are very important to Breeann. She loves to ski in the winter and hike in the summer, so Colorado was a great place for her to move. She taught math in a local high school for 3 years, and then decided to go back to graduate school to pursue a PhD in mathematics. Breeann is finishing up her coursework in her third year and starting to do research in the area of Graph Theory.
Mentor:
Mike Ferrara
Lead Teacher:
Peggy Rizzo
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Nathan Frank
Middle School: Creighton Middle School
Discipline: Science, Biology
Nathan Frank is a second-year master's degree student in the biology department at the University of Colorado Denver. His graduate research involves measuring the ways in which chemical signals affect the behavior of ant colonies. Nathan has been an instructor for UCD's human physiology lab for the last two semesters. When he is not in school, Nathan enjoys backpacking, walking his dog, and reading science fiction with a nice, hot cup of coffee. Nathan also has eight years of training in Chinese kung fu and teaches classes in Chi Kung (Chinese meditation and breathing techniques) at the UCD recreation center. He looks forward to working with his assigned LTs and the students at Creighton middle school.
Mentor:
Mike Greene
Lead Teacher:
Craig Walker
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Matt Nabity
Middle School: Falcon Bluffs Middle School
Discipline: Science, Engineering & Physics
Matt was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After receiving a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from UC Boulder, Matt taught at Front Range Community College for several semesters. Having enjoyed his time teaching, he decided to return to graduate school. Matt is currently working on his PhD in Applied Mathematics at UC Denver. His current work is in numerical linear algebra. In his free time, Matt enjoys many outdoor activities like skiing, biking and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoys live music, playing guitar and hanging out with friends.
Mentor:
Ron Rorrer
Lead Teacher:
Dan Steepleton
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