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Breeann Flesch
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Mathematics
Breeann was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She attended Rocky Mountain College where she received her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. She then earned her teaching credentials and moved to Colorado, where she taught in a high school for 3 years. Breeann is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Colorado Denver in the area of Graph Theory. When not studying, Breeann enjoys reading, hiking, skiing and playing games with her two daughters.
Lead Teacher:
Ericka Legnard
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Nathan Frank
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Biology, Physical Science
Nathan Frank has been a graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado at Denver since 2008. He has been an instructor for UCD's Human Physiology Lab for two semesters and this will be his second year participating in the GK-12 program. Nathan's graduate research involves measuring the ways in which different types of chemical communication between individual members of an ant colony can affect the behavior of the entire colony. Specifically, Nathan's research involves measuring how ants maintain the unique colony odors that helps them to tell a member of one colony from a member of another colony. Nathan has had a lifelong interest in animal behavior and the complex organization of biological systems. Nathan has been a dogsled tour guide, an audio engineer, and participated in West Nile Virus Research. When he is not in lab, Nathan enjoys camping, walking his dog, martial arts, and reading with a hot cup of coffee.
Lead Teacher:
Scott Wallance
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Sam Graffeo
Middle School: Dunstan Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Samantha grew up in New Jersey and went to college in Philadelphia. During college, she studied abroad and hence is always looking for people who would like to practice speaking french with her. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2007 majoring in math and minoring in philosophy. After getting her degree, she moved out to Colorado to attend graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver where she earned her Masters in the fall of 2009. Sam is currently working on her PhD in applied math and she does research on questions related to sum graphs and the path partition conjecture. Sam enjoys swimming, biking, and running and so enjoys training for and competing in triathlons. Beyond this, Sam likes to cook tasty vegan food, go hiking, go skiing, play with her dog and generally enjoys her life in Colorado.
Lead Teacher:
Mark Hovis
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Miranda Kroehl
Middle School: Everitt Middle School
Discipline: Biostatistics, Mathematics
Miranda is a current graduate student in biostatistics at the University of Colorado Denver, and is working hard to earn her PhD by May 2012. She received her Masterís in biostatistics in 2009. Her current research is in determining the best mathematical methods for analyzing certain types of cause-and-effect studies. An example of this would be to see whether a new medicine would be effective in lowering cholesterol, which would then reduce the risk of a heart attack. Prior to her life as a graduate student, Miranda was a quality control consultant for medical device companies, meaning she helped companies meet FDA (government) regulations. Miranda grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and moved to Colorado in 2000 to attend Colorado State University for her Bachelorís degree in chemical engineering. Miranda has claimed Colorado to be her home for the past 10 years, and enjoys everything the mountains have to offer, including hiking, biking, camping, and skiing. She also enjoys cooking, running with her dog, and bonfires in her backyard.
Lead Teacher:
Kathy Brown
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Robin Lockwood
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Environmental Science
Robin Lockwood is a 2009 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her B.S. in Environmental Science. While there, she worked in a water chemistry lab at the School of Public Health, sparking her interest in drinking water quality. This, along with her love of travelling to lesser-developed countries, inspires her to focus her research on drinking water quality in rural areas. Her current research involves developing a rural drinking water quality index along the Front Range of Colorado. The index will be an indicator of how safe the water is to drink. She hopes this index will have the ability to be applied to other rural areas, both domestic and abroad. She is expected to graduate with her Masters in Environmental Science from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at UC Denver in May 2011. Besides travelling, she also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and playing guitar.
Lead Teacher:
Suzanne Stark
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Brad McClelland
Middle School: Everitt Middle School
Discipline: Engineering
Brad McClelland received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2009. He is currently working on a Masterís degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver. Bradís current field of research is micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs) and microfluidics. Currently, he is creating a micro-device capable of assessing the condition of lubricating oils in internal combustion engines. Such a device will help prevent premature replacement of lubricating oils and reduce the total usage of lubricating oils. He expects to receive his Masterís degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2011. Away from school, Brad enjoys cycling, photography, and Colorado Rockies baseball.
Lead Teacher:
Michele Harris
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Tim Morris
Middle School: Dunstan Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics, Physics
Tim was born in Illinois but his earliest memories are of life in Zambia (a country in Africa) where he lived until he was six. While other members of Tim's family experienced a culture shock moving to Zambia, Tim experienced a "technology shock" when his family moved back to Illinois as he saw for the first time such technological marvels as escalators and drinking fountains. His new technologically advanced toys fascinated him so much that he frequently ruined them by taking them apart to see how they worked. As he got older, he even learned how to put some of them back together. The curiosity, however, stayed with him and led him to get his bachelor's degree in physics from Illinois State University. He has held many jobs varying from camp counseling to engineering assistant to truck driving. Tim then returned to Illinois State University to get his master's in mathematics. He currently is studying to get his PhD in mathematics from UC Denver. Tim is enjoying life in Colorado as it allows him to pursue his hobby as a landscape photographer and also gives him the opportunity to hike and enjoy nature.
Lead Teacher:
Jeff Reinkensmeyer
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Morgan Rodgers
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Morgan received his Bachelor's degree in Pure Mathematics from Humboldt State University in California in 2005. From here, he decided he wanted to delve more deeply into the world of Theoretical Math, and, after spending an additional year at HSU, entered the PhD program at UC Denver. He spends most of his time learning about and researching ideas in Projective Geometry. Outside of school, Morgan can be found playing with his dog, collecting music, cooking, or playing bass guitar.
Lead Teacher:
Miranda Price
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