Meet the Panelists

Submitted by mantry on Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:42

Frankenstein: Creation and Consequences

  • Frank Crittenden (Biology):
  • Indhira De-La-Rosa-Corporan (Biology):
  • Jeff Pardue (History):
  • Anita Turlington (Victorian Literature): Anita Turlington is an Associate Professor of English on the Gainesville campus of UNG. Her research areas are Victorian women’s literature and gothic novels.

Panel Moderator: Edward Erickson (Medical Devices, Therapeutics, Life Science):  Ed served as president, CEO, or a director/chairman of over a dozen private and public companies, including successful completion of three initial public offerings (IPOs) as CEO. He holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard and received a B.S. in Mathematics with distinction with a minor in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also completed his M.S. in Mathematics under a NASA Traineeship. He did military service as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine force, including duty aboard the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world’s first nuclear submarine.

Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds

  • Scott Harris (Planetary Geology):  Scott Harris is the planetary geologist at the Fernbank Science Center and Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium in Atlanta. A Georgia native, he was educated at Arizona State University, the University of Georgia, and Brown University. He has spent most of his 25-year academic and research career studying the record of asteroid impacts on Earth. He also studies extraterrestrial volcanism and the ancient history of our solar system preserved in meteorites. 
  • Les Johnson (Physics & Space Systems (NASA)):  Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. He is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission which will launch in 2019.
  • Anthony Martin (Biology): "Tony" Martin is a paleontologist at Emory University and the author of Life Traces of the Georgia Coast(Indiana University Press), Dinosaurs Without Bones (Pegasus Books), and his latest book, The Evolution Underground (Pegasus Books). 
  • Clarke Miller (Biochemistry): Clarke Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at  the University of North Georgia for four years. Prior to that he was a researcher at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, KY.  His areas of expertise include bacterial siderophores, non-ribosomal peptide synthetic pathways, natural products, drug discovery and development, and DNA/RNA structure and function.

Panel Moderator: Nancy Dalman (Biology)

Natural Disasters

  • Royce Dansby-Sparks (Analytical Chemistry): Royce Dansby-Sparks is an associate professor of chemistry and has taught at UNG since 2011.  He was a physical scientist for the US EPA prior to his time at UNG and conducts research in the field of trace metal analysis.
  • Scott Harris (Planetary Geology):  Scott Harris is the planetary geologist at the Fernbank Science Center and Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium in Atlanta. A Georgia native, he was educated at Arizona State University, the University of Georgia, and Brown University. He has spent most of his 25-year academic and research career studying the record of asteroid impacts on Earth. He also studies extraterrestrial volcanism and the ancient history of our solar system preserved in meteorites. 
  • Chris Seminack (Coastal Geology/Storm Impacts): Chris Seminack is a coastal geologist who specialized in the impact of intense storms along coastal settings. He is an assistant professor at the University of North Georgia and is a geologic consultant for the U.S. National Park Service.
  • Kelly West (Biology): 

Panel Moderator: Jack Rogers 

Space Travel: Journey to Other Worlds

  • Tom Diggs (Evolutionary Biology, Botany): Tom Diggs is an evolutionary biologist whose research centers on the evolution and biogeography of glade and rock outcrop plants. These plants are specialized for very harsh habitats which could be useful in space!
  • Laura Forczyk (Space Industry, Astrophysics): A scientist with entrepreneurial leanings, Laura Seward Forczyk has desired to dance on the Moon and explore the stars from a young age. Her background is in astrophysics and planetary science and she owns space consulting firm Astralytical based in the Atlanta area.
  • Les Johnson (Physics & Space Systems (NASA)):  Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. He is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission which will launch in 2019.
  • Joseph Meany (a.k.a. the Crimson Alkemist): Joseph Meany received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in 2016 and continues to work in various science communication venues with a focus on chemistry and nanotechnology. He is a member of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop in Oakridge,TN and maintains an active interest in nanotechnology applications in aerospace.

Panel Moderator: Murray Allen Lamb (Physics)

If You Give a Scientist a Question...

  • Indhira De-La-Rosa-Corporan (Biology):
  • Holly Carpenter (Biochemistry):
  • Sonny Mantry (Particle Physics, Cosmology): Sonny Mantry is faculty in the physics department at the University of North Georgia. His research is in the area of theoretical particle physics. 
  • Ryan Meier (Chemistry):
  • Chris Seminack (Coastal Geology/Storm Impacts): Chris Seminack is a coastal geologist who specialized in the impact of intense storms along coastal settings. He is an assistant professor at the University of North Georgia and is a geologic consultant for the U.S. National Park Service.

Panel Moderator: Sarah Formica (Physics): Sarah is a physicist and an associate professor of physics at the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, where she has taught physics for 13 years. Her research is in x-ray analysis of materials using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and in physics education research. Currently, she is investigating the efficacy of spider webs to serve as air filters to measure air quality, and also how effective different types of technology are at improving student learning.

Science in Pop Culture

  • Megan Foley (Chemistry):
  • John Kruger (Inorganic Chemistry): John Kruger has a B.S.  in chemistry from Univ. of Wisconsin Green Bay, a Master’s Degree in Inorganic chemistry from Georgia Tech and has been teaching chemistry for nearly 20 years.  Before becoming a teacher, he spent 12 years in the US Army and GaARNG as a Chemical officer.  During his time as a Chemical Officer, he received training in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare, including target analysis.
  • Murray Allen Lamb (Physics):
  • Mark Spraker (Physics): 
  • Shane Webb (Biology):

Panel ModeratorZane Miller (Chemistry)