Meet the 2013 CSSI Profesors
Session A: July 14 - August 2
Cameron Davidson received his Ph.D. in geology from Princeton University in 1991. He is a structural petrologist interested in the processes of continental growth and the exhumation history of deep crustal rocks during mountain building. He is also interested in energy use, natural resources, and climate change. Cam currently teaches Introduction to Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, and Energy and the Environment at Carleton College. Learn more about Cam Davidson.
Professor Davidson is the co-Director of the Carleton Summer Science Institute
Annie Bosacker received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She is an animal behaviorist, and her primary interest is in the social behavior of primates. She studies a population of baboons living in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Annie is particularly interested in how social circumstances influence an individual’s exposure to stress and how the negative effects of stress might influence the evolution of social behaviors. Annie is a visiting professor in the Department of Biology and the director of Carleton’s Marine Ecology program in Australia.
Joe Chihade received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1996. He is a biochemist who studies protein-RNA interactions. For the past several years, his research has focused on understanding how human mitochondrial transfer RNAs are recognized by enzymes in the process of translating the genetic code. Joe teaches organic and biological chemistry and is the director of the Biochemistry program.
Will Hollingsworth earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. He is a physical chemist whose research interests involve a laser-based form of spectroscopy that shoots an intense focused visible beam at gas-phase molecules and picks up the pieces after the molecule falls apart. He regularly teaches environmental chemistry, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy in the chemistry department and sometimes gets out to teach a class for environmental studies.
Session B: July 20 - August 9
Steve Drew received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1989 and joined the faculty at Carleton in 1991. Steve specializes in chemical measurements, a field known as analytical chemistry. His research interests are currently at the intersection of materials and analytical chemistry in that he is developing new solid-state materials that can serve as sensors for organic vapors like benzene or ethanol. Steve teaches Principles of Chemistry, Equilibrium and Analysis, and advanced courses covering the application of instrumentation in chemical analysis. Learn more about Steve Drew.
Professor Drew is the co-Director of the Carleton Summer Science Institute
Stephan Zweifel earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of California–Davis, and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle. A geneticist and molecular biologist, Stephan is examining the replication and segregation of mitochrondrial DNA in the yeast S. cerevisiae. Currently, his research focuses on identifying and characterizing the nuclear genes responsible for the proper transmission of the mitochondrial genome. In addition to teaching Genetics, Molecular Biology, part of Introductory Biology, and a seminar on Human Genetics, Stephan is also the Head Coach for Carleton's Varsity Men's Tennis team.
Jalean J. Petricka received her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University in 2006. A systems biologist, she uses genetic, molecular, bioinformatic, and genomic approaches to study plant development. She is particularly interested in how plants respond and develop in response to the environment. Jalean is a visiting professor in the Department of Biology and teaches genetics and plant development.