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Meet the CSSI 2016 Professors

*We are still waiting to confirm two additional faculty members for 2016. We will be finalizing this at the end of January 2016.  If accepted to CSSI you'll have the option to confirm your choice sessions and research faculty within your confirmation form.

Professors - Session A (July 10 - July 29):

Jennifer WolffJennifer Wolff is a developmental biologist interested in the embryonic development of the nervous system. She is currently using genetic and molecular approaches to investigate how male-specific neurons that influence mating arise during development in the model organism C. elegans. She teaches Animal Developmental Biology, Developmental Neurobiology, Genetics, and Introductory Biology.

Professor Wolff is a co-Director of the Carleton Summer Science Institute

Will HollingsworthWill 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.


Annie BosackerAnnie 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.

Professors - Session B (July 17 - August 5):

Steve DrewSteve 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 a co-Director of the Carleton Summer Science Institute


Cam DavidsonCameron Davidson earned a B.S. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1991. Cam currently teaches Geology in the Field, Introduction to Geology, Mineralogy, and Petrology.  He has also taught courses in structural geology, energy and the environment, and off-campus studies programs in Italy and New Zealand.  His research interests are in the processes of continental growth and he is currently using U/Pb and Hf isotopes from detrital zircon to help shed light on the accretion and transport history of the Chugach-Prince William terrane in southern Alaska.


Andrea Kalis Andrea Kalis earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Eckerd College in 2003, and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 2010.  A developmental biologist, she uses genetic and molecular techniques to study sexually dimorphic development in the nematode C. elegans.  Her current research focuses on the genetic mechanisms that control sex-specific development of neurons in C. elegans and how the highly conserved Hox genes are involved in this process. Andrea is a visiting professor of biology at Carleton College and teaches Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Genetics, Animal Developmental Biology and Introduction to Biology labs.


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