Impact — Summer 2021

About the Authors and Editors

Millard Baublitz is an Associate Professor in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the College of General Studies at Boston University. He was a scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center early in his career. He also worked with a research group that measured the rotation of the Galaxy using 21-cm wavelength radio telescopic observations. Most of Baublitz’s research publications have been in solid state physics or the foundations of quantum mechanics. He was awarded the 2003 Peyton Richter Award for excellence in interdisciplinary teaching.

Sandra Buerger is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the College of General Studies at Boston University. She holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern University in the field of Biology. Her research has focused on bacterial communities, probiotics, and the search for antimicrobial compounds. She was the 2019 and 2021 recipient of the Ismail Sensel Award for outstanding professional contributions.

Richard W. Bulliet is Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University. Beyond his primary job of teaching about the Middle East, he also lectured on the history of technology, the history of domestic animals, and environmental history. His books dealing with the ways in which a historian deals with the natural world in include: The Camel and the Wheel (1975), Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers (2005), Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran (2009), and The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions (2016). His global history textbook, The Earth and Its Peoples (7ed, 2017) features “Environment and Technology” as a major theme.

Krysta Dennis is producer of Creative Arts at Siena College and works as a theatre-maker, producer, and director in the US and internationally. Krysta holds a dual Ph.D. from the University of Kent in the UK and the Sorbonne in Paris, and trained as a performer at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq. She is the author of three plays, Votes for Women, The Burden of the Ballot, and Dutch. She has also published with Contemporary Theatre Review, Interdisciplinary Network, Routledge, and the Pirandello Society of America. Krysta is the chair of dramaturgy for Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Lisa DeTora earned an A.B. from Bard College and was awarded the William J. Lockwood Prize for intellectual contributions to the college. She earned an M.A .and Ph.D. in English as well as a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in Bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. Her doctoral thesis examined the representation of domestic violence in medicine, social sciences and popular culture. Lisa’s career has spanned industry and academic roles and her scholarship bridges technical communication, rhetorics of health and medicine, medical humanities, and bioethics. Recent research projects include edited volumes on embodiment and graphic narratives and graphic narrative research. She is also the editor of Regulatory Writing: An Overview, now in its second edition.

Robin Flatland is a professor of computer science (CS) at Siena College. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in CS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Her research interests include computer science education and computational geometry, and she has published over 50 conference and journal articles in these areas. She serves as a coordinator of Siena’s CS dual-enrollment program and has worked on multiple National Science Foundation grants to improve secondary computer science education through teacher development.

Scott Nelson Foster is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and serves as Chair of the Creative Arts Department at Siena College. He received a B.A. in Drawing, Painting, & Printmaking from Northwest Nazarene University and an M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing from Utah State University. His paintings have been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions nationally and is represented by the Carrie Haddad Gallery of Hudson, NY.

Sal Genovese is a Lecturer in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the College of General Studies at Boston University, where he teaches courses in Introductory Biology and Global Human Ecology, and was a 2021 recipient of the Peyton Richter Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Teaching. He earned a Ph.D. in Biology from Northeastern University and pursues research interests at the intersection of marine ecology and oceanography.

Charles W. Henebry received his doctorate in English literature from New York University in 2003. Originally a student of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, he has for the past 10 years focused his scholarship on the four-color world of superheroes, from the genesis of Superman’s costume change to the impact of the 1960s antiwar movement on Iron Man. He is the author of seven articles in Greenwood Publishing Group’s 2014 Comics Through Time encyclopedia and long-form essays in The Ages of Iron Man, The Ages of the Justice League, The Ages of the Flash, and the Ages of the Black Panther.

Robin Hulbert is a Lecturer in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the College of General Studies at Boston University. She earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on public health microbiology and environmental microbiology.

Ruth Kassel is Associate Director of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Sociolinguistics from the University at Albany and has engaged in community-based teaching and research nationally and internationally. She has developed multiple programs that bring together faculty, students, and community organizations in collaborative research. Her research areas include high impact practices, community development, and students as colleagues.

Abby Miller graduated from Davidson College, where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry. Since graduating, she has served as an online educator and will begin medical school in the fall.

Alexis C. Pheng is a graduate of Davidson College where she received a B.A. in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Health and Human Values. She also studied public health in Chile through Harvard University during the summer of 2019. Currently, she is a medical scribe for a pulmonary disease/sleep medicine specialist and soon will be working alongside a dermatologist. Alexis is an aspiring physician who loves to travel the world and hopes to provide health care to medically underserved communities.

John Richard Schrock is a Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus of Biology at Emporia State University where he trained secondary biology teachers for 30 years. He had previously taught secondary biology at Campbell County Schools (Kentucky), Indiana State University Laboratory School, and Hong Kong International School. Schrock completed his doctorate in entomology at the University of Kansas and has authored or co-authored books on State Wildlife Regulations, a Chinese-English Dictionary of Molecular Biology, and multiple editions of instruction manuals and test item files for college biology and zoology textbooks. He is currently Editor of the Kansas School Naturalist and English Editor of Entomotaxonomia, an insect systematics journal based in China. Besides teaching three years in Hong Kong, Schrock has so far spoken at 27 different universities in China, including keynote speaker on publication ethics at a graduate research forum at Tsinghua University (2018) and both conferences of the Future of Scholarly Publishing at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou (2019, 2020).

Sabrina Sobel earned a B.A. Chemistry degree from Pomona College (1987) and was awarded the Rowan Memorial Award for being “the student who shows the best promise of making the most contributions to Chemistry.” She earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley (1993). Dr. Sobel has spent her career (1992 – present) at Hofstra University as the sole inorganic chemist in the department. She has mentored both undergraduates and high school students in research, and served as the Chair of the department of Chemistry at Hofstra for nine years. Her research is an eclectic mix of the study of chemistry education research, oscillating chemical reactions and aluminum corrosion. Dr. Sobel has served on three rounds of development of ACS standard undergraduate inorganic chemistry exams, and is now part of the Long Island STEM2 initiative.

David R. Wessner is a Professor in the Departments of Biology and Public Health at Davidson College, where he teaches introductory biology and courses on microbiology and HIV/AIDS. His research focuses mainly on microbial pathogenesis. He is a co-author of Microbiology, a textbook for undergraduate biology majors, and The Cartoon Guide to Biology. He also co-curated Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS, an exhibition that featured artistic works related to HIV. Prior to joining the faculty at Davidson, David conducted research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and National Zoo in Washington, DC. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University and his B.A. in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College.