Virginia (2011)

Team Virgina had two stops along its route: Dan River High School and Danville Science Center.

Below is a slideshow of pictures from Team Virginia’s adventures:

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Meet Team Virginia

Kelly Merricks

Kelly is a lead science teacher at Dan River High School in Ringgold, VA.  She teaches AP Biology, Biology, Forensic Science and Physics. Being interested in science and education compelled her to study her Biology and Chemistry for her BS at UNC-Wilmington and get her masters in Education with a Biology concentration from Averett University.  She is married to Steven Merricks and has a 1 1/2 year old baby girl named Bayleigh.

Jenny McGuire

Jenny McGuire is a postdoctoral fellow at NESCent who studies how habitat fragmentation, widespread invasive species, pollution, and rapid climate changes simultaneously threaten modern ecosystems.  Her research program examines the question “How have organisms in the past reacted to climate change, and how can we use this understanding to predict how organisms will evolve, shift their ranges, or go extinct given impending climate change?”  You can read more about her work at her website.

Jennifer Verdolin

Jennifer Verdolin is a postdoctoral fellow at NESCent who received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University, where she studied the evolution of sociality in prairie dogs.  Before coming to NESCent she was a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Jukka Jernvall, looking at the population genetic structure of mouse lemurs in Madagascar.  Her current research program emphasizes the interaction between personality and social networks using mammalian social groups as a model system.  Read more about her work at her website.

Jory Weintraub

Jory Weintraub is NESCent’s Assistant Director of Education and Outreach.  He received a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego and a Ph.D. in Immunology from UNC Chapel Hill.  This was followed by an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Science Education, with a focus on instructional technology and science outreach to underrepresented minorities.  He taught undergraduate biology for several years at UNC, as well as at several historically minority universities throughout North Carolina.  His areas of focus include evolution education, minority outreach, faculty development, undergraduate curriculum development and instruction, and instructional technology. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach.


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