2018 Board Candidate Bios
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Bios for Candidates:
Dr. Trent Garrison
Thomas Jarvis, Eastern Kentucky Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
I recently completed my first year at Eastern Kentucky University, teaching and establishing a research program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Previously, I worked on NASA’s Cold Atom Lab and as a postdoc at the University of Chicago after completing a PhD at Texas and a BS at North Carolina. I was born in England but have lived all over the US, including a childhood in Kentucky I remember so fondly I endeavored to return to the area permanently. Thanks to my alma maters, I have had an enormous range of educational enrichment opportunities, like working as a research assistant in the British Houses of Parliament or as a volunteer building houses in a refugee camp in Nicaragua.
My research experience is in laser science. My research group will use our femtosecond laser to study ultrafast phenomena in a broad range of systems, paying particular interest to biological and metal-semiconductor materials. We are currently developing a new biomimetic material to emulate photonic crystal structures in chameleon skin, testing a very foolish idea about optical trapping without microscope objectives, and developing some moderately foolish ideas about twisted light spectroscopy. We’re having a great time, and we’re able to show EKU physics majors what it’s like to work and study in a research-driven environment.
As a new Kentuckian, I’ve not yet met many scientists and educators in the region. I’d like to meet a broad range of Kentuckians committed to science, and to find ways that we can support each other’s efforts. At its first organizational meeting, it was noted that “Science is essentially mutualistic,” and I earnestly think that collaboration among the members of the Academy can greatly foster science education and research in the Commonwealth.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments – thanks!
Timothy E. Morehead takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. he intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives material business advantage. He is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic financing partners, and establishing governance boundaries, Timothy earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.
Currently, as Region Business Intelligence and Analytics Architect, global tax, audit, and IT consulting sourcing company, Timothy oversees the operations of a million dollar plus business intelligence and analytic projects. He led the successful migration efforts for state governments and transitioned many companies to the modern business analytic reporting needed to spot future trends. He is now spearheading major strategic shifts for transforming IT from a functional focus to an enabler of innovation for the business and integrating the finance organization so that it supports a truly global company.
Previously, as CIO, Timothy led business development for the financial service of FTJ FundChoice, LLC after assisting to sell the Broker Dealer arm of a small family owned securities company in Cincinnati, OH heading their $500K U.S.‐based multi‐channel Advisor business Network. During this time, he drove the acquisition of a new trading platform to compete with its largest competitor Fidelity, repositioning FTJ FundChoice as a recognized and credible player in the Retirement Fund industry. Earlier he rose through the ranks of The SG Donahue Company transitioning from IT Manager/ network engineer/ and programmer. He began his career in healthcare as a claims auditor/trainer for CIGNA Insurance.
Trent Garrison grew up in Hyden, Kentucky where he attended Leslie County High School. With an interest in science, he later went on to attend Eastern Kentucky University (BS and MS in hydrogeology), Kentucky State University (Public Administration), and then University of Kentucky (PhD – Environmental Geology). Dr. Garrison is now an Assistant Professor of Environmental Geoscience at Northern Kentucky University, where he studies a variety of environmental geology issues that affect Kentuckians, such as water issues and dye tracing techniques, as well as soil, air, and water quality in areas affected by coal fires in the state. In addition, Dr. Garrison has a strong passion for teaching, science advocacy, outreach, and interdisciplinary networking between students and professionals.
As Physical Science Representative and Education & Advocacy Co-Chair of KAS, Dr. Garrison was actively involved in research during the 2018 state legislative session, frequently reporting how HB 200 and other legislation would impact higher education. With input from others in KAS, he authored the letters to our state legislators opposing cuts to higher education, which, along with other groups’ advocacy efforts, led to education cuts not being as severe as originally proposed. He also assisted with KAS’s involvement in the March For Science and spoke about the importance of science outreach and involvement in policy.
Dr. Garrison believes Kentucky Academy of Science is a great organization that has plenty of growth potential. Plans for KAS include: ramping up social media posts/advertisements so more of our ~5,000 members connect (especially younger professionals), working with other science organizations, emphasizing the importance of science policy with regard to funding and other issues, elevating the standing of KAS and KAS publications, promoting diversity, and increasing membership and membership benefits.
Dr. Bassil El Masri
J Scott Miller
Dr. Seyed Allameh is a full professor of mechanics, materials and nanotechnology at Northern Kentucky University. He received his PhD in 1993 from The Ohio State University in the field of Materials Science and Engineering working on the energy and structure of nanoparticles. He continued at OSU with postdoctoral work on superconductors and electronic ceramics. In 1999 he joined Princeton University as research staff scientist working on microelectromechanical system devices (MEMS), nanotechnology and advanced materials. He developed a new method for fabrication of nanofins (provisionally patented). After 5 years at Princeton, he joined the faculty of NKU in 2004.
Dr. Allameh has worked on the fabrication and characterization of nano-crystalline materials, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), thin film bimorphs, biomaterials, and nanostructures with applications in nanotechnology, surfaces and interfaces, electron microscopy, nano-crystalline materials, nano-scale and microscale devices. His Researchgate Score exceeds 29, and his Google Scholar ratings include i10 index of 31, h-index of 20 and 1451 citations.
Dr. Allameh was the winner of the NKU 2017 Faculty award for excellence in research, scholarly activity and innovation. He has published over 84 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings papers and book chapters. This is additional to 76 presentations including invited international talks at various universities and conferences. He was the guest editor of a special issue of Journal of Materials Science and Engineering. He has organized symposia at IMECE for the past 17 years on MEMS, multifunctional and biomaterials, biomimicking and biofuels. His current research focuses on robotic fabrication of bio-smart structures, development of bioinspired composites for construction and production of biofuel from algae.
Dr. Allameh has served on various professional and institutional committees including NKU Faculty Senate, faculty and administration search committees, editorial boards of journals, Science Fairs, Community outreach, Research Celebration, CINSAM middle school alliance, ASME multifunctional among many other committees.”
Bassil El Masri
I received my PhD. from the Department of Geography at Indiana University-Bloomington in 2011. I joined the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies at Murray State University (MSU) in 2014 as an assistant professor after I have finished 2 ½ years of postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests are in modeling terrestrial ecosystem processes at various spatial and temporal scales using remote sensing data, site measurements, and land surface models. Currently, I am studying the impact of environmental variables on plant phenology development at MSU’s Hancock Biological Station and the soil-vegetation interactions for several sites across Kentucky part of a project funded by NASA. I have established the MSU Phenology site part of the National Phenology Network (US-NPN) to monitor the phenology of 30 trees representing 6 different species at MSU campus. Also, I am a co-author of the grassland chapter for the Second State of the Carbon Cycle report to be published this fall. During my time at MSU, I enjoy the opportunity to mentor graduate and undergraduate students and help them develop their scientific skills.
Mr. John Scott Miller joined the faculty at Maysville Community and Technical College in January, 2012 and has been promoted to the title of associate professor since that time. As such, he teaches college physics and introductory astronomy courses for the college. Astronomy is his real interest, and because of this, he also does monthly public observations during the regular school year, where he has the opportunity to do informal education on various topics of astronomy with those that attend.
Scott has been a member of KAS since the fall semester of 2012, and currently is a member of the KAS Public Engagement committee and the Science Education Advocacy committee, both of which work to bring science to Kentucky citizens.
Scott is currently the Vice President of Community Colleges for the Kentucky Association of Physics Teachers, which has joint meetings with KAS in the fall. In this capacity, he has tried to encourage participation of the KCTCS physics faculty with KAPT, and indirectly with KAS.
In addition to college-related organizations, Scott is also the “captain” of the 4-H robotics team in Maysville, where he and another faculty member oversee the building and programming of robots by middle school and high school students.
Scott holds a B.S. degree in Physics and a M.S. degree in Physics with concentration in astronomy granted by the University of Louisville, and a M.S. degree in Secondary Education, certified in high school physics and mathematics granted by the University of Kentucky. He has taught physics, astronomy, and mathematics at the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, the University of Louisville, and Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Kentucky. He has co-published papers in both physics and astronomy.
Dr. Kyle Watson received his B.A. in chemistry from Manchester College (now Manchester University) in North Manchester, IN in 2010. He went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in organic chemistry in 2015 under the direction of Dr. Marvin Miller. While at Notre Dame, he worked on developing metal-mediated syntheses of oxamazin antibiotics and participated in the Chemistry-Biochemistry-Biology Interface fellowship program where he worked on enzyme inhibition assays. Dr. Watson is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Kentucky Wesleyan College where he serves as Chemistry Program coordinator and the chair of the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee. Dr. Watson focuses on undergraduate research on antibiotic synthesis and is interested in researching and implementing active-learning pedagogies in the classroom.
Dr. Wei Song
William P. Neace, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY. Dr. Neace earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with emphasis in cognitive processes from the University of Louisville in 2002. He has contributed his expertise in quantitative methods to a wide variety of projects, including providing statistical and methodological support to several NIH-funded grants while he was working for a non-profit firm conducting program evaluation research. Dr. Neace is currently full-time faculty at Lindsey Wilson College. His primary responsibilities include teaching core courses in the Psychology curriculum, serving as Program Coordinator for Psychology, student advising, and participating in various academic committees. His primary research areas of interest are in judgment and decision making within a behavioral economics framework, and most recently, in the theoretical development of psychologically-grounded descriptive models of decision-making processes. Dr. Neace’s work has been published in Judgment and Decision Making, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Behavioral Finance and Economics, and has a chapter in a peer-reviewed, edited book, Advances in Entrepreneurial Finance. Dr. Neace is also coauthor of myriad research articles published in various other scientific disciplines as a result of consultations based on his methodological and statistical expertise.
Dr. Wei Song is a Professor and Undergraduate Director in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at the University of Louisville (UofL). He is also a Ph.D. faculty in Urban and Public Affairs and an affiliated faculty in Asian Studies.
Dr. Wei Song is a human-economic geographer. The central theme of his research is the spatial heterogeneity in social, economic and demographic processes, primarily at urban and regional scales. Dr. Song’s research and teaching interests include location and transportation analysis, economic geography, urban issues, spatial statistics and modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications. His recent research activities have been focused on three interrelated concentrations: spatial interaction and transportation; urban social-spatial issues; and spatial dynamics of urbanization and urban structure. Dr. Song has received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Geographic Society, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Harbin Urban and Rural Planning Bureau. Dr. Song has published two books and over fifty refereed articles in urban, geography and GIScience journals. Dr. Song was invited to give research colloquium presentations at many universities in the U.S. and China.
Dr. Wei Song is a Board Member of the Applied Geography Conference. He is the Associate Editor of Papers in Applied Geography, and currently serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research and Journal of Geography & Natural Disasters. Dr. Song has served on numerous committees at UofL, including General Education Curriculum Committee, Technology and Facilities Committee, Admissions and Appeals Committee, Board of the Institute for Intercultural Communication, Internal Advisory Board of Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI).
Dr. Wei Song received his Ph.D. in geography from the Ohio State University; his M.A. in regional science from the George Washington University; and his M.S. in urban and regional studies and B.S. in economic geography from Peking University.
Alexis Crook is an advanced PhD student at the University of Louisville. Alexis’ research is centered around the intersections of race and medicine; which include health disparities in minority populations, social determinants of health, as well as genetics and racialized medicine. Alexis received her BA in Psychology and BS in Biology from The University of Louisville, as well as a dual MA/MSSW degree, where she specialized in psychosocial oncology.
Alexis currently works as a research assistant at The University of Louisville, where she is examining the connection between exposure to chronic community violence and an increase in cardiovascular disease. She has published various articles related to race and medicine, as well as presented her research at academic conferences across the country. Alexis serves on leadership committees within the university, including being a departmental representative for the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Minority Association of Graduate Students (MAGS) and President of the PGSA. She also provides service to the community by being an active board member of non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, People Against Trafficking Humans and actively mentoring historically disadvantaged middle and high school students interested in the STEM field.
Amy M. Hamilton
My name is Amy M. Hamilton and I am interested in the Social Sciences opening. I graduated from Indiana University in 2000 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Bioanthropology. After graduation, I worked in an environmental testing lab and a microbiology lab. At that point, I decided I wanted to share my love of science with others, therefore, I decided to enter the science education field. I graduated in 2004 for Spalding University with a M.A.T. in Science Education. As I continued my career, I also advanced my education. In 2008, I graduated from Bellarmine University with a Masters in School Administration and Instructional Leadership. I am currently enrolled in Bellarmine University’s Doctoral Program in Education in Social Change with a goal to graduate in the summer of 2019. I have taught general science, biology, and anatomy to children in grades six through twelve in Meade, Oldham, and Jefferson County school districts. This has allowed me to grow as a professional and as a learner since each district provided its own unique set of characteristics and challenges. I also spent a few years working for the Kentucky Department of Education as an Education Recovery Specialist. I was tasked with entering Jefferson County’s lowest performing schools and providing intense interventions with the staff in order to promote student engagement and learning. I have been a member of several organizations aimed at improving science education including, but not limited to, the Kentucky and National Science Teachers Association (KSTA, NSTA), Kentucky Society for Technology Education (KySTE), Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE), and Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). In my spare time, I enjoy reading and traveling with my children. I look forward to serving KAS in this capacity. Thank you for your consideration.