Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
Duane is an instructor in various subject matters pertaining to Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. Having a Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice Adminstration, and law enforcement instrutor status in the State of Connecticut, New York and guest priviledges in Georgia. As adjunct faculty for St. Petersburg College and the MCTFT program, Duane has traveled the nation providing training ot law enforcement, corrections, educators and various groups in topics pertaining to drugs of abuse, drug investigations and other criminal justice subjects. PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS • “Position on Byrne/JAG Grants for Law Enforcement,” Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Wallingford, CT • “Position on Legalization of Marijuana,” Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Wallingford, CT • “Drugs in Connecticut,” Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Wallingford, CT • “Tell Tale Signs of Drug Use,” Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Wallingford, CT • “Ecstasy – A Drug of Abuse,” Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Wallingford, CT • “Inhalant Drugs,” Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Wallingford, CT • “Hallucinogenic Drugs in Connecticut ,” Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Wallingford, CT AWARDS • Certificate of Commendation for Significant Contributions and Leadership - To date, only department member to receive this award. • Outstanding Young Police Officer. • Police Merit Award. • Connecticut General Assembly, Citation of Recognition, Outstanding efforts in Community Policing
I love that I come from Kansas. It was a great place to build character and learn that I was strong, despite my best efforts. I also loved that I moved away from Kansas. Using the excuse of earning my BFA in Photography at the University of Arizona, I packed my strength with my character and left. Now I live in Santa Barbara, CA and have never felt more at home in any place. It was in Kansas that I picked up my father's camera, in Arizona that I learned how to control it, and California that I make my career by it. To date I have taught over 1000 students how to control their cameras and create more interesting images in my online and face-to-face classes. I have the best job on Earth and consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. About Me: I am easy going, honest, and hard working. Interested In: Photography, Gardening, Laughing Online CV and samples of work may be seen at saydempsay.com
Deborah "Debi" Ash is a graduate of Capella University's School of Education (PhD - Instructional Design for Online Learning and MScEd- Professional Studies in Education) who currently develops, designs, and facilitates Teacher Education and General Education classes at the Robert B. Miller College in Battle Creek, MI. Her past experience includes facilitation at ITT Technical Institute - Online, International American University, Glen Oaks Community College, and Axia College in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Ash is also the Director of a non-profit educational consulting group, AIDEC, which focuses on the implementation and utilization of instructional design models & principles that engage and motivate students who are at risk of not completing high school. Her work at AIDEC includes grant writing for Federal IES applications, research in the field of participatory design, engaging learning strategies, instructional technology, and ensuring that all students receive a fair and balanced education at the secondary level based on individuality, respect, and responsibility. Teaching/Learning Philosophy Human nature is as true to form as the individual. Although we have similar facets, the truth of the matter is that we are nothing alike. Just as DNA is unique to each of us; so is our nature to learn. Culture, education, media, friends, and free will give each of us a different path for our lives. It is the responsibility of a teacher/instructor to open the minds of the learner’s to new experiences; it is the learner's responsibility to act upon it. Based on a very balanced blend of Naturalism and Existentialism, Dr. Ash's educational philosophy extenuates the ability to see each learner as a force of nature and experience. Taking the time to recognize each learning style, each cultural group, and each learner as a separate person within the whole is the success of her teaching and design process. The success of the learner is the overall goal of the classroom. Teachers simply cannot “walk” into the classroom and teach the subject at hand. Each subject does not exist in black and white; every avenue should be explored if the learner should so wish it to be. An inquiring mind is a learning mind and she encourages this to the benefit of all involved. Overall, to teach is unique; just as the learners are. To look away from the true nature of an individual who is within a classroom is not an option. Instructional Design for Online Learni