Elizabeth H. Jones holds a doctorate in Organization and Management from Capella University. As an Assistant Professor of Business at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Dr. Jones focuses directly on the interplay between leadership context and leadership expression for both undergraduate and graduate students. She is dedicated to facilitating deep understanding of the leader within each person. Melding scholarship with her practical leadership experience, she has written or refined much of the university’s leadership curriculum; several of her courses are central to the school’s new graduate certificate in leadership. Her research interests include women’s leadership, authenticity in leadership, leadership’s dark side, and issues in teaching leadership. Committed to breaking barriers in high-quality education, she is currently the principal investigator for four Lumina Foundation grants that support course redesign of introductory courses in economics, history, philosophy, and biblical studies into fully online versions to better serve the needs of NDMU’s adult learners. As faculty fellow through a state-wide grant from Complete College America, she mentors three Maryland community colleges as they redesign developmental math courses under the grant. Dr. Jones is also a seasoned leader and executive. She managed an award-winning technical division from 2002 until 2010 for the Department of Defense, where she worked for more than three decades prior to her retirement from federal service.
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.