Listee Features — Science

INGEGERD HELLSTROM

Having earned the distinguished title of a professor emeritus in 2006, Ingegerd Hellström, MD, PhD, previously served as a faculty member at the University of Washington in Seattle for 40 incredible years. During this time, she notably instructed students as a professor of microbiology, pathology and immunology. She also had the opportunity to conduct extensive medical research throughout her tenure on campus. Dr. Hellström formerly excelled as a research associate and assistant professor in the Department of Tumor Biology at her alma mater, Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm between 1959 and 1966. Apart from her commitments at the University of Washington, Dr. Hellström was active on the general assembly for the GM Research Foundation. She has also served as a member

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BILLIE T. KETCIOS ZUMO

Leading a long and successful career as a biologist and educator, Billie T. Ketcios Zumo retired in 1999 from Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after more than three and a half decades of excellence. She formerly taught for five years at Carey Junior High School in Cheyenne and for one year as an English language teacher at McCormick Junior High School in Cheyenne. Additionally, Ms. Zumo held a faculty appointment at Laramie County Community College as a biology educator. Initially, Ms. Zumo became involved in her profession because she had aspirations of becoming a doctor. After her older sister received a college degree, she felt she could not go on to become a doctor, as it would be too

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Suzanne Riskin

SUZANNE L. RISKIN

Harboring an affinity for medicine and teaching since coming of age, Suzanne I. Riskin, MD, garnered inspiration for her future career from her parents. The daughter of a physician and a teacher, she recognized the sense of fulfillment that comes from treating and educating others. Combining these two qualities, Dr. Riskin resolved to embark upon a professional career that would ultimately culminate in her success as a medical instructor. Initially enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Riskin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and folklore in 1998. She subsequently completed additional coursework in pre-medicine. Concluding her academic efforts in 2007, Dr. Riskin obtained an MD from the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Furthermore, she completed

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Debra Christian

DEBRA D. CHRISTIAN

After receiving a business degree from Texas College, Debra D. Christian served as a lab technician for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 34 years. In 2007, she was inspired to develop the Christian Restoration Community (CRC) Residential Care Program in the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, where she has since served as director. She was inspired by her father, who was a combat soldier in Korea at the age of 18 when the military was still segregated. He carried the American flag when President Harry S. Truman decided Black men could fight with the Buffalo Soldiers and later passed away from being exposed to Agent Orange during his time in Korea. Although her older brother also

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REBECCA L. LANE-JERGENTZ

A devoted public school teacher of over 40 years, Rebecca L. Lane-Jergentz began her career as a teaching assistant at the Cincinnati Public Schools in 1980 and a student teacher at White Oak Junior High School in Cincinnati in 1982. Acquired by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1983 as a science teacher, she likewise served as a curriculum advisor between 1988 and 1989. Relocating to San Jose, California, Ms. Lane-Jergentz has since been aligned with the John Muir Middle School as a seventh and eighth grade science teacher. Outside the classroom, Ms. Lane-Jergentz has played an instrumental role with various relative organizations. She served on the San Jose Unified School District’s science task force and was involved with numerous science

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Nancy Del Grande

NANCY A.K. DEL GRANDE

After reading about the Manhattan Project and becoming fascinated by physics, Nancy A.K. Del Grande pursued a career in the field. She always enjoyed solving puzzles and was curious about understanding the atom. In the beginning, she was a senior physicist with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1981 until 1999. During her tenure with the company, Ms. Del Grande was responsible for pioneering the technology transfer of x-ray methods for nuclear device diagnostics, and applying it to depict deep aquifers and locate buried land mines. Ms. Del Grande subsequently established Geo-Temp Corporation in the mid-1980s, with which she currently excels as the founder and president. With Geo-Temp, she provides thermal imaging solutions, including scanning surface and subsurface terrain using infrared

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Martha Walsh-McGehee

MARTHA WALSH-MCGEHEE

With more than 35 years of professional experience, Martha Walsh-McGehee was the president of the Island Conservation Effort from 1988 to 2004. In addition to her primary role, she was the board chair of the Tortoise Preserve, a research associate with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and a trustee of the Rare Center for Tropical Bird Conservation from 1987 to 1991. Earlier in her career, Ms. Walsh-McGehee was a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines from 1967 to 1978. Beginning her studies by completing coursework at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1966, Ms. Walsh-McGehee completed further coursework at Baker University in Baker City, Kansas, from 1966 to 1967 and at Marymount Manhattan College in New York

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MARY VARNEY RORTY

With over 55 years of experience in her field, Mary Varney Rorty, PhD, is best known her for role in helping others teaching ethical uncertainty. She currently serves as a clinical associate professor, specializing in Aristotle’s philosophy and the new genesis. She has previously worked at the University of Virginia, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ryder College, Douglass College, San Francisco State University and the University of California Santa Cruz. Additionally, she received a fellowship from the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Rorty obtained her Master of Arts in clinical ethics from the University of Virginia in 1994 and attended Johns Hopkins University in 1970, where she received a PhD. She obtained an undergraduate degree from

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Saundra McGuire

SAUNDRA Y. MCGUIRE

An experienced chemist and educator with 50 years of experience, Saundra Y. McGuire, PhD, serves as the founder and the owner of SYM Educational Consulting LLC. She has further flourished as an assistant vice chancellor, a professor of chemistry and the director emerita for the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University, where she formerly worked as a chemistry professor, an adjunct professor and the director of the Center for Academic Success. Additionally, Dr. McGuire has found success with the National College Learning Center Association, the University of Michigan, Howard University and Grambling State University in numerous executive roles. Prior to establishing her consultancy, Dr. McGuire was active with Cornell University in a variety of positions, including the acting

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Nancy Dewey

NANCY E. DEWEY

Having always loved teaching, Nancy E. Dewey would teach her stuffed animals as a young child. When she attended school, she realized just how important education was. Her first job was as a science laboratory technician, but when she got married, she figured that science lab work was not conducive to her children’s lifestyle. Therefore, she decided to go back to teaching and has been for 20 years. Ms. Dewey is most proud of the accomplishments and progress that her students have made throughout the years. Ms. Dewey began her professional career as a sixth grade teacher within the Willcox Unified School District in Arizona in 2001, remaining in this role for four years before instructing at the University of

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