Dr. Michael Allar
Assistant Professor, Biology (Anatomy/Physiology)

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Karen Avery
Instructor, Biology (Anatomy/Physiology)

Karen Avery

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Dr. Veronica Ciavarella
Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science

Veronica Ciavarella

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D.Ed., Adult Education - Pennsylvania State University

M.S., Geology - University of Georgia

B.S., Biology and Geology - University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Courses Taught

Introduction to Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Chemistry and Geology of the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling, Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management

I am an assistant professor of geology and environmental science and have been teaching at Penn College since 2004. My prior experience in field-based geologic and environmental science research and mapping has led me to value the learning that occurs in these contexts. I try to incorporate similar authentic, problem-based and hands-on approaches in my face-to-face and online teaching.

Dr. Justin Ingram
Department Head, Natural Sciences

Assistant Professor,, Biology (Anatomy & Physiology)

Justin Ingram

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Ph.D., Neuroscience - The Pennsylvania State University

B.S., Biology/Chemistry - Lock Haven University

A.A.S., Nanotechnology - Lock Haven University


Graduate School Teaching Certificate

Nanomanufacturing Technology Certificate

Courses Taught

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II

My research background focuses on understanding how the mammalian brain functions within normal and pathological states. Currently, I'm interested in developing and utilizing optical and electrical techniques (i.e. fluorescent imaging, intrinsic optical imaging, two-photon microscopy) that are able to simultaneously monitor intracellular/extracellular ionic concentrations along with brain activity during increased states of hyper excitability. My expertise is in epileptic and spreading depression disorders and I've designed, patented, and pioneered a new oxygen sensing technology that is able to detect seizures in living brain tissue. In addition to oxygen, I am also currently exploring new nanosensing devices to monitor real time analyte dynamics in living tissue.

Dr. Chris Kule
Assistant Professor, Biology (Anatomy/Physiology)

Chris Kule

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Ph.D., Cellular & Molecular Physiology - The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

B.S., Biology - The Pennsylvania State University

Certificates and Awards

"Who's Who in America" - 2010-2015

Cabrini College Faculty Development Grant - 2005-2006

Cabrini College Community Engagement and Outreach Award - 2004

American Heart Association and National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Weis Center for Research/Geisinger Clinic - 1995-1999

Pennsylvania State University Graduate School Fellowship, 1991-1992

Pennsylvania State University Evan Pugh Scholar Award - 1990

Courses Taught

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Biology, Biochemistry

Teaching is my true passion and as a member of the Natural Sciences department, my primary teaching responsibilities are in anatomy and physiology. I also have an active interest in other fields of biology, including endocrinology, cellular and molecular biology, and biochemistry.

Ms. Tammy Miller
Faculty, General Biology and Microbiology

Tammy Miller

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Dr. David S. Richards
Professor, Physics

David S. Richards

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Ph.D., Instructional Systems - The Pennsylvania State University, 2010

M.S., Physics - University of Alabama, 1992

B.S., Physics - Mary Washington College, 1989

Certificates and Awards

Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant - $616,000 award for student scholarships, 2014

The American Association of Physics Teachers - Central Pennsylvania Section Distinguished Service Award, 2008

Excellence in Teaching Award - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2007

Instructional Technology Grant, $18,500 award - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2006

Featured Alumnus of the Year - University of Mary Washington Physics Department, 2006

The Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award, 2005

Nominated for The Boyer International Award for Excellence in College Teaching and Learning, 2005

Summer Research Fellow - University of Rochester: NSF Science and Technology Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer, 1998

Thompson Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching - Judson College, 1995

Courses Taught

General Physics I, II, and III, College Physics I and II, Physics Survey, Introductory Physics for Health Sciences, Physics with Technological Applications, Scientific Investigations, Science of Spaceflight, Introduction to Astronomy

I have been teaching at Penn College since the fall of 1995, where I am currently a full Professor and senior member o fthe physics department.

I have a B.S. in physics from the University of Mary Washington, a M.S. in physics from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems at Penn State University.

I have been an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers since 1997. I was appointed to serve on the American Association of Physics Teacher's Committee on Research in Physics Education (National Appointment 2003-2006) and was on the executive board (2002-2006) of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, serving as President of this section from 2005-2006.

Over the past two decades, I have been involved with several National Science Foundation (NSF) projects. The first was at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. I spent a summer developing an introductory course on aerospace technology. In addition to developing this course, I worked in NASA's contact dynamics simulation systems laboratory. I have also spent time at both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Kennedy Space Center through NSF's Chautauqua programs for college science teachers. I was awarded a second NSF summer fellowship with the Science and Technology Center for Photo-induced Charge Transfer through the University of Rochester's Chemistry and Electrical Engineering departments. My research focused on the electrical properties of silicon nanocrystals. Recently, I was awarded a $616,000 National Science Foundation grant to provide student scholarships to academically talented students with financial need.

Tim Yarrington
Instructor, Brewing and Fermentation Science

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