ECSU Summer Intern
with Mathematics in Mind
Meet Alicia Reynolds, incoming sophomore at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and summer intern at the UNH Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education. Her interest in mathematics education made her a great match for this internship, funded by the NH Space Grant Consortium.
Something in Alicia has long been drawn to mathematics, from her early school years through high school advanced placement math classes, where she delighted in the extra challenge. Now, with one year of college behind her, she's sticking with her wish to someday share this love of mathematics with her own students.
Holding more than one summer opportunity, Alicia chose an internship at the UNH Leitzel Center, which includes a classroom experience with the KEEPERS (Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science) program.
KEEPERS introduces early schoolers (grades 2-5) to engineering challenges, while at the same time introducing teachers and pre-service teachers to science and mathematics educational concepts and activities that can be implemented in their own classrooms. The weeklong half-day camp is held in a Kingsbury Hall engineering lab, taught by Matt Endrizzi, science teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., and Abby Hatfield, science teacher and science dept. head at Newmarket H.S., with guest faculty from UNH's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
Leitzel Center Faculty & Staff
Ruth K. Varner
Director, Associate Professor
Ruth Varner is an Assoc. Professor in the Earth Systems Research Center of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and in the Dept. of Earth Sciences. She received a B.S. in Geology from Hartwick College in 1991, a M.S. in Hydrology (1993, UNH) and a Ph.D. in Geochemical Systems (2000, UNH).
Her UNH research began with developing a gas chromatography/cryo-focusing technique to quantify methyl bromide in ambient air samples. It led to the discovery of soil as a significant biological sink of atmospheric methyl bromide, and the discovery of freshwater wetlands as a source of atmospheric methyl bromide and methyl chloride.
Present work at UNH includes carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide exchange using autochamber technology in terrestrial ecosystems, with a focus on the measurement of trace gas emissions from agricultural and wetland ecosystems with funded projects from the USDA, USGS and NSF.
Ruth is also the Director of the Northern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduates program, an NSF funded REU site. She has taught Earth Sciences courses in: Watershed Hydrology, Techniques in Environmental Science, Aqueous Geochemistry and Chemical Fate and Transport.
Stephen R. Hale
Steve earned his Masters degree in vertebrate morphology and evolution from Louisiana State Univ. and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources from UNH in 2001. His Ph.D. research focused on developing satellite and GIS-based habitat models for Bicknell’s Thrush.
Steve joined the Leitzel Center in 2005, increasing the enthusiasm for STEM disciplines in underserved and minority students with the NSF-funded Watershed Watch. He maintains diverse interests in ornithology and vertebrate ecology, while his professional interests have broadened toward efforts to increase all-levels of students’ interest, enthusiasm, and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.
Active projects include Transforming Earth System Science Education, Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering, Climate Education for Minority Serving Institution Faculty, the US Army’s STEM Teacher Program Initiatives, and directing Workforce Development components of the NH EPSCoR project.
Education & Outreach Specialist
Erik began working in the Leitzel Center in 2007 with the Transforming Earth System Science Education (TESSE) program. He currently serves as graduate fellow advisor for TESSE and is actively working with K-12 teachers through TESSE and through other Letizel Center professional development activities.
His focus has been in promoting authentic research by students, and in providing schools with more direct access to scientists and contemporary research in the geo-sciences. Prior to his work at UNH, Erik was a Special Education teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities at Noble Middle School in Berwick, Maine. He is a graduate of the UNH Masters in Environmental Education program and is a past board member of the New Hampshire Environmental Educators.
Program Support Assistant
Sandy came to the Leitzel Center after dividing her time between the UNH Department of Geography for the last seven years and the Humanities Program for the last two of those years as their administrative assistant.
Part-time work allows Sandy to focus on her family – husband, Mike (a UNH alum!), and two kids, Sara and Sean – in addition to varied activities, especially those involving the beautiful NH outdoors. She loves New England, but holds a soft spot in her heart for Minnesota where family and many close friends live.
Graphic Design & Website Communication
Kristi is a part-time graphic designer and website/communications staff for the Leitzel Center. When not working with the Leitzel Center, she works as graphic designer and communications staff at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space. She is also a part-time graphic designer for the New Hampshire Writer's Project. Her background in information design, prepress production, website design, and photography takes her to many interesting places — sometimes for employment, and sometimes just for fun.
Karen J. Graham
Karen Graham is Professor of Mathematics in the UNH Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She was appointed as the inaugural director of the Leitzel Center in January 2003. Dr. Graham has served as the project director of many state and federally funded projects and has presented numerous workshops at local, state, regional, and national conferences.
She has served as a documentation consultant on several national research projects designed to explore mathematics education reform efforts, the QUASAR (Quantitative Understanding: Amplifying Student Achievement and Reasoning) Project, the R3M (Recognizing and Recording Reform in Mathematics Education) Project, and the CCH Evaluation and Documentation Project.
- Eleanor Abrams, Professor, Dept. of Education; Sr. Faculty Fellow, Office of Engagement and Outreach
- Christopher Bauer, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry; Leitzel Center Faculty Fellow, 2004-2005
- Julia Bryce, Assoc. Professor and Chair, Dept. of Earth Sciences
- Janet Campbell, Professor Emeritus, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
- Gale Carey, Professor, Dept. of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
- Will Clyde, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences
- Vaughn Cooper, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
- Diane Foster, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
- Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
- Kevin Gardner, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering; NH EPSCoR Assoc. Director
- Lara Gengarelly, Lecturer, Dept. of Education
- Barbara Hopkins, Assistant Supt. SAU 21, Hampton, NH; Leitzel Center Assoc. Director for Outreach, 2003-2006
- Jennifer Jacobs, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering
- Joel Johnson, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences
- Brad Kinsey, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
- Anita Klein, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences
- Dovev Levine, Academic Counselor, Graduate School
- Mary Martin, Research Asst. Professor, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
- Sharon McCrone, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
- Michael Middleton, Assoc. Professor and Chair, Dept. of Education
- Tim Moore, Research Scientist, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
- Samuel Mukasa, Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences
- Jan Nisbet, Sr. Vice Provost for Research; NH EPSCoR Director
- Michael Palace, Research Asst. Professor, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
- Barrett Rock, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Natural Resources & the Environment
- Annette Schloss, Research Scientist, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
- Jeff Schloss, Extension Professor and Water Resources Specialist, Cooperative Extension
- Christine Shea, Professor, Whittemore School of Business and Economics
- Harlan Spence, Director, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space; Professor, Dept. of Physics
- Cameron Wake, Research Assoc. Professor, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space;
Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow in Climate and Sustainability, UNH Sustainability Institute
- Cheryl Whistler, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
- Julie Williams, Sr. Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach
- Jon Wraith, Dean, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture; Dir., NH Agricultural Experiment Station
The Leitzel Center prides itself on developing partnerships with individuals and institutions in implementing creative programs in STEM education. The list below represents UNH faculty/staff members who have collaborated with or served in leadership positions within the Leitzel Center since its dedication in 2003. We thank them for their participation and look forward to future collaborations.
Leitzel Center Strategic Planning & Implementation CouncilSept. 2002 - June 2007
Note: Affiliations are listed as of time of service on the council