I have always found a way to contribute and be involved in the communities where I have lived. Much of that involvement has centered around my children and their activities, from being the president of a parent cooperative pre-school to serving on the board for Moorhead Area Education Foundation to volunteering to coach soccer, basketball, and robotics teams.
I am a professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I also advise and teach students in the Sustainability program. I value the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds on complex problems faced by our society at the local and global scales. I have a growth mindset with the knowledge that everyone has something of value to offer. We just have to be receptive and listen to each other.
I grew up in Brier, Washington (just north of Seattle), went to school in Minnesota at St. Olaf College and attended graduate school at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York. After graduate school I worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, California as a research scientist, working on x-ray microscopy. Our family moved back to the Midwest and I taught high school at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN and then worked for the Grand Forks Public Schools and the Dakota Science Center in Grand Forks, ND.
We were always impressed driving through Moorhead on Saturdays in the Fall and Spring because we could see kids of all sizes playing soccer on the old soccer fields where Menards is now located. In two short years we found ourselves moving to Moorhead and our children joined those kids playing soccer. It was an easy decision to move and choose to live in Moorhead.