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Granville, OH - Connections

  • Slayter Auditorium at Denison University 100 West College Street Granville, Ohio (map)

Join us for this FREE night of true, personal stories about science at Denison University! We'll present five stories from Denison faculty on the theme of "Connections."

Hosted by Erin Barker.

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Seth Chin-Parker is an associate professor of Psychology at Denison University. He likes to spend his time thinking about what underlies our understanding of the world. And being a father to two wonderful teenage daughters. And running in the woods. He is excited about the opportunity to share a story as this is one way that we have to make meaning of the events that compromise our lives.


Erik Klemetti is an associate professor of Geosciences and volcanologist at Denison University. He works on volcanoes all over the planet, from Chile to New Zealand to the Cascades of Oregon and California. His research focusses on how crystals record the events inside a volcano before and between eruptions. For the past 9 years, he’s been teaching all the “hard rock” classes at Denison. He also writes for Discover Magazine. His blog, Rocky Planet, have been running since Fall 2017. Before that, he wrote Eruptions, a blog about volcanoes, for Wired Science for 9 years. You can also find him on Twitter (@eruptionsblog), variously tweeting about volcanoes, baseball (mostly Red Sox and Mariners) and his love of punk.

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Andy McCall was born in St. Louis Missouri, where he began his love of all things living.  Trips to the Missouri Botanical Garden, in particular, helped him appreciate the amazing diversity of plants.  He then went to Carleton College in Minnesota where he studied biology and worked in a pea development lab and researched the behavior of leaf-cutting ants.  Following a Fulbright to New Zealand, he finished his PhD at the University of California-Davis in 2006 and started working at Denison University the same year.  When not sciencing, he plays the mandolin and draws with his wife, Emily.

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Heather Rhodes is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of the Neuroscience Program at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She is also currently the Associate Director of the Grass Fellows Laboratory at the Marine Biological Labs in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She has her Bachelors of Science from the University of California, San Diego, and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Duke University. Heather has an abiding passion for science education at all levels, which has led her to serve on the Education Council at The Works, a local STEM center, and to run numerous science outreach activities in her community. She has two wonderful daughters who have thrilled her to no end by willingly wearing homemade science-themed Halloween costumes in recent years.


Alison Williams is the Associate Provost for Diversity and Intercultural Education at Denison University. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the University of Rochester where she was a NSF graduate fellow and winner of the graduate student teaching award.  Prior to becoming an administrator first at Oberlin and now at Denison, she was a chemistry faculty member for 25 years, teaching at Swarthmore, Wesleyan, Princeton and Barnard College of Columbia University.  Her research focused using spectroscopy to determine the role of ions in shaping the physical properties of nucleic acids. Dr. Williams has been active nationally to increase access, inclusion and equity, especially in the sciences. She has received numerous recognitions for her teaching, outreach and mentoring activities.  She is a mother of two and a semi-professional oboist.

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