John Alexander is currently the Associate Director of SHANTI (Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) at the University of Virginia. This faculty led center is helping faculty members to integrate uses of technology into their teaching and research in scalable and sustainable ways. John's educational background in the humanities, his experience teaching at four institutions of higher education, and his administrative experiences at UVa for almost 30 years have almost prepared him for his current responsibilities. In spring 2009, John taught a course on Underground Hip-Hop here at Hereford. http://faculty.virginia.edu/jalexander/
Rafael C. Alvarado
Rafael ("Raf") Alvarado is currently the Associate Director of SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) at the University of Virginia, a new initiative on grounds to transform the culture of academic technology for research, teaching, learning, and outreach. The son of a naval officer, Raf was born in Annapolis, raised in Tidewater Virginia, and spent most of high school in Brazil. A graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A. Philosophy 1983, Ph.D. Anthropology 1999), Raf has been a developer, administrator, and teacher in the field of humanities computing since the 1990s, serving at U.Va. (1995 to 1997), Princeton University (1997 to 2005), and Dickinson College (2006 to 2009) before returning to Virginia in 2009. Raf publishes and teaches in the anthropology of information technology and society (a field that cross-cuts humanities computing, media studies, and cultural anthropology) and he maintains an interest in Mayan culture, the topic of his dissertation. Raf is married to Rennie Mapp (a former Echols Scholar and native of the Eastern Shore) and has two children, Eva Lucy (14) and Healy (9). You may follow him on Twitter as @ontoligent and read his blog, The Transducer, at <http://transducer.ontoligent.com>.
Anderson is clinical psychologist in UVA's Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. Bill has been a member of the University and Charlottesville communities for more than 28 years. He is chair of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, and is also active in several other national and international peace and justice organizations. He is a tenor in two Charlottesville choral ensembles: The Virginia Consort, and Zephyrus .
Kimberley Bassett is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia and is now serving as an Assistant Dean in the Office of African-American Affairs. Kimberley is very involved in her local church and its campus ministry. She is very passionate about people, and loves traveling and observing people in different cultures. Kimberley also loves music, singing and dancing...look out on karaoke night! Unfortunately, Kimberley is not a fan of the outdoors so, don't expect to see her on the hiking trips!
Lily Fox Bruguiere
Lily Fox-Bruguiere is a co-founder and co-manager of the Thomas Jefferson Demonstration Garden at Hereford, and the Coordinator for the Center for Historic Plants at Monticello. A Charlottesville native, Lily attended UVA for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, with four years of gardening in NYC and three years as a gardener at Monticello in between. Lily received her M.A. in Architectural History, with a focus on landscape history, as well as a Certificate in Historic Preservation. The TJDG is informed and inspired by Lily’s master’s thesis on Jefferson’s plans for a botanical garden at the University.
Kate Collier is the daughter of two food entrepreneurs and grew up on a mountain top farm in Fauquier County, Virginia. At an early age she helped out in her father's seasonally inspired restaurant and represented her mother's shortbread and chocolate business, Hunt Country Foods, at Fancy Food Shows in NY, Atlanta and San Francisco. Following graduation from UVA, she moved to San Francisco to work in the specialty food distribution industry as a buyer and sales person to upscale restaurants and stores in the Bay Area. In 2002, with her husband Eric Gertner, she opened the food lovers haven Feast! in Charlottesville, Virginia which was selected as a Top 20 Cheese Shop in America by Saveur magazine. In 2009, she founded the service organization, Local Food Hub, whose goal is to increase the amount of fresh, locally grown food available to our community by providing small farmers with concrete services that they need to increase production and bring their products to market. Kate is committed to sourcing and promoting the finest foods grown and made in Virginia.
Nancy Coble Damon is the Program Director of the Virginia Festival of the Book, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The Book Festival is a five-day Festival held each March in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia and around the community, and features readings and panel discussions on many topics: fiction, poetry, contemporary affairs, mystery, history, science, science fiction, environmental concerns, gardening, cooking, sports....
During the 2009 Festival, Hereford Residential College sponsored "An Evening with John Grisham and Stephen L. Carter" at Culbreth Theatre and a program with Nigerian writer Helon Habila.
Nancy has lived in Charlottesville since l976 when she moved here with her husband Fred Damon, a Professor of Anthropology at UVa. In addition to reading, she loves working on local politics, pulling weeds from the family garden, and talking to anyone about just about anything. She dreamed of a career as a professional soccer player, but did not start playing until she was 39--making this a poor career choice.
Rachael Dealy Salisbury
Rachael Dealy Salisbury is a co-founder of the Thomas Jefferson Demonstration Garden, located here at Hereford. She currently serves as assistant registrar at the University's Fralin Museum of Art. Rachael received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and went on to pursue an M.A. in Material Culture Studies at New York’s Bard Graduate Center, where she was a Windgate Fellow. A keen interest in Jefferson’s intellectual life attracted Rachael to UVa, and she is thrilled that the TJDG allows her to continue learning about Jefferson’s genius and gardening legacy. A short list of her other interests includes museums and memory, cultural and historic preservation, the history of collecting, ancient jewelry and metalwork, cooking and food science, ecology, and sustainability. Rachael is a former Brown College resident, WTJU DJ, and founding VP of the Art Students Society.
Charles G. diPierro
A native of New York and New Jersey, Charles attended public high school in New Jersey before coming to UVa. He graduated from UVa with degrees in English (B.A.), Epidemiology (M.S.), and Medicine (M.D.). As a UVa undergraduate he was a Madison House volunteer as well as an R.A. in the first-year dorms. After training and working as a resident physician in the UVa Dept. of Neurosurgery, Charles practiced clinical medicine as a staff neurosurgeon in Oslo, Norway at the University of Oslo affiliated hospitals. While in Oslo, he held additional clinical positions in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Charles returned to UVa in 2006 to study the molecular biology of brain tumors in the lab full time. 2009-2010 will be his first school year as a Hereford Fellow.
John Evans is a native of Wisconsin. He came to the University of Virginia in 1998 and serves as the Director of Accommodations for the Housing Division. Prior to working at UVa he has also served as an administrator at South Dakota State University, Rowan University, Michigan State University, Eastern Illinois University and the University of Wisonson-Whitewater. He enjoys pottery, swimming, running and outdoor activities. As a previous fellow, Mr. Evans has taught an introductory pottery course which focused on throwing techniques.
Michael Fowler is a native of England. A theorectical physicist, he studied mathematics and physics at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to the University of Virginia, he taught at Princeton, Maryland, and Toronto. Recently, he has developed an introductory physics course for non-science majors entitled, Galileo and Einstein, with an accompanying website: http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/
Paul Freedman is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics where he has taught since 1997. Freedman teaches courses in public opinion, media and politics, voting behavior, and research methods, and has written extensively about campaign advertising. Since 2000, Freedman has been an election analyst for ABC News in New York.
Renee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Classical Art and Archaeology program in the McIntire Department of Art. Focusing on dress, gesture, and performance, her dissertation explores how the female gender was constructed in the rites of marriage and death. Within the past several years, Renee has excavated in Mycenae and the Athenian Agora, she has taught aboard Semester at Sea, and she was a Coordinator of Study at Hereford. She loves traveling, and her favorite locations include: the Ring of Kerry, Marrakech, Campo Filone, Termessos, and Athens (of course). As a former collegiate rower, Renee still likes to remain active either rowing or running, and she can often be spotted in the AFC during the winter.
Rich Gregory is a systems analyst/programmer in the engineering school. He has worked in this field since 1980. He has a BS in Biology from Ga. Tech and a MS in Organic Chemistry from UVa. He has a wife and two grown children, who both are UVa students. He describes his day job as "herding bits". He enjoys reading on a wide range of subjects. His interests, that come immediately to mind, are astronomy and astrophysics, the anthropology of religion, ecology, the future of our civilization on this planet, Democratic politics, and how to be a good father and husband.
He is an Eagle Scout, a Presbyterian, a bird watcher, a stargazer and a frequent visitor to the AFC. He has several short courses on line at http://people.virginia.edu/~rtg2t. These courses are related to his interests at his day job.
Professor Grisham joins Hereford from the Department of Chemistry.
Paul Harris is an assistant professor in the Counselor Education program in the Curry School of Education. Prior to coming to UVA in 2011, he was a high school counselor in Loudoun County, Va, and Newport News, Va. His research interests include issues related to equity, access, and social justice in schools, and pre-service school counselor training. He is particularly interested in students' college and career readiness, with an emphasis on Black male student-athletes. He received his B.S.Ed. degree and M.Ed. degree from UVA, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He is married to Taylor Harris, who is a creative non-fiction writer, and they reside in the Faculty Fellow Malone apartment with their two children, Eliot Mae and Christopher Luc.
Vicki Hawes is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College. She has worked in manufacturing management and is an entrepeneur. She is now Off Grounds Housing Manager at the University of Virginia. She enjoys reading and convertibles and holds season tickets for UVa football, men's and women's basketball. She also loves the Hoos hot nights at U-Hall during the cold winter months.
Janette Hudson is on the faculty in the German Department, and when she was a Hereford fellow in the past, she ran the popular weekly German table.
Jack Hudson is from Chicago and is a passionate Cubs fan. He participates in sports himself, particularly handball, and outdoor activities. He also enjoys reading a variety of subjects, from mystery novels (Sayers and Paretsky) to somewhat more serious German and French literature. He is on the faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department and his professional interests are in the area of chemical reactors and nonlinear behavior such as chaotic oscillations and pattern formation.
Francis Aaron Laushway
Aaron Laushway is an associate dean of students and the director of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. He joined the Office of the Dean of Students in 1996. Mr. Laushway took his master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in counseling from the University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He also holds the S.T.B. and S.T.L. from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington. He was a 1999 David A Harrison III Award recipient for undergraduate advising. Immediately before returning to the University and becoming the assistant dean who worked most closely with fraternities and sororities, he was a Charles E. Merrill Fellow at The Divinity School, Harvard University. Dean Laushway is a brother of the Eta Chapter of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Yale. He also advises the Third-Year Class and the University's chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society.
Karlin Luedtke is an Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, she serves as the Association Dean for students in the College who lived in Hereford Residential College during their first year at UVA. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Karlin earned her doctorate at UVA in the Department of Sociology in 2002. Since 1996, Karlin has taught courses in the Women's Studies/Studies in Women and Gender Program. She teaches Introduction to Gender Studies and Feminist Theory as well as courses on gender and sexuality in popular media. Karlin has been a faculty fellow for two years and enjoys attending events along with her family.
Wu-Seng (Winston) Lung
Dr. Wu-Seng Lung is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He received his MS degree in Hydrology/Hydraulics from the University of Minnesota in 1970 and PhD degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1975, specializing in water quality modeling. Following 8 years of working at environmental consulting firms, Dr. Lung joined at the University of Virginia in 1983.
He has over 35 years of experience in modeling natural water systems including streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, coastal waters, and wetlands. At Virginia, he has been working on estuarine modeling of eutrophication and toxic substances. In 1991, he was named by US EPA to a review panel of model evaluation group for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, providing guidance to water quality modeling work on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. His work on estuarine modeling has been synthesized into a book entitled, Water Quality Modeling: Application to Estuaries, published by CRC Press in 1993. His modeling experience has been put together in a book entitled, Water Quality Modeling for Wasteload Allocations and TMDLs, published by John Wiley & Sons in May 2001.
Dr. Lung is currently leading an International Collaboration of Multidisciplinary Research under the U21 (Universitas 21) Water Future Network. The focus of the research is developing a modeling framework to track the fate and transport of EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) and PPCPs (Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products) in receiving water ecosystems.
Stephen A. Macko is a Professor of Isotope and Organic Geochemistry in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from the University of Texas in Chemistry. His areas of interest include marine organic geochemistry, deep ocean communities, meteorites and the Origins of Life as well as K-12 education and outreach. He has authored over 250 refereed research papers and books; he was elected a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and of the European Association of Geochemistry in 2003 and is the Corresponding Education Editor for EOS. He received the All University Teaching Award at UVA and was a finalist for the State of Virginia Faculty of the Year award in 2007. He recently held the position of Program Officer for Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry at the US National Science Foundation.
Recent projects of his include studies on chemosynthesis at cold seep sites and hot vents using the Johnson Sea Link and Alvin submersibles for sample acquisition; interpretation of ancient human diet; tracking fires and aerosols from sub-Saharan Africa; establishing the geochemical conditions of the Earth prior to the origins of life and pioneering the broadcast of live interactive classes between Africa and the USA.
At the University of Virginia, he teaches Introduction to Oceanography, Introduction to Geochemistry, Isotope Geochemistry, Organic Geochemistry and the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Seminar.
He has been a scientist or chief scientist on numerous oceanographic expeditions, including dives to depths of over 500m in the submersible Johnson Sea Link. He was a research scientist on the high Arctic Canadian Ice Island during five different years. He has been featured on Discovery and National Geographic television channel programs (The Ultimate Guide to Mummies, The Moche Murder Mystery, The Mummy Road Show) as well as a number of public and commercial radio and television interviews, including National Public Radio, about his research. His laboratory is featured in King Corn, a documentary on the influence of corn on the lives of North Americans, which opened at Independent theaters in New York and Washington in October, 2007 and appeared on PBS in April, 2008.
Paxton Marshall received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1966, an M.A. in History from the University of Maryland in 1972, the Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago in 1979, and the M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1990. Dr. Marshall has served on the faculty since 1987. He teaches courses in electric circuit analysis, electromechanical energy conversion, and electric power, and is responsible for the administration of the undergraduate instructional programs. Paxton Marshall's interests include electric power, energy conversion and conservation, engineering influences on the environment, technology management and policy, and engineering education.
Mike McPherson has served as Associate Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Officer since July 2006. Prior to his appointment at UVa, Mr. McPherson served in a number of other information technology leadership roles in higher education, including Director of Information Technology for the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts; Special Counselor to the Provost (both at the University of Michigan); and Interim President and CEO of Merit Network, Inc., the nation's longest-running regional research and education network.
Lecturer, School of Engineering
David Morris is a 4th-year graduate student in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Originally from the West of England, David also feels a strong attachment to Austria and Central Europe after spending two years living in Syria. He is and can be interested in a multitude of things; his research uses analytical chemistry to explore connections between the carbon and water cycles in the Arctic. Cycling is a full blown hobby/way of life and David loves to speak German. He is also hoping to offer a cycling short course in the Spring semester.
Mario grew up in Albemarle County with an interest in food and gardening. Mario has been a chef in the Charlottesville Community for over 12 years while cooking for 21 years with an interest in local and sustainable foods as well as gardening. He is currently completing school for Medical Billing and Coding and looks to begin an exciting new career in the health field. Mario enjoys helping out with the Hereford Mini Farm and engaging student interns/volunteers on discussions about farming/gardening techniques and planning ideas for the mini-farm throughout the various seasons.
Admissions Specialist, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Ed Murphy is both an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy and a graduate of the University of Virginia, having earned an M.A. in astronomy in 1993 and a Ph.D. in 1996. After graduating, he worked on NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) mission at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore before returning to UVa as a faculty member in the fall of 2000. He conducts research on the interstellar medium, the gas between the stars, using FUSE and ground based radio and optical telescopes. He teaches introductory astronomy classes for non-science majors and members of the community, and runs astronomy workshops for teachers. In addition to teaching and research, Mr. Murphy is director of the education and public outreach program in the Department of Astronomy. He can be found at McCormick Observatory during most of the Friday night public nights. A native of Chicago, he is a die-hard Cubs fan and, as always, is hoping next year is The Year. He and his wife Susan have two boys, Max and Michael.
Dr. Petri is the Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Virginia Medical School. He is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at UVa and a past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Petri's research interests are tropical medicine and biodefense. His current lab work is aimed at finding new means to prevent amebiasis.
Abdulaziz Sachedina, Ph.D., is Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virgina, Charlottesville. Dr. Sachedina, who has studied in India, Iraq, Iran, and Canada, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has been conducting research and writing in the field of Islamic Law, Ethics, and Theology (Sunni and Shiite) for more than two decades. In the last ten years he has concentrated on social and political ethics, including Interfaith and Intrafaith Relations, Islamic Biomedical Ethics and Islam and Human Rights. Dr. Sachedina's publications include: Islamic Messianism (State University of New York, 1980); Human Rights and the Conflicts of Culture, co-authored (University of South Carlolina, 1988) The Just Ruler in Shiite Islam (Oxford University Press, 1988); The Prolegomena to the Qur'an (Oxford University Press, 1998), The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2002), Islamic Biomedical Ethics: Theory and Application (Oxford University Press, February 2009), Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, September 2009), in addition to numerous articles in academic journals. He is an American citizen born in Tanzania.
Elizabeth Schoyer has taught painting and drawing in the McIntire Department of Art since 1984. She earned her B.F.A in painting at the Philadelphia College of Art, her M.F.A. at Indiana University, and also studied painting at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Elizabeth Schoyer's work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the East coast and is held in several public collections. Professor Schoyer has worked with Principal Nancy Takahashi and students to present a number of very successful student art shows here at Hereford.
Lisa Toccafondi Shutt
Lisa is a cultural anthropologist who has been an active member of the Hereford community since 2007. She teaches for SWAG (Studies in Women and Gender) and for the program in Global Commerce and Culture. You will frequently see her around Runk with her husband Dave and kids Zoe and Josh. Please come over and say hello!
Karl Shuve is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. He teaches courses in the history of Christianity, and his research is devoted to discovering how people in the ancient world interpreted their sacred books, especially the Bible. He is married to Melissa Phillips, who is trained as a middle and high school math teacher. They live in Piedmont Faculty Housing (down the hill from Hereford) with their daughter Catriona and son Cameron. Fun family trivia: they were each born in a different country, spanning three continents and two hemisphere—Canada (Toronto), South Africa (Johannesburg), Scotland (Edinburgh), and America (Charlottesville).
Jeanne N. Siler
Jeanne Nicholson Siler has worked in print journalism and editorial positions since graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1977. A master's degree in anthropology from UVA in 2003 led to work as a project historian on a grant partnership between the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities -- an affiliate of UVA -- and the Fayette Area Historical Initiative. The project resulted in multiple exhibits, oral histories, and a book, Fayette Street: A Hundred-Year History of African American Life in Martinsville, Virginia. She currently writes and edits as a freelancer in addition to her staff position with the Grants Program at the VFH, with in-between activities that have included fostering SPCA kittens, summer swims at Fry's Spring Beach Club (yes...there's a beach club in Charlottesville) and photography.
Tyler Jo Smith
Tyler Jo Smith is a native of Oklahoma. She received her undergraduate degree in Classics from Davidson College, and her graduate degrees in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University. She has taught at Oxford, Virginia Tech, University of Oklahoma, and rejoins the Art History faculty at UVa in 2002. As a faculty member she has represented Orthodox Christian student organizations on several campuses, and has also participated in international student outreach. Her summers are spent abroad in England and in Greece, teaching, researching, and participating in excavations. She loves sports, especially football and field hockey, and music of all types.
Phil Trella is an archaeologist with an interest in the Middle East, ancient environments, and food production strategies. An active member of Hereford since 2008 when he became a Coordinator of Studies, he has a keen interest in the Hereford Scholars Research Grants. Phil is a proud native of Western New York, and currently works as the Coordinator of Faculty Engagement for the Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives.
No longer located in Charlottesville, Keith has moved away for a challenging position as Program Manager with SAIC at the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington D.C. There, he is involved in a ranged of large-scale science and engineering projects. As a former faculty member in the Department of Physics and the founding genius behind Hereford's successful Minifarm, Keith has surely been missed as one of Hereford's resident Faculty Fellows (residing in Malone). He is remembered for leading some of Hereford's favorite short courses: waste veggie oil fuels, local foods, the food survivor challenge and black-and-white photography; take a look at some of his beautiful photography at: keithwilliamsphoto.net. Since Keith continues to be an active Hereford fellow, he invites any Herefordians to contact him with questions!