2013 Pre-College Programs Faculty

2014 faculty information to come

  • Matthew Baddorf

    Matthew Baddorf

    Matthew is a PhD student in the philosophy department at the University of Rochester, where he plans to write his dissertation about moral knowledge and how we can acquire it. He graduated with a BA in philosophy from Covenant College, and when not worrying about moral dilemmas, he plays games (board and computer) and reads.

    Would You Press the Button?
    Navigating Moral Dilemmas
  • Revathi Balasubramanian


    Originally from India, Revathi is a PhD student in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester with a master’s in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester. She enjoys teaching along with doing research. Apart from the Rochester Scholars program, she also teaches human anatomy lab.

    Biomedical Technology-Engineer, Doctor, or Both?
  • Tiffany Barber


    Tiffany is currently a second year PhD student in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester, where her research interests focus on race, gender, and performance.

    Identity and Popular Culture
  • Julie Beauregard

    Julie is a vocalist and percussionist who earned a BM (’99), an MA (’06), and a PhD (’12) in music education at the Eastman School of Music, where she is presently finishing another MA in ethnomusicology. She has completed Orff Schulwerk levels at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and at Eastman. Dr. Beauregard has nine years of experience teaching general, choral, and instrumental music in K-12 schools, including locally in Penfield and Gates Chili. Over the past five years, she has instructed courses and supervised student teachers at Eastman, held a faculty position at Northwestern University, and facilitated online master’s-level coursework for Boston University, all in the area of music education. In the summer, she directs multiple programs that focus on the musics of many cultures, and she teaches the world music class in Eastman Community Music School’s Music Horizons program. Currently, she is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) PreK-2 National Standards subcommittee writing team. She wholeheartedly believes that fun and active engagement are essential to learning, and she enjoys working with students of all ages!

    Explorations in World Music
  • Elizabeth Bodine


    Elizabeth earned a BA in English and communication from SUNY Geneseo and an MS in education from SUNY Brockport. She is currently an instructor at Notre Dame High School in Batavia, NY, where she teaches English 9, English 12, AP English Language and Composition, and English 101/105. She is also the adviser for the school newspaper, yearbook, and Environmental Action Club. This is her fourth year as a Rochester Scholars instructor.

    The Documentary: A Study of Film
  • Dave Caiazza


    Dave is an adjunct professor of adolescent education at Nazareth College. He taught criminology classes for over ten years in the Rochester City School District. Though not a lawyer, he has many connections with the police, legal, and penal communities. He has taught this course for Rochester Scholars for nine years.

    May it Please the Court: A Mock Trial
  • Liam Casey & Shaw-Ree Chen


    Liam Casey

    Liam received his PhD in biology from the University of Rochester in 2003. He currently works in the Center for Science Education and Outreach at the University of Rochester, where he develops and leads hands-on science lessons for students. In addition, he is interested in measuring how case-based teaching and science enrichment programs can affect student interest in and understanding of science. He maintains close connections with researchers at the University of Rochester, which allows him to borrow cool stuff and to bring large groups of nosy students to their labs.


    Shaw-Ree Chen

    Shaw-Ree is the assistant director of the Life Sciences Learning Center, and a research assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine. She has a strong interest in science education and outreach, and has written and taught case studies to audiences ages 10 to 90 throughout the Rochester community. She is also the coach of the University of Rochester’s badminton club, and can often be spotted jogging though the campus, listening to motivational tunes, and thinking about how to turn the latest science news into a hands-on case study.

    Case Studies in Science: Medical Mysteries
    The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells
    Introduction to Biological Research
  • Garrick Centola


    Garrick Centola is a current undergraduate student at the University of Rochester. He is currently studying chemistry, but has a love for all things science and technology. He is active on Rochester’s FIRST Lego League planning committee. In high school and college, he has been very involved with local robotics programs and is excited about the opportunities they can provide to students interested in science and technology.

    Build a Mobile Robot
  • Chris Chandler

    Christopher is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and is currently teaching at the Eastman Community Music School. His music frequently involves the use of technology, and he has been actively engaged in the electroacoustic music community for several years. He has held the position of music technology specialist in the Department of Music at the University of Richmond. Chris has also been a teaching assistant in music technology and computer music at Bowling Green State University and in composition and computer music at the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, Christopher has served as associate technical director of the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia since 2008. In this capacity, he has been directly involved with presenting works for instruments as well as for computer, dance, video, and stereo and multi-channel works for fixed media. His music has been performed by Ensemble Interface, eighth blackbird, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.

    High School Electronic Music
  • Ryan Conrath


    Ryan has held the position of cinematographer, editor, screenwriter, production assistant, actor, and director on a wide and idiosyncratic number of film and television productions. Short and feature-length films that he has produced, shot, and acted in have gone on to play in major US festivals, to win awards from organizations such as CINE and TBS, and to be featured in publications such as The New York Times. Most recently before coming to the University of Rochester, he worked for a PBS affiliate in southern Florida. He holds a BA in film from Eckerd College in Florida, and an MFA in film production from Boston University. Ryan is currently a PhD candidate in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. He has taught courses at UR on American independent film, video production, and will teach a class in the Spring of 2014 on American cinema in the 1970s.

    16 mm Film Workshop
  • John Covach , Jason Titus, & Chris Meeker


    John Covach

    John is the chair of the College Music Department at Eastman, a music theory professor at Eastman, and a music professor at the University of Rochester. He received his BM, MM, and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan. John has published dozens of articles on topics dealing with popular music, twelve-tone music, and the philosophy and aesthetics of music. He co-edited Understanding Rock (Oxford, 1997), American Rock and the Classical Tradition (Harwood, 2000), and Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Music (Harwood, 2000). He also has a textbook, What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock Music (W. W. Norton & Co., 2006).


    Jason Titus

    Jason holds degrees in music theory and music education from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana State University. He has taught music to students of every educational level, from kindergarten through graduate school. Jason completed a PhD in music theory at the Eastman School of Music, finishing a dissertation titled "Miles Davis' 'So What' As Modal Jazz Case Study." His LSU masters’ thesis—“The Voicings of Thelonious Monk”—was an examination of jazz harmony and idiomatic chord construction.

    Chris Meeker

    Raised in a musical family, Chris sang in choirs from the age of six and took lessons variously on piano, saxophone, guitar, and acoustic and electric bass. After high school, Chris went on to study the guitar at the Berklee College of Music. Upon completion of his work in Boston, Chris went on to study music composition at Indiana State University, where he focused on acoustic bass. Since moving to Rochester in 1998, Chris helped form the original progressive band, Mind Sky, playing the Chapman Stick and composing material for their self-titled CD.

    Eastman Rock Guitar Workshop
    Eastman Classic Rock
  • William Dykstra

    William has been with Rochester Scholars for several years now. He has his bachelor’s in physics and a master’s in science education. He teaches physics and astronomy at a local high school. Among his many hobbies are astronomy, music, sports, history, and military interests.

    The War Room: Strategies for an American Battle Plan
  • Joshua Foster


    Joshua was born in Utica, NY, and graduated from Whitesboro High School. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, and is certified in both biology and as an educational technology specialist. He was a three-sport varsity athlete, played for the St. John Fisher men’s soccer team, and competed in the Empire 8 conference. As a certified educational technology specialist, he has used very current programs in order to improve the education of students. One of these programs is Photoshop, which is used almost weekly in his classroom. Currently employed at Eastridge High School, he teaches Living Environment, Advanced Human Biology, and IB Biology. He also coaches the girls’ varsity soccer team at Eastridge as well as a girls’ team for the Irondequoit Soccer Club.

    Mastering Computer Graphics: Using Photoshop Like a Pro
    How to Stay in the Game: The Anatomy of a Sports Injury
  • Ting Huang


    Before becoming a full-time senior lecturer in Chinese at the University of Rochester, Ting taught Chinese for eight years both in China and in the United States. With an MA in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and two degrees (MA and BA) in Chinese language, she not only understands the Chinese language itself, but she also knows how to teach it masterfully.

    Introduction to Chinese
  • Ken Johnson


    Ken has worked with the University of Rochester debate team since 2000. He has led the team to multiple national championships, and he has been recognized with several awards, including “Northeast Debate Coach of the Year.”

    Argument & Debate: How to Argue and Win
  • Andrew Jordan


    Andrew Jordan, a Texas native, has a BS in physics and mathematics from Texas A&M University. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and worked as a research scientist at Texas A&M. He is currently an assistant professor of physics at the University of Rochester. His research has been featured in Nature News and New Scientist magazine.

    Strangeness in Quantum Physics
  • Joseph Lanning


    As a University of Rochester undergraduate, Joseph Lanning studied abroad in Kenya, Africa, for a semester in 1998. Upon his return to the States, he founded the World Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that benefits schoolgirls in Kenya orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Following his graduation in 2000, he spent two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Africa. Joe's combined experiences in Kenya and Malawi inspired him to create the Malawi Immersion Summer Seminar, through which he has been bringing undergraduate students to Malawi since 2003. In 2007, he completed his master's degree in global history, and he is currently pursuing his PhD in ecological and environmental anthropology at the University of Georgia. Joe has also been an instructor for an ethnographic research methods course at Rochester. The 2013 program will mark his first Samoan Pre-College seminar, his third Malawi Pre-College seminar, and his twelfth undergraduate seminar. In his free time, Joe coaches high school baseball and does documentary photography.

    Malawi Immersion Summer Seminar
    Samoa Immersion Summer Seminar
  • Joe Latimer


    Joe has a bachelor’s from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a master’s from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing a second master’s from the University of Rochester. A native of central Massachusetts, Joe has been involved in the field of college admissions counseling for eighteen years, with an interest in early outreach to younger high school students to inspire them to be high achievers in their academic and co-curricular lives. In his spare time, Joe plays and coaches lacrosse, is an avid reader of The New York Times, and is a die-hard Yankees fan.

    Managing and Imagining Your Future
  • Michael Leonard

    Michael is a visual artist and educator in Rochester, working primarily in photography. He works full time as the studio manager of the Sage Art Center at the University of Rochester and teaches for The College at Brockport.

    Hand Crafted Photography
  • Melissa Martin


    Melissa graduated with a BS in biology in 2009, after which she came to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to pursue her PhD in pharmacology. Her current research seeks to identify novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of pathologic cardiac remodeling and heart failure.

    Science with Heart through Clinical, Case Study, and Pharmacology Research
  • Dennis Mucenski


    Dennis was destined to become a forensics teacher from the first time he watched Law and Order and then CSI. He developed a forensics class at Pittsford Mendon High School and then started co-teaching a forensics course for teachers at College of the Atlantic. He is a published author, does webinars for Ward’s Natural Science, and he participates each year in a three-day conference on how to incorporate forensics into school curriculums. Dennis also teaches an undergrad and graduate course on the science of crime scene investigation at St. John Fisher College.

    Rochester CSI
  • Christopher Teal & Alan Murphy


    Chris and Alan are active performers and educators in the Rochester area, playing regularly with the Mighty High and Dry, Po’ Boys Brass Band, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Steve Grills, and other freelance groups. Chris and Alan both hold MM degrees in jazz performance from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and Nazareth College (respectively).

    Come Join the Band: Creative Music Making for Everyone
  • Jong-Hoon Nam


    Jong-Hoon is an assistant professor in the mechanical and biomedical engineering departments at the University of Rochester. He has been studying the mechano-sensation in the inner ear. Currently, he teaches computational methods for graduate students and Engineering Mechanics II for undergraduates.

    Cochlea: Microphone of the Inner Ear
  • Greta Niu


    Greta, PhD, has taught at SUNY College at Brockport, the University of Rochester, and St. John Fisher College. Since 1998, Greta has taught literature, media studies, communication, film analysis, composition, and digital media. She has training in digital media production, oral history, and computer programming.

    Media Studies: Mash-ups, Flash Animation, and Video Games
  • David Principe


    David is a PhD student in the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently studying star formation with an emphasis on the interaction between protostars and their circumstellar disks (i.e., the material from which planets can form). He has a personal interest in solar system physics and the history of astronomy. He actively attends conferences to present his research and participates in community events.

    Astrogeology: A Journey Through the Solar System
  • Valerie Rapson


    Valerie is a PhD candidate in astrophysical science and technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently studying how stars and planets form and evolve over time. She teaches astronomy to people of all ages through outreach events at local high schools, clubs, and senior living communities. She is also an active member of the astronomy chapter of the Rochester Academy of Sciences where she volunteers with their Young Astronomer program.

    Discover the Cosmos
  • Jessica Robinson


    Jessica was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the middle of three children and the only girl. Jessica attended the University of Utah for her undergraduate degree. Her first major was piano performance, but after a long and winding road, she eventually found a passion for the social sciences and research. In May of last year, she graduated Cum Laude with a BS in human development and family studies. She just completed her first year in the developmental psychology PhD program here at Rochester, where she studies moral and social development within the family context under the mentorship of Dr. Judi Smetana. Eventually, she would like to be a professor so she can continue her research and teaching. Her other dream job would be to own a bakery and spend all day baking delicious goodies. When she is not doing schoolwork (which is not very often), she enjoys cooking, playing the piano, hiking, reading, knitting, and scuba diving.

    The Surprising Side of Psychology
  • Stephen Roessner


    Stephen is a Grammy Award winning recording engineer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He has toured the world as a drummer for the instrumental rock band, Saxon Shore, and is also very active in the local music scene. He is currently a PhD student in electrical engineering at the University of Rochester. He holds a BM in music performance in percussion, a BS in sound recording, and an MSEE in audio signal processing. Stephen’s research interests include acoustics, signal processing, and hardware electronics. He also teaches courses in audio engineering and critical listening at Rochester. Outside of the University, Stephen owns his own recording studio, Calibrated Recording, and frequently travels to other cities to do on-location recordings.

    Hajim Engineering Program
  • Stacy Ruvio


    Stacy earned a BS in biology from SUNY Geneseo in 2005. She received her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Buffalo in 2010, where her dissertation project was in the field of neuroscience. She is currently a post-doctoral research assistant in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester. Stacy has also been a teaching docent at the Buffalo Zoo since 2008.

    Animal Physiology and Fun Facts: How DOES that polar bear really survive in the cold?
  • Scott Seidman


    Associate professor Scott H. Seidman has been on the faculty of the biomedical engineering (BME) department at the University of Rochester since its creation in 2000. He has designed two laboratory-intensive courses, including the BME core course, Quantitative Physiology. He also co-teaches the yearlong undergraduate senior design sequence. Scott serves as the faculty advisor of the University of Rochester chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

    Scott is co-director of the technology core of the Center for Navigation and Communication Sciences, funded by the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). He helps disseminate technological development to other NIDCD cores. Scott served as director of an international design educational initiative funded by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, in which students and faculty traveled between the University of Rochester and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in Lima to identify developing nations’ global health needs that could be addressed by both schools’ design programs.

    His research interests include the detection of motion by the inner ear and how this information is used by navigational and orientational mechanisms. Scott’s engineering background is in bioinstrumentation and embedded devices. He is co-inventor on two patent applications for medical devices, both in the area of neonatal monitoring. One of these devices comes directly out of a BME senior design project, and he shares inventorship with four alumni of Rochester’s design program and two Rochester neonatologists. Another area of interest is assistive technology to help people with profound accessibility issues use computers.

    Hajim Engineering Program
  • Clare Shaffer

    Clare holds a BSEd from SUNY Cortland and an MSEd from SUNY Brockport. She also has her New York State Health Education Teaching Certificate and New York State Dental Hygiene Teacher’s Certificate. Clare currently serves as the director of the Infection Control Program at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center. She was awarded the 2002 Excellence Award from the University of Rochester Medical Center Board.

    The Magic of Molars and the Wisdom of Teeth: Exploring Oral Health
  • Alexander Shestopalov


    Alex is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester. He is pursuing research that focuses on the development of new unconventional fabrication and patterning techniques and the use of these techniques in preparation of functional micro- and nano-structured devices. At Rochester, he teaches a junior-level class about chemical engineering thermodynamics and a graduate-level class about biointerfaces.

    Careers in Engineering
  • Daniel Singleton


    Daniel earned his BA in English at Kennesaw State University and his MA in English and film studies at the University of Rochester. Currently, he teaches freshman composition at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. When he’s not doing that, he watches movies; lots and lots of movies.

    The Language of Cinema: How Moviemakers Tell Stories
  • Dustin Shipp


    Dustin Shipp is a PhD candidate in optics at the University of Rochester, hoping to graduate next year. He graduated with BS degrees in physics and mathematics from Brigham Young University in 2008. Dustin's research focuses on using light scattering to extract chemical and physiological information from single biological cells without any external labels.

    Dustin has been involved with teaching and community outreach for years and is currently serving as the President of Rochester’s Student Chapter of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics).

    Hajim Engineering Program
  • Karine Stone


    Karine has played the violin since the age of two. She has a bachelor's and master's in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. Karine has worked extensively as a teacher, conductor, and administrator. In 1997, she was on the violin faculty of the Idaho State Civic Symphony String Festival and in 1998, she was the Dean of the Quartet Program at Bucknell University. Karine is committed to sharing music with children of all ages and for seven years has taught approximately 30 students in her private violin studio in Rochester. For six seasons, she has conducted the Cobblestone Chamber Ensemble, a 30-piece intergenerational orchestra, also in Rochester.

    Young Performers Chamber Music Program
  • Mariko Tamate


    Mariko is a full-time senior lecturer in Japanese for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester since 1988. She has experience in teaching all levels of Japanese.

    Introduction to Elementary Japanese
  • Bill Tiberio


    Bill is the conductor of UR Wind Symphony and UR Jazz Ensemble, and director of the Eastman Community Music School’s Music Educators’ Jazz Ensemble and Summer Wind Ensemble. He received a bachelor’s in music from Ithaca College and his master’s in music education from SUNY Fredonia. He has led the concert band and jazz program at Fairport High School, and has been an instrumental music teacher in the Fairport schools since 1988. Bill has been part of the faculty in the University of Rochester’s music department, and part of the Hochstein School of Music’s summer staff.

    High School Wind Ensemble Workshop
    Jazz Primer for Classical Musicians
  • Brent Vickers


    Brent is a biologist and environmental anthropologist with more than ten years of experience working on South Pacific islands. Brent first came to the South Pacific for a biological field-research program in French Polynesia while he was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, Brent has worked on several environmental projects on islands including Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands. Brent is now a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia’s Department of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology and he has spent the last four years researching economic development and climate change in Samoa. Brent is also an avid rugby player and coach and is always willing to help students learn about his and many Samoans’ favorite sport.

    Samoa Immersion Summer Seminar
  • Jeffrey Vedanayagam


    Jeffrey is a PhD candidate in the biology department at the University of Rochester. Jeffrey earned a BS in biology from the University of Madras, India, and an MS in biology from the University of Rochester. Jeffrey is a recipient of an Ernst Caspari Fellowship from Rochester and a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation.

    Genes and Genomes: Why is DNA the secret molecule of life?
  • Kaitlyn Werner


    Kaitlyn is currently a senior studying psychology at the University of Rochester. With an emphasis on human motivation and self-determination theory, Kaitlyn has worked as a research assistant on a variety of research projects, such as examining students’ perceptions of teach motivation, and she is completing her thesis on how extrinsic aspirations (i.e., money, fame, image) result in decreased quality of life. She is currently interested in studying goal psychology and its effect on motivation.

    Why We Do What We Do: The Study of Motivation Psychology
  • University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty


    Courses taught by practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts in the field.

    What’s Up, Doc?
    Mini Medical School

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