Jackson, Katri

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Science Department Chair

MPA Indiana University
MSES Indiana University
BA Connecticut College

I love living in New England. I enjoy the changing seasons and I like to be outside in all weather. I have a particular passion for wildflowers and nature photography. My favorite thing about teaching science is that there is always more to discover and learn.

What book has made you think the most? A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Woolworth, never let me get away with turning in anything less than my very best and she helped to shape the student I would become.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Dedicated, honest, thoughtful

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I love walking across the quad to breakfast every morning. I enjoy the sunrise over the valley and watching the seasons change. My favorite moments are right before the bustle of the day begins, when all you can hear are the birds.

I am most happy when... I am exploring the outdoors with my daughter. She slows me down to a pace that I can stop to appreciate the details and the small things, and any hill becomes a "big mountain." I love the look of accomplishment on her face at the end.

 

Jackson, Jesse

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AS Vincennes University
BS Indiana University

Science Department

Whether I am bombing down the trails on my mountain bike or finding myself knee-deep in a wetland performing a WQI test, I think the best way to learn is by immersing yourself in the experience. This philosophy has led me to mountaintops, river rapids, punk rock bands, summer camps, environmental education centers, and most recently, teaching Introduction to STEM at Dublin School. From my youth in the hills of Indiana, to my adulthood in the slightly bigger hills of the Monadnock region, I've explored, taught, climbed, traveled, biked, created, built, worked, and through it all have never stopped learning. As Joseph Campbell said in "The Power of Myth" -"Follow your bliss"! I am so grateful to be a part of the Dublin Community to continue to teach and learn!

What book has made you think the most? There is a long list of books that have made me think, most recently 'Demon Haunted World' by Carl Sagan.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Alan Ewert, my mentor/professor at Indiana University. He brought me to the mountains for the first time, and helped me realize that I was a leader.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Hopefully they would use 3 positive words.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  Write, play guitar, go for a run, climb a mountain, read, drink some tea, go for a bike ride, listen to music. I'd probably not fit all of them into one afternoon, but I could try.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Choose one? I think not! I enjoy running, biking, hiking, canoeing and chasing my daughter around as she explores the world.

Kennedy, William PHD

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BS Western Michigan University
PhD Loyola University of Chicago

William ("Dr. Bill") Kennedy earned a doctorate in Biochemistry/Biophysics in 1980 and continued his career as a research scientist at Washington University and at the University of Illinois studying the biochemistry of mammalian reproduction. He published several papers in internationally recognized academic journals through the 1980's.

Then the PC revolution came along. Swept up by the chance to participate in an emerging technology, Dr. Bill and his wife, Jeanne Dietsch, started a software company in the early '90s, creating computer-based games and educational programs. Which brought them to Peterborough, NH, home through the '90s to some of the best computing magazines in the world. While helping raise two children, Dr. Bill worked his way up from technical editor to editor-in-chief of International Data Group's A+ Publishing division, before the magazines moved west in the late '90s.

Newly familiar with the world of publishing, Dr. Bill tuned his attention to books and consequently co-authored what became one of O'Reilly & Associates' all-time best-selling books, HTML: The Definitive Guide. Translated into over 13 languages, the sixth edition of the book is in progress. True to their motto, Life by Improvisation, Dr. Bill and Jeanne saw another emerging technology come their way early in the 21st century: robotics. They launched MobileRobots from their kitchen table and within two years began manufacturing an intelligent mobile platform for AI research worldwide. Seeing opportunities for their robots in commercial and industrial applications, they merged the company with a larger, more established robotics (fixed arm) concern in 2010 and subsequently retired the following year. Dr. Bill now teaches Physical Sciences at Dublin School.

What book has made you think the most?: Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadtler

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Ability to disappear.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: My Way. (Paul Anka's English lyrics to the melody of a French song "Comme d'habitude", composed by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux.)

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: The late Dr. John Evans at the Upjohn research labs introduced me to the real world of chemistry and science, teaching me the thrill of laboratory experimentation.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Skeptical of everything.

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?:Einstein (Bertrand Russell's book about him launched my life-long fascination with physics), Benjamin Franklin (he was truly an incredible intellect, scientist and entrepreneur) and Archimedes (my kind of crazy scientist)

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?:Seriously? John Travolta (HA!, now that would be something)

 

Nemitz, Eric

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Director of PRISM
Director of Perkin Observatory

BA Geology / Environmental Science Carleton College

Short biographical information.:

I grew up in Maine, spent my college years in Minnesota, and first came to the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire in 2002. After two years teaching ecology at Boston University's Sargent Center for Outdoor Education in the neighboring town of Hancock, I found my way to Dublin School rather serendipitously when I heard they were looking for a science teacher who could coordinate the student rock band. I spent six years as a science teacher, dorm parent, and coach, and then four more years as the Dean of Students. I have spent the two years since leaving Dublin School traveling and volunteering abroad, working as an EMT, and supporting my father in his ongoing battle with cancer. After an amazing time away, I feel so blessed and excited to return "home" to Dublin. Dublin School is where I met (and eventually married) my wife Jung and we are pleased to be returning our son, Gus, who joined us in March of 2016.

What book has made you think the most?    It's hard to single out and one book, and there are problem many that I am forgetting, but Deep Economy by Bill McKibben and There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz are two that stick out in my memory as having resonated long after I finished them.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?   Sue Richman, my high school Biology and Marine Biology teacher. She was passionate about her subject, held her students to high standards of rigor and conduct, and found a way to subtly inspire us with elements of her personal life (particularly her passion for the outdoors) without ever really shifting the focus to herself or seeking our admiration or approval. She also happened to survive being mauled by a grizzly bear while hiking in Glacier National Park the summer after I graduated high school. Impressively, the attack did little to dampen her passion for the outdoors.

How would your friends describe you in three words?   Competitive, sentimental, adventurous.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?   Plate Tectonics taught by Dave Bice at Carleton. It contained all the key elements that I love about science. Continental drift was such an audacious theory in its infancy, but through a mixture of logic, open-mindedness, and bit of luck, the mounting evidence won over the scientific community in an impressively short time. I also find comfort in the Earth as a moving, dynamic system, rather than an aging, decaying relic.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?   The Perkin Observatory on a clear, moonless night is hard to beat. I can also say from personal experience that Alumni Field on a beautiful evening in June happens to be a great place for a wedding ceremony.

I am most happy when...   I am surrounded by great people, great views, and great music (or any combination thereof).

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?   I once climbed Monadnock on a school night with my roommate and fellow science teacher, Brad Bassi, during a torrential and unseasonable rainstorm in mid-February. Our goal was simply to see how nasty the weather might be at the summit. We left at midnight and continued to the summit despite wind gusts of 80+ mph above tree line. During our descent, we lost the trail after only about 100 yards, due to roughly 10 ft. visibility. After crawling on our hands and knees for an hour in an attempt to relocate the summit, but failing to do so, we decided to bushwhack our way straight down the mountain, using the wind as our compass. Multiple waist-deep stream crossings and miles of dirt roads later, we arrived back at our apartment in time to catch a 30 minute nap before morning meeting. There were two positive outcomes: 1) We survived. 2) The experience helped solidify our bond as a couple of masochistic adventure-seekers, which led to the eventual planning, sponsorship, and successful completion of a 50 day, self-supported canoe trip in the Canadian arctic.

If I had a free afternoon I would...   Climb Monadnock from campus, up and down via the Pumpelly Trail, with a brief stopover at the cave.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?   Backpacking. I may well have been a mountain goat in a past life. I find no greater satisfaction than paring down to the bare essentials, throwing on a pack, and heading out into the wilderness in a state of total self-sufficiency. The added weight makes each additional high point or view that much more fulfilling. I am particularly fond of places like Denali where, in the absence of established trails, you are forced to read the landscape and forge a unique path.