I am an Associate Professor of Geosciences in the Department of
Geosciences at Murray State University. I teach several geoscience
courses including Earth Science, Geographic Information Systems,
Advanced Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing. I have developed
"hands-on" teaching using real world applications in my
classes. I have been involved in several grants for research and
establishment of a student laboratory and a research laboratory.
My interest in the FIRST project is that I am interested in learning
what other faculty are doing to improve their courses and how I
can improve my own teaching.
Susan P. Hendricks
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences,
Center of Excellence in Reservoir Research, and Hancock Biological
Station at Murray State University, Murray, KY. I earned a B.S.
degree in Botany from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Biology
(Botany) from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Aquatic
Ecology from the University of Michigan. My primary course load
includes general biology for non-majors, general botany, systematic
botany, and phycology. I also teach limnology or stream ecology
during the summer session at Hancock Biological Station. I am very
interested in the application of inquiry-based learning techniques
and tools to the general botany course. I am involved in the outreach
program at HBS for elementary and middle school children. I have
served on the Science Advisory Board of the 4-Rivers Watershed Watch
program and I will be serving as President of the MSU chapter of
Sigma Xi during the 2002-2003 academic year. My research funding
includes an array of water quality grants from U.S. EPA, NSF and
Kentucky Division of Water. I have mentored and advised several
undergraduate and graduate students in accomplishing the research
goals of these grants and all have presented their project results
at regional, state, and national meetings.
I earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Tennessee Technological
University in 1976. Since I couldn't find a job in doing what I
wanted to do, I went on to graduate school at Utah State University,
obtaining my M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1978.
This time, I was able to get a job, and I worked in for a large
environmental engineering firm for about 12 years in Washington,
California, Arizona, and Florida, primarily in the areas of industrial
wastewater treatment and clean up of contaminated soils and groundwater.
Then, thinking that I'd like to be a teacher, I returned to Tennessee
Technological University, earning my Ph.D. in Engineering in 1995.
I've been at Murray State University since then. I have joint appointments
with the University of Kentucky and the Korea Advanced Institute
for Science and Technology, teaching classes on soil and groundwater
remediation. Most of my research has concentrated on the use of
natural systems such as constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment
and I'm involved in several watershed protection efforts.
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George W. Kipphut
I am a Professor of Biological Sciences and Geosciences at Murray
State University. I received my B.S. in Chemistry from Providence
College and my Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Columbia University.
In graduate school my main interests were oceanography and limnology,
and I spent the first part of my career primarily doing teaching
and research in oceanography. Over the years my research interests
slowly shifted to freshwater environments. Prior to coming to Murray
State in 1991, I had positions at the University of North Carolina,
the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
I was attracted to Murray State by the opportunity to work with
other faculty at MSU's Center for Reservoir Research. I teach majors
and non-majors courses in the department of Geosciences, and upper
division ecology courses in the department of Biological Sciences.
The courses that I enjoy teaching most are interdisciplinary in
nature and content. I have been a research advisor for both undergraduate
and graduate students and I try to incorporate current research
developments into my course curricula whenever appropriate. Through
involvement with FIRST, I hope to learn new methods and approaches
for better engaging students at all levels in both classroom and
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