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Dr. Kathryn Devine

Associate Professor of Physics, College of Idaho

I am originally from Rochester, Minnesota. As an undergraduate, I studied physics at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in Minnesota. I went on to receive my Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. As part of my graduate studies, I spent two years working at the National Radio Astronomy's Very Large Array telescope in Socorro, New Mexico. For my graduate research I examined star-forming environments in infrared dark clouds (very dense concentrations of dust and gas in the Milky Way).

After I completed my graduate studies, I moved to Boise, Idaho to join the physics faculty at the College of Idaho. For fun, I enjoy many of the outdoor activities that Idaho has in abundance, including hiking, skiing, and climbing.

Steve Shropshire

Professor of Physics, Idaho State University

Steve Shropshire is a Professor of Physics at Idaho State University. Dr. Shropshire came to ISU in the Fall of 1991 from Washington State University, where he received his Ph.D. in physics. His research interests are in the use of nuclear spectroscopy techniques in the study of materials science. His other interests focus on improving science education in K-12 schools.

Dr. Shropshire has conducted hundreds of science presentations at southeast Idaho schools, and as well as numerous science workshops for K-12 teachers. He is involved in the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Idaho Science Teachers Association, and the National Science Teachers Association. He participates in several educational summer programs including Elderhostel, Summer Science Academy, Junior Science Academy, and Gang Reeducation and Training (Camp Great), sponsored by ISU, the Idaho Museum of Natural History, and the Pocatello Police Department. He has also participated in programs through the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America.

Dr. Shropshire has been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Association of Physics Teachers Distinguished Service Citation (2008), the Idaho Academy of Science Distinguished Science Communicator Award (2007), the Idaho State University Achievement Award (2006), the ISU Outstanding Public Servant Award (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003), and the Salvation Army Community Hero Award (2000, 2003). He is recognized nationally as an expert in science outreach.

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