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BoulwareProfessor Roy Boulware serves as department chair for Mathematics at the Eissey Campus.  He is and advisor for Math Olympics, the Math Team, and teaches in the Math and Science Institute (MSI).  He is Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation grant to help attract more minorities and women into degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math.  He earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and holds the M.S.T. in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University.  Professor Boulware was Palm Beach State Professor of the Year for 2009 (Palm Beach Gardens campus).

 

 

 

 

DanielDr. Nelson Daniel joined the PBSC faculty in 2012 after having taught at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM), a two-year public math/science residential high school in Oklahoma City.  During his eight-year tenure at OSSM, Dr. Daniel was awarded the position of Professor of Chemistry where he taught introductory and advanced college-level courses in General, Physical, and Analytical chemistry to high-school Juniors and Seniors.  He directed students in college and graduate-level research in environmental toxicology and bioinformatics/genomics. Dr. Daniel had the pleasure of mentoring and placing students in prestigious student enrichment and scholarship programs including the Baylor High School Summer Science Research Program, the Summer Science Program (SSP), the Adventures of the Mind Achievement & Leadership Summits, QuestBridge, the Gates Millennium Scholarships, and the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  Dr. Daniel has been recognized as an Exemplary AP Chemistry Program Teacher and as a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Awardee.

Dr. Daniel earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Idaho where his graduate research was on the application of artificial intelligence and advanced computational methods for the identification and classification of industrial and military-type explosives.  He has had a very diverse career as a practicing scientist and science educator.  Early in his teaching career, Dr. Daniel served as the upper-level physics teacher on the British Dependent island of Montserrat, W.I. in the Caribbean.  His professional experience included serving as a Staff Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and as a Forensic Chemist for the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Washington, DC and in Dallas, TX.  Dr. Daniel rounded out his government service as an analytical toxicologist/research chemist with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI).  In this capacity, he assisted in the investigation of airplane, bus, train and marine accidents – including civilian, commercial and military transportation incidents.

At PBSC, Dr. Daniel enjoys teaches General Chemistry and pre-nursing chemistry to over 200 student per semester.  He is active in implementing effective and novel means of teaching difficult and often confusing chemistry concepts to student who are avowed “chemistry and math phobes!”  During the past 3 summer sessions, Dr. Daniel was a faculty advisor for the SciencePath, a joint PBSC/School District of Palm Beach County program funded by the Quantum Foundation to support and inspire biology, chemistry and biotech teachers in the County and to develop easy to use curricular materials for new (and not so new) teachers.

Dr. Daniel is looking forward to teaching and mentoring the inaugural class of bright and enthusiastic students at the Palm Beach State College Collegiate High School.

 

GorgevskaDr. Alexandra Gorgevska is a tenured professor of Biotechnology and Chemistry at Palm Beach State College. She also serves as Department Chair for the Biotechnology Program and the Department of Natural Sciences. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry & Business Management from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University specializing in DNA-protein cross-links. Her research involved the investigation and discovery of novel mechanisms and structures of formalin cross-link formation between DNA and proteins that form as a result of the fixation process during biopsy preservation. She has worked as a research technician in the Vascular Research Laboratory at William Beaumont Hospital and a research fellow at the University of Michigan-Department of Physiology studying peripheral vascular occlusive disorders. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute on Aging, where she investigated the mechanisms of premature aging disorders, primarily that of Werner's Syndrome.

Dr. Gorgevska has and continues to be involved with the development and expansion of biotechnology curricula to meet the needs of the emerging bioscience community. In 2009, she was honored with the Distinguished New Faculty Award at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. She was a research mentor with the U.S. Army eCybermission program. She also served as the Curriculum Development Manager for the Employ Florida Banner Center for Life Sciences at Palm Beach State College; which was a 3-year 1.2 million dollar grant-funded strategic plan to modernize Florida's workforce in order to meet the workforce needs of the state. Dr. Gorgevska was recently the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Advanced Training Education (NSF-ATE) grant, a 2-year $200,000 funded project that helped to increase enrollment, retention and success of biotechnology students within the program and into their careers. She strives to provide high quality instruction by recruiting well-qualified adjunct instructors from industry. She provides career mentorship to students in addition to seeking new relevant curriculum to help train a well-qualified workforce.

 

FairbanksDr. Tod Fairbanks
I was born in Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) with BS in medical technology. During the Vietnam War, I was drafted into US Army where I served as a Medical Lab Specialist at Fort Dix, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sheridan and the US Public Health Clinic in Chicago.  
Upon honorable discharged from the Army, I completed a Master of Science degree in botany with a focus in phycology and cell biology from UVM. I continued working in Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Clinical Laboratory as the Supervisor of Clinical Immunology while completing a Master of Education degree in foundations of education at UVM.  Upon graduation with the M.Ed., I accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Illinois (Medical Center) where I taught immunology and several other components of laboratory science while completing a PhD at Rush University in the Department of Immunology.  I also had a part-time position as supervisor of the hematology lab at the 1,000-bed Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center (now Rush University Medical Center).

Upon completing my PhD, I was offered a position at Abbott Laboratories in the Abbott Diagnostics Division. There I worked on numerous products involving tests for allergy, cancer, and infectious diseases including strep throat and HIV, and 15 consumer diagnostics.  In addition to tests, I evaluated numerous Abbott diagnostic instruments.

From Abbott I was recruited to Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) where I served as a Global Marketing Research Manager for infectious diseases and cancer, and then Global Product Manager for cancer products including TAXOL®.  Subsequent to pharmaceuticals, I moved to Director of Corporate Marketing Research involving medical devices and consumer products, which led to involvement in mergers and acquisitions and corporate consulting, where I worked with such companies as Boston Consulting, McKinsey, AD Little, Navigant, Medical Data International, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.

From BMS I moved to Pharmacia in the oncology pharmaceuticals group and when Pfizer acquired Pharmacia I returned to BMS in as the Director of oncology licensing. As the Director of oncology licensing, I evaluated nearly 250 new compounds, products and ideas per year from nearly as many companies.  I monitored several development programs including the TAXOL® synthesis project from Florida State University for five years.  Notable projects and companies in which I was involved included ImClone, Medarex, National Institute of Health and Nerviano Medical Sciences.  Then I moved to Florida.

Currently, I am a Professor III of Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology at Palm Beach State College teaching biology 1 and 2 for majors, microbiology and introduction to biotechnology.  I also teach a graduate course in biotechnology business at Florida Atlantic University in the Biology and Business departments.  At Palm Beach Atlantic University, I guest lecture in pharmacology for rheumatoid arthritis and have participated in several courses for immunology, biotechnology, transplantation, and infectious diseases all in the Gregory School of Pharmacy.  Finally, I guest lecture in Nova Southeastern University’s graduate pharmacy program on the role of marketing research in the pharmaceutical industry.

However, since I like school, I am also enrolled in the University of Florida on line program to receive a certificate in pharmaceutical chemistry.

I am the Biology Cluster Chairperson at PBSC, the faculty advisor to the PBSC Pre-Pharmacy Club and for the fall of 2017, I am the Interim Department Chairperson for the PBSC Environmental Sciences Program. That is my story, so far.

 

RosenthalProfessor Ira Amado Rosenthal obtained her Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. For the past 19 years she has taught the full gamut of mathematics courses at PBSC, including Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, and Calculus as well as differential equations. In addition to her teaching experience, in the summer of 2013 and again in 2014, she served as a Faculty Mentor for PBSC’s Science Path Institute, a collaborative effort of PBSC and The School District of Palm Beach County supported by a Quantum Foundation grant. Its purpose: Develop relevant and rigorous curriculum to prepare secondary students for college chemistry and mathematics courses. During this time she collaborated with secondary math and chemistry teachers in the creation of Technology Tutorials for Teachers, a web-based tutorial for instructional training and Math Supplements for Chemistry, a website providing students with the mathematical foundations needed to succeed in chemistry. Professor Rosenthal served as Department Chair for Math and Computer Science at PBSC from 1999 – 2001.

 

mrayA native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Magdala Ray came to Palm Beach County 40 years ago.  She holds an AA degree from Palm Beach State College (then Community College) (1990), a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management (1992) and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development (1997) from Palm Beach Atlantic University (then College), and an Executive Doctorate in Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University (2004).

Dr. Ray has been employed at Palm Beach State College since 1987 and has experienced the college’s transition from Junior College to Community College and now, a baccalaureate-degree-granting State College.  She began as a part-time clerk in the math lab and has served as adjunct faculty, learning specialist, Student Learning Center Coordinator, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Communications and Math (including Developmental Education), Dean of Academic Affairs for the Lake Worth campus, Dean of Baccalaureate Studies, and now is a full-time, tenured faculty member teaching Introduction to the College Experience at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.  She is a certified Kellogg Institute developmental education specialist and a certified Supplemental Instruction (SI) supervisor. She has published articles on developmental education and presented on active learning strategies, mentoring and leadership at a variety of conferences, workshops and seminars on both state and national levels.  From 1999-2009, she represented Palm Beach State College as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition.  Dr. Ray received the College’s Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award in the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

Karen WalterDr. Walter began as an adjunct here at PBSC in 2009. She has been a full-time high school teacher at William T. Dwyer since 2004 and department chair since 2011. She comes to PBSC full-time this year while on sabbatical leave from Dwyer. She has a BA in Biology, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Biology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Biology.

Dr. Walter was project coordinator on a grant initiative through Palm Beach State College and Quantum Foundation. The three year project was designed to align science curriculum from area high schools to college level courses. Tasks include initiation of project in coordination with Dean and District officials. Coordination of efforts between participating lead teachers from area high schools and participating professors from PBSC. She work the four summers from 2012 through 2015 with Associate Dean Bob Van Der Velde to fulfill the grant stipulations and train high school teachers.

She was a science coach during the inaugural year, 2009-10 of a district program to provide specialized services to high school science teachers and students.  The assignment included 11 middle and high schools.  She devised a program to align science curriculum between middle and high schools working within newly created standards for high school grading system. As a result of this program a consensus, not previously attempted locally, was created within and between area high schools and their “feeder” middle schools.  Some components of this program remain in place today.

Prior to her academic career, she was a small business owner in Northern Palm Beach County starting two businesses from scratch.

ThomassonProfessor Kathryn Thomasson is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate from the University of Florida having received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science and Engineering.  Professor Thomasson continued her education at the University of Tennessee earning a Master of Science degree in Mathematics with a Master’s Project in developing and debugging algorithms and numerical code for complex root finding.  Prior to accepting a position in industry, Professor Thomasson was as an Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee. 

Professor Thomasson’s experience in industry began at Raytheon Company as a Senior Software Engineer where she designed, developed, tested, and integrated real-time embedded software algorithms for thermal imaging airborne equipment.  This infrared sensor equipment was used on a variety of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance programs for both domestic and international governments.  Later she accepted a position as a Business Development Manager at FLIR Systems, Inc., the world leader in thermal imaging, supporting programs for the Department of Defense and multi-agency customers with Thermal Imaging equipment for airborne applications.

Professor Thomasson has been an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Palm Beach State College since 2012.  She has chaired Math Awareness Week, is a member of the Honors Advisory Board, and is the Gardens Campus Honors College Faculty Liaison.  The mission of the Honors College is to provide a challenging and supportive academic environment in which Palm Beach State College honors students are encouraged to think critically, demonstrate leadership, and develop ethical standards. As Honors Faculty Liaison, Professor Thomasson will provide leadership and strategic planning for the Honors College students at the campus level. 

Professor Thomasson is a native to Palm Beach Gardens, and she is thrilled to work with the students at the STEM Collegiate High School here at the Palm Beach State College Gardens campus.

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