Derek earned a B.Sc. in Geology from UT-Dallas in 2001 and later a M.Sc. in Geology from UT-Arlington in 2005. In recent years he has continued his graduate work at UTA on Dinosaur Paleobiogeography and Coastal Paleoecology at the Arlington Archosaur Site. Classroom work aside, he leads his students on monthly field trip excavations to the Arlington Archosaur Site. He is a strong supporter of educational programs that bridge the divide between scientists and the public and the preservation of fossil sites that have scientific importance.
Dr. Romero is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at University of Texas at Arlington. He received his doctorate in Neuroscience from Tulane University and did postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center as Associate Member of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Research Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury.
Trigg Watson is a Dallas-based magician and entertainer, but has shared his unique brand of illusion with audiences across the country and abroad. Trigg recently graduated from Southern Methodist University on full scholarship with a double major in Theatre Studies and Business Management, a combination which he likes to call "Show Business."
Meghna Tare is the first Director of Sustainability for the University of Texas at Arlington. She has pioneered the university’s efforts in the area of green buildings, transportation, waste management and energy efficiency. In three short years she has not only put the university on the map of the nation’s most sustainable schools but also won them several awards.
Scott is an archaeologist, anthropologist, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Scott’s background includes serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, Executive Director of an outdoor education center, coordinator of educational travel for a study abroad program, entrepreneur, and Vice President of a technology startup. He is passionate about teaching new ways of learning and how scientific knowledge of the past is created and evaluated.
Kathy is the CEO of HerdWise, LLC and is certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). She is an award-winning entrepreneur who transforms how people interact by creating trust and generating awareness to improve communications. You can learn more about Kathy and her four-legged team through her website at www.HerdWise.net.
Dr. Patricia Thomas is passionate about preparing the next generation of neonatal nurse practitioners to care for the most fragile infants. A member of the university’s professional learning community on e-learning, Patricia believes that technology can improve student engagement and learning which can ultimately improve patient outcomes. Patricia was integral in the development of the virtual world of NNP education, nursingap.com. She is currently working on an interprofessional education project for graduate nursing and social work students in Second Life. When not immersed in virtual worlds, Patricia competes in dog agility with her Belgian Tervuren.
Dr. Allen Saxe is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. Throughout the years, he has become one of the well-known philanthropists in the North Texas Area. His diverse contributions have not only positively affected the lives of countless people, but also earned him various prestigious and well-deserved recognitions in the local, state and national level. Dr. Saxe earned his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. He is also very proud of his non-philanthropic achievements such as being a lecturer, columnist, radio commentator, author and even a 1996 Olympian Torch Bearer during the Atlanta Olympics.
Jeremy Gregg is the chief development officer for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a pioneering nonprofit that delivers the nation’s best results in terms of recidivism, employment and small business creation among ex-offenders. Before joining the staff, Jeremy served as a volunteer member of PEP’s Dallas Advisory Board from 2007 until 2012.
He received his Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and earned degrees in both creative advertising and English from SMU. His wife Natalie is an entrepreneur who now leads her own family law firm, and together they are raising two future small business owners named Madeleine and Harper. Jeremy blogs about prison, poetry and philanthropy at JeremyGregg.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
Dr. Jorge Rodrigues is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington. As a Brazilian native, he is a microbiologist with deep interests in the effects of man-made alterations on biodiversity and ecosystem functionality of the Amazon Rainforest. In his field, Dr. Rodrigues is known for his usage of high throughput genomic technologies to study microorganisms in diverse environments such as tropical forests and termite hindguts. The common theme between these two different research subjects is environmental conservation and smart resource utilization.
Dan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas. He is the founding Artistic Director and pianist of the American Jazz Composers Orchestra, a big band dedicated to performing music written by living American composers. He has performed with a wide range of musicians across the country, including Grammy-winners Joe McCarthy and Irma Thomas, and many other leading jazz musicians. Cavanagh serves as the Associate Director of Jazz Studies at UT Arlington. More at www.dancavanagh.com.
Christian is a Computer Science undergraduate student and President's Scholar in his last semester at the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He recently garnered national attention for his first place award at the annual SMU Talent Show by pioneering the art of "musical eating" with the MaKey MaKey - a new device given to him by the MIT Media Labs designed to turn anything into an input device. Christian is on a mission to inspire the world to learn to program, and was recently featured at the fourth annual TEDxSMU, the first Social Science series at the Dallas Perot Museum, and at local area high schools to convince Dallasites to do just that. Christian is slated to publish an introductory book to the world of programming at the end of 2013.
Dr. Rick Bogard is Associate Professor of Music/Trumpet and Chair of the Music Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is an accomplished, very talented and sought-after trumpet player with literally hundreds of prestigious performances, dozens of praised music recordings and countless contributions to learning musicians around the world. Dr. Bogard holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in trumpet performance from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Arkansas. In the spare time when he is not playing trumpet or doing anything music related, he loves to spend time with his wife and children.
Brett Shipp has worked as an investigative reporter at WFAA-TV since 1995. Over the years, Brett has spearheaded a diversity of investigations that have not only helped shape many local and state organizations, but also earned him various coveted broadcast journalism awards – including three DuPont and three Peabody awards. As a Dallas native, Brett has deep Texas roots. His father, Bert Shipp, is a legend in Dallas television with a 40 year career as a reporter/news director and assignments editor at WFAA-TV. Moreover, he is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and a proud father of two children. Follow him on Twitter @Brettshipp.
In over 32 years of architectural practice, Greg has produced a diverse body of work that has been widely recognized and published. In an era of ever-increasing specialization within his profession, he practices as a generalist, creating an architecture characterized by formal restraint and an abiding reverence for the experience of the occupants.