Dr. Jerry Potter
|Jerry has nearly 30 years of experience
in climate studies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where
he is now the Deputy Director of the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis
and Intercomparison. The role of the program is to help improve climate
models by carefully studying how well the models simulate the present
climate. Jerrys other duties include working with laboratories
and government to help improve climate models. As part of his work,
he participated in several scientific exchanges in Europe, China,
Jerry was born and raised in rural Northern California near the Oregon
border. After high school, he attended UCLA and earned a BA, MA and
PhD in Climatology/Geography. He started working at LLNL in 1972 in
an atmospheric science group that has become an internationally recognized
research organization. He has published numerous journal articles
on the role of clouds in climate and the predictability of climate.
Jerrys current research interests include the role of clouds
in controlling climate and climate change and long term observed moisture
trends in the Tropical Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Ron Rusay
|Ron is a chemist. His Ph.D. studies and
research concentrated on natural product chemistry and oceanography.
He spent almost fifteen years in the chemical industry in various
research and management positions before returning to the college
classroom. Ron currently is a professor at Diablo Valley College and
a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where
he is involved with the Modular Chemistry Consortium, MC2.
He chairs an Instructional Technology faculty cluster for the Colleges
of Contra Costa, serves on the California Community College Academic
Senate Technology Committee and is a member of the MERLOT (Multimedia
Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) Chemistry
Editorial Board. Ron has been actively involved with LLNL's Science
& Technology Education Program (STEP) since 1996 and is a STEP
Science Education Fellow. (Detailed
|Eric Thiel teaches Biology and AP Biology
at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton California. Eric has been
teaching science for 27 years. During these years he has served as
Scence Department Chairman and Mentor teacher in two different districts.
Eric has been an Information Technology instructor for LLNL's Education
Program for the last 8 years, a consultant for Lucas Learning Inc
for the last four years, and a USD extension program teacher for the
last two years. He has organized and taught technology workshops for
many local Unified School Districts and conducted a week long seminar
on "Internet Technologies in the Classroom" in San Juan
Eric holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Educational Technology.
He was selected as 2001 PUSD Teacher of the Year, 1999 CTAP Technology
Teacher of the Year, and has been recognized as a Tandy Technology
Scholar. Eric is also a Co-Founder of "Project Creek Watch",
which received a Golden Bell Award for excellence in education in
1999. Eric's interest in involving students in research as part of
their science experience has led to Sweepstakes awards in the Tri-Valley
Science and Engineering Fair three years in a row and 2nd, 3rd, and
4th place finishes in the Intel International Science Fair.