to my home page. I've been teaching mathematics at Earlham since 1985, lead our environmental programs after my return from a two year stint at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in 1997 until 2010, and will retire from full-time teaching at the end of this semester.
In the spring of 2004, I led a student-faculty research course entitled "Greening Earlham" and convened the College Environmental Plan Committee. That work led to the establishment of the Earlham Sustainability Committee which is leading the College toward greater sustainability. That committee has accomplished a great deal since it was established in 2005. There is still much to be accomplished in moving Earlham closer to sustainability.
In the fall of 2004, the Earlham Faculty approved the Environmental Plan proposed by the Environmental Plan Committee, setting a foundation for Earlham to make significant progress toward sustainability. The work of the Environmental Responsibility Committee continues to build on the goals of the Environmental Plan.
In the fall of 2009, the Earlham Faculty approved a major in Environmental Studies, and a restructured Environmental Science major followed the next year. In December of 2009, Earlham became a charter participant in the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). This will provide a useful structure to help us move toward a more sustainable operation.
Thanks to a generous donations by friends of Earlham and the Class of 2009, with the assistance of our Facilities folks, Earlham installed an array of solar panels on the roof of Dennis Hall, a small wind turbine at Miller Farm, and a 1.5 Kilowatt wind turbine on the roof of Dennis Hall. See moving panels. These systems generate electricity for an alternative energy educational display in Dennis Hall, for the students living at Miller Farm, and serve to provide data for further analysis and determination of the feasibility of larger-scale alternative energy installations at Earlham.
Mathematics and the Environment
entered my life as career interests after I had earned a BS in Civil Engineering in 1969, and worked as a civil engineer in the US Air Force for 6 years. After leaving the Air Force, I returned to school, earning an MS in mathematics in 1977, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education in 1981. My work in environmental science provided an opportunity for me to join my two life-long career interests.
is the part of my life that most defines me. Sandy and I met and married while I was in graduate school, and we've grown together over our 37 years together. We've raised Emily (born 1981) and Adam (born 1987), and are thankful for everything our children have brought into our lives, including the surprises and detours. Emily attended Earlham and majored in Art. In May of 2007, she married Andy Nelson, an Earlham classmate whom we are pleased to have in our family. They live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Adam also decided to attend Earlham and majored in History. He is living in Indianapolis, Indiana.
from full time teaching at the end of this academic year is my next big step. The College and I have agreed that I will continue to teach a course each semester for the next few years. I am also involved in a few statistical endeavors that keep me pretty busy. Sandy and I are in the process of opening a Bed and Breakfast at our home, across the street from Earlham. We look forward to hosting old friends and making new ones.