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Trevor Atkinson
Trevor Atkinson

Trevor Atkinson received his B.S. in Geology from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2012 and his M.S. degree in Geology and Geochemistry from Utah State University in 2015. During his time as a student, he was published with the Idaho Geological Survey and was a research assistant studying geochemistry of geothermal fluids. He recently completed an internship at the Idaho National Laboratory doing research on geothermal systems of the Snake River Plain, Idaho. He served a Spanish speaking LDS mission in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. He is married to his high school sweetheart Alicia and has two wonderful children. In his spare time, he enjoys various activities in the outdoors and traveling. He appreciates every form of music and plays the guitar and ukulele.

 

Rebecca Carlson
Rebecca Carlson

Rebecca Carlson has an undergraduate degree in physics from Brigham Young University, where she volunteered at the Summerhays Planetarium. She worked as a research assistant in theoretical astrophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory, taught algebra at Utah State University, and has taught algebra, quantitative reasoning, physics, and physical science online at BYU-Hawaii. She is married to Russel Carlson, who teaches mathematics at BYU-Hawaii. They are the parents of five children. Rebecca enjoys spending time with family, playing the harp, writing, reading, going to the beach, and learning new things.

 

Gary Hinton
Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from BYU-Hawaii just after it changed its name from The Church College of Hawaii. He went on to BYU, in Provo, Utah, to earn his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked over 30 years for Motorola, designing and testing computer-related circuits and products. He has tutored in mathematics, chemistry and physics at Mesa Community College in Arizona. Gary enjoys hiking, especially the Grand Canyon, working with Amateur Radio and computers, and volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America, where has worked for many years and with all ages of boys.

 

Kiki Hurwitz
Kikiana Hurwitz

Kikiana Hurwitz has a degree in Microbiology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After graduation, she completed 8 years as a Research Assistant at the Pacific Cnidaria Research Laboratory working on Marine Toxins, more specifically Box Jellyfish. Since joining the college in 2012, she has instructed in both the Biochemistry and Biology divisions in the Natural Science Department. She is a native to the islands, and is married with two young children.

 

Jacqueline Rasnussen
Jacqueline Rasmussen

Jacqueline Rasmussen is a graduate of BYU Hawaii. She also served a full-time mission in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry Education. This included research work with both the science department and the education department, as well as 6 months of student teaching. Her research in the science department was focused on starches in rice cooked with different methods and her research with the education department was focused on how student’s perceived usefulness of science classes affected their performance. She is passionate about helping students from every major gain meaningful skills from their general science classes.

 

Michael Takeshi Nakata
Michael Takeshi Nakata

M. Takeshi Nakata is a husband, a father to five children, and a math/physics teacher. He earned a Doctorate in Physics from BYU in Provo, Utah. His dissertation was on simulating a decaying beryillium-7 ion plasma. He is interested in trying new ways to help students learn about physical science and math. He has taught physical science and math classes in Utah, Hawaii, and California for the past seven years. He also likes making videos in his spare time. He served a LDS mission in Osaka Japan and has a Japanese father and an Ecuadorian mother – so he can relate with the many multicultural students at BYU-Hawaii.

 

Jason Neff
Jason Neff

Jason Neff is an engineer that has worked in the manufacturing, aerospace and more recently the healthcare fields. He received his BS in Physics from Brigham Young University and a MS in Engineering from the University of Utah. He has served as an instructor for Dixie State University’s School of Science and Technology since 2008, and for BYU Hawaii’s Online Learning Department since 2014.

 

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Ingrid Oit-Wiscombe

Ingrid Oit-Wiscombe was born and raised in Estonia, has lived in Hungary, and now here in Hawaii. She earned her Master’s Degree in Biomedicine from the University of Tartu, Estonia. She is right now pursuing her Doctorate in Medicine with the University of Tartu, Estonia. Her research is specialized in pulmonary medicine; more precisely she is investigating the enzymatic markers of systemic inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She has worked as a Biochemistry seminar and laboratory practical lecturer and as a researcher in University of Tartu, Estonia and junior researcher in University of Debrecen, Hungary.