About Us: The Board
The Experimental College Board sets policy, selects new courses from proposals submitted, plans campus events, and develops new initiatives for the ExCollege.
Rusty Russell, a lawyer and certified planner, is on the faculty of the graduate Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, UEP. His areas of interest include environmental policy (he teaches an undergraduate course on the topic each spring), environmental law, water policy and energy systems.
Noe Montez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and dance specializing in contemporary US Latino and Latin American performance, memory and performance studies. His academic interests vary widely, however, and include sports, pop culture, food studies, and documentary performance. Professor Montez is also an accomplished stage director and production dramaturg. He is happy to be joining the ExCollege board.
Ken Garden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, where he teaches courses on Islam. He is completing a book on the 11th century Persian religious thinker al-Ghazali, and has also lived for over three years in the contemporary Muslim world in Egypt and Morocco. He spent the fall semester of 2011 in post-revolutionary Egypt and is considering a modern topic for his next research project.
Brionna Jimerson is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in American Studies with a focus on Institutions and Powers in the US, and majoring in Communications and Media Studies. This is her first (and only!) year on the Ex-College board. She loves haikus, anything Toni Morrison writes down, tea, and Pinterest. She's both a News editor and New Media executive at The Tufts Daily. When not obsessing over Wordpress posts and a future in journalism, she nurtures a bourgeoning interest in classic cars.
Phil Starks believes he is now a rising 11th year. :)
Kumar Ramanathan is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. On campus, he is involved in the Tufts Observer, the Freethought Society, PACT, and Writing Fellows. He is passionate about movies, science, and politics.
Chris Rogers is a professor in Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. His research includes the engineering of musical instruments (Steinway), wafer manufacturing (Intel), educational robotics (LEGO and National Instruments), and studying how people learn engineering (NSF). He also has spent time burning couches (Lincoln University in New Zealand), building underwater robots (Princeton University), developing robots driven by fruit flies (ETH in Switzerland), measuring turbulence in microgravity (NASA Glenn), and measuring incubator temperatures around goose eggs (a local 1st grade classroom). His current research is at http://www.tufts.edu/~crogers.
Amy Wipfler is a senior majoring in Art History whose passions are dancing, feminism, and traveling. Most her free time is spent working at the Women's Center and has been a member of SAGE (Students Acting for Gender Equality) since its inception. She also choreographs for the LUX Charity Fashion Show when she's not watching British dramas or baking up a storm.
Dhiren Shah is a junior double majoring in quantitative economics and computer science. In his free time he enjoys reading books, watching movies, and playing sports.
Gabrielle Thomas is a senior from studying psychology with a focus on social psychology, and she is also the Director for an on campus dance group called Spirit of Color (SoC). In her free time, she loves watching CSI, Criminal Minds and working on her nail art skills.
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