2020 Summer Academy Course Instructors

Adventures in Neuroscience

Alicia Ebert, Ph.D.

Alicia Ebert earned a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neuroscience from Colorado State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at UVM and is Co-Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program. Her work focuses on using zebrafish as a model organism to investigate mechanisms that regulate development of the nervous system.


Biomedical Science and Human Disease

Koela Ray, M.S.

Koela moved to Burlington from India with a Masters in Immunology. Here at UVM, she earned her second Master’s in Biology, and a Post-Bac certification in MLS. Koela joined the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences in January, 2012 as a Medical laboratory specialist and faculty member. Currently, she is also a PhD candidate at the Clinical and Translational Science program and is working with Dr. Elizabeth Bonney in the Department Of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, on Biomarkers of Preterm Delivery, as her research focus.


Bioprospecting: Drugs from Bugs

Kari Hodge, M.A.

Kari Hodge earned her B.S. in animal sciences from the University of New Hampshire.  She worked as a research technician and then as a medical laboratory specialist at the University of Vermont, while earning her MA in curriculum and instruction. She served as an academic advisor in UVM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM for five years, and taught introductory microbiology and biology classes at the Community College of Vermont from 2016-2019. She joined the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in January 2019.

In the MMG department, Kari is responsible for curriculum development and content delivery in student laboratory experiences. She teaches the following courses: MMG 065: Microbiology and Pathogenesis, MMG222: Advanced Medical Microbiology, and MMG 095: Bioprospecting: Drugs from Bugs. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms underlying antibiotic resistance and ways to identify novel producers of antibiotic compounds. She had the opportunity to attend the Small World Initiative (SWI) Partner Instructor Training in Dallas, TX in July 2019. The Bioprospecting course is based on the SWI model and she is excited to bring this experience to pre-college students.


Drones for Environmental Mapping

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, M.A.

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne is the Director of the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL). He leads a team that specializing in mapping the Earth from above using technologies ranging from satellites to drones. His work varies, from helping cities assess their tree canopy using 3D maps produced from lasers, to assessing damage following a natural disaster using drones. He received his undergraduate degree in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire and his masters degree in Water Resources from the University of Vermont.


Facing Environmental Futures

Harlan Morehouse, Ph.D.

Harlan Morehouse is a lecturer in the University of Vermont’s Department of Geography. He earned his PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota. His primary research interests focus on the social, cultural, and political implications of environmental change. His recent work includes: exploring connections between glacier recession and cultural loss; conducting collaborative research on water dowsing in rural Vermont; and, examining relationships between sound and landscape in an era of biodiversity loss.


Health and Medicine

Juli-Anne Gardner, M.D.

Dr. Juli Gardner received her undergraduate degree in Diagnostic Genetics from the University of Connecticut and her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Hematopathology and is currently the medical director of cytogenetics at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Sharon Mount, M.D.

Dr. Sharon Mount is a pathologist in Burlington, Vermont and is affiliated with University of Vermont Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She has an interest in gynecologic pathology, cytology and directs the autopsy service.


Journalism With Words and Photographs

Andrew Frost, M.F.A.

Andrew Frost is a photographer, printer, and book maker who lives and works in Burlington, Vermont. He received his MFA from Syracuse University, he has published multiple books of photographs, and his work has recently been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Jenny Grosvenor, M.A., M.F.A.

Jenny Grosvenor earned a B.A. in English from Smith College, an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Bennington College. She worked as a writer, producer, and director for LIFE and Sports Illustrated magazines. Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in Writing On the Edge, On Writing and Teaching Writing, and The Bennington Review. In addition to teaching writing courses full-time as a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Vermont, she is at work on a memoir.


Renewable Energy: Harvesting Technology Design

Zachary Ballard, Ph.D.

Dr. Ballard received his Bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. He then went on to earn his masters and PhD in mechanical engineering at Duke University. After two years doing posdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame, he began teaching at the University of Vermont in 2015. His areas of expertise include nonlinear dynamics, vibrations, and energy harvesting.