Who are the Van Guys?

Present Members of the "Van Guys"

Dr. Garry F. P. Warnock

(warnock@andrew.cmu.edu)

Dr. Garry Warnock is currently Director of the CMU Science Van Program and Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Garry is responsible for overseeing the general operation of the Van Program; however, you'll find him "in the trenches" working with the rest of the team. Garry is a native of Liverpool, England. He received B. S. degrees in chemistry and physics from the University College of Wales, an M. S. in chemistry from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Garry also was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University Research School of Chemistry. Prior to joining the Chemistry Department at Carnegie Mellon, Garry was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of Pitt's Chemistry Van Outreach Program from 1992-1997. In addition, he received the 1997 Catalyst Award from the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh for excellence in science education.

 

Mr. Hugh J. Carr

(hcarr@andrew.cmu.edu)

Mr. Hugh Carr is presently a Master Teacher with the CMU Science Van Program, responsible for development and implementation of science shows, hands-on classroom activities, and teacher workshops for middle school science. That's not all--he is the Van Program "scheduler" who arranges the Van visits to area schools. Hugh is retired from Mt. Lebanon Senior High School, where he taught chemistry for nearly 30 years. Hugh is a native of Pittsburgh's North Side. He received a B. S. in education (biology major) from California University of Pennsylvania, and an M. S. from Syracuse University. Hugh received an equipment grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) in 1989, was named "Science Teacher of the Year" by the CMU Chapter of Sigma Xi in 1988, and received the Professional Excellence Award from California University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He has presented chemical demonstrations at various regional and national science teachers conventions. In addition, Hugh is a familiar face at the Governor's Institute for Physical Science Educators (GIPSE), held in July at CMU. He develops and conducts the chemistry workshops for the Institute, and serves as mentor to the participating teachers.

 

 

Mr. John H. Ziegler

(jziegler@andrew.cmu.edu)

Mr. John Ziegler is presently a Master Teacher with the CMU Science Van Program, responsible for development and implementation of science shows, hands-on classroom activities, and teacher workshops for middle school science. He has been especially busy (and successful) with interfacing the Van Program's science assemblies, hands-on activities, and teacher workshops with PowerPoint presentations, flex-cameras, and other high-tech innovations. John, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, is retired from Riverview High School, where he taught science and math courses for 35 years. He received a B. S. in education (science certification) from Slippery Rock University. John also took numerous graduate courses in physics, chemistry, and math at Duquesne University, University of Vermont, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, and Bethany College. He is a former chairman of the Science Department at Riverview High School, has presented numerous workshops for teachers, and holds membership in numerous educational and scientific societies, among them the National Education Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Physics Teachers Association. He was named "All-Star Educator" by the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1993, 1996, and 1997. In addition, John developed and presented a physics workshop at the 2000 Governor's Institute for Physical Science Educators (GIPSE), and served as mentor to participating teachers.

 

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