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Dr. Jessica VandenPlas

WISE Faculty Director

Jessie is an associate professor of chemistry at GVSU. She received a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Catholic University of America in 2008, after completing an MS in Forensic Science at the George Washington University, and a BS in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research is focused in the area of chemistry education, and uses educational and psychological methodologies to investigate student learning in chemistry. Current research is focused on using eye-tracking techniques to examine student problem solving and cognitive load in chemistry, as well as the use of technology in the classroom.

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Dr. Priscilla Nyamai

WISE Faculty Fellow

Priscilla has been an environment and natural resources enthusiast since her early days growing up in Kenya. Following her Bsc in Natural Resources in Kenya, she went on to complete a MS in Environmental Science at the University of Idaho in Moscow ID, then a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University in Columbus OH. She has been a faculty member in the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Program within the Biology Department since 2014. Priscilla's areas of specialization include Ecosystem Science, Ecological Restoration, and Fire Ecology. Please feel free to get in touch with her if you have any questions regarding the NRM program, other biology department programs, or any other questions you may have about life in general; she is always happy to chat. 

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Dr. Melissa Tallman

WISE Faculty Fellow

Lissa Tallman joined the GVSU biomedical sciences department in 2012.  Her research focus is on human and primate evolution and specifically on the evolution of human and primate locomotion.  Her current research is a mixture of laboratory based studies of primate soft tissue variation and quantitative analysis of shape and field based studies at her fossil site in the Tatacoa Desert in Colombia.

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Dr. Pamela Wells

WISE Faculty Fellow

Pam is a professor in the Mathematics Department at GVSU specializing in elementary education.  Pam earned her Masters in Mathematics from Purdue University and her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.  Pam enjoys working with college students, elementary students, and elementary school teachers and learning math with them.  When not at work, Pam enjoys singing, playing with her dogs, and musical theater.