Clarissa Dirks is a new member of the Scientific Inquiry faculty at The Evergreen State College. Clarissa earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Arizona State University and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington (UW). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA where she investigated retroviruses associated with lung cancer. As a lecturer at the UW, she conducted research in science education and ecology. During this time, Clarissa also organized scientific symposia for undergraduates and produced all the scientific artwork for displays, brochures, and t-shirts. At Evergreen, her scientific research aims to better understand the evolutionary principles that underlie the emergence of infectious disease by studying the co-evolution of retroviruses and their primate hosts.
Matt Hamon is a new member of the Expressive Arts faculty at The Evergreen State College. Matt has a background in visual art and continues to be a practicing artist and art instructor. As a graduate student, Matt was a graduate research assistant at the University of Washington’s Center for Advanced Research Technology in the Arts and Humanities (CARTAH). Serving a diverse group of faculty and students across seventeen departments, he provided instructional support for artists and scholars engaged in media rich, technology based projects across disciplines. Before arriving at Evergreen, Matt was a member of the technical communications faculty at the University of Montana, Montana tech. At Montana Tech, he taught courses in aesthetics and the visual display of information for students working in engineering and science.
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