Division of Mathematics and Science

Ronnie Almonte

Science Faculty
B.A., The New School; M.A., New York University. Has taught AP Biology, IB Biology, Living Environment, and Conceptual Physics. Has been part-time faculty at The New School in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department. Awards include: Math for America (MfA) Master Teacher Fellowship Grant, 2019 – Present; MfA Early Career Teacher Fellowship Grant, 2015 – 2019; and Columbia University’s Summer Research Program for Science Teachers Fellowship Grant, 2018 – 2019. Research projects have included: using CRISPR to edit the GIPR gene in human-induced pluripotent stem cells in order to create a differentiated beta cell line to be used for further study of this mutant’s metabolic effects on insulin secretion; testing candidate pharmaceutical chaperones for activity restoration of loss-of-function mutants of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-NAGAL; creating recombinant malaria parasites to test whether the RNA polymerase alpha subunit targets the apicoplast of Plasmodium falciparum. Personal interests include birds, film, languages, social justice, the history of public education in the U.S., and world history.
Email: ralmonte@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Ayse B. Aydemir

Science Faculty
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Biological Sciences. Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fordham University; Assistant Professor of Biology, Bard High School Early College. Awarded Alice L. Jee Memorial Young Investigator Award from the International Bone Mineral Society for research on bone cell differentiation. Has published peer-reviewed scientific articles in theJournal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, BONE and a book chapter in the Biomedical Engineering Handbook (CRC Press, 2006). Research interests include bone cell differentiation, bone mechanotransduction, and inflammatory bone loss.
E-mail: aaydemir@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Stewart Bachan

Science Faculty
B.S., University of The West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY. Ph.D., The Graduate Center and Hunter College, CUNY, Chemistry (Organic Chemistry sub-discipline). Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Foundation, CUNY; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City College of Technology and New York Institute of Technology. Has published peer-reviewed research articles in the following journals: Organic Letters, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, and Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.
Email: sbachan@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Joseph Boateng Danquah Jr.

Mathematics Faculty
B.S., Mathematics, Buffalo State College; MS.Ed, Mathematics, Lehman College. Math for America (MFA) Master Teacher Fellowship Grant for Outstanding Teaching, 2012 – 2016; The New York Times Teachers Who Make a Difference Honoree, 2014. Taught mathematics at College of New Rochelle, Fordham University, Baruch College, and DeWitt Clinton High School before joining Bard High School Early College in 2014. Academic and research interests include Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, and compatibility of instructors’ teaching styles and students’ learning styles.
E-mail: jdanquah@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3101

Michelle Capasso

Science Faculty

A.B. Psychology Harvard University, M.A.T. Science Education Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A. Education Leadership Hunter College. Previously taught IB Chemistry, IB Biology, Chemistry, Exploring Computer Science, and Conceptual Physics at The Brooklyn Latin School. Former Math for America Early Career Fellow and NYC Teaching Fellow. Prior to entering the field of education, worked in the financial industry supporting clients researching and investing in the healthcare and biotech space. Prior research in the fields of virology and long-term outcomes of weight loss surgery. Teaching interests focus on student engagement and student-centered science education.
Email: mcapasso@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Alayna Dorobek

Science Faculty
B.A. with Honors, Case Western Reserve University, Biology; M.S. The Ohio State University, Fisheries and Wildlife Science; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, Science Education. Prior to teaching, worked as a research and teaching assistant at The Ohio State University. Research focused on the impacts of human disturbances on freshwater ecosystems using a variety of field and lab techniques including fish and invertebrate identification, water quality sampling, and stable isotope analysis. Has published and presented results on the impacts of urban dam removal on riverine food webs. Has worked with undergraduate students in courses like natural resource management, fish biology, religion and the environment, and supported students to design and conduct their research capstone projects. High school teaching experience includes Regents Living Environment and Earth & Space Science as well as supporting students in the IB program.
Email: adorobek@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Denice Gamper

Science Faculty
B.S., St. Joseph’s College; M.S., St. John’s University. Instructor of science at Bishop Kearney High School, Brooklyn, 1980-2001. Awards include research fellowship for high school science teachers in medicinal chemistry, St. John’s University; research fellowship for high school science teachers in neurobiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
E-mail: dgamper@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Arturo Hale

Science Faculty
B.Sc., Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Chemical Engineering; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering; M.A.,Teachers College, Columbia University, Science Education. Worked many years as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories and OFS Labs in the areas of polymers science, fiber optics, holographic data storage and microelectronics. Involved in science mentoring programs for high school and college students. Holds twenty-four U.S. patents; published three invited book chapters and over thirty scientific articles. Awards include R&D 100 Award for the development of Tapestry Holographic Recording Media. Courses taught include Thermal Analysis of Thermosetting Polymers, Physics with Calculus, Conceptual Physics, 9th-Grade Physics, High School Chemistry, Science of Light and Color, and Physics of Sound and Music.
E-mail: ahale@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Adeodat W. Ilboudo

Science Faculty
B.S. in Cellular Biology and Physiology, University of Western Brittany (France), M.Sc in Fundamental and Applied Microbiology, University of Western Brittany (France). PhD in Biology and Health Sciences, University of Rennes 1 (France). Adjunct lecturer, University of Rennes 1.  Postdoctoral researcher, Hunter College, New York.  Academic and research interests include cancer health disparities, especially in prostate cancer, the mechanisms of metastasis in solid tumors, and Hepatitis B among first generation immigrants in the USA. 
E-mail: ailboudo@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Camilo Mesa

Mathematics Faculty
B.Sc. Mathematics, National University of Colombia at Medellin; Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder Mathematics instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder. Research interests include Noncommutative Geometry (Deformation quantization and index theory), stochastic processes, and modeling. 
E-mail: cmesa@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3101

Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

Science Faculty
B.A. and B.S University of Chicago, Physics and Mathematics; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Theoretical Physics. Awards include the Jordan Asketh Fellowship, the Renato Bobone Award and the Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship. Has published peer-reviewed scientific articles in Physical Review journals and Europhysics Letters. Science writing bylines in WIRED, Scientific American, Quanta Magazine, Physics World and the New Scientist. Research interests include novel geometries in ultracold atomic systems and quasiperiodicity and multifractality in tight-binding models. Teaching interests include the intersection of physics and art.
E-mail: kpadavic@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

David Palsgrove

Mathematics Faculty
B.A. Economics, Temple University; MS Secondary Mathematics Education, St. John’s University. Interests include rowing on the Hudson River, Guitar, Biking. Before becoming a teacher I lived in Guangzhou China for three years and I used to be a chef. Ask me about my new baby daughter.

Email: dpalsgrove@bhsec.bard.edu

Heidi Reich

Mathematics Faculty
A.B., Russian language and literature, Dartmouth College; A.M., Russian language and literature, Stanford University; A.M., Slavic languages and literatures, Columbia University; Ph.D., mathematics education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Math for America (MFA) Master Teacher Fellowship Grant, 2005 – present. Taught mathematics at LaGuardia High School and Center for Talented Youth and mathematics education at Steinhardt School of Education, NYU. Research interests include the relationship between mathematics content and classroom discourse, alternative assessment and its effect on traditionally underrepresented groups in mathematics, providing equitable access to education to all NYC public school students, and the development of a rigorous definition of “rigor”.
E-mail: hreich@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3101

Zangwill (Sam) Rosenbaum

Mathematics Faculty
B.S., M.A., Brooklyn College; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Publications have appeared in Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications; Discrete Applied Mathematics; Mathematical Social Sciences; IEEE Transactions on Education; and Aequationes Mathematicae. Research interests include discrete mathematics; mathematical modeling in the social sciences; and Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT). 
E-mail: srosenbaum@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4052

Gabriel Rosenberg

Mathematics Faculty
B.A., Rice University; Ph.D., Columbia University. Served as NSF/Gibbs Instructor at Yale University. Has given invited talks at Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Brown; Rutgers; and Harvard; as well as the Albany Group Theory Conference. Research has focused on the subject of group actions on trees. 
E-mail: grosenberg@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4131

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