Jonathan Bayless earned his B.A. in mathematical sciences along with a minor in philosophy from Clemson University. He went on to earn his A.M. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College, where he studied analytic number theory under respected number theorist Carl Pomerance. Along with his degrees, Jonathan's academic career has brought him numerous honors and awards, including a GAANN Fellowship at Dartmouth, and the Samuel Maner Martin Award and the Most Outstanding Senior Science Student Award at Clemson. While at Husson, Jonathan was selected as a national Project NExT Fellow (New Experiences in Teaching) for 2009-2010, along with 83 other new mathematics and statistics Ph.D.'s across the nation. Jonathan's research is in "elementary analytic number theory", where analytic methods are applied to problems in number theory with "elementary" statements. He is currently a member of the Academy of Inquiry-based Learning, the American Mathematical Society, and the Mathematical Association of America.
Bishop, Karl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Science and Humanities
Karl Bishop graduated from high school in Ohio and moved west to attend college in the Rocky Mountains at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Karl earned a double-major Bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics. After starting his graduate education in physics at the University of Maine, Karl moved to Syracuse, New York, where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics at Syracuse University. Karl then moved to San Francisco for a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of California. Upon completion of his academic training Karl has held a number of positions in industry and academia before returning to Maine to raise a family.
Karl has published articles in many scientific journals (Biochemistry, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Nucleic Acids Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society) as well as several book chapters. His research program covers a broad range of topics ranging from nucleic acid structure and drug development to ceramic membranes used in sustainable energy development. A research program for undergraduates encompassing these areas is available in the Chemistry Program at Husson University in cooperation with Zeomatrix, LLC, a materials science company based in Orono, Maine. Karl is a co-founder of Zeomatrix and serves as its Chief Technical Officer. As the chemistry program at Husson University grows, summer internship opportunities will be available for students interested in a career in applying chemical principles to developing products for environmental remediation and alternative energy sources.
Two of my favorite quotes are "Chance favors the prepared mind." by Louis Pasteur and "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." by Albert Einstein. These summarize my philosophy in my teaching and my research. I try to encourage my students to keep trying, keep preparing, and keep studying. My hope is that some of my enthusiasm for science and discovery is passed along to my students. I believe that when we stop learning, we stop growing. If we stop growing, we stop living.
Dr. Bixel comes to Husson University after fourteen years at Maine Maritime Academy where she served, at various times, as Associate Academic Dean, Chair of the Arts and Sciences Department, and professor of history. A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, with majors in history, philosophy and political science, she completed a Master’s Degree in History at Duke University, and a Ph.D. in History at Rice. She has written or co-written three books—Sailing Ship Elissa (1998, 2011); Galveston and the 1900 Storm: Catastrophe and Catalyst (2000); and Seeing the New South: Race and Place in the Photographs of Ulrich Bonnell Phillips (2012) as well as numerous articles and book reviews. In addition to her academic career, she also worked as an assistant editor for the Journal of Southern History and served as executive director of the 1877 Barque Elissa project, a tall ship and maritime museum in Galveston, Texas. Since moving to Maine, Dr. Bixel has been a member of several museum boards and is currently Vice-chairman of the Maine Humanities Council.
Higher education is transformative. Through exposure to a broad range of disciplines, viewpoints, and ideas as well as classroom and professional experiences, Husson University students prepare themselves to lead productive lives in their chosen careers. Over the course of their lifetimes, our students will have many jobs—and perhaps several careers—in areas we cannot yet imagine. But people are more than their work. Beyond job skills, a college education provides students with tools they need to be outstanding citizens, parents, mentors, and human beings. Students’ understanding of the human experience, their capacity to think critically, to communicate, to act ethically, and to adapt to a rapidly changing world—proficiencies at the heart of science and humanities—gives them a foundation for remarkable lives of achievement and service.
Brooks, Robert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Science and Humanities
Robert Brooks received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho with a dual-major of Zoology and Chemistry with an Art Design minor. His Master of Science degree in Human Biodynamics and Physiology is from the University of Wisconsin. Most recently, Robert's Ph.D. was earned at Washington State University, where he again dual-majored and authored two dissertations in the disciplines of Biomechanics and Health Services Education.
Robert worked as an Anatomical Pathologist at the Washington State University's Human Anatomy Lab for nearly a decade. He has been a Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University; an Assistant Professor at Lyndon State College in Vermont; an Assistant Professor/Director of Biomechanics Laboratory at Pacific University in Oregon; and an Assistant Professor at Fort Lewis College in Colorado.
Along with teaching duties at Husson, he also pursues his own research interests. Most recently, those interests have involved cellular mechanisms associated with aging, muscle growth and wasting. He is interested especially in the effects of swimming on the body.