2017-18 UF BIOLINK STUDENT AWARDS FOR WORK IN BIODIVERSITY
CHARLIE CUMMINGS, MFA, Ceramics
Charlie Cummings is the first full-time faculty member for the Innovation Academy where he will teach Innovation Minor courses. Charlie joined the IA team from UNC Chapel Hill where her was the Makerspace Program Manager for the university-wide makerspace program, BeAM. Cummings brings extensive art and interdisciplinary instructional experience to the IA classroom. Charlie is also a studio artist and owner of a nationally recognized ceramics gallery. His artwork can be found in significant collections including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum and the Dalai Lama’s personal collection.
JAMIE GILLOOLY, Ph.D., BIOLOGY
Jamie Gillooly has very broad research interests that span the subdisciplines of physiological ecology, community ecology, and macroecology and evolution. In general, he is interested in how physical constraints on the survival, growth and reproduction of individuals influence the ecology and evolution of communities and ecosystems. Most recently, he has been working to develop what his collaborators and he refer to as the metabolic theory of ecology. This theory deals explicitly with the effects of body size, temperature and stoichiometry on ecological and evolutionary rate processes. In the coming years, he hopes to further develop these ideas using a combination of theoretical, experimental and field approaches.
KEVIN KNUDSON, Ph.D., MATHEMATICS
Kevin Knudson is a professor of mathematics at the University of Florida. He is a member of the UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, a CLAS teaching award winner, and former director of the UF Honors Program. His primary research area is in topological data analysis, and he expends a great deal of effort toward mathematics outreach via writing for a general audience (The Conversation, Forbes) and through his podcast, My Favorite Theorem, which he cohosts with freelance mathematics writer Evelyn Lamb. Information about all this and more may be found at his website http://kpknudson.com. In his spare time, Kevin cooks, plays the guitar, and is currently obsessed with trying to make perfectly clear ice cubes.