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Authors, Artists & Scholars Visiting this Summer


Each term Master the Possibilities reaches out to visiting authors, artists and scholars throughout the state and beyond to add richness and diversity to the center’s on-going programming. Many of the guest faculty focus on topics related to the current learning theme.

This term’s learning theme is “Old School, New School.”

Ana Carr

Ana Carr earned her bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Central Florida where she is presently working towards a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences. During the first three years of graduate school, her research focused on bacterial genetics and physiology; she also worked as a graduate teaching assistant for microbiology laboratories, bacterial genetics and physiology and group effort applied research (GEAR). She is currently in a cancer and immunology laboratory focused on new cancer treatments and underlying changes that drive metastasis. Her dissertation work is focused on a new target for therapy in small cell lung cancer.

Dominic D'Agostino

Dominic D’Agostino is an Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida with a background in the improvement of high-performance neurological and muscle capacities. He teaches various courses while simultaneously conducting research on subjects including oxygen toxicity, metabolic therapies, Alzheimer's disease, and other subsections of physiology, neuroscience, and nutritional science. He also serves as a research scientist at IHMC. Previous to his work as a professor, D’Agostino spent two years completing his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at USF. Additionally, Mr. D’Agostino holds a Ph.D. in Physiology and Neuroscience, which he studied at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


Claire M. Fraser, Ph.D.

Claire M. Fraser, Ph.D. is Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She helped launch the new field of microbial genomics and revolutionized the way microbiology has been studied. Until 2007, she was President and Director of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, MD, and led the teams that sequenced the genomes of several microbial organisms, including important human and animal pathogens. Her current research is focused on characterization of the human gut microbiome in health and disease. Dr. Fraser has authored more than 300 publications, edited three books, and served on the editorial boards of nine scientific journals. Between 1997 and 2008, she was the most highly cited investigator in the field of microbiology.

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John H. Hankinson

John H. Hankinson got his B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2007. He received a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics at Georgia Tech in 2015 where he researched epitaxial graphene for nano-electronic applications. Hankinson is now a research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in the Energy and Sustainability group where he does research and development of green energy technologies including solar panels, wind generators, piezoelectric generators, hydrogen fuel cells, and lithium ion batteries.

Dr. Jerry Heines

Dr. Jerry Heines received his PhD in High Energy Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Connecticut in 1979. Early in his career he developed various analytical models and designed a number of products for defense and space related applications. Many of his designs continue to fly in space today and are integrated into advanced military systems such as Patriot, Global Hawk, Longbow, Black Hawk and many more. The latter part of his career was spent travelling globally to various NATO friendly countries and OEMs discussing the use of high tech solutions to address various threats. Today, Dr. Heines is a public speaker focused on explaining various esoteric aspects of Physics and technology in a light-hearted, easy to understand format. In addition, he often speaks about Japan and its ideology, a passion he continues to enjoy. As a speaker, he is excited to meet people one-on-one and encourages everyone to ask their questions

Daniel Herman, M.D., Ph.D.

Daniel Herman, MD, Ph.D. completed his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and genetics at the University of California at Davis, graduating with highest honors. He then attended the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of North Carolina, where he received his medical and doctoral degrees in the area of biomedical engineering. Dr. Herman completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, followed by fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at the University of Florida, where he is now an assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation. Dr. Herman’s clinical interests include running medicine, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, ultrasonography and electrodiagnostics with a particular emphasis on running injuries, tendinopathies, sports-related concussions and ultrasound-guided injections. Dr. Herman’s research is in the area of human motion biomechanics related to sports performance, injury and injury prevention, particularly as they relate to ACL injuries and running. He has published numerous articles and presented nationally on these topics, and his work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s O’Donaghue Award and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s NCAA Research Award.

Dr. Kristy Hollingshead

Dr. Kristy Hollingshead is a Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), working on natural language processing. In Ocala, Kristy’s current research focuses on the analysis of everyday language as a signal of mental and neurological health. Kristy is also working to correlate speech impairments with other aspects of physiological degeneration associated with ALS, as well as other neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and traumatic brain injuries. Her previous work on building syntactic models to classify persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) established that language can be used as a quantifiable signal of neurological health. Kristy joined IHMC from the Department of Defense, where she worked on analytics for deep understanding of large collections of text, to include combination of evidence, probabilistic knowledge bases, changepoint detection, and sentiment analysis. Prior to that position, she held a postdoc at the University of Maryland in College Park, working with Dr. Philip Resnik on machine translation pipelines. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and her B.A. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow from 2004-2007.

Joseph King III, M.D.

Joseph “Jay” King, III, MD earned his medical degree in 2006 from Drexel University, where he also completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery. He then completed a clinical research fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. King came to the University of Florida Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in 2012 to pursue a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery, and to serve as a staff member in the department. King’s clinical practice focuses on shoulder and knee arthroscopy, shoulder and elbow replacement, traumatic injuries to the shoulder and elbow, and reverse shoulder replacement. He has published various works in journals such as Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Hand, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, and Arthroscopy. King has participated in various organizations such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, the American Medical Student Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association. He currently is a member of the Health Volunteers Overseas organization.

Dr. Jason Lundock

Dr. Jason Lundock is an archaeologist and classicist who has worked with such institutions as the British Museum, the Appleton Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. He studied at Harvard University, where he received his ALB in Anthropology and Archaeology. He also received his MA and Ph.D. at King's College London, U. of London.

Stuart McGill

Stuart McGill is a Professor of Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo where he has a laboratory and clinic that explores low back mechanics, injury mechanisms, rehabilitation protocols and performance enhancement. He has been the author of over 240 scientific journal papers and has mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. Collectively this work has received numerous international awards. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and professional/international athletes and teams worldwide. He has authored four books: one for the lay public with back pain, Back Mechanic; and for clinical readers: “Low Back Disorders: Evidence Based Prevention and Rehabilitation,” and “Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance.”

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Penny Musco

Penny Musco is a freelance writer and performer whose work has appeared in a variety pf publications, including AARP, Family Circle, Costco Connection, and Guideposts. As Artist in Residence for the National Park Service, Penny wrote and performed a one-woman show, Steal Away: the Story of a Homesteader and an Exoduster, which she continues to present. Her book, Life Lessons from the National Parks: Meeting God in America's Most Glorious Places, came out in 2016 to coincide with the Park Service's 100th anniversary.




Dr. Kirk Parsley

Doctor Kirk Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization and is currently completing a book on sleep and health optimization.

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Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist is the New York Times Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Diet. A student of Prof. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, is co-founder of the nutrition and athletic training journal, The Performance Menu, co-owner of NorCal Strength & Conditioning, one of the Men’s Health “top 30 gyms in America” and he is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, Paleo FX, and Paleo Magazine, The Savory Institute. Robb has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps.

* IHMC Pre-recorded Lecture

Jason L. Zaremski, M.D.

Jason L. Zaremski, MD earned a B.B.A. from Emory University in 1998. He then attained a diploma in pre-medical studies with honors at Harvard University Extension School in 2001, followed by a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2007. Zaremski completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Tufts Medical Center and his fellowship in sports medicine at the Geisinger Health System in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Zaremski currently works as a sports medicine physician for the University of Florida in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and is the co-medical director for the High School Outreach Program. He has published several peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and The Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation. Publication topics include tendon and sports injuries, injury prevention and throwing injuries in adolescent baseball players. Zaremski was elected to membership in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and is a diplomat in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has served as team physician at the high-school, NCAA and professional levels of hockey. Zaremski also is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine.



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