IDEAS

Directors

Dr. Nathan Tintle, IDEAS Director (Statistics)

Since completing his Ph.D. in statistics in 2005, Dr. Tintle has been the primary mentor for more than 50 undergraduate students in extended summer and/or academic year research projects in statistics, with the bulk of these students conducting research in statistical genetics and biostatistics. Dr. Tintle is also active in the development of novel curricular materials and pedagogical strategies in undergraduate statistics education. Dr. Tintle has received numerous federal and private research grants, published numerous peer-reviewed research articles, received awards for his research and mentoring of undergraduate students, and currently serves as a committee member for the Section for Statistics Education of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Duane Bajema, IDEAS Advisor (Agriculture)

Dr. Bajama holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota, an M.Agr. from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Dr. Gary De Young, IDEAS Advisor (Mathematics)

Dr. De Young completed his Ph.D. from University of Utah. At Dordt College he teaches introductory and advanced courses in mathematics, and he has special interests in mathematical modeling, particularly within the biological sciences. For more

Dr. Carl Fictorie, IDEAS Advisor (Chemistry)

Dr. Fictorie joined the faculty in 1995 and teaches general chemistry, quantitative analysis, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. In addition, he advises pre-medical students and is a co-director of the Kuyper Scholars Program with Dr. Mary Dengler. He holds a B.A. from Dordt College and a Ph.D. in materials chemistry from the University of Minnesota. His special areas of interest are the preparation of biomass-based catalysts for the synthesis of biodiesel and the philosophy of chemistry.

Dr. Kayt Frisch, IDEAS Advisor (Physics)

Dr. Frisch teaches in both the engineering and physics departments.  Engineering courses she has taught are mainly on the solid mechanics side of mechanical/biomedical engineering.  She studies the mechanical behavior of the human body and is particularly interested in ways to use imaging techniques (video and  motion capture, ultrasound, CT, etc.) to quantify the mechanical behavior of biological tissues.

Dr. Chris Goedhart, IDEAS Advisor (Agriculture)

Dr. Goedhart holds a B.S. from Calvin College, an M.S. from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Tony Jelsma, IDEAS Advisor (Biology)

Dr. Jelsma obtained his Ph.D. in cancer research from McMaster University, after which he did postdoctoral cancer research in England and nerve regeneration research in Montreal. He taught at Crandall University before coming to Dordt. His academic and research interests are in molecular biology, developmental biology, and Intelligent Design. In collaboration with other science professors he has an active student summer research internships in cellular and molecular biology. Some of this work was recently published. Other research is being prepared for publication while work in several fields is continuing.

Kari Sandouka, IDEAS Advisor (Computer Science)

Sandouka is an instructor of computer science at Dordt College. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Olivet Nazarene University, a Master of Arts in Information Technology Management from Webster University, and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Prior to Dordt she taught Computer Science at Olivet Nazarene University and worked at Kennedy Space Center as a computer programmer for the USA Space Shuttle program.

Dr. Darren Stoub, IDEAS Advisor (Chemistry)

Dr. Stoub is trained in organic chemistry (Ph.D. in 1998), molecular biophysics and biochemistry (research fellow 1998–2000) and medicinal chemistry (research scientist since 2000). Dr. Stoub has dedicated his career to training students at the undergraduate and graduate level since 2000. He has served as the primary mentor for more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and high school students in extended summer and/or academic year research projects in chemistry, biology, and biochemistry, with the bulk of these students conducting research in medicinal biochemistry. Dr. Stoub is active in pedagogical research with an emphasis in active learning and discovery-based and project-based methods of inquiry. Dr. Stoub has received numerous federal and private grants to fund his research and awards for his research and mentoring of undergraduate students. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and has served as a reviewer of research proposals for the National Science FoundationNational Institutes of Health, and the Research Corporation.

Dr. John Zwart, IDEAS Advisor (Physics)

Dr. Zwart joined the Dordt College faculty in 1983. He teaches Introductory Physics, Modern Physics/Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Perspectives in Physical Science. Trained in experimental condensed matter physics, his current research interests include light-scattering studies of polymer structure and physics/science education. Dr. Zwart has served as a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow and a science education consultant. He is currently the president of the Iowa chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers and is the Iowa representative on the national council of the American Association of Physics Teachers.