I have been involved with higher education (as a student, researcher, and faculty member) for over thirty years now. If you would like to learn more about my background, check this out.
I have an eclectic set of interests when I'm not teaching or in the lab. I have provided as brief introduction to some of them here.
I am a stubborn Swede. I'm curious, creative, and a bit obsessive-compulsive. This combination of traits makes me an effectual scientist and educator (and also gets me into no end of trouble).
My personal interests range many orders of magnitude - from the smallest of microbes to the most distant of galaxies. You can read a little more about some of these interests and my background in general by following the links below.
When I'm not at work, I love to spend time with my family (my wife, daughters, and an assorted menagerie of animals).
For those of you who have not already figured it out - I am a big-time nerd. This condition began when I was in the fifth grade (science fair project in photo). Mr. Hofstad, a particularly inspiring teacher stimulated my interest in science. Of course, I had no real clue as to what scientists actually do. I didn't figure that one out until I got into graduate school. I occupied many cold Midwestern winters nights by playing around in my makeshift chemistry lab in the basement of our house in Plummer, Minnesota. There, I accidently discovered how to produce chloramine gas as well as other less potentially deadly compounds. I also was into model rocketry when I was younger. Though my friends and I used to put warheads in them to liven up the experience. I guess I would probably be in jail if I tried half that stuff today. :-)