Dr. Megan Rudock
Dr. Megan Rudock earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia, with research focused in biochemistry and molecular biology. Megan then earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where her doctoral research focused on population genetics and the biochemical and molecular pathways leading to subclinical atherosclerosis and insulin resistance.
As a member of the teaching faculty in the Chemistry Department, Dr. Rudock is interested in comparing the effectiveness of discovery-based teaching methods, such as Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and Flipped Classroom models, with more traditional teaching methods in general chemistry courses. Current research indicates that teaching-by-telling does not work for many students. In many cases, students enjoy learning more and develop a greater ownership of material when they are given the opportunity to construct their own understanding.
Paul Whitener is the Assistant Director of Digital Fabrication and Maker Education at Wake Forest University. As an Information Systems staff member assigned to the Wake Forest makerspace, the WakerSpace, Paul is involved in technology and making used to teach students in and out of the classroom. With a bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Television Production Concentration and an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Paul brings over 30 years of experience, all based in technology, to the program. In his current role, Paul works with students on a daily basis helping them to utilize various technologies in their classwork. He also co-teaches the Computer Science STEM Robotics course as well as leads many “pop-up” labs geared towards extracurricular learning for the WFU community. These labs include Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, laser cutting, and 3D printing technologies. In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, Paul is also involved in many technology outreaches to middle and high school students.
Campus as a Lab Manager
Nathan Peifer is the Campus as Lab pilot program manager and the WFU Campus Garden Manager. He gained a master’s of divinity degree from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2013, and enjoyed a WFU Campus Garden internship in the summer of 2012. After graduation, Peifer earned a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from Central Carolina Community College and worked on several small, organic farms. Peifer served as a Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA) prior to his professional pursuits in agriculture and sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Peifer resides in Forsyth County and supports community garden initiatives and the local food movement.