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Dr. Lynnae C. Quick
Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory
NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Dr. Lynnae Quick is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, where she graduated from James Benson Dudley High School in 2001. In 2005 she obtained a B.S. in Physics from North Carolina A&T State University. While at A&T, Dr. Quick participated in REU programs at the North Carolina A&T Environmental Studies site and at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), in Charlottesville, VA. She was also a research associate in the NASA Academy Intern Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD.

 In 2009, Dr. Quick obtained an M.S. in Physics, with an Astrophysics concentration, from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. While there, she conducted research in the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and in the Planetary Exploration Group at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). In 2011 and 2013, she obtained an M.A. and Ph.D., respectively, in Earth and Planetary Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD. In her dissertation, entitled, “Europa: Cryomagmatic Processes and Cryovolcanic Surface Expressions” she explored icy volcanic processes on Jupiter’s smallest Galilean satellite. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Quick was awarded both the Randolph W. Bromery Fellowship in Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Graduate Student Fellowship in Planetary Sciences. She was also the first student to obtain a Ph.D. from the joint program between the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at Johns Hopkins and the Planetary Exploration Group at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Dr. Quick is currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. There, she conducts research on various aspects of planetary volcanism and thermal modeling. Current projects include the formation of volcanic “pancake” domes on Venus, cryovolcanism on Jupiter’s moon Europa, and the stability of a subsurface ocean within Neptune’s moon Triton. She is also involved in flight mission work for Jupiter’s moon Europa, and is a member of NASA Goddard’s Comparative Cryospheres and Exoplanet Climatology groups.

Dr. Quick’s professional associations include the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the Geological Society of America (GSA), the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), and the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS). She also serves as the Lead for the Venus Exploration Analysis Group’s (VEXAG) Early Career Venus Scholars, and is a member of the Women in Planetary Science Working


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Dr. Tennile Presley

Dr. Presley is an Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Chemistry at Winston Salem State University.  Her research focus is to provide a better understanding of contributing factors to vascular dysfunction and blood disorders (such as nitric oxide and heat shock proteins) as they relate to overall functional health in diabetic individuals in the African American population.  Currently, she is studying the influence of heat treatment on hyperglycemia and how this effect contributes to changes in the availability of nitric oxide and the fragility of hyperglycemic red blood cells.  Furthermore, she intends to explore mechanisms to enhance the interaction of heat shock proteins and nitric oxide in diabetic individuals through diet manipulation and exercise.  Dr. Presley is also interested in examining biomarkers of diabetes to augment earlier detection of the disease and investigate how various biomarkers may differ in African Americans in comparison to other populations where diabetes is not as prevalent.

Dudley High School
Johnathan Wynn Smith, Ph. D
National Research Council Research
NOAA/NOAA Center for Climate and
Weather Prediction
NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/Satellite Meteorology
and Climatology Division
5830 University Research Dr.
College Park, MD 20748

Dr. Jonathan Wynn Smith is a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division (SMCD) in College Park, MD. He studies the long-range transport of trace gases and their contributions to the tropospheric ozone maximum over the Tropical Atlantic Ocean. He uses the WRF-Chem model, ozonesonde measurements, and NOAA satellite sounder retrievals in his work. He has participated in the Aerosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE) and Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) field campaigns and ozonesonde and radiosonde launches in Cape Verde and Senegal. Jonathan participated in the Big 10 Summer Research Opportunities Program, NOAA Educational Partnership Program, and the National Centers for Atmospheric Research Graduate Visitors Program. Jonathan has teaching, reviewing, and judging experience.  Jonathan has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference proceedings.  His educational background is a Ph.D. – Atmospheric Sciences at Howard University, M.S. – Meteorology at Penn State, and a B.S. – Physics at North Carolina A&T State University.  He is a native of Georgia but grew up in North Carolina and has always been interested in weather.
Dr. Marcel C. Buford  Biography
Dr. C. Marcel Buford is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). At IDA, he works in many areas of technical cognizance to the Department of Defense. He serves as a military operations researcher, weapon system acquisitions analyst and developer of unique knowledge management software tools. In 2009, Dr. Buford deployed to the United States Forces headquarters, Baghdad Iraq where he led a team of analysts who advised the Commander of the United States Forces, General Ray Odierno, on asset acquisition strategy, mission planning and prioritization. Dr. Buford earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His graduate work focused on hydrogen generation for fuel cells. He analyzed “on-demand” hydrogen generation
Dr. Jasmine D. Crenshaw: Dr. Jasmine Davenport Crenshaw is a native of Durham,  NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Science in  Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering  from the University of Florida. Her graduate research  specialty area is in Biomaterials, where she focused her  research on examining the self-assembly of kinesin  biomolecular motor proteins during active transport  using computational methods.
Dr. Crenshaw is currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Richmond. She also serves as a member of the HHMI advisory team and instructor for first year students of an interdisciplinary, discovery-based Science, Math and Research Training  (SMART) course which focuses on introductory concepts and techniques in biology and chemistry. She is conducting research with Dr. Omar Quintero to study filopodial dynamics
in cos7 cells using engineered Myosin X and Myo3A chimeras to examine biochemical and  transport properties of the motor proteins. Prior to joining the University of Richmond, Dr. Crenshaw served as Systems Engineer with the Department of Defense (DoD) for two years, where she supervised the development and initial fielding of innovative, commercial technologies.  
She is a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She  is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) advocate, where she actively recruits and mentors students in science disciplines. She believes that it is important to train the next generation of leaders of the endless opportunities with a STEM education. 
Outside the lab, Dr. Crenshaw enjoys spending time with family, friends, and participating in  civic engagements. Her hobbies include dance (tap, ballet, jazz, and line dancing), researching natural hair care products for women of color, and zumba exercise.

Christophe L. McCray
Research Staff Member
Institute for Defense Analyses

Dr. Christophe L. McCray, Ph.D., is a physicist in the field of laser technology.  He has worked as a laser physicist and program manager for NASA Langley, DRS Technologies and ITT Advanced Engineering Systems.
He moved to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a program developer in nanotechnology.  While at ONR, he helped develop their 2007 Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio strategy focusing on linking S&T resources to Naval needs
He is presently a Senior Research Staff Member at the Institute of Defense Analyses (IDA).  At IDA he deployed to Iraq, managed OSD Joint Data Support (JDS) Irregular Warfare group, and has led multiple tasks concerning the management of DoD M&S resources, container management within DoD and is currently leading a DIA task focusing on Counter Threat Finance.
Contact Info:    Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
4850 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA. 22311-1882

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