Research and Graduate Studies




David Brown earned his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado Denver. Before the path to a doctorate in math, David majored in both Math and Philosophy and was a competitive bodybuilder who earned several titles in his teens and early twenties.

When not flying through the air during trapeze lessons or sewing with electricity, Dr. Deborah A. Fields seeks to understand the power of connected learning by studying how students’ learning is enriched when school, home, friends, and playful online spaces are combined.

Evelyn Funda is a professor of English at USU, where she specializes in American literature and teaches courses on American culture, including a popular course on the literature and culture of the American Farm. As a daughter of Idaho farmers, agriculture is a subject close to Evelyn’s heart.

Jarod Raithel is a PhD research fellow with the USU Ecology Center. Jarod is a certified PADI Divemaster, and he and his wife helped found the Koh Ra ecolodge in Khura Buri, Thailand in 2009. His greatest joy arises from watching his two small children—Bodhi and Sage—discover their world.

Jenna Glover received her PhD from Utah State University in clinical psychology. She works as a therapist at Avalon Hills, a residential eating disorder clinic in Paradise, UT. She has been honored with awards for teaching excellence, service to students, and wellness.

James H. Davis is a professor of strategic management and the chairman of the Management Department at Utah State University. He loves hiking, fishing and running—recently completing a 200+ mile Ragnar relay— and enjoys spending time his children and the love of his life, Jennifer.

Matthew D. LaPlante is the son of a newspaperman who was, in turn, the son of a newspaperman. Now a professor of journalism at USU, his work has appeared in CNN, The Washington Post, Christianity Today and more. An avid snowboarder, Matthew lives in SLC with his wife, Heidi, and daughter, Spike.

Melanie M. D. Rodríguez is a professor of psychology at USU studying family processes in Latino families, cultural adaptations of evidence-based interventions, and professional ethics. At home, Melanie has two daughters; María Luisa, a seasoned thespian, and Ana Cecilia, an energetic 4th grader.

Nicole Martineau's passions for science, teaching, and drama have taken her from researching nanoparticles and bacterial metabolism at USU to teaching biotechnology in Seattle, acting in community theater, and initiating research on the potential for drama-based education in science classrooms.

Get to know the 2014 TEDxUSU speakers before hearing their talks on October 29th. The speakers share about themselves in a question and answer format.