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Having a background in domestic engineering, retail sales, accounting and office management, Lisa began her career at Denison in 2007 as a part-time administrative assistant in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. In May 2012, Lisa joined the Annual Fund team full-time, supporting the four assistant directors with daily operations and the special events of their respective philanthropic programs.
I arrived at Denison University in 2012, following postdoctoral research in the Laser Cooling group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Currently, I am doing experimental research in atomic physics and quantum information. Over the last several years, advances in laser cooling, trapping, and optical/rf manipulation of atoms has given us unprecedented control over the quantum states of these systems. One of the most intriguing applications of this work is in quantum information, where we want to utilize quantum physics to tackle otherwise intractable computational problems. This is being pursued at Denison using cold, trapped atomic ions, which have been recognized as a promising candidate for quantum bit (qubit) implementation due to their long trapping times, excellent coherence properties, and the exquisite control that can be achieved over both internal and external degrees of freedom.
Here at Denison I am teaching a variety of courses on all aspects of physics. Some of the things I am particularly excited about is adding versatile microcontrollers and FPGAs to the curriculum of the electronics course, and having the opportunity to introduce additional contemporary topics in physics to the classroom.
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Professor Olson arrived at Denison in the Fall of 2004. She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally. Her research and teaching interests include ceramic history, ornament, installation and particularly, material culture and its role in the construction of collective identity and individual persona.
Mark is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992 and served for eleven years as Presbyterian Campus Minister to Princeton University. Mark came to Denison in 2003 as the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Chaplain. He lives in Granville with his wife Jenny and their four daughters, Rebecca, Margaret, Eleanor and Louisa.
- Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Chaplain at Denison University, 2003 - Present
- Presbyterian Campus Minister, Religious Life at Princeton University, 1992-2003
A Texas native, John Osburn was enthralled by the sound of drums back when he watched his father play in a country-rock band as a child in numerous venues around Austin, Texas. After going through his secondary school training in percussion, he studied music at Texas Woman's University in the small town of Denton. He was eventually lured into the TWU Department of Dance, where he became a musician for dance technique classes and improvisation jams. While at TWU, he established many creative relationships with local visual artists both inside and outside of the University.
After playing for the American Dance Festival in 2010, Osburn took a brief hiatus from dance accompaniment to conduct his graduate studies in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, housed by Queen's University. While at SARC, his focus steered away from percussion and more into electronic music composition, sound design, interaction design for new musical instruments and art installations, and spatial audio research.
Upon returning to the States, Osburn was asked by members of the TWU faculty to return as one of three facilitators for the Dance Department's weekly contact improvisation jams.
As a composer/sound designer, his works have been performed in various venues around Texas, Northern Ireland, and in South Korea.
Currently, Osburn acts as the Resident Musician for Denison University's Department of Dance and focuses his time researching and practicing new and innovative ways to accompany dance classes and jams with both acoustic and electronic instruments.
Tiffany Ozbun has served as the head softball coach at Denison since the fall of 2007. Already a multi-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Ozbun has made quite a splash in her first six seasons at the helm of the Big Red softball program.
Prior to her arrival at Denison, Ozbun spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Manchester University where she was responsible for pitcher/catcher development and the team's strength and conditioning program. She aided in the development of numerous all-conference and all-region athletes and in the fall of 2005 stepped in as the interim head coach/senior women's administrator at Manchester. Ozbun also served as an instructor in the Exercise and Sport Science department.
Prior to returning to Manchester, Ozbun spend three seasons at the University of Louisville where she earned a master of science in sport administration. While at Louisville, Ozbun worked primarily with catchers and defense while assisting in the development of numerous all-region and all-conference players, including the Cardinals' first All-American. In 2004, Louisville earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. That year, the Cardinals also set a Conference USA record for wins in a season (41).
As a player, Ozbun was a four-year letter winner and three-year co-captain for the Spartans. She led Manchester to the 2001 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and was named the team's most valuable player. She was the recipient of Manchester's Betty Clark Memorial award for her outstanding scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership and service and was a member of the Manchester Directors Council and the Manchester Faculty Athletic Committee.
Since 2002 Ozbun has served as the director of the University of Louisville Softball Camps and has spent her summers working various national camps and clinics. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) since 2003, Ozbun is also active in the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA).
Nilay Ozok-Gundogan is a historian of the Modern Middle East with a focus on the late Ottoman Empire. Her research interests include state-making, changing property regimes, and inter-ethnic relations in imperial peripheries. She teaches survey courses on the history of Islamic societies, the Modern Middle East, and the US-Middle East relations as well as upper-level seminars on social movements, ethno-religious conflicts, and cities in modern Middle East.
Dr. Ozok-Gundogan’s current research examines the transformation of the Ottoman state’s frontier administration in Kurdistan province during the Tanzimat (Reorganization) period.
She received her BA and MA from Bosphorus University, Istanbul and her Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton. In 2011-2012, she was an ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell College.