New Faculty Trivia


The new faculty’s booklist!


Michael Black (Physics, Honors Physics):

  • Recent/Favorite books: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach; The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood; Chasing Space by Leland Melvin; Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  • Favorite snacks: fruit, veggies, chips and sour cream and onion dip
  • Favorite wise sayings:
    “Take two minutes and breathe.”
    “Life is not easy, folks, so relax.”
  • Favorite potato-related product: Clearly it’s fries. All of them. Slice them, fry/bake them, salt them, done. 


Dimitri Dounas-Frazer (Physics, Advanced Calculus-Based Physics, Accelerated Calculus AB):

  • Recent/Favorite books: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemison; The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi; Einstein on Race and Racism by Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor
  • Favorite snacks: Chocolate; popcorn; dried seaweed with wasabi
  • Favorite wise sayings:
    “Nothing works the first time.”
    “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”
    “Everything worthwhile is done with other people.” –Mariame Kaba
  • Favorite potato-related product: Potatoes au gratin


Eshwar Ramanan (Chemistry, Honors Chemistry):

  • Recent/Favorite books: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Favorite snacks: Roasted peanuts; dried mangoes
  • Favorite wise sayings: “It is very simple to be happy, but very difficult to be simple.” –Rabindranath Tagore
  • Favorite potato-related product: Indian style roasted potatoes.


Katie Piper (The Modern World and You, United States History)

  • Recent/Favorite books: The Buried by Peter Hessler; Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  • Favorite snacks: Haribo Star Mix
  • Favorite wise saying: “How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives.”  –Annie Dillard
  • Favorite potato-related product: Well, that would have to be fries…


Jiabang Wu (Chinese I, Chinese V)

  • Recent book: Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • Favorite potato-related product: I guess curry?… 


Kyle Lawhead (Wellness, Games and Movement)

  • Recent/Favorite book: Talking to GOATs by Jim Gray
  • Favorite snacks: Chips and popcorn. I’m a salt lover although I do my best to eat them in moderation. I can go without dessert easily, but salty snacks are hard for me to say no to.
  • Favorite wise saying: “You can’t win them all if you don’t win the first one.”
  • Favorite potato-related product: I wish it wasn’t, but french fries


Tom Campbell (College Counseling)

  • Recent/Favorite book: Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni
  • Favorite snacks: Pretty much anything Mexican. If I’m really feeling indulgent and salivating for some sweet, sweet sodium: Takis. I’m also a sucker for some warm baked gooeyness that have a heavy dose of cinnamon sugar. Y’all should try monkey bread with Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. Get this: cinnamon rolls in a pan with a – wait for it – WHOLE STICK of butter sliced on top, dusted with a ¼ cup of cinnamon sugar and baked in a greased pan. Incredible.
  • Favorite wise sayings: Really any of the poetry that comes from Kacey Musgraves’ brilliant songwriting. This one always stands out to me: “Favors for friends will get you in, they’ll get you far; but when did it become about who you know and not about how good you are?”
  • Favorite potato-related product: Totchos (aka tater tot nachos). 


Erin Foster (College Counseling)

  • Recent/Favorite books: The Changeling by Victor LaValle; The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Favorite snacks: Pineapple, pita chips and hummus, and all things salted caramel.
  • Favorite wise sayings:
    “Don’t avoid trying new things because you’re afraid of the ‘what ifs.’” – my mom
    “When things don’t go as expected, trust the reroute.” – Lalah Delia
  • Favorite potato-related product: I truly love any potato-related product, but if I must choose one, my favorite is the waffle fry.


Frances Nan (College Counseling)

  • Recent/Favorite books: My StoryGraph app tells me I mainly read “nonfiction books that are reflective, informative, and emotional. Typically chooses medium-paced books that are <300 pages long.”
  • Favorite snacks: Kombucha, if it’s not too sweet.
  • Favorite wise sayings: ”The only way to survive is by taking care of each other.” – Grace Lee Boggs
  • Favorite potato-related product: Waffle fries for life! The perfect combo of crunchy and chewy. Maximum surface area for any sauce or topping of your dreams. What’s not to like?