Faculty Director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research; Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences
Brigid Carroll Casellini holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of New Hampshire and a graduate certificate in publishing and communications from Harvard University. She has worked for several magazine and book publishers in the greater Boston area and has been a senior editor of Inquiry since 2005. She resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.
Erin Trainer holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in teaching secondary English, both from the University of New Hampshire. Her career for the past twenty years has included teaching English and working in publishing in a variety of fields, including medical and science, education, and the humanities. She has been an editor for Inquiry since 2016. Erin lives in Kittery, Maine with her husband and two children.
“Inquiry is unique in that it covers a variety of topics,” says Molly Boodey, who joined the editorial board in 2016. She felt that being an editor would be a great way to learn about what fellow students at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) are doing around campus and the world at large. Molly is from Barrington, New Hampshire. She will graduate in 2020 with a mathematics major, and is considering psychology as a minor. Molly is a member of the University Honors Program and is a Hamel Scholar. She works for the UNH Bookstore and also writes questions for the New Hampshire seacoast’s high school math meets. In her free time, Molly enjoys studying logic, going to hockey games, and reading. She plans to attend graduate school and perhaps become a teacher. “I may work towards a PhD,” she said, “or I might get a master’s degree and then seek a job where I can use mathematics in some capacity on a daily basis.” Of mathematics she says, “It is a fascinating and diverse field which is quickly becoming one of the most important areas of study in today’s world.”
Emma Clarke, from Rochester, New Hampshire, is a physics major and applied math minor who has a passion for research. She is a Hamel Scholar and University Honors Program student, and research opportunities are part of what brought her to the University of New Hampshire (UNH). After graduating in 2019, Emma’s goals include obtaining her PhD in physics and a research career in astrophysics and cosmology. She was awarded a Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant in 2016, and in summer 2018 will take her research abroad to the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore, India with an International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) grant. Emma is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society of Physics Students (SPS), and the math honor society Pi Mu Epsilon. She is a competitive figure skater and helps plan various skating events at UNH. She has enjoyed the opportunity to edit for Inquiry for the past two years, as it has allowed her to learn about much of the intriguing research that is happening at UNH while also making that research accessible to a wider audience.
Why have one when you can have them all? Rory O’Neil is a scholarly individual who takes advantage of all of the available disciplines at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She is a dual major in political science and international affairs, with minors in Middle Eastern studies and security studies, and she is planning to graduate in fall 2019. Rory is an interdisciplinary Honors Program student, a Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) recipient, and a Gilman Scholar alum. Rory is from Nashua, New Hampshire; in-state tuition as well as idyllic majors and research opportunities lured her to UNH, as did the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research and the Arabic language courses offered at the University. Rory hopes to work for a governmental agency or a humanitarian organization in Washington, D.C. after graduation and eventually return to school for a master’s or doctoral degree. When she has free time in her schedule, Rory relishes taking artistic classes like photography and ballet. She also extends her reach to technical subjects like computer science when she can: “It is a welcome break from the reading- and writing-intensive classes in my major and expands my creative and problem-solving skills.” Rory joined the Inquiry editorial board in the fall of 2017 when she was writing a commentary for the journal about her REAP experience. She enjoys the process of editing and the opportunity to learn new things about diverse subjects.
Bridget Peterson is a University of New Hampshire (UNH) senior from Narragansett, Rhode Island. Her majors are neuroscience and English/journalism, and she is pursuing a minor in Spanish. Bridget decided to attend UNH because of its outdoorsy feel and size. During the fall semester of 2017, Bridget joined the Inquiry editorial team because she was interested in clear and concise scientific writing. Within the next five years, Bridget plans to finish up her degrees, work as an optician for a year, and then apply for and attend optometry school. In her free time she loves to read; her favorite author is David Sedaris. She also enjoys making and listening to music.