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Moving On and Moving In: Retirees and Incomers

Retiring Faculty and Admin
Bruce Roundy | BIO
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Dr. Bruce Roundy received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1973 and

1977. He completed his Ph.D. at Utah State University in 1984. Throughout his doctoral education,

Roundy worked as a range scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and afterward became a

professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson. In 1994, he came to BYU, excited about its location,

students, and emphasis on faith. He has enjoyed teaching courses on natural resources, ecology, and

the Book of Mormon. Roundy has received many awards for his teaching and research, most recently

receiving the W. R. Chapline Research Award. He has enjoyed the dedication of his students and feels

that he and his colleagues' work at BYU has enhanced the university’s reputation and education when

it comes to natural resources. Roundy enjoys biking, hiking, camping, traveling with his wife Virginia,

serving in his church calling, and spending time with his family.
Dennis Shiozawa | BIO
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Dr. Dennis Shiozawa studied biology and chemistry at Weber State College. As a sophomore, he

conducted lab research studying pesticide susceptibility of mosquitoes, and later received a grant to

study the brine fly on Antelope Island. These undergraduate experiences set the course for his life and

his career. In 1974, Shiozawa received an M.S. degree at BYU in zoology with an emphasis on aquatic

ecology. He then earned his Ph.D. in fisheries biology at the University of Minnesota. Shiozawa was

hired at BYU in 1978, straight out of his doctoral program, and taught zoology and biology for forty

years. At the time of his retirement, Shiozawa served as chair of the Department of Biology. The

majority of his research focused on insects, fish phylogenetics, and aquatic ecology in Western North

America. His most recent research examined geologic history through the story of the cutthroat trout.

Shiozawa reports that the best part of his career was mentoring students.
Jack Sites | BIO
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Dr. Jack Sites hails from Clarksville, Tennessee. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Austin Peay

University in 1973 and 1975, then worked a year for the Tennessee Heritage Program. There, he

contributed to a database of localized habitats and threatened species in the state and came in contact

with several professors, who inspired him to return to graduate school. Sites and his wife, Joanne, moved

to Texas A&M for his Ph.D., where he studied evolutionary genetics. After a two year postdoc he was

hired by BYU's Department of Zoology in 1982, and has since taught several courses and contributed

greatly to his field of research. Sites says that his proudest accomplishment was helping with the 1990

creation and implementation of his department’s mission statement, ultimately developing research

foci in a few well-chosen disciplines. He plans on retiring to his wife’s family farm in Kentucky, there

focusing on ecological restoration, traveling with his daughter’s family, volunteering for field work

with colleagues, and writing a book.
Kenneth Packer | MLBM
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Kenneth Packer is retiring as Exhibit Designer and Lytle Preserve Coordinator of the Monte L.

Bean Life Science Museum. He was hired at the museum in 1979, after graduating from BYU and

teaching seminary in Orem for four years. His proudest accomplishments at the museum were his

involvement in the Ramses II exhibit of 1985, two successful museum accreditations, the physical

expansion of the museum building, and, most recently, the acquisition and curation of the Boyd K.

Packer special collection. Packer was also involved in the Lytle Preserve’s maintenance, buildup, info

structure development, and endowment management. Outside his career, Packer enjoys creating

bronze sculpture. He and his wife Bobby have eight children and thirty grandchildren.
Incoming Faculty
Liz Gibbons Bailey | BIO
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Dr. Liz Gibbons Bailey is a Utah native. She received her Ph.D. in physiology and developmental

biology at BYU in 2013. While her husband completed his Ph.D. in counseling psychology, she

held full-time visiting faculty positions at both BYU and BYU-Hawaii. Most recently, she was an

assistant teaching professor at Georgetown University. She is thrilled to make a more permanent

home in the biology department and to have more time to focus on her research. Bailey is passionate

about teaching, and she studies the benefits of reciprocal peer tutoring, ways to integrate biology

and math, and gender gaps in biology education. She loves adventuring with her husband, playing

the piano, being with people, hiking, playing Tetris, dancing, and working with Excel spreadsheets.
Samuel Payne | BIO
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Dr. Samuel Payne is an associate professor of bioinformatics in the Department of Biology,

teaching courses on bioinformatics and bioethics. His research interests are focused on algorithms

for proteomics data analysis, multi-omics integration, biological data visualization, and data

science. Payne is currently principal investigator of a National Cancer Institute proteogenomics

data analysis center. Prior to joining BYU, he was a senior scientist with the Pacific Northwest

National Laboratory and principal investigator at the J. Craig Venter Institute. Payne received a B.S.

of computer science at Brigham Young University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in bioinformatics from the

University of California, San Diego, in 2008.
Jordan Yorgason | PDBIO
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Dr. Jordan Yorgason became interested in addiction research during his undergraduate training

with Dr. Scott Steffensen at BYU. He performed his doctoral studies at Wake Forest University,

studying environmental factors that contribute to alcohol effects on dopamine transmission and

related behaviors. Yorgason received postdoctoral training at the Vollum Institute in Oregon,

then returned to BYU to continue his postdoctoral studies. He focused his research on the role

of midbrain GABA neuron activity in aspects of behavioral motivation for drugs of abuse. As he

transitions to an assistant professor position in the PDBIO department, his work will focus on

investigating midbrain and striatal neural circuitry underlying psychostimulant and opiate-seeking

behavior. Yorgason enjoys spending time with his wife and five kids and playing the cello.
Jeff Glenn | PH
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Jeff Glenn completed his doctor of public health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

His research has focused on systems thinking approaches to eliminating neglected tropical diseases

in sub-Saharan Africa and on assessing the sustainability of public health programs in low-resource

settings. Prior to his doctoral education, Glenn worked as a presidential management fellow and

public health advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, where he

helped establish the agency’s global cancer program. He holds a master of public administration

from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from

Brigham Young University. Glenn grew up in Salt Lake City, UT, and enjoys spending time outdoors

and traveling to new places with his wife, Kathryn, and their two children.
Alisha Redelfs | PH
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Dr. Alisha Redelfs received her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Rocky Mountain College in 2003

and earned her master of public health from BYU in 2010. In 2013, she earned her Ph.D. in public

health from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston. Before coming to BYU, Redelfs

worked at the University of Texas at El Paso overseeing evaluations and research related to healthy

living in the US-Mexico border region. The end goal of her research is to make the best health

practices available to all communities. She chose to return to BYU because of the opportunity to

“include all truth” as she teaches and “to train students... to make a difference.” Outside of work,

Redelfs loves sports, nature, new technology, weightlifting, reading, and trying new things. She and

her husband Reuben have been married for six years and have three children.