Bison Brainiacs

Bison Brainiacs at it!

June 23-30, 2018

Got science on the brain? Do you like chemistry? Marine biology? Want to learn more about technological innovations? Then join our deaf and hard of hearing Gallaudet science and technology professors this summer for our Bison Brainiacs camp!

Here's what you will be doing:

  • Perform hands-on chemistry experiments.
  • Explore the Anacosita River, "The Forgotten River", and research the health of its ecosystem.
  • Perform experiments on the food you eat everyday.
  • Play with innovative technologies.
  • Bonus: All work and no play? Not here! Explore the world-famous museums and monuments in Washington D.C., ride the roller coasters at Six Flags, and more!

Note: Bison Brainiacs is limited to 12 participants.

Date of program: June 23- June 30, 2018
Program fee: $750 (limited scholarships available for families in need, contact us at youthprograms@gallaudet.edu) 
Who can attend: Deaf and hard of hearing students entering grades 9 through 12.  
Must show evidence that you are enrolled in a standard, local, or general high school diploma - track program. Please submit an unofficial transcript and/or letter from guidance/school counselor. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Bison Brainiacs Faculty:

Daniel Lundberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel J. Lundberg grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and moved to the East Coast to attend Gallaudet University as an undergraduate. After obtaining his BS, he worked at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland as a post-baccalaureate (2002-2003) on cancer research using pharmacology. After the post-baccalaureate, he returned to Minnesota to study Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Medical School (2003-2008). After obtaining the PhD, he returned to his alma mater, Gallaudet University, where he teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology. Dr. Lundberg continues to collaborate with the National Cancer Institute on cancer research and also researches water chemistry in both the Anacostia River in Washington, DC during the academic year and north-central Minnesota lakes near Brainerd, MN during the summers.

Derek Braun, Ph.D.

Dr. Derek Braun grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended La Follette high school. He attended Gallaudet and majored in computer science. After graduation, he enrolled in graduate school in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, and also began teaching at Gallaudet as a laboratory instructor. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Braun worked at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, from 2002 through 2006, where he studied molecular pathways important in cancer and pain. Dr. Braun was awarded a provisional patent for developing a fluorescent tool for high-throughput screening of potential anticancer drugs. Dr. Braun currently directs the the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Gallaudet's first biological research laboratory, where he leads the Genetics of Connexin 26 Deafness project and collaborates on the Cancer Research project.

Caroline Solomon, Ph.D.

Dr. Caroline Solomon grew up in Delaware before moving to Maryland to attend high school. She attended Harvard University (1992-1996) where she got her BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy before heading to Australia for one year on a Fulbright Fellowship (1996-1997) studying the Great Barrier Reef. Upon return to the United States, she attended the University of Washington-Seattle (1997-2000) where she obtained her MS in biological oceanography. Dr. Solomon moved back east to start teaching at Gallaudet and working on her Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Maryland (2000-2006). Dr. Solomon teaches environmental science related courses including Ecology, Marine Biology, and Socio-Environmental Synthesis. She is heavily involved in research that looks at water quality issues in local waters such as the Anacostia River that flows through DC.