1200 S. Jay St. Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198 northern.edu Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Aberdeen, South Dakota Permit No. 77 experience teaching high school mathematics at a public school in South Dakota where she also coached speech and debate activities. Jacobson and her husband have one daughter, Karlie, and are expecting a second child in December. DR. ERIC PULIS, assistant professor of biology, is originally from Sauk Rapids, Minn. He attended the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and graduated with a B.S. in fisheries and wildlife biology and a M.S. in biology. Pulis went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Pulis is an organismal biologist and his research interests are the ecology, taxonomy, systematics and describing new species of parasitic worms from wildlife and fishes. Before joining NSU, he was the marine conservation ecologist at a nonprofit organization that specialized in sea-turtle New Faculty continued… Visit northern.edu , click on “ Give Now” | Select “College of Arts and Sciences” to support the College of Arts and Sciences. Update your contact information with the NSU Foundation to hear about alumni events in your area. Or contact the NSU Foundation to learn more, 605-626-2550. Your donations fund: Student travel | Speaker series | Scholarships | Student research TODAY IS THE DAY SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AT NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY and dolphin ecology and rehabilitation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In his free time he enjoys outdoor and wildlife-related activities. Pulis and his wife, Kelly, are glad to be back on the Northern Plains. They have two children, Evelyn and Alice. DR. ASA TOOMBS, instructor of chemistry and chemistry lab manager, grew up in Augusta, Kan.,. He completed a B.S. in chemistry, B.A. in biology and a minor in mathematics from Newman University in Wichita, Kan. Toombs then attended Iowa State University where he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry by investigating and synthesizing new solid-state intermetallic compounds, specifically using electronic structure theory to understand the “coloring problem” in mixed occupancy crystals. He is currently teaching general chemistry courses and the accompanying labs, as well as the chemistry survey laboratory. Toombs enjoys working with his hands and spends his free time on different types of woodworking projects. Another hobby of Toombs’ is collecting and restoring antique tractors, specifically John Deere tractors made from the mid-1920s to the late 50s. Toombs is a “Star Wars” fan and enjoys spending time reading the expanded universe books. MS. TANYA WHITE, instructor of communication studies and Spanish, received her B.A. in Spanish and English philology from the Kiev National Linguistic University, Ukraine. She then moved on to pursue her M.A. in communication at the University of North Dakota, and then another M.A. in Spanish linguistics at Arizona State University. White’s research interests lie at the intersection of linguistics and communication. Her latest master’s thesis studied critical cultural awareness of the students, the structure of their mental lexicon and their cultural values and beliefs. Her scholarly writing has appeared in Across Languages and Cultures and The Journal of Developmental Communication.