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Mary Maxine Browne
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Mary Maxine Browne is completing her PhD in early English drama and literature at Purdue University. She holds an MA in Medieval Literature from Western Michigan University's Medieval Institute and a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Her professional interests focus on the intersection of language and performance, its philosophy and history. She is an experienced teacher, writer, editor, and dramaturge with a special interest in voice and movement for the stage, as well as participatory theater as developed by Augusto Boal. 

She has taught courses in writing, drama, theater history, and Shakespeare. Also fluent in Dutch, German, and Spanish, she is an experienced English as a second language and accent reduction tutor for international students, faculty, and business professionals. Her work with the Midwest Crossroads AGEP book project engaged her multiple skills in a diverse and multicultural collaboration of science and the arts.



Kiana R. Johnson
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Dr. Johnson has recently earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology at Purdue University. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana, where she attended public schools. Kiana graduated from Purdue with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She enjoys her research which focuses on youth with chronic health conditions and also serves as an advocate for these youth.

Kiana is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. Her current research focuses on the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare for youth with physical disabilities.



William Peck
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William J. Peck is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Purdue University. He is specializing in Literary Studies, focusing on nineteenth-century British Literature, specifically the poetry of the Romantic and Victorian eras. He completed his master’s degree at Purdue in 2005 and his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University in 2003. He has taught various composition and literature classes at several universities and colleges in Indiana and intends to continue his teaching career long into the future. William joined the GPS for Graduate School book project in the fall of 2011 and has thoroughly enjoyed the time he was able to spend with the STEM students who authored each chapter as well as grateful to all of the project participants for including him in such an innovative endeavor.

William J. Peck was fortunate enough to grow up with a mother, grandmother, and several auntswho were all school teachers, instilling in him a love of education from an early age, which is why he has always valued opportunities to be exposed to new subjects and interests. The GPS for Graduate School book project was certainly one of these opportunities, and William has thoroughly enjoyed the time he was able to spend with the STEM students who authored it as well as grateful to all of the project participants for including him in such an innovative endeavor. William is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Purdue University’s English Department. He is specializing in Literary Studies, focusing on nineteenth-century British Literature. He has taught various composition and literature classes at several universities and colleges and intends to continue his teaching career long into the future.