William Brandenburg

Brandenburg's love of wildlife started well before any formal education. Drawing and painting at an early age taught him bird coloration, pattern, feather structure, and mannerisms. At a young age, he also taught himself taxidermy to understand shape, anatomy, and coloration of a birds eyes, beaks, and feet.

Brandenburg has competed in art competitions since 1980, winning his first world championship in 1988. Since then, he's won the Carl E. Akeley medallion and placed in Master of Masters competition. He has won on all levels of competition including state, regional, national, international and world level. His work is represented in private collections, museums, and education facilities around the world.

To date, Brandenburg has applied his artistic acumen and taxidermy skill to roughly 4,000 of the over 10,000 species of bird.

Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J.

Consolmagno, born September 19, 1952, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, obtained his bachelor of science in 1974 and master of science in 1975 in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978. From 1978-80 he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard College Observatory, and from 1980-1983 continued as postdoc and lecturer at MIT.

Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Division III, Planetary Systems Science (secretary, 2000 - present) and Commission 16, Moons and Planets (president, 2003-2006); and the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (chair, 2006-2007).

He has coauthored five astronomy books: Turn Left at Orion (with Dan M. Davis; Cambridge University Press, 1989); Worlds Apart (with Martha W. Schaefer; Prentice Hall, 1993); The Way to the Dwelling of Light (U of Notre Dame Press, 1998); Brother Astronomer (McGraw Hill, 2000); and God's Mechanics (Jossey-Bass, 2007).

As of 2015, Brother Guy is the Director of the Vatican Observatory.

John Hankla

John Hankla is currently a featured scientist in the Science Explorers program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he works as a creative consultant and as an instructor. His research on late Cretaceous fossils in eastern Wyoming is the focus of an innovative professional development program for middle school teachers in Wyoming and Colorado.

Hanklaʼs graduate work at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History was focused on the particular habit of some prairie ant species to collect micro-vertebrate fossils that can be used in museums for research, interpretation and exhibit. With the help of the Museum Club at the University of Colorado Hankla produced exhibits and programs including “Museum in the Dark” and “Harvesting Collections; contributions of the western harvester ant”.

Hankla uses his expertise along with an extensive personal collection of cast dinosaur skeletons to create learning opportunities in natural history museums, art galleryʼs, and school programs. His recent collaborations have included Dinosphere! at The Childrenʼs Museum of Indianapolis, The Sternberg Museum of Natural History, at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, The Community Art Center in Danville Kentucky, The Cranbrook Institute of Science in Michigan, The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, and the University of Colorado Science Discovery Program Wilderness Camps.

Robert Nowakowski

Robert (Bob) Nowakowski serves as an Adjunct Curator of Minerals and is partaking in a major revision of the 1,000 specimens and subject areas in the current iteration of the Mineral Study Gallery, originally configured in 1996-97. Like many others Bob was inspired in his youth by Cranbrook Institute of Science and his early experiences collecting agates along the shores of Lake Superior and other minerals in the Taylor iron-mining district, south of his family’s property in the Upper Peninsula.

Bob attended Wayne State University, graduating in 1985 with a B.Sc. degree in Geology.  He then took a position at a local environmental consulting firm, and was soon promoted to Environmental Manager.  He founded his own successful environmental consulting firm in 1996, which he operated until 2014, when he took a position as Environmental Manager with another firm, in part to free up time for planning and working on the CIS Mineral Gallery project. 

He was an active collector of fine minerals and fossils for over 45 years and built a superb collection with emphasis on Michigan copper and iron country minerals. Bob is respected nationally as an expert, has many national and international contacts and is commonly called upon to appraise fine collections by museums, private collectors and governmental agencies. 

Richard B. Stamps

Title: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Oakland University
E-mail: stamps@oakland.edu

Major Fields
Anthropology, archaeology, Chinese prehistory and 19th century North America, Chinese minorities, Asian Americans, Christianity in China, applied anthropology.

Teaching Areas:

  • Human and Cultural Evolution
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology
  • Peoples and Cultures of China
  • Asian American Experience
  • Archaeology of North America
  • Introduction to China

Representative Publications:

  • "The Cultural Impact of Morman Missionaries on Taiwan," BYU Studies, 41:1003-1014, 2002.
  • “The House in The Grove: Edison’s Boyhood Home,” in Retrieving Michigan’s Buried Past, with B. Hawkins, N. Wright and J. Halsey, eds., Cranbrook Institute of Science, September 1999.
  • “Fort Gratiot,” in Retrieving Michigan’s Buried Past, with B. Hawkins, N. Wright and J. Halsey, eds., Cranbrook Institute of Science, September 1999.
  • “Historical and Cultural Preservation of Resources in Oakland County,” The Oakland Journal, 1:100-102, spring 2000.