M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

This summer, we are excited to welcome two new faces to the Murdock Trust family. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Shannon Mayer, our newest Visiting Scholar, and Aidan Nyquist, our Summer/Fall Intern!

Shannon Mayer, Visiting Scholar

Shannon is a Professor and Chair of the Physics Department at the University of Portland, where she has served on the faculty for 19 years. Passionate about advancing the mission of faith-based higher education and the sciences, Shannon will help support the Trust in a variety of projects and convenings related to the interplay between science and faith. The co-editor of a recent collection of essays by University of Portland faculty about transformative university teaching titled: Awaken the Stars: Reflections on what we really teach, Shannon holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Physics from Pacific Lutheran University. 

Aidan Nyquist – Intern

Aidan joins the Murdock Trust as our Summer and Fall 2021 intern. A recent graduate of North Park University, he brings an extensive background in the STEM fields, including a degree in mathematics and physics, as well as experience in software development and data analytics. Aidan will contribute across a variety of projects for the Trust with a particular emphasis on our scientific research grantmaking and enrichment conferences.

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