A Reno native who's been working in the educational field for over 20 years, Dr. Ripley enjoys outdoor activities with his friends and his 12-year-old son. He has taught math at all levels of secondary education and all introductory levels of higher education, both at the community college and the university level. This is his twelfth year at Davidson THINK Summer Institute; he also teaches at the Davidson Academy. His hobbies include, but aren't limited to, mountain and road biking, snowboarding, playing the banjo and the piano, chess, and gardening. He teaches mathematics because it is the language of science, and feels that science will save the world.
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