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MITCH BUTLER, Lifelong learning enthusiast studying Biophysics

Major: Biophysics

College/Employer: University of Southern California (USC)

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

It was only in recent years that I discovered just how much I love teaching! Maybe it STEMs (pun intended) from how much I love learning: I enjoy teaching myself so much that the feeling naturally transferred to others. When the time comes for me to leave the scholarly haven that is college, I hope to be moving on to medical school and, somewhere way down the road, practice medicine for a living. Part of my desire to doctor derives from this love of teaching. As a physician, after all, you serve your patients by teaching them (what’s wrong, how to fix what’s wrong, etc). There’s something I find especially exciting and special about explaining to someone a concept that I understand well and that I find truly intriguing.
Outside of class, I’m involved in research with a Physical Chemistry group. I can’t survive without exercise (i.e., physical release) - I love to play tennis and soccer, and a recently took up squash. Reading is fantastic, too (I only far too recently discovered that). My taste in books is like my taste in music: incredibly eclectic. I like literary fantasy, fiction, as well as nonfiction works about topics in physics and math. As far as music goes, I like everything from 80’s new wave and rock to modern alternative rock and pop (especially bands like Walk the Moon, St. Lucia, Bastille, and Smallpools, among others). I do, of course, enjoy my fair share of Netflix - favorite shows include Scrubs and Frasier. Occasionally I find time to be social, at which times I hang out with my “family” of friends with whom I shared a floor in my first year.

Past Classes

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M157: Introductory Topology: Knots, Surfaces, and Spaces in Splash Spring 2016 (Feb. 27, 2016)
Explore the fascinating and mind-bending (literally) branch of math that is Topology! Never heard of it? Neither had I, until college! We’ll explore some cool things about Knot Theory, Surfaces and their classification, as well as topological properties and characteristics of familiar (and not-so-familiar) Spaces. The word “Introduction” is not used loosely. The level of mathematical rigor is low. No calculus required. Minimal algebra required (if any). Will more experience in math help? Maybe a little bit. Proofs and rigorous definitions will be kept to a minimum. The direction of the class will very much be up to the students. If they want to spend the whole hour on knots, we can do that!