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No foto available Miguel Aguilar

Miguel Aguilar is an assistant professor of biology at El Paso Community College, where he teaches general microbiology, medical microbiology, anatomy, and physiology. In his teaching, he has used the classroom performance system (CPS) in his classes to enhance student participation. His research interests include MS2 virus inactivation and reactivation experiments and the detection of viruses in the Rio Grande. 

El Paso Community College

Photo of Lorrie Brilla Lorrie Brilla

Lorrie Brilla is Professor of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at the Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in exercise physiology, nutrition, exercise prescription, as well as a class on wellness. She directs the Adult Fitness Program and Center for Fitness Evaluation. Her research interests include magnesium in health and physical performance, physiological effects of inspiratory muscle training, and effect of exercise training on health parameters in older adults and people with diabetes. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, American College of Nutrition, and Human Biology Association. She is nationally certified as a Nutrition Specialist, Exercise Specialist, and Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

BEN Resources:
  • Brilla, L.R.  A teaching analogy to understand muscle spindles (Submitted)
  • Brilla, L.R. and McLaughlin, W.  Subtle inflammation in disease and amelioration with exercise (Submitted)
Outreach Activities:
  • She made a presentation about BEN to the Western Washington University Department of Physical Education and Recreation in March 2007
  • In 2008, she made a presentation about BEN to the Festival of Scholarship: Celebrating Collaborative Inquiry national meeting
Lorrie Brilla
Western Washington University

Photo of Jeff Brown Jeff Brown
Discipline: Cell Biology

Jeff Brown is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Portland where he teaches introductory biology, cell biology, developmental biology, and cancer biology, in which courses he uses a variety of videos and animations to illustrate biological processes. His research interests are in developmental cell biology, particularly understanding the mechanisms and functions of cell-to-cell communication mediated by the Wnt family of secreted signaling proteins. He is also a member of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL F21).

Outreach Activities:
  • At a Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society regional conference, he met with other undergraduate biology faculty to introduce them to the BEN portal.
  • At other conferences, such as a Northwest regional undergraduate research conference for the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, he will meet with a cross-section of undergraduate educators to introduce them to BEN.
  • Another outreach effort was to meet with content curators at the American Society of Cell Biology to discuss transferring their index/catalog information for peer-reviewed images and movies to the BEN portal.
Jeff Brown
University of Portland, Department of Biology

Photo of Larry Cahoon Larry Cahoon

Larry Cahoon is professor of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He specializes in oceanography and limnology. He also teaches classes on forensic environmental science. Additionally, he is a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America.

Outreach Activities:
  • He has given presentations about BEN to the 2007 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science, the UNC Wilmington Center for Teaching Excellence, the Department of Biology and Marine Biology’s annual faculty retreat, to departmental meetings about teaching effectiveness, and (about BEN and EcoEdNet) to UNC's Ecology teaching group.
  • He also mentored an Associate Professor to facilitate submission of that colleague's human anatomy and physiology teaching resources to BEN.
BEN Resources: Links:
Larry Cahoon
University of North Carolina Department of Biology and Marine Biology

No photo available Kari Clase

Kari Clase, an assistant professor of industrial technology at Purdue University, coordinates a biotechnology program on campus that serves students from multiple disciplines. In addition, she is the lead scientist for learning at Purdue Bindley Bioscience Center, a bioengineering research center.

Kari Clase
Purdue University

Juville Dario-Becker Juville Dario-Becker

Juville Dario-Becker is a professor of biology at Central Virginia Community College. She is a Parasitologist and Cell Biologist by training. She has been involved in online teaching and learning in the last 10 years and has continuously developed print-based and digital learning objects for the General Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology courses taught at the college. Her research interest centers on Science Education and the improvement of assessment instruments for traditional and online science courses. She is currently working on improving the General Biology courses taught on a high school “dual enrollment” platform to ensure parity with the traditional college Biology. She is working closely with the high school science teachers and high school students in her area through the regional science fair competion.

Outreach Activities:
  • Her BEN outreach activities included presentations at the Hew Horizons Conference, Virginia Association for Biology Education, and the Virginia Community College Science Peer Group Conference.
Submitted Resource: Links:
Juville Dario-Becker
Central Virginia Community College

Photo of Sam Fan Sam Fan
Discipline: Immunology / Microbiology

Sam Fan did his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and earned two graduate degrees from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. He is associate professor in biology at Bradley University, where he served two terms (’06-’08) as President of the University Senate. He teaches immunology and microbiology for upper division science majors, and introductory cell biology to freshman biology majors. In addition, he teaches general education classes on genetics, "Biotechnology and Society," and to graduate students in the Masters in Liberal Studies program, "Controversial Issues in Biology." His research focuses on how macrophages acquire and relinquish functional capacities. He is an adjunct faulty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine where he participates in the second year pathology course. In his parallel life Sam is a member of the Peoria (IL) Symphony.

Outreach Activities:
  • He acknowledged BEN in a poster presentation “The NIH Videocast: A Vehicle For Curriculum And Cultural Change”at ASMCUE 2007. (Submitted to MicrobeLibrary, and being revised for resubmission.)
  • He made a formal, hour-long presentation on BEN and NSDL, entitled “National Science Digital Libraries,” in the Bradley University Library “Speak Out” series, April 2008. The presentation was also e-mailed to faculty members from the engineering college who were unable to attend.
  • He acknowledged BEN in a poster presentation “A Laboratory Exercise that Correlates Electron Transport, Energy Production, Cilia Mobility, and Osmosis” at ASMCUE 2008.  (Presentation will be submitted to MicrobeLibrary.)
Sam Fan
Bradley University, Biology Department

Photo of Ron Gerrits Ron Gerrits

Ron Gerrits is an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). After receiving his BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from MSOE, he obtained a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Since returning to his alma mater, he has become coordinator of the health sciences courses and program director of the Master’s of Science in Perfusion program. He teaches a variety of courses, including Physiology, Nutrition, Microbiology, Cell Biology and Genetics, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology to Biomedical Engineering, Nursing and Perfusion students. In 2006 he was awarded the student-voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. One of the things that he is known for on campus is creating “relationship maps” to aid in student learning.

BEN Resource:
  • Case Study for Teaching the Variables that Regulate Arterial Pressure
Outreach Activities:
  • He has presented on use of student-centered learning and the use of the NSDL digital libraries at two meetings of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society as well as at MSOE in-service.
Ron Gerrits
Milwaukee School of Engineering

No photo available Virginia Gutiérrez-Osborne

Virginia Gutiérrez-Osborne teaches at Fresno City College campus for the State Center Community College District, where she is a biology instructor. Her courses include human biology, horticulture, biology readiness, and microbiology.

Virginia Gutiérrez-Osborne
Fresno City College

Photo of Lee Hughes Lee Hughes

Lee Hughes is a lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the biological sciences at the University of North Texas. His courses, which he has taught in face-to-face, online and hybrid formats, have included principles of biology, applied microbiology, microorganisms, science methods, and careers in the life sciences.

Lee Hughes
University of North Texas, Department of Biological Sciences

Photo of Sue Katz Sue Katz

Sue Katz is an associate professor of Biology at Rogers State University. She teaches introductory biology, microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology.  Her research project involves studying quorum sensing in the genus Serratia. She also mentors a wide variety of undergraduate student research projects. She was awarded the Pixley Faculty Excellence Award for Rogers State University in 2007.

BEN Outreach Activities:
  • She has been working with microbiology educators by providing information on available resources
  • She presented her BEN project, Modifying the Kirby-Bauer Antibiotic Susceptibility Exercise to Promote Active Learning, as part of the 2008 American Society for Microbiology Conference on Undergraduate Education
BEN Resources:
  • Modifying the Kirby-Bauer Antibiotic Susceptibility Exercise to Promote Active Learning
  • She also was co-author of MicrobeLibrary.org's Plaque Assay Atlas/Protocol
  • The Streak Plate Protocol (soon to be published)
Sue Katz
BEN Project Abstract

Photo of Dwight Krehbiel Dwight Krehbiel

Dwight Krehbiel teaches at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., where he is a professor of psychology. A biological psychologist, his teaching focuses on biological and cognitive aspects of psychology, particularly neuropsychology, health psychology, and the psychology of music. He also teaches courses in animal behavior and in scientific computing. His research focuses on physiological and emotional responses to music.

Dwight Krehbiel
Bethel College, Psychology Program

Photo of Jerry Krueger Jerry Krueger

Jerry Krueger is an assistant professor of biology at South Dakota State University, where he is a member of the introductory biology teaching team. In addition, he is the secondary education program manager for biology majors who want to go teach high school upon graduation. His research interests in regeneration dynamics in conifer forests.   

Jerry Krueger
South Dakota State University

Photo of Terry McGuire Terry R. McGuire

Terry McGuire is a professor and vice chair in the department of genetics at Rutgers University. He has published in many different areas including Mendelian and mathematical genetics, behavioral and neural genetics, and ecological genetics. He has designed and taught a wide range of courses within the department of genetics.   Currently his research focuses entirely on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Terry has been an active participant in the SENCER project.   Since participating as a BEN scholar in 2006,  he has been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Nations Center for Science and Civic Engagement, co-director of the SENCER Center for Innovation - MidAtlantic, and co-director of the SENCER Consortium for the Assessment of Student Achievement  (CASA). At Rutgers University,  he was recognized for his distinguished contributions to Undergraduate Education, appointed as a Rutgers Presidential CASTL Fellow and designated as a Master Teacher.   In 2007,  he became a lead editor of the new online endeavor Nature-Education with primary responsibility for Gene Inheritance and Transmission.
BEN Resources:
  • McGuire, T.R. (2007)  A single gene trait showing pleiotropy - A problem. (AAAS database)
  • McGuire, T.R. (2008)  Constructing a Pure-Breeding Homozygous Line for Three Traits.  (ASHG Education Resource Library)
  • McGuire, T.R. (2008)  Annotation of a Scientific Paper. ASHG Education Resource Library (Submitted)
Outreach Activities:
  • Expert Voices Blog of NSDL
  • He has given presentations about BEN at the SENCER Summer Institute in 2007 and 2008.
  • He has presented talks to the Department of Genetics at Rutgers University and at Oglethorpe University.
Terry McGuire
Rutgers University, Division of Life Sciences

Photo of Holly J. Morris Holly J. Morris
Discipline: Biology

Holly J. Morris is Professor of Biology at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA, where she teaches general biology, anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, genetics, and nutrition. She was co-PI on an NSF CCLI grant which involved both developing and implementing a collaborative intercollegiate laboratory experience with two other colleges. She is also actively involved with the Strategic Learning Initiative through West Ed, Inc.

BEN Resource:
  • Scientific classification exercise
Outreach Activities:
  • In June 2007, she held a workshop on Reading Apprenticeship, during which she presented both problem-solving and critical-thinking strategies for the classroom, as well as information on digital libraries.
  • At the NISOD Conference in May 2008, she presented a breakout session on active-learning strategies and digital libraries.
Lehigh Carbon Community College, Science Department
NISOD Conference materials

Photo of Dan Perlman Dan L. Perlman

Dan Perlman is associate professor of biology and chair of the environmental studies program at Brandeis University. He has helped create Conserving Earth’s Biodiversity, an interactive CD-ROM, and created EcoLibrary.org, a source of free teaching materials.

Dan Perlman
Brandeis University, Life Sciences Programs

Photo of Rebecca Reiss Rebecca Reiss

Rebecca Reiss is an associate professor of biology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech). Her area of expertise is genetics and, in addition to teaching the undergraduate and graduate genetics courses, she teaches a week long course high-school course called “CSI: Socorro” that provides hands-on experience with fluorescent genotyping used in forensic DNA analysis.

Rebecca Reiss
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Biology Program

Photo of Michèle Shuster Michèle Shuster
Discipline: Molecular Genetics

Michèle Shuster is an assistant professor in the Biology Department at New Mexico State University. While her current focus is in teaching and learning, her background is in molecular genetics, having studied meiotic chromosome segregation in yeast as a graduate student and molecular cytogenetics of oral squamous cell carcinoma as a post doc. She currently teaches introductory biology, microbiology for allied-health students and cancer biology classes. She has many interests centered around teaching and learning, including several on-going SoTL projects and graduate student and postdoc training programs.

She received a 2006 Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence at NMSU, a 2007 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 18th Annual Conference in College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, FL. and a 2008 Outstanding Workshop Award at the NMSU Teaching Academy. She is a Co-I on an NCI-funded project entitled Undergraduate Student Training in Cancer Research.

Outreach Activities:

  • She gives workshops on a variety of topics, including the use of clicker technology to engage students, scientific teaching and classroom research. She always notes that BEN is an excellent place to find teaching resources, and encourages participants to register for BEN, take advantage of the resources it offers and to consider submitting their own resources to BEN.

BEN Resource:

  • Her BEN resource, A Case of Poisoned Firefighters, was accepted through APS, as learning object #1484. This resource was developed in collaboration with a graduate teaching assistant in the biology department, to use in an introductory biology class to reinforce the concepts of cellular respiration and fermentation.
Michèle Shuster
NMSU Biology

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Joanne Tillotson

Joanne Tillotson is an associate professor of biology at Purchase College, State University of New York. A biochemist, her primary teaching assignment includes the general biology labs and lectures.

Joanne Tillotson
Purchase College, State University of New York, Biology Program

Photo of Steve Wagner Steve Wagner

Steve Wagner is an associate professor of biology at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He teaches introductory biology, general microbiology, nursing microbiology, planetary and space biology for teachers, and microbial ecology. His research involves use of beneficial microorganisms to solve environmental problems and development and integration of inquiry-based learning activities.

Steve Wagner
Stephen F. Austin State University, Department of Biology

No foto available Dave Wessner

Dave Wessner teaches at Davidson College where he is an associate professor of biology. A virologist by training, he teaches introductory biology, microbiology, and an upper level seminar on HIV/AIDS.

Dave Wessner
Davidson College, Department of Biology





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