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2012 SCHOLARS


Stephanie Aamodt

Discipline: Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology

Stephanie Aamodt is a professor of biological sciences at Louisiana State University Shreveport. She teaches Freshman Seminar, Principles of Biology I and II for science majors; Introduction to Biological Inquiry; Embryology; Endocrinology; Immunology; and Parasitology. She has developed Principle of Biology II and Freshman Seminar as online courses.


Kirk Anders

Discipline: Genetics

Kirk Anders is an associate professor of Biology at Gonzaga University, where he teaches a range of courses including genetics and evolution, molecular biology, cell biology and developmental biology. He is particularly interested in teaching undergraduates in research and research-like settings. He teaches a bacteriophage genomics research course as part of the Science Education Alliance of HHMI, and he is also interested in yeast genetics.


Tim Ballard

Discipline: Biology and Marine Biology

Tim Ballard is an associate professor and assistant chair for undergraduate studies in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After receiving his BS in Biology from Appalachian State University, he earned his PhD from the Department of Anatomy of Wake Forest University and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine while studying limb bud development. He teaches human anatomy and physiology and vertebrate embryology courses as well as a Practicum in College Biology Teaching in his department's PhD program, and is the university's health professions advisor. He has received two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards, the UNCW Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, and has been a Distinguished Teaching Fellow.


K. Beth Beason-Abmayr

Discipline: Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Dr. K. Beth Beason-Abmayr earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Auburn University in 1990 and her Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. After completing postdoctoral research in the Division of Cardiology at Vanderbilt University (1996-1998), she came to Rice University as a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology to develop and teach undergraduate laboratory courses. Dr. Beason was appointed Lecturer in 2001 and presently teaches laboratory modules in fundamentals of experimental biology, protein purification and characterization, synthetic biology, and plant molecular biology. She also works with the Rice REU Site: Interdisciplinary Program in Multi-scale Biomolecular Networks, the Rice Institutes of Biosciences & Bioengineering Summer Academy, and the Center for College Readiness at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University.

Links:
K. Beth Beason-Abmayr
Main course site


Sunshine Brosi

Discipline: Biology

Sunshine Brosi is currently an Assistant Professor, Biology, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC (1999), Masters of Science in Forestry from the University of Kentucky (2001), Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2010). Sunshine coordinates the Wildlife and Fisheries, Interpretive Biology and Natural History, and the Ethnobotany Majors at Frostburg State University (FSU). FSU is a primarily undergraduate institution with around 5,000 students and is part of the University of Maryland System. She has taught for five years, courses including Introduction to Ethnobotany, Economic Botany, Ethnographic Field Techniques, Dendrology, Forestry Field Practices, Plant Taxonomy, and Research Methods. Sunshine is actively involved in the Open Science Network in Ethnobiology through developing ethnobiology learning modules. Sunshine's research projects include forest tree species at risk due to exotic pests and pathogens and non-timber forest products.

Links:
Sunshine Brosi


Joseph Burdo

Discipline: Biology

Joseph Burdo is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Working in the lab of James Connor, he received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Penn State College of Medicine in 2003, and trained as a postdoctoral associate with David Schubert at the Salk Institute from 2003-2007. He runs a small research lab focused on cell and tissue culture models of human stroke. In the classroom, Joe teaches introductory physiology and neuroscience courses, as well as an upper level disease focused neurobiology course and an advanced neuroscience lab course.

Links:
Joseph Burdo


Helen Chamberlin

Discipline: Molecular Genetics

Helen Chamberlin is a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Genetics at Ohio State University.  She has taught courses in molecular genetics, cell biology and developmental biology. She is involved in cross-disciplinary activities that include teaching cell and molecular biology to mathematicians, and using digital storytelling as a platform to introduce science students to research.  Her research group studies cell signaling and gene regulation during development, and the evolution of gene regulatory networks.


Xinnian Chen

Discipline: Physiology and Neurobiology

Dr. Xinnian Chen is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology at University of Connecticut. She teaches Enhanced Human Physiology and Anatomy and serves as laboratory coordinator for all A & P labs. Dr. Chen has received an intramural Innovative Science Education Award to develop a workshop designed to promote and implement scientific teaching. She is focus on building a student-centered learning environment, creating teaching resources, and developing a future faculty preparation program. Her recent research interests include mathematical modeling in glial-neuron interactions. She has been named a national Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences. 

Links:
Xinnian Chen
University of Connecticut


Lynn Diener

Discipline: Biology

Lynn Diener is an assistant professor of biology at Mount Mary College, an all-women's institution in Milwaukee, WI. She teaches undergraduate biology classes in Human Physiology and Anatomy, Ecology, Zoology, Contemporary Environmental Issues and Leadership for Social Justice. For her graduate work she studied the fate and transport of heavy metals in the environment. Specifically she studied the binding of metals to soil organic material and interactions with microbes in the soil. More recently she has become interested in exploring the interface between art and science and does this work in collaboration with art faculty at Mount Mary.

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Lynn Diener


Lisa K. Elfring

Discipline: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Lisa Elfring did undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral research in the areas of developmental biology, genetics, and molecular biology. During her postdoctoral research, she became keenly interested in biology teaching and branched out through volunteer experiences to learn something about how people learn biology. Dr. Elfring is involved with several programs that get middle- and high-school biology teachers into research labs over their summer breaks so that they can learn about how biological research is done in the real world. She is involved in undergraduate science teacher preparation and has taught several courses on effective teaching strategies as well as topics in biology for K-12 educators, also coordinates the Introduction to Cell/Molecular Biology course and teaches in upper-division courses within her department, most recently Cell Biology. She has benefited from participating in the National Academies Summer Institutes on Biology Teaching (2005), the AAAS Vision and Change workshops on undergraduate biology teaching (2009), the American Society for Microbiology's Biology Scholars Research Residency (2010).


Jan Foster

Discipline: Anatomy and Physiology

Jan Foster is an assistant professor of Biology at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Medical College of Georgia. She teaches human anatomy and physiology, human biology, advanced nutrition and human metabolism, as well as an introduction to human genetics for non-majors. Her research focuses on using the soil nematode, C.elegans, as a whole organism model of assessing oxidative stress responses to environmental toxins. She is also currently working to implement digital resource and student-centered learning approaches in her teaching.


Beatriz Gonzalez

Discipline: Human Physiology, General Biology, ecology

Beatriz Gonzalez is an associate professor of Biology in the Natural Sciences Department at Santa Fe College in Gainesville; FL. Beatriz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Florida. She teaches both majors and non-majors biology lecture and laboratory. Dr. Gonzalez uses active learning and guided inquiry in her face-to-face classes. She is interested in developing student-centered resources that could be used in class or in an online learning environment. Dr. Gonzalez also is involved in the training and mentoring of new faculty.

Links:
Beatriz Gonzalez


Kelley Grorud

Disciplines: Biological Sciences

Kelley Grorud is an Associate Professor of Biology and Faculty Development Coordinator at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 2004. She teaches courses in human biology, including Human Cell Biology & Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Human Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Biomedical Research. In addition, Dr. Grorud is highly involved in K-12 science outreach through initiatives on her campus and summer science camps. She team teaches a course to undergraduates on the public understanding of science with a community outreach component, called Science in Action. Dr. Grorud was also the 2011 recipient of the Underkoffler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Edgewood College.


Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello

Discipline: Plant Physiology

Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. As a plant biologist, she teaches a variety of courses, including introduction to biology, cell biology, and plant physiology. She also teaches unique courses such as Topics in Mathematical Biology and Living in Space (for non majors). She currently oversees the Undergraduate Mathematical Biology Research Program, which supports undergraduate research projects, including her project on the quantitative analysis of curvature kinetics of stem's response to gravity. Her interest in educational outreach spans many years. She is currently a member of the West Virginia State Leadership Team for the Development of Next Generation of Science.

Links:
Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello
Marshall University


Maureen Knabb

Discipline: Biology

Dr. Maureen Knabb is a professor of biology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching various courses in biology and physiology for 25 years.  She has a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Virginia and her research interests include clinically relevant topics such as the biochemical mediators of arrhythmogenesis in ischemic heart disease and viral myocarditis. She is also interested in signal transduction pathways, membrane permeability, and mechanisms of aging and disease. In 2010 she received a Fulbright grant to study biochemical mechanisms of ischemia and reperfusion in endothelial cells with Rafael Rubio at Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi in SLP, Mexico. Dr. Knabb has received several grants from NSF for curriculum innovation and prioritizes collaborative research with students and inquiry-based learning.


David Krauss

Discipline: Biology and environmental Science

David Krauss was born and raised in New York City.  With access to the American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo and Central Park he developed an interest in nature and wildlife that has lasted his entire life.  After Hunter College High School he attended Tufts University where he earned a degree in Biology and environmental studies and went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in environmental biology.  He then taught at Boston College for several years before accepting a position at the City University of New York.  His research interests include dinosaur paleoecology, urban ecology and science education.  He is currently principal investigator on a grant from the NSF ATE program working to improve science education for community college and middle school students through a classroom assistant program.  He is also actively engaged in research on dinosaur feeding ecology and social interactions and is building a student oriented research program on city parks in New York.


Cadance Lowell

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Dr. Cadance Lowell is a professor of biology at Central State University in the Department of Natural Sciences. Her duties include teaching botany, plant physiology, environmental science, fundamentals of biology, concepts in biology and maintaining the campus greenhouse. She received a B.S. in botany from Duke University, an M.S. in botany from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Florida. She did post-doctoral work with the USDA in Peoria, IL before joining Central State University in 1989. In addition to teaching, Dr. Lowell serves as a STEM Fellow, a regional program to develop online instructional learning modules for K-12. She currently serves as the AAUP president for the CSU-AAUP chapter and as the Director for the Miami Valley Science and Engineering Fair, a regional science fair that brings over 400 students in grades 5-12 to the Central State campus each year.  Dr. Lowell maintains a research program in medicinal plants, and mechanical weed control.


Karen Myhr

Discipline: Biological Sciences

Dr. Karen Myhr teaches Introductory Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Myhr completed her B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan then pursued postdoctoral studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work with introductory students focuses on converting introductory courses to a format including active learning with embedded peer mentors and a focus on student self-assessment. Her work in upper-level undergraduate physiology and neuroscience courses focuses on integrating the primary literature. Recently she has incorporated the primary literature and authentic writing experiences by having groups of students create web pages for each other on specific organisms as each topic is covered.

Links:
Karen Myhr
Wayne State University


Dina Newman

Discipline: Genetics

Dina Newman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. She did her graduate work in microbial genetics at the University of Chicago, followed by a post-doc in human genetics. After several years in a research track, where most of her time was spent training undergraduates to do molecular genetics research, she realized that her real passion lies in teaching and trying to understand how students learn biology. This new avenue of research is supported by a group of faculty at RIT who share an interest in discipline-based education research (SMERC). Dina currently teaches Cell Biology and Molecular Biology (two sophomore-level gateway courses, and Human Genetics (an upper level elective). She has also been involved in developing freshman biology labs and a freshman seminar course. She tries to incorporate evidence-based teaching methods in her courses as much as possible.


Marianne Niedzlek-Feaver

Discipline: Biology

Marianne Niedzlek-Feaver is an associate professor of zoology at North Carolina State University. She obtained her B.S and M.S in biology from the University of Illinois (CC) and an M.S and PH. D in zoology from the University of Michigan. Her focus in research continues to be the evolution of mating strategies. She was hired through the Biological Sciences Teaching Program and had taught or helped develop every flavor of introductory biology taught at State. She teaches the first semester of Introductory Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, during the summer as well as an on-line course for teachers, A Review of Evolutionary Biology. During the academic year, she teaches Invertebrate Biology, Evolutionary Biology and is developing a course in Parasitology that will be offered next spring semester. She also teaches advised electives and capstone topic courses for the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Concentration in Biology, for example, an Introduction to Evo-Devo and The Evolution of Mating Systems. She has designed several digital interactive learning tools and in her teaching promotes the use of case studies, concept mapping and other in class group activities.


George Plopper

Discipline: Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology

George Plopper is a Professor of Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He teaches Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, and Cell-Extracellular Matrix Interactions. He is author of Principles of Cell Biology, editor of CELLS, and was named a National Academies Fellow in Undergraduate Education in 2004. He has developed a student-centered teaching technique that effectively eliminates traditional lectures in his senior/graduate level courses.

Links:
Dr. Plopper's web page


William Quinn

Discipline: Biology

William Quinn is Professor of Biology at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where he teaches Botany courses, freshman level courses in the major and courses in general education. His background is in forest ecology and his research (almost always in collaboration with undergraduate students) has focused on photosynthetic efficiency, population and community dynamics, and ecosystem modeling. He has been recognized as the University's outstanding teacher and he has served in a variety of administrative positions. Interactions with students, in and out of the classroom, continue to be his greatest professional joy.

Links:
William Quinn


Sederick Charles Rice

Discipline: Biology

Sederick Charles Rice is an Assistant Professor of Biology position at UAPB and now mentors and instructs undergraduate and graduate students in Biological Sciences, Cell Biology, Advanced Cell Biology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, and the Graduate/Medical School Admissions Process. He has a special emphasis in pediatric oncology and environmental toxicology. Dr. Rice was selected as an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Minority Scholar in 1998/2002. In 2003, Dr. Rice was selected as one of Ebony magazine's "Young Leaders of the Future," and featured in the magazine's February 2003 issue. In 2006, Dr. Rice became a public school teacher, at Bowie High School in Prince George's County Maryland, and taught Integrating the Sciences, Biology, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology.

Dr. Rice has published part one of his autobiography entitled "Four Tubas, A Guitar, and a Gallery of Cheerleaders: Transition in the Life of a Black Ph.D." and was selected as an AACR Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research in April and August of 2011.


Alison Roark

Disciplines: Biology

Alison Roark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Hood College. She received her PhD in zoology at the University of Florida (UF) in 2007. She then completed a postdoc while serving as the Assistant Director of the Group-Advantaged Training of Research (GATOR) Program, also at UF. Alison is a former fellow and current team leader in the Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST IV). At Hood College, Alison teaches courses including introductory biology, introductory and advanced human anatomy and physiology, comparative animal physiology, and senior seminar. In the laboratory, she studies the effects of environmental contaminants, namely endocrine-disrupting chemicals, on invertebrates including crayfish and anemones.


Laurel Roberts

Discipline: Biology

Laurel Roberts received a B.A. in biology (animal behavior) from the University of Pennsylvania, MS and PhD degrees in behavioral ecology from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an assistant professor at the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She also administers pre-med programming through the Office of Student Affairs and Diversity Programs in the University of Pittsburgh-School of Medicine. She currently teaches introductory biology (2 semester course), ecology and human physiology. A 2012 BEN Scholar, she has been designated as an American Society of Microbiology Scholar-in-Residence, National Academies of Sciences Education Fellow in the Life Sciences and is past-President of her local chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.


Anne Rosenwald

Discipline: Biology

Anne Rosenwald is a member of the Biology faculty at Georgetown University. Her research explores monomeric G proteins' control of membrane traffic, using Baker's yeast, as well as relationships between membrane traffic and cell wall synthesis in a related pathogenic yeast species. Dr. Rosenwald is a 2011 winner of the Georgetown College Dean's Teaching Award. Her Current teaching includes courses in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. She is also co-director of Georgetown's innovative major in Biology of Global Health. She is a member of several national undergraduate faculty groups, including the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT) and the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP). Current efforts include development of the Genome Solver program, which seeks to train faculty in genomics and create an online community to share resources, using data from the Human Microbiome Project.

Links:
Genome Solver


Michael Rubin

Disciplines: Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Bioinformatics

Michael Rubin is a professor in the Biology Department at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. He has served as departmental chairperson and teaches classes and laboratories in Genetics, Bioinformatics, General Biology, Biological Literature, and Undergraduate Independent Research. He received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Columbia University in New York, where he studied the role of homeo box genes in murine development with Dr. Chi Nguyen-Huu. Later, as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate, he studied the regulation of neurotransmitter release in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Greengard at The Rockefeller University in New York. His research interests at UPR-Cayey include metalloprotease activity, mycobacteriophage genomics and proteomics, Drosophila genomics, synthetic biology, and artificial life.

In the classroom, he makes a continuous effort relating biological content to the students' experiences and integrates the latest scientific discoveries. He is an advocate of student engagement in original research to prepare effective scientists. At UPR-Cayey, he has mentored over 200 students in research experiences in molecular biology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.


Brian Shmaefsky

Discipline: Biology

Dr. Brian Shmaefsky is currently a professor of biology at Lone Star College - Kingwood, near Houston, TX and coordinates the college's service learning program. His research emphasis is in environmental physiology. He attended Brooklyn College of CUNY, Southern Illinois University, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and University of Illinois. Dr. Shmaefsky previously worked as an industrial biochemist at Sigma Chemical Company where he developed biotechnology products and protocols. In addition he was a professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Dr. Shmaefsky served in leadership capacities for the Biotechnology Institute, National Association of Biology Teachers, National Science Teachers Association, Society for College Science Teaching, and Academies of Science in Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Links:
Brian Shmaefsky


Nancy D. Turner

Discipline: Nutrition and Food Science

Dr. Nancy D. Turner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition & Food Science at Texas A&M University, and is a Past Chair of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Nutrition. She earned a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Texas A&M University in 1995 at which time she started a research program focusing on the area of diet and colon cancer prevention. Current research is designed to understand how the bioactive compounds present in foods influence the intestinal environment, with particular attention to the interaction between the bacteria and the colon epithelia. Her research has led to the publication of over 55 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and she was one of the editors of a book entitled "Potential Health Benefits of Citrus". She currently serves on the editorial boards of Advances in Nutrition, and Experimental Biology and Medicine, and is an Associate Editor of ASN Nutrition Notes. Dr. Turner has been a member of USDA/NRI review panels and an ad hoc member of the NCI Chemo/Dietary Prevention study section. She has also served as a member of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute Teaching Advisory Board and the NASA Antioxidant Working Group.

Links:
Nancy D. Turner


Joanna Vondrasek

Discipline: Biology - Health & Life Sciences

Dr. Joanna Vondrasek is Associate Professor of Biology at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. She teaches a variety of biology courses, including introductory biology, cell biology, and genetics. She also advises second year science students on independent biology research projects. Joanna received her B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied behavioral ecology and animal communication. She came to Charlottesville for a post-doctoral position at the University of Virginia, where she worked on an NSF- CCLI grant developing laboratory exercises for evolutionary biology courses. She continues to pursue behavioral ecology research but has switched her animal of choice from birds to beetles. She has continued to develop laboratory exercises that are student-centered and inquiry-based and include an emphasis on evolution as the unifying theme in biology.


Carol Wake

Discipline: Biology/Microbiology

Carol Wake is a professor of biology at South Dakota State University. She teaches several online courses including, human biology, biology of dinosaurs, biology of aging (undergrad/grad), a food & land stewardship course (food, people & environment), and a hybrid general botany course. She has developed a variety of digital resources for use in distance and in-class settings. Carol has received the university's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the NABT Excellence in Encouraging Equity Award, and recognition as a Distinguished Educator 2012 by the Instructional Technology Council. Her current research interest is how students' best learn science. In addition, as part of the university's Master Certification in Online Instruction, Carol is mentoring new online faculty.

Links:
Carol Wake


Paul Weihe

Discipline: Biology

Paul Weihe is an Associate Professor at Central College in Iowa. He teaches Ecology, Environmental Science, Limnology, Botany, and related subjects. A wetland ecologist, he has involved students in projects examining plant competition and ecosystem function in freshwater marshes. A recent interest is Ethnobotany and the potential to use interdisciplinary, applied science to engage students. He has also published several works on using case studies and other active learning to teach Ecology & Environmental Science.

 

 

     
   

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