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Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233


Note that my web page is not up-to-date - but that is on my list of things to do!

1) Describe your teaching responsibilities and the type of student you teach.  

My teaching is all over the map – graduate students in a Master of Science program, undergraduates and high school students. 

My microbiology course is the one I most enjoy – we range freely across topics.  The focus is on the common themes in biology and the key role microbes play in our environment.  Students in this course are graduate students and undergraduates in our teacher training program.

Cancer biology is the topic of my course for undergraduates.  These students keep me hopping as most are high-achievers heading to medical school.  Luckily I have a co-director who is a research scientist.

I also direct a workshop program on molecular-biology for high-school classes; we had over 4000 students last year.   The classes range from 7th grade general science to students in Advance-Placement Biology.  I am proud to say that the program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate a broad range of ages and abilities.  I also direct a science competition on protein chemistry for high school students.


2) Describe what you would like to take home as a result of attending the Assessment Institute.  

I hope to bring home three things from the Institute:

Membership in a community of people who share my interest in teaching biology at the college level,

A better understanding of assessment techniques,

Someone to hold-my-feet-to-the-fire so I analyze and publish my work.



3) Tell us about your interests outside of the classroom and a book that you have read recently.  I just finished Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford.  It was wonderful; it really gave me a different view of the Mongols, the structure of society and European history.  I really recommend it.  Outside the classroom I hang-out with my husband, read, garden and look after my pets. 

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