Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA)
began my career in science as a Medical Laboratory Technician and later as a Technologist in Hematology. I also spent 8 years teaching biology, chemistry, physics, reading, and algebra before returning to graduate school. I enjoy time with my family and my horses, serving on work mission teams, music, sports, gardening, refinishing old stuff, and learning new things.
I love teaching at Baylor. My main responsibility is the teaching of the introductory courses for science majors. I am especially interested in developing inquiry-based curriculum that incorporates research in the undergraduate teaching labs. For example, BIO 1105 (BU-TREES) integrates the basic concepts of biology with laboratory and scientific communication skills by studying the trees on campus. In BIO 1106 (BIO-HEROES) students use model organisms and read the scientific literature to learn about experimental design and analysis. I am currently offering the "Phage Lab", sponsored by HHMI and the Science Education Alliance and CILI-CURE, an inquiry-based lab in which students explore the diversity of ciliates in the soil.
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