Hello! In January 2018, I began teaching human anatomy & physiology (full-time, tenure-track) in the Department of Life Sciences at Everett Community College. I previously taught at the University of Puget Sound (2002-03), UW-Seattle (2003-06 and 2013-14), UW-Bothell (2014-17), and South Seattle College (2014-15). I am now an Affiliate Instructor at UW-Bothell, though I do not currently have any regular teaching duties there.
As noted in my curriculum vitae, I have also done laboratory research on infectious disease drug targets (2007-2014) and on the metabolism of methylotrophic bacteria (2003-2007), human skeletal muscles (1996-2002), and plant sphingolipids (1993-1995). My degrees include a Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics from the University of Washington (2002), a M.A. in Science Education from Western Governors University (2018), and a B.A. in Biology from Williams College (1995).
It is easiest to reach me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), but go ahead and view my complete contact information if you must.
||Last spring, as part of my teacher training, I spent a month in the classroom of Tami Caraballo, an outstanding biology and biotechnology teacher at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. While I was there, I helped her write up one of her many fun and innovative teaching ideas: the "protein resume." It was just published in The Science Teacher, the high school-level journal of the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA).|
||I sing to my students, but I encourage them to sing too, and sometimes they take me up on it! Here are some examples of student-written, student-performed songs.|
||I have created a "Worksheets" web page, where some of my POGIL-style anatomy & physiology worksheets are posted, just in case anyone wants to use them (either with or without editing them).|
||So long, St. John! I hope you enjoyed your farewell song.|
||Just published in CBE-Life Sciences Education: my review of the book The Core Concepts of Physiology by Joel Michael et al.|
||Just published in Advances in Physiology Education: my paper Which way do the ions go? A graph-drawing exercise for understanding electrochemical gradients.|
||VOICES, a first-of-its-kind online conference on teaching STEM subjects with music, was held on Sept. 27-28. The entire conference has been archived online and may be accessed for free!|
||Are you a St. John student or parent? Here are my St. John teaching materials!|
||My next employer, Everett Community College, recently interviewed me for its "Behind the Resume" series.|
||Here's a new paper coauthored with Jennifer Breckler, a collaborator at San Francisco State University, and Allison Ma, a former undergraduate research assistant: Songwriting to Learn: Can students learn A&P by writing content-rich lyrics?|
||The results of the 2017 USCOTS A-Mu-Sing Competition are in. Believe it or not, I placed 2nd in the cartoon division with my entry, Three Students Walk into a Class.... (And honorable mention in the music division, for The Null Hypothesis.)|
||This week I have two more guest posts on the Dynamic Ecology blog: one in which I ask how we should be teaching the "scientific method," and one in which I reveal that, as of next January, I will have a new job!|
||Who should and should not be coauthors of research studies? I have opinions.|
||Not all of my songs are purely educational. Here's me singing "Kidney Wonderland" at the UW Nephrology holiday party.|
||I'm not an ecologist, but occasionally I play one on the Internet.|
||Students, here is my post-election open letter to you.|
||For me, the last 2.5 years have been an intense period of teaching lots of anatomy & physiology ("A&P") ... and writing lots of short songs about this material. Check out the current collection of lyrics, sheet music, and study questions for over 90 original A&P songs (plus a few parodies)!|
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