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Hello! Since January 2018, I have taught human anatomy & physiology (full-time, tenure-track) in the Department of Life Sciences at Everett Community College. I have also taught at South Seattle College, the University of Puget Sound, UW-Seattle, and UW-Bothell (where I remain an Affiliate Instructor).

As noted in my curriculum vitae, I have also published research on STEM education, infectious disease drug targets, methylotrophic bacteria, human skeletal muscles, and plant sphingolipids.

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 (gcrowther AT everettcc DOT edu), but go ahead and view my complete contact information if you must.

11/18/20 Last night the EvCC Board of Trustees granted me tenure! I am very grateful to all who helped make this possible, but especially Rene Fester and Al Friedman of EvCC and previous mentors Mary Lidstrom and Wes Van Voorhis of UW. And my wife, Leila Zelnick.
9/29/20 The new Advances in Physiology Education article Physiology core concepts in the classroom: reflections from faculty reports on interviews with four pseudonymous professors who infuse their physiology curricula with core concepts. See if you can guess whether I am "Emily," "Frank," "Jane," or "Mark"!
8/17/20 My new post for the PECOP Blog: Evidence-based teaching: when evidence isn't enough.
8/3/20 Over the past year and a half, I have been working hard on a teaching and testing framework called Test Question Templates (TQTs). I have now created a TQT web page with links to various TQT resources, including a new YouTube video.
6/1/20 I generally use this space to link to things by and about me. However, in the context of current events here in the United States, that devotion to self-promotion feels very wrong. Here is something better suited to the present: a June 1 statement on racism by EvCC president Daria Willis. I acknowledge that we collectively have much work to do, and I pledge to participate in that work.
5/22/20 This is a genuinely challenging time for educational institutions, but we who work at them sure are doing our best, and our students are demonstrating resilience as well. That, I think, is the take-home message of the new Faculty Spotlight profiles of me and many other EvCC colleagues.
5/13/20 In my latest blog entry for Dynamic Ecology, I advocate for weirder Acknowledgments sections. Not exactly an urgent concern these days, but maybe interesting anyway?
5/6/20 My latest article, with coauthors Ben Wiggins and Kiki Jenkins, has been published in the Spring 2020 edition of HAPS Educator: Testing in the Age of Active Learning: Test Question Templates Help to Align Activities and Assessments. If you just want a litte taste of the article, you can consult my nine-tweet summary.
5/2/20 Everett Community College's student newspaper, the Everett Clipper, published a nice article about Masks for Arlington, a local group that creates homemade face covers. I am quoted briefly toward the end of the article.
3/14/20 In a move that may or may not be analogous to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, I contributed some music to The A&P Professor's "emergency" podcast on quickly moving face-to-face courses online.
2/14/20 Much to my relief, another four-years-in-the-making paper was finally published today: Is memorization the name of the game? Undergraduatesí perceptions of the usefulness of physiology songs. It was a fun collaboration with Jason Wessels (a UW-Bothell grad student in education when the project started; now a high school science teacher), Jennifer Breckler (a SFSU biologist whom I met because of, no joke, our mutual fondness for Poiseuille's Law), and Larry Lesser (a UTEP statistician who brought sophistication to the data analysis).
11/28/19 Within the biology education community, there is a remarkable diversity of opinion on how best to teach anatomy & physiology (A&P). I have posted some of my own views in a semi-ranty four-part series of blog posts, beginning with My Shadow A&P Exam. I have posted this on my personal blog to emphasize that I'm speaking only for myself.
9/23/19 Derek Walker of Everett Community College has created and posted a nice video of Hilary Kemp and her microbiology students singing "Blaze of Glory," a song I wrote about viruses, while I accompany them on piano.
9/22/19 I am an author or coauthor of four short presentations at the 2019 VOICES conference.
8/12/19 In my latest episode of "I'm not an ecologist, but sometimes I play one on the Internet," I share some thoughts on writing for the audience of one's classroom students.
8/7/19 I won a cartoon caption contest! No, not the New Yorker one, but the slightly less prestigious monthly CAUSEweb contest (for statistics education).
5/29/19 Today I posted a blog entry about the challenges and rewards of being on TV. This coincided with a nice profile of me in the "Eric's Heroes" segment of the KOMO-4 evening news.
5/23/19 Last week at USCOTS, my song "Trials and Errors" was named the winning entry in the music category of the conference's A-Mu-Sing Contest. Thanks to Monty Harper and Friends for making a great live performance video!
4/18/19 Today I appeared on the KING-5 talk show "New Day Northwest" in a segment titled, This singing biology professor turns science into catchy tunes at Everett Community College.
4/2/19 A fun story and video about my musical teaching were published in today's Everett Herald.
1/21/19 Responding to a dean's invitation, I told the following story about my first quarter teaching at EvCC: Less ice cream and more broccoli?!
12/10/18 Just in time for Christmas: yet another example of me invading someone else's blog to discuss science songs. But this time the songs are Christmas-themed!
10/31/18 Just in time for Halloween: a poem that has nothing to do with Halloween, but everything to do with the so-called "Jennifer Aniston neurons."
9/21/18 This year's VOICES, an online conference on teaching STEM through music, is coming up on the 26th! In addition to serving as co-organizer, I contributed a video poster, Pitfalls of Writing and Using STEM Songs.
9/10/18 I've been mentioned in the last two episodes of Kevin Patton's A&P Professor Podcast: Episode 25 (Aug. 27) and Episode 26 (Sept. 10).
9/3/18 Everett Community College has posted a nice profile of me: EvCC Biology Instructor Teaches Science through Music.
8/23/18 Another month, another music-themed entry for a physiology teaching blog!
7/23/18 Last month I attended the American Physiological Society's Institute for Teaching and Learning, and of course I couldn't help interjecting a bit of unscheduled science music.
7/1/18 Another five-years-in-the-making paper was finally published (online) today: Songwriting to learn: how high school science fair participants use music to communicate personally relevant scientific concepts (S.J. Ward, R.M. Price, K. Davis, and G.J. Crowther, International Journal of Science Education Part B).
6/25/18 In December of 2015, I wrote some introductory statistics songs for the NSF-funded Project SMILES (Student-Made Interactive Learning with Educational Songs). After a couple of years of development and testing, those songs have now been publicly released. The ones I wrote are Central Limit Theorem, Inferential and Descriptive Statistics, and Throw That Out? (The latter is about research ethics.) Thank you to biostatistician Leila Zelnick for helping me understand enough statistics to write these songs!
4/4/18 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).
2/4/18 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).

(Older news items can be found in the news archive.)