Associate Professor of Biology
- Working with area high schools to develop student and teacher workshops on DNA biotechnologies including PCR, gene sequencing, cloning, and using gene databases.
- Using microbiological and genetic techniques to study patterns in prairie soil bacteria and probiotics in human breast milk.
- Developing and leading interdisciplinary faculty learning communities on campus and the Goshen community.
- Serving as co-director for the Indiana Science Olympiad regional tournament hosted by Goshen College every February.
Advanced Cell Biology (Biol 341) Explores eukaryotic cell physiology at the molecular level. Includes discussion of intracellular transport, cell communication, the cell cycle, cytoskeleton function, and tissue formation. Lab experiences focus on protein isolation and eukaryotic cell culture.
Cell Biology and Genetics (Biol 120)An introduction to the structure, genetics, and physiology of the cell focusing on mechanisms of cellular communication. Lab experiences emphasize bacteria culture, eukaryotic cell culture, microscopy, DNA isolation, amplification, and sequencing, and Drosophila crossing.
Identity, Culture, and Community (Core 100)Students acquire perspectives and skills to prepare them to thrive in intercultural experiences in the college community and beyond. Students explore and analyze the construction of identity, the components of culture, and elements of community.
Marine Biology/Biology of the Sea (Biol 304/210) An intensive field-based course that explores the ecology of the marine system in the Florida Keys. A three week course offered during May term.
Microbiology (Biol 206)An investigation of the role of microbes in human health and disease and the effects on society. A course intended for nursing students. Lab exercises focus on clinical examples.
Microbial Biology (Biol 300)A survey of the role of microbes in the environment including terrestrial and aquatic systems, human food and agriculture, and human disease.
Biological Principles I and II – with Colloquium
Molecular Cell Biology
Course Development Institute facilitator. At Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University. May 2017, May 2018.
Intentional Learning Community Coach for Learning Communities at Goshen Middle School. October 2016-June 2017.
Workshop – “Microscopes and Cells.” With 7th Graders at Goshen Middle School. April 2018
Lecture – “Opportunities for Women in STEM Careers.” At Elkhart Memorial High School. May 2018
Workshop – “Using transposons to trace human ancestry.” With Northridge High School IB Biology students. January 2018.
Workshop – “Using the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) to track the spread of disease.” With Genetics students from Goshen High School. April 2016
Workshop – “Detecting Genetically Modified Food Ingredients in Common Food Products.” With IB Biology I students from Northridge High School. January 2016, 2017.
Workshop – “Microbial Identification and Measuring Population Growth.” With IB Biology II students from Northridge High School. January 2016.
- Mininger grant – Attend Facilitative Learning workshop through School Reform Initiative (SRI), Cambridge, MA and Designing Adult Learning workship through SRI, Cambridge, MA
- Mininger grant – Attend Facilitative Leadership and Critical Friends Group Coaching workshop through the School Reform Initiative, Cambridge, MA
- Mininger grant – Attend Cell Culture workshop at the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland
I have been teaching in the Biological Sciences Department for 16 years. In addition to teaching, I also enjoy reading, gardening, and trying to keep up with my husband and three children.