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  • Biographical Sketch: PAMELA GEDDES

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5737 | [email protected]

    Education:

    Miami-Dade Community College A.A. Biology 1994

    Florida International University B.S. Biology 1996

    Florida International University M.S. Biology 1999

    University of Chicago Ph.D. Ecology 2004

    Loyola University Chicago Post-doc Ecology 2004-2009

    Appointments:

    2009-present. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

    2009. Research Associate, Center for Urban Environmental Research & Policy, and Dept. of Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

    2007-2008. NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biology, Loyola University Chicago

    2004-2006. Post-doctoral Research Associate, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy and Dept. of Biology, Loyola University Chicago.

    Publications:

    Geddes, P. 2009. Decoupling carbon effects and UV protection from terrestrial subsidies on pond zooplankton. Hydrobiologia 628:47-66.

    Tuchman, N. C., D. Larkin, P. Geddes, R. Wildova, K. Jankowski, and D. E. Goldberg. 2009. Patterns of environmental change associatedwith Typha xglauca invasion in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. Wetlands 29(3):964-975.

    Chick, J. H., Geddes, P. and Trexler, J. C. 2008. Periphyton mat structure mediates trophic interactions in a subtropical marsh. Wetlands 28(2):378-389.

    Tuchman, N. C., M. A. Schollett, S. T. Rier, and P. Geddes. 2006. Differential heterotrophic utilization of organic compounds by diatoms and bacteria under light and dark conditions. Hydrobiologia 561(1):167 -177.

    Leibold, M. A. and P. Geddes. 2005. El concepto de nicho en las metacomunidades. Ecologa Austral 15:117-129.

    Geddes, P. and J. C. Trexler. 2003. Uncoupling of omnivore-mediated positive and negative effects on periphyton mats. Oecologia 136:585-595.

    Hermann, P. M., A. C. Curino, and P. Geddes. 2002. Comparative vegetative anatomy of Neosparton darwinii and N. ephedroides (Verbenaceae). Boletn de la Sociedad Argentina de Botnica 36:63- 70.

    Turner, A. M., Trexler, J. C., Jordan, F., Slack, S. J., Geddes, P., J. H. Chick, and W. F. Loftus. 1999. Targeting ecosystem features for conservation: Standing crops in the Florida Everglades. Conservation Biology 13:898-911.

    Synergistic Activities:

  • Undergraduate research mentor, Loyola University Chicago (10 students, 2 underrepresented minorities, 2004-2009)

    Invited reviewer of Ecology, Ecological Applications, Oecologia, Hydrobiologia, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Limnology and Oceanography, National Science Foundation

    Member of the Search Committee for Sustainability Director, Center for Urban Environmental Research & Policy, Loyola University Chicago, Summer 2008 Fall 2008

    Member of University Sustainability Council, Center for Urban Environmental Research & Policy, Loyola University Chicago, Spring 2007 Summer 2007

    Graduate student member of the subcommittee for the Committee on Minority Affairs, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Summer 2004 Autumn 2004

    Member of Minority Graduate Student Association in the Division of Biological Sciences, Office of Graduate Affairs, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2002 2004

    Session organizer and chair of Special Session SS3.10, Geddes, P., and J. T. Lennon. Ecological Implications of Terrestrial Inputs into Lakes and Ponds. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 2002

    Tutor and mentor for minority students in science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2002.

    Team teacher for children in summer camp, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, Hickory Corners, MI, 2000 and 2003.

    Science Fair Judge , Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, March 3, 2007, and Stone Academy, Chicago, IL December 2, 2004

    Scientific Collaborators:

    Bryan Brown (Clemson University), John Chick (Great Rivers Field Station, IL Natural History Survey), John Kelly (Loyola University Chicago), Kevin Kuehn (University of Southern Mississippi) Daniel Larkin (Chicago Botanic Gardens), Mathew Leibold (University of Texas Austin), Bryan Pickett (Loyola University Chicago), Aaron Schirmer (Northeastern Illinois University), Joel Trexler (Florida International University), Nancy C. Tuchman (Loyola University Chicago)

    Graduate Advisors and Post-doctoral Sponsors:

    M.S. Advisor: Joel Trexler, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

    Ph.D. Advisors: Mathew Leibold, University of Texas at Austin, and Timothy Wootton, University of Chicago.

    Post-doctoral sponsor: Nancy Tuchman, Loyola University Chicago.

    Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor: (2 graduate students) Mark Mitchell, Loyola University Chicago (Spring 2008 current)

    Russell Dombeck, Northeastern Illinois University (Fall 2009 current)

  • Biographical Sketch: JOHN M. KASMER

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5717 | [email protected]

    Education: College of William & Mary Biology B.S. 1981 University of Vermont Botany M.S. 1986 University of Michigan Biology (Ecology) Ph.D. 1996

    Appointments:

    2005-present: Chair, Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

    2002-present: Associate Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

    1996-2002: Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

    Publications:

    Kasmer, J.M., P.R. Kasmer and S. Ware. 1984. Edaphic factors and vegetation in the Piedmont lowlands of southeastern Pennsylvania. Castanea 49: 147-157.

    Presentations:

    Anderson, G, J. Kasmer, J. Al-Bazi, A. Bannerjee, D. Rutschman and K. Voglesonger. Northeastern Illinois Universitys interdisciplinary Environmental Science Program. 2009 SENCER Summer Institute, Chicago, IL. (poster)

    Olfelt, J.P, D. Rutschman and J. Kasmer. 2007. Population dynamics of Sedum integrifolium ssp. Leedyi. Botany Society of America, Chicago, IL. (poster)

    Kasmer, J.M. and R. Shefferson. 2001. Effects of removing an invasive shrub from the understory on growth of canopy trees in northeastern Illinois forests.. Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI. (poster)

    Kasmer, J.M. 1999. Positive effects of twig abscission on the growth and water status of trembling aspen. Ecological Society of America, Spokane, WA. (poster)

    Major Synergistic Activities:

    (i) Currently serving as Chair of the Department of Biology at NEIU. During past five years, have spearheaded the implementation and refinement of a new undergraduate curriculum, developed an Essential Skills course for biology majors, increased usable space for faculty-student research by 40%, converted a room used for storage into a departmental computer lab, and thoroughly reviewed and updated all of our articulation agreements with community colleges.

    (ii) Servied for two years as a member of the Executive Board for NEIUs CCRAA grant-funded and newly-created Student Center for Science Education (SCSE). The board of the SCSE is funding faculty-student research activities and a visiting scholar program, is overseeing outreach activities with area community colleges, and is overseeing construction of a physical space to house the SCSE and the renovation of four teaching labs in the STEM disciplines.

    (iii) Am serving as co-chair of the Environmental Science Working group, which includes members from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography & Environmental Studies,

  • Mathematics and Physics, and is working on the development of an interdisciplinary Environmental Major at NEIU. We conducted surveys of institutions, agencies and employers in the region in order to determine how to structure the major in order to best prepare students for employment and graduate work, and to develop a regional network that will help sustain the major. Hosted an event (October 2009) in order to begin developing strong relationships with these regional institutions and agencies.

    (iv) Have participated in NSF-funded SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institutes for the past two years. A group of faculty members from six departments at NEIU have attended these institutes as part of our efforts to develop the Environmental Science major (see above).

    Scientific Collaborators:

    All collaborators with whom I have worked in the past 48 months are currently faculty members at Northeastern Illinois University: Al-Bazi, John; Anderson, Greg; Bannerjee, Abhijit; Olfelt, Joel; Rutschman, David; Vogelsonger, Ken.

    Graduate Advisors and Graduate Students Supervised:

    Thesis Advisors (Ph.D.) and M.S. students advised:

    Goldberg, Deborah E., Professor & Chair, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Michigan.

    Rathcke, Beverly, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Michigan.

    Kasmer has supervised 9 graduate students on M.S. thesis research projects at NEIU.

  • Biographical Sketch: MARY KIMBLE

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5727 | [email protected]

    Professional Preparation

    Arizona State University Biology B.S. 1974

    Arizona State University Zoology M.S. 1981

    Indiana University Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Ph.D. 1989

    University of Minnesota Cell Biology Postdoc 1989-1996

    Appointments

    Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 2007-present.

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 2003-2007.

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1996-2003. Publications

    Coursey, Y., N. Ahmad, B.M. McGee, N. Steimel, & M. Kimble. 2003. Amebocyte production begins at stage 18 during embryogenesis in Limulus polyphemus, the American horseshoe crab. Biol. Bull. 204:21-27. http://www.biolbull.org

    Kimble, M., Y. Coursey, N. Ahmad, & G.W. Hinsch. 2002. Behavior of the yolk nuclei during embryogenesis, and development of the midgut diverticulum in the horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Invert. Biol. 121(4): 365-377.

    Kimble, M., C. Kuzmiak, K.N. McGovern, and E.L. de Hostos. 2000. Microtubule organization and the effects of GFP-tubulin expression in Dictyostelium discoideum. Cell Motil. & the Cytoskel., 47(1) : 48-62.

    Kimble, M., A.L. Khodjakov & R. Kuriyama. 1992. Identification of ubiquitous high molecular mass, heat stable microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) that are related to the Drosophila 205-kDa MAP but are not related to the mammalian MAP4. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 89:7693-7697.

    Kimble, M. & R. Kuriyama. 1992. Functional components of microtubule organizing centers. Intl. Rev. Cytol. 136:1-50.

    Kimble, M., R.W. Dettman & E.C. Raff. 1990. The 3 Tubulin Gene of Drosophila melanogaster is Essential for Viability and Fertility. Genetics 126:991-1005.

    Kimble, M., J.P. Incardona & E.C. Raff. 1989. A Variant Beta-tubulin Isoform of Drosophila melanogaster (3) is Expressed Primarily in Tissues of Mesodermal Origin in Embryos and Pupae, and is Utilized in Populations of Transient Microtubules. Dev. Biol. 131:415-429.

    Rudolph, J.E., M. Kimble, H.D. Hoyle, M.A. Subler & E.C. Raff. 1987. Three Drosophila Beta-Tubulin Sequences: a Developmentally Regulated Isoform (3), the Testis-Specific Isoform (2), and an Assembly-Defective Mutation of the Testis-Specific Isoform (2t8) Reveal Both an Ancient Divergence in Metazoan Isotypes and Structural Constraints for Beta-Tubulin Function. Mol. & Cell. Biol. 7:2231-2242.

    Lin, H-P. P., J.G. Ault, M. Kimble & K. Church. 1984. Meiosis in Drosophila melanogaster. V. Univalent

    behavior in In(1)sc4Lsc8R/BsY males. Can. J. Genet. Cytol. 26:445-458.

    Kimble, M. & K. Church. 1983. Meiosis and Early Cleavage in Drosophila melanogaster Eggs: Effects

  • of the Claret non-disjunctional Mutation. J. Cell Sci. 62:301-318.

    Pollenz, R., M. Kimble, & A. Cannons. (2004) Experiments in Cell Biology. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. Dubuque. Third edition published in 2008.

    Synergistic Activities:

    Research training:

    NEIU: Current undergrad students: Oscar Perez Past undergrad students: Rachel Brunner, Dragan, Mackovic, Muzna Nazeer, Christopher Del Re,

    Anna Gawedska, Jihan Doss, Kathy Rhee, Nancy Santos, Terry Hooper, Veronica Estrada, Yaroslav Yarmolyuk, and Tunde Tamas

    Current graduate students: Laura Ybarra Graduate students trained at NEIU: Marsha Hay, M.S. Advisor of record at NEIU (research advisor of student) Martha Lyke (Dr. Jean Dubach, Brookfield Zoo) Erin Jackson (Dr. Richard Rawlins, Rush Memorial Center)

    USF: 1 Ph.D. student, 25 undergraduate students, and 3 high school students.

    Science Fair Students advised/trained: Fatma Ciftci, Science Academy of Chicago Faraz Khan, Northside Prep

    Collaborators:

    Dr. Terrence Puryear, Northeastern Illinois University, Department of Biology Advisors:

    M.S. Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Church, Arizona State University, Vice Provost. Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Raff, Indiana University, Department of Biology Postdoc Advisor: Dr. Ryoko Kuriyama, University of Minnesota, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology & Development.

    Theses advised:

    Marsha Hay, M.S. (2008), Part time faculty at Chicago City Colleges, and summer counselor for Parks & Recreation.

    Yvonne Coursey, Ph.D. (2003), University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Department of Biology.

  • Biographical Sketch: JOEL OLFELT

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5718 | [email protected]

    Education:

    B.A. Chemistry, North Park University, Chicago, IL. 1985.

    Ph.D. Plant Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 1998.

    Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.1998.

    Appointments:

    2005-present: Associate Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

    2009 (Spring): Visiting Teaching Associate Professor Carnegie Mellon University Qatar Campus, Doha, Qatar. (on Educational Leave from NEIU).

    2002-2005: Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

    1998- 2002: Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.

    Publications:

    Olfelt, J. P., D. P. Olfelt, and J. L. Ison. 2009. Revegetation of a trampled cliff edge using three-toothed cinquefoil and poverty grass: A case study at Tettegouche State Park, MN. Ecological Restoration, 27:200-209. (Available http://er.uwpress.org/cgi/reprint/27/2/200?eaf)

    Morrow, P.A. and J. P. Olfelt. 2003 . Phoenix clones: recovery after long-term defoliation induced dormancy. Ecology Letters 6:1-7. (Available http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118853128/abstract)

    Olfelt, J. P., G. R. Furnier, and J. J. Luby. 2001. What data determine whether a plant taxon is distinct enough to merit legal protection? A case study of Sedum integrifolium. American Journal of Botany 88:401-410. (Available http://www.amjbot.org/cgi/content/abstract/88/3/401)

    Olfelt, J. P., G. R. Furnier, and J. J. Luby. 1998. Reproduction and Development of the endangered Sedum integrifolium ssp. leedyi. American Journal of Botany 85:346-351. (Available http://www.amjbot.org/cgi/content/abstract/85/3/346)

    Synergistic Activities:

    Collaborated with faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar (CMUQ) in Doha, Qatar, to develop and teach the course Conservation Biology (03-410). Spring 2009.

    Serve as organizer and PI of a group of biology and mathematics faculty. The purpose of our group is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and involve undergraduate students in research. The group is internally funded by Northeastern Illinois University. Fall 2006 to present.

    Technical Advisor for Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. leedyi recovery for the US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998 - Present.

    Lead author on a manuscript in preparation which is intended for publication in the journal Botany. The title and co-authors are below.

    Title: "Relationships of the North American Rhodiola (Crassulaceae)."

    Co-authors:

  • N. Handzic, Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physiology, 1918 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-4020

    G. Furnier, Tucson High Magnet School, 400 North Second Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705; J. Luby, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, 1970 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108 USA

    Scientific Collaborators:

    Delphy, P. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Twin Cities Field Office.

    Forsline, P. L. Cornell University, usda-pgru.

    Furnier, G. R. Tucson High Magnet School.

    Handzic, N. Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

    Olfelt, D. P. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

    Ison, J. L. University of Illinois at Chicago, Ecology and Evolution, and Chicago Botanic Garden, Division of Plant Science and Conservation.

    Luby, J. University of Minnesota.

    Rojas, A. Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar. Graduate Advisors and Post-doctoral Sponsors:

    Furnier, G. Tucson High Magnet School Tuscon, Arizona. Graduate Advisor

    Morrow, P. University of Minnesota. Post -doctoral advisor and collaborator in a study of longterm dormancy in Solidago.

    Thesis advisor to:

    Rose, S. Current masters student at Northeastern Illinois University studying the genetic variability of wild apple populations.

    Total number of graduate and post-doctoral students advised: 1

  • Biographical Sketch: AARON E. SCHIRMER

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5617 | [email protected]

    Education:

    2009 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Ph.D., Neuroscience: The role of the negative feedback loop genes, Cryptochrome and Period, in circadian rhythmicity

    2001 Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL B.S., Biology summa cum laude Minors in Chemistry and Urban Studies

    Appointments:

    2009 - Present Assistant Professor Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL

    2008 & 2007 Adjunct Faculty Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL

    2001-2003 Research Technologist Center for Functional Genomics Evanston, IL

    Designed, perfected, and conducted multiple behavioral assays for a forward genetic mutagenesis screen using the mouse as a model organism. The results of these assays have lead to the discovery of novel genes involved in the regulation of complex behavior.

    2000 - Research Intern Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation Dundee, IL

    Assisted in fisheries research on the effect of introduced carp on native bass and bluegill populations.

    Publications:

    Chen, R, Schirmer, A, Lee, Y, Lee, H, Kumar, V, & Yoo, S, et al. (2009). Rhythmic PER abundance defines a critical nodal point for negative feedback within the circadian clock mechanism. Molecular Cell 36,417-430.

    Presentations:

    The Role of Negative Feedback in Mammalian Circadian Rhythms. Northeastern Illinois University Biology Department Seminar Series. Chicago, IL 2010

    The Role of the Negative Feedback Loop Genes, Cryptochrome and Period, in Circadian Rhythmicity. Presentation to the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology at Northwestern University. Evanston, IL 2009

    The Role of the Negative Feedback Elements, Cryptochrome and Period, in Circadian Rhythmicity. Presentation to the Department of Biology at Northeastern Illinois University. Chicago, IL 2009

    The Role of the Negative Feedback Loop Genes, Cryptochrome and Period, in Circadian Rhythmicity. Poster presented to the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms. Destin, FL 2008

    Synergistic Activities:

    2009 NEIU: Senior Research Consultant Collaborating on an NIH Pilot Grant entitled Structure-based design of an efficient infrared fluorescent marker with the goal of designing a new fluorescent marker to use in mammalian cells.

  • 2009 NEIU: Co Principle Investigator Submitted an NSF ARI Proposal entitled NEIU 3rd floor research space renovation to improve research space in the biology department at NEIU.

    2009 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL: Research Consultant Working to create tetracycline inducible research tools for the study of the interaction between circadian rhythms and metabolism.

    2003-2009 Center for Functional Genomics, Evanston, IL: Tetracycline Inducible Transgenic Mice Created multiple tetracycline inducib le transgenic mice as a research tool to study the importance of rhythmic transcription of negative elements within the core molecular clock.

    2005-2009 Algonquin Middle School, Algonquin, IL: Middle School Herpetology Immersion Lab Conduct an annual lab on the diversity in the Reptile kingdom focusing on the suborder Serpentes.

    Scientific Collaborators: Graduate Advisors:

    Bass, Joseph (Northwestern University) Anoveros, Jaime (Northwestern University)

    Chen, Rongmin (Florida State University) Takahashi, Joseph (HHMI)

    DeGroot, Marlene (HHMI) Turek, Fred (Northwestern University)

    Hong, Hee-Kyung (Northwestern University) Vitaterna, Martha (Northwestern University)

    Kumar, Vivek (HHMI)

    Lee, Choogon (Florida State University)

    Lee, Hyeongmin (Florida State University) M.S. Thesis Advisor (NEIU) for: Lee, Yongjin (Florida State University) Capen, Tess

    Seipka, Sandra (Northwestern University) Woitowich, Nichole

    Yoo, Seung-Hee (HHMI)

    Kimble, Mary (NEIU)

    Geddes, Pamela (NEIU)

    Stojkovic, Emina (NEIU)

    Rueckert, Linda (NEIU)

  • Biographical Sketch: JENNIFER E. SLATE

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5734 | [email protected]

    Education:

    B.S., Biology University of Notre Dame (1991).

    Ph.D., Environmental Biology University of Louisville (1998).

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Center for Great Lakes & Aquatic Sciences, University of Michigan (1998-1999).

    Appointments:

    2004-Present: Associate Professor Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois

    2002-2004: Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University

    1999-2002: Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University

    Publications:

    Slate, J. E. and R. J. Stevenson. 2007. The diatom flora of phosphorus-enriched and unenriched sites in an Everglades marsh. Diatom Research 22:355-386.

    Curry, B. B., E. C. Grimm, J. E. Slate, B. C. Hansen, and M. E. Konen. 2007. The late-glacial

    and early Holocene geology, paleoecology, and paleohydrology of the Brewster Creek site, a proposed wetland restoration site, Pratts Wayne Wood Forest Preserve, and James Pate Philip State Park, Bartlett, Illinois. Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 571.

    Nelson, D. M., F. S. Hu, E. C. Grimm, B. B. Curry, and J. E. Slate. 2006. The influence of aridity and fire on Holocene prairie communities in the eastern Prairie Peninsula. Ecology, 87: 2523-2536.

    Slate, J. E. and R. J. Stevenson. 2000. Recent and abrupt environmental change in the Florida Everglades indicated from siliceous microfossils. Wetlands 20: 346-356.

    Pan, Y., R. J. Stevenson, P. Vaithiyanathan, J. E. Slate, and C. J. Richardson. 2000. Changes in algal assemblages along observed and experimental phosphorus gradients in a subtropical wetland. Freshwater Biology 44: 339-353.

    Recent Presentations:

    Krysa, J., A. LaBrasca, D. Mosher, and J. E. Slate. Biotic and abiotic effects of lowhead dams on rivers in Northeastern Illinois. Presented at Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in

    Science (SACNAS), Dallas, Texas, October 2009.

    Carboni, C. A. and J. E. Slate. Two new proposed Diploneis and Synedra taxa from the Florida Everglades. Presented at the 20th North American Diatom Symposium, Milford, Iowa, September 2009.

    Bloom, A.M., J. E. Slate, S. W. Bowen, and R. A. Dull. Preliminary diatom -based reconstruction of environmental conditions at Lake Nicaragua, Central America, during the late Pleistocene and Holocene. Association of American Geographers (AAG) West Lakes Division Annual Meeting, Bloomington, Indiana, November 2008.

  • Curry, B. B., E. C. Grimm, E. C., J. E. Slate, B. C. Hansen, and M. E. Konen. Paleohydrology, paleovegetation, and sedimentology of the near-surface silt-marl-peat succession at the Brewster

    Creek site, a typical Chicagoland wetland. Presented at the American Quaternary Association,

    Bozeman, Montana, August 2006.

    Slate, J. E, B. B. Curry, E. C. Grimm, and B. C. Hansen. Past climatic conditions inferred by diatoms, ostracodes, and pollen from the Late Glacial through Younger Dryas in northeastern Illinois.

    Presented at the North American Diatom Symposium, Mobile, Alabama, November 2005.

    Curry, B. Brandon, E.C. Grimm, D. M. Nelson, J. E. Slate, S. Greenberg, and J.W. Scott. 2004. Contrasting hydrological response to Holocene climate at Nelson Lake and Crystal Lake, northeastern Illinois. Presented at the Association, 18th American Quaternary Biennial Meeting, Lawrence, Kansas, June 2004.

    Slate, J. E., R. P. Scherer, B. B. Curry, D. M. Nelson, and E. C. Grimm. Diatoms responded to climate change in the American Midwest. Presented at the North American Diatom Symposium, Islamorada,

    Florida, October 2003.

    Slate, J. E., B. B. Curry, E. C. Grimm, and R. P. Scherer. The effect of 17,700 years of climate change on the diatom and ostracode communities of Nelson Lake. Presented at the International

    Association for Great Lakes Research, Chicago, Illinois, May 2003.

    Recent Academic Service:

    Vice-Chair, Graduate College Advisory Committee (2008 Present)

    College ofArts and Sciences Mentor , for new faculty member, Dr. Monika Mihir (2008 2009) Graduate

    Enrollment Management Council (2008)

    Presider, NEIU Student Research Symposium (2008).

    Chair, General Education Subcommittee to Review First Year Experience Syllabi (2007).

    Member, General Education Committee (2006 2008)

    Chair, Graduate College Advisory Committee (2006 2008)

    Discussant, NEIU Student Research Symposium (2005 2007)

    Secretary, Graduate College Advisory Committee (2005 2006)

    Biology Department Curriculum Committee (2004 2005)

    Presenter and Advisor, Science Fair Central, Northeastern Illinois University (2004 2005)

    Professional Memberships:

    Ecological Society of America

    International Society for Diatom Research

    American Quaternary Association

    Sigma Xi

  • Biographical Sketch: EMINA A. STOJKOVI

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5692 | [email protected]

    Education:

    St. Olaf College, Chemistry, B.A. Magna Cum Laude, 2000

    The University of Chicago, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. 2005

    The University of Chicago, Structural and Sequence Analysis of Red-light Photoreceptors, (Postdoctoral Training), 2005 -2008

    Appointments:

    2008-present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University

    2005-2008: Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago

    2000-2005: Research Assistant, Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology University of Chicago

    Publications:

    Toh, K.C., E. A. Stojkovi, I.H.M. van Stokkum, K. Moffat and J. T.M. Kennis. Proton transfer and hydrogen bond interactions determine fluorescence quantum yield and photochemical efficiency of bacteriophytochrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (accepted to appear May) 2010.

    Yang, X.*, E. A. Stojkovi*, J. Kuk and K. Moffat. Crystal structure of the chromophore-binding domain of an unusual bacteriophytochrome, RpBphP3, reveals residues that modulate photoconversion. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104 (30): 12571-76.2007. *authors contributed equally.

    (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC 19415 10)

    Stojkovi, E. A. and L. B. Rothman-Denes. Coliphage N4-N-acetylmuramidase defines a new family of murein hydrolases. J Mol Biol. 366 (2): 406-19.2007.

    (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17174325)

    Synergistic Activities:

    Established first research user-contract agreement between NEIU and Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratories (ANL) just outside of Chicago (July 2009). General User Proposal: (GUP) ID: 20844 (Structure-based engineering of an efficient infrared fluorescent marker, PI: Stojkovic, EA).

    Initiated an on-going collaboration with The University of Chicago Materials Science Center (director: Dr. Ka-Yee Lee, Department of Chemistry) as part of an undergraduate honors thesis research that provided essential preliminary results presented in this MRI proposal (December, 2009).

    Active faculty member on the Universitys Honors Board Program designed for providing scholarship, guidance and recognition to academically outstanding and exceptional undergraduate students of all ethnic backgrounds.

    Developed and implemented Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL), a new method for teaching, for the first time in the Biology curriculum at NEIU. PLTL encourages student team-work and independent

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  • learning by building confidence and methodical approach to problem solving. PLTL is currently offered through BIO-362-Biochemistry.

    Broaden student participation and experiences at national conferences and obtained important internal research funds essential to student progress and success in research (accomplishments listed below):

    Student success:

    Anna Baker Best undergraduate poster presentation in the field of Biochemistry. Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS ) Annual conference: Dallas, TX (October, 2009).

    Mark Banks and Anna Baker - Undergraduate student poster presentation at the Annual Biophysical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA February 2010 funded by travel grant through NEIU Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE).

    Internal Grants:

    Summer 2009 $20,500 Summer Research Grant: The Molecular Mechanism of Phytochrome Photoconversion (Primary Investigator), funded by NEIU SCSE.

    Fall 2009 present - $4800 Research Community Grant: Computational Biology - Proposal to Nurture a Research Community (Co-Investigator with Dr. Joel Olfelt, Dr. John Kasmer and Dr. David Rutchmann), funded by NEIU Provost Office.

    Graduate Advisors and Post-doctoral Sponsors:

    Dr. Ka-Yee Lee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago Dr. John T. M. Kennis, Dr. K.C. Toh and Dr. Ivo van Stokkum Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (Netherlands) Dr. Joel Olfelt and Dr. John Kasmer Departments of Biology, NEIU Dr. David Rutschmann, Department of Mathematics, NEIU Dr. Aaron Schirmer, Department of Biology, NEIU

    Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lucia B. Rothman Denes, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, The University of Chicago

    Postdoctoral Sponsor: Dr. Keith Moffat, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, The University of Chicago

    Thesis Advisor: Wesley Ozarowski, Masters Thesis in Biology, Northeastern Illinois University (in progress) Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor: Ania Gawedzka (2009) and Cynthia Hernandez (in progress)

  • Biographical Sketch: JOHN THOMAS

    Department of Biology Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Phone: 773-442-5744 | [email protected]

    Education:

    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI B.S. Biology summa cum laude 1981-83

    University of Illinois, Chicago, IL M.S. Biological Sciences 1984-87

    Howard University, Washington, DC M.D. 1987-91

    University of Texas, San Antonio, TX Postdoctoral Fellow (Gerontology) 1991-1992

    University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY Ph.D., Zoology and Physiology 1992-1996

    Appointments: 2004- present: Associate Professor (Biology), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 1998- 2004: Assistant Professor (Biology), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 1996- 1998: Visiting Lecturer (Biology), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

    Other Professional Employment: 1996-present: MCAT Instructor, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL 1991- 1992: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX

    Publications: Thomas, J. 1987. Vitamin E supplementation increases clonal lifespan in Paramecium tetraurelia. M.S.

    Thesis, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Thomas, J., and Nyberg, D. 1988. Vitamin E supplementation and intense selection increase clonal lifespan in Paramecium tetraurelia. Experimental Gerontology 23:501-512.

    Herlihy, J.T., and Thomas, J.N. 1992. The action of the cardiovascular system: modulation by dietary restriction. Age and Nutrition 3:185-191.

    Ashayeri, E., Bonney, G., DeWitty, R.L., Goldson, A.L., Leffall, L.D., and Thomas, J.N. 1993. Preliminary survivorship report on combined intraoperative radiation and hyperthermia treatments for unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Journal of the National Medical Association 85(1):36-40.

    Thomas, J., Bertrand, H., Stacy, C., and Herlihy, J.T. 1993. Long-term caloric restriction improves baroreflex sensitivity in aging Fischer 344 rats. Journals of Gerontology 48:B151-B155.

    Smith-Sonneborn, J., Stansbury, M., and Thomas, J. 1996. Induced hydrogen peroxide tolerance in Paramecium. European Journal of Protistology 32(suppl.1):153-157.

    Thomas, J. 1996. Gene redundancy and antioxidant defenses as protective mechanisms against senescence. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wyoming.

    Thomas, J.N., and Smith-Sonneborn, J. 1996. Supplemental melatonin increases clonal lifespan in Paramecium tetraurelia. The Gerontologist 36(special issue I):204.

    Thomas, J., and Smith-Sonneborn, J. 1997. Supplemental melatonin increases clonal lifespan in Paramecium tetraurelia. Journal of Pineal Research 23:123-130.

    Costello, J.L., and Thomas, J.N. 2001. Failure of vitamin E acetate to increase lifespan in Paramecium tetraurelia. The Gerontologist 41(special issue I):83.

    Thomas, J.N., and Minogue, P.J. 2001. An alpha-tocopherol dose response study in Paramecium tetraurelia.

  • The Gerontologist 41(special issue I):83.

    Steiner, T.M., and Thomas, J.N. 2001. Vitamin K supplementation increases lifespan in Paramecium tetraurelia. The Gerontologist 41(special issue I):83.

    Minogue, P.J., and Thomas, J.N. 2004. An alpha-tocopherol dose response study in Paramecium tetraurelia. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 125:21-30.

    Thomas, J. 2008. The pattern of mortality rate increase exhibited by aging Paramecium tetraurelia cells in the late clonal lifespan. The Gerontologist 48(special issue III):495.

    Professional Organizations: Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC 1996 - present

  • Dr. Thomas Campbell [email protected] Professional Preparation

    University of Northern Iowa, Bachelors of Science. Biology, 1998

    University of Missouri, Ph.D. Biological Sciences, 2004 Appointments:

    Northeastern Illinois University, Instructor, 2009-2010

    North Georgia College and State University, Assistant Professor of Biology, 2006-2008

    Columbia College of Missouri, Instructor, 2004-2006

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Lead Biologist, 2004-2006 Selected publications excluding presentations:

    T. Campbell and E. Liscum, (2001) Plant Photobiology 2001: A Thousand Points of Enlightenment from Receptor Structures to Ecological Adaptation. Plant Cell 13(8): 1704-1712.

    Liscum, E., Hodgson, D., and T. J. Campbell (2003) Blue Light Signaling Through the Cryptochromes and Phototropins. So thats what the Blues is all about. Update on Blue Light Signaling. Plant Physiology 133: 1-8.

  • KARA NUSS

    Northeastern Illinois University, Department of Biology, S-352A, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

    [email protected]

    EDUCATION

    Ph.D. June 2009. Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Dissertation Topic: Determinants of Reproductive Success in Zoo- Housed Goeldis Monkeys

    M.Sc. December 2005. Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. B.Sc. July 2000. Biology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

    CURRENT APPOINTMENT

    Instructor, Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois. August 2008 present.

    Course Taught: Essential Skills for Biologists (BIO 150), General Biology II (BIO 202)

    PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Teaching Assistant, Primate Behavior and Conservation, University of Chicago. Course Director: Dr. Susan Margulis. March 2008 June 2008.

    Helped create assignments and exams, led review sessions, presented a course lecture on parenting styles, evaluated student papers, presentations, and exams.

    Teaching Assistant, Primate Evolution, University of Chicago. Course Director: Dr. Robert Martin. March 2006 June 2006.

    Assisted students in identifying and developing a research project, presented a course lecture on primate dentition, evaluated student presentations and papers.

    Teaching Assistant, Animal Behavior, Watson School of Biological Sciences. Course director: Dr. Jill Mateo. April 2005.

    Led paper discussions, assisted in design of student research projects, evaluated presentations, presented a course lecture on parental behavior.

    Teaching Assistant, Animal Behavior, University of Chicago. Course director: Dr. Jill Mateo. January 2005 March 2005. Evaluated term papers and exams, assisted students with development of an ethogram project, presented a course lecture on the evolution of mating systems.

    Teaching Assistant, Research in Animal Behavior, University of Chicago. Course director: Dr. Susan Margulis. March 2004 June 2004.

    Assisted students in developing course research projects, evaluated assignments and presentations, led discussion sections on datasheet design and data analysis.

  • PUBLICATIONS

    Nuss, K. and Warneke, M. 2010. Lifespan, Reproductive Output, and Reproductive Opportunity in Captive Goeldis Monkeys. Zoo Biology. 29(1):1-15. Nuss, K. 2006. Demographic Aspects of Reproductive Success in Captive Goeldis Monkeys [Abstract]. American Journal of Primatology 68(Suppl. 1):50. Nuss, K., and Margulis, S. 2004. Social Interaction Among Members of a Family of White-cheeked Gibbons [Abstract]. Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference Proceedings. Published online: http://www.aza.org/AZAPublications/2004proceedings/.

    RESEARCH GRANTS

    Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology ($976). Hormonal Changes Following Pair Formation in Captive Goeldis Monkeys. January 2007. Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant ($1000). Behavioral and Hormonal Aspects of Pair Formation in Captive Goeldis Monkeys. April 2006. Sigma Xi ($400). The Function of Introductory Copulations in Captive Goeldis Monkeys. April 2006. University of Chicago Hinds Fund ($1500). Behavioral and Hormonal Aspects of Pair Formation in Captive Goeldis Monkeys. March 2006. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Conservation Fund ($2,965). Hormonal Correlates of Reproductive Success in Captive Goeldis Monkeys. November 2005. Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund ($2,000). Behavioral and Hormonal Changes Associated with Pair Formation in the Goeldis Monkey. November 2004. Hinds Fund-University of Chicago ($1,500). The Influence of Social and Physical Environments on the Behavior of Captive Callimico goeldii. May 2004.

    SYNNERGYSTIC ACTIVITIES

    Coordinator of Introductory Major Courses, Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University. 2009 Present.

    Coordinate with instructors and laboratory prep staff to ensure that all sections of introductory courses include the same curricular material and work toward similar learning objectives.

    Co-chair, Student Organizing Committee, Committee on Evolutionary Biology Annual Student Symposium. 2007 2008. Department Representative, Division of Biological Sciences Council to the Dean, University of Chicago. 2003 2006. Graduate Representative, Office of Community Affairs, Student Advisory Council, University of Chicago. 2004 2005.

  • Frederick R. Prete, Ph.D.

    Education 1995-1996 Post-doctoral Research with Dr. Chris Comer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, The University of

    Illinois at Chicago Post-doctoral Research with Dr. Michael Dickinson, Dept. of Organismal Biology and Anatomy,

    The University of Chicago 1992 Ph.D., Committee on Biopsychology, The University of Chicago 1985 B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

    Recent Publications

    Books

    Prete, F.R. (ed.) (2004) Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems. Cambridge: MIT Press Prete, F.R., H. Wells, P. Wells, and L.E. Hurd (eds.) (1999) The Praying Mantids. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins

    University Press

    Chapters

    In the Mind of a Hunter: The Visual World of the Praying Mantis (with K. Kral). In F.R. Prete (ed.), Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems, Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 75-115.

    How Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Writings Shaped Contemporary Questions About Mantid Prey Capture (with H. Wells, and P. Wells). In The Praying Mantids (Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 3-18.

    Prey Recognition. In The Praying Mantids (Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 141-179.

    Prey Capture (with K. Hamilton). In The Praying Mantids (Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 194-223. Rearing Techniques, Developmental Time, and Life Span Data for Lab-Reared Sphodromantis lineola. In The

    Praying Mantids (F.R. Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 303-310. Designing Behavior: A Case Study. In Perspectives in Ethology, Vol. 11 (N. Thompson, ed.) New York: Plenum

    Press, 1995, pp. 255-277.

    Articles

    Prete, F.R., Komito J.L., Domnguez, S., Svenson, G., Lpez, Y.L., Guillen, A., Bogdanivich, N., (2010, submitted) Prey Recognition and Body Size in Three Species of Praying Mantis, Journal of Comparative Physiology A.

    Prete, F.R. (2007) Complex Learning in Arthropods. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 19:IV-VI. Prete, F.R. (2007) Living with Animals: Honey Bee Society and Humans. In Encyclopedia of Human-Animal

    Relationships (M. Bekoff, ed.) Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1128-1133. Prete, F.R. (2007) Anthropomorphism: The myth of Sexual cannibalism by the praying mantis. In

    Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships (M. Bekoff, ed.) Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Group, 68-71.

    Hurd, L.E., F.R. Prete, T. Jones, R. Portman, T.B. Singh, J.E. Co (2004) The first identification, synthesis and behavioral test of a mantid pheromone. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 155-166.

    Prete, F.R. (2004) The predatory behavior of praying mantids. In The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (M. Bekoff, ed.) Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 851-857.

    Prete, F.R., L.E. Hurd, D. Branstrator, and A. Johnson (2002), Responses to computer generated visual stimuli by the male praying mantis, Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). Animal Behaviour, 63: 503-510.

    Conference Presentations / Student Research Presentations / Posters / Invited Talks (most recent)

    2010 17th Annual Animal Behavior Conference, Bloomington, IN Prey Recognition by Four Species of Praying Mantis: Does Size Matter? with S. Dominguez, J.L.

    Komito, R.J. Theis, L.E. Hurd, G. Svenson

  • Differences In Prey Recognition and Eye Allometry In Three Species Of Praying Mantis with J. Komito, S. Dominguez

    2008 XXIII International Congress of Entomology (invited), Durban, South Africa. 2007 NEIU 15th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium, Chicago, IL

    The First Attempts To Characterize an LGMD-DCMD Complex in The Visual System of the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa with Maria Akhter

    2006 European Neuroscience Meeting, Vienna Motion parallax signals can provide both distance and structure information in praying mantis with

    Karl Kral 2002 International Society for Comparative Psychology, Chicago, IL

    The Roots of Complex Visual Perception: Prey Recognition by the Praying Mantis with Karl Kral 2001 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, IL

    Scent of a Woman: The First Identification and Assay of a Mantid Pheromone with L. Hurd, T. Jones, R. Portman, T.B. Singh, J.E. Co

    2000 Entomological Society of America, Montreal, Canada The First Identification, Synthesis, and Biological Assay of a Sex Pheromone in a Praying Mantis with

    L. Hurd, T. Jones, R. Portman, T.B. Singh, J.E. Co

    Teaching

    2005-current Dept. of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University 2003-2004 Dept. of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 1996, 1998-2000 Summer Biology Teacher Enhancement Program, The University of Tulsa 1996-1999 Dept. Biological Sciences, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

    Distinctions & Grants

    2009 NEIU Research Community Grant 2009 SCSE Summer Research Opportunities Grant 2008 NEIU Instructor Excellence Award 1992-1993 Research Professor Award, Division of Arts and Sciences, Youngstown State University

    Editing & Reviewing

    Journals, editing

    2004-5 Guest editor, International Journal of Comparative Psychology special edition, Complex Learning in Arthropods

    Journals, ad hoc reviewer

    Animal Behaviour Brain, Behavior and Evolution Bulletin S California Acad. Sciences

    Developmental Psychobiology J. Comparative Psychology J. Comparative Physiology A

    J. Experimental Biology J. Ethology Insect Science

    J Insect Behavior J. Kansas Entomological Society

    Granting organizations, ad hoc reviewer

    Fonds zur Frderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung National Institutes of Health National Science Foundation

    Professional Activities

    Society affiliations

    Animal Behavior Society American Society of Zoologists (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology)

  • Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Entomological Society of America International Society for Comparative Psychology International Society for Neuroethology

  • Kayla Dawn Rihani [email protected] Education

    1998 Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL B.S. Molecular Biology

    2001 University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL M.S. Microbiology and Immunology

    Experience

    2001-present Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL Full-Time Visiting Lecturer

    2000-present Robert Morris College, Chicago, IL Adjunct Faculty 2001-2002 Triton College, River Grove, IL Adjunct Faculty 1999-2000 University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL Teaching Assistant * Medical

    Microbiology and Dental Microbiology 1995-1998 Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL Teaching Assistant * Biology and

    Chemistry Departments

    Publications

    Rai, T, Marble, D, Rihani, K, and Rong, Lijun. 2004. The Spacing between Cysteines Two and Three of the LDL-A Module of Tva Is Important for Subgroup A Avian Sarcoma and Leukosis Virus Entry. J. Virol. 78(2):683-691.

    Ying G, Xuemei Y, Rihani, K, Wang, Q, and Rong, Lijun. 2004. The Role of a Conserved Acidic Residue

    in Calcium-dependent Protein Folding for a Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)-A Module. The Jornal of Biological Chemistry. Vol 279 no. 16:16629-16637.

    Synergistic Activities

    *Head of a team that redeveloped the introductory biology course and laboratory for non-majors *Course coordinator for the introductory biology course and laboratory for non-majors *Developed interactive, partially online versions all classes taught *Developed a hybrid in class/online course for introduction to environmental science Awards & Honors 2000-2001 American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2005-2006 Instructor Excellence Award Northeastern Illinois University