Honors and Awards
- Illinois State Teachers Association Award, 2010
- Graduate Teaching Merit Award, 2004
- Graduate Teaching Merit Award, 2003
- Environmental Chemistry
- Advanced Chemistry I & II (content level is equivalent to AP Chemistry)
- Scientific Inquiry in Chemistry (Introductory chemistry course)
“Analyze, Acquire, Apply, and Write” as a New Learning Model in Science Faculty Publications & Research (2015)
I have developed a new teaching and learning model called AAAW, which stand for Analyze, Acquire, Apply and Write. This model grows from action research and unique experience in teaching a biochemistry course to high ...
Fostering Preservice Teacher Identity in Science through a Student-Selected Project Faculty Publications & Research (2008)
This article addresses the problem of authentic student engagement in the science classroom by incorporating a semester long research and writing assignment that enables students to investigate scientific topics related to strong personal, career, or ...
Pennies and Eggs: Initiation Into Inquiry Learning for Pre-Service Elementary Education Teachers Journal of Chemical Education (2008)
Two labs incorporating the Science Writing Heuristic are described that introduce scientific inquiry in a course for preservice students majoring in elementary education. One lab adapts a previously described discovery learning opportunity involving the change ...
The Mechanism of Membrane Targeting of Human Sphingosine Kinase 1 Faculty Publications & Research (2005)
Sphingosine 1-phosphate is a bioactive sphingolipid that regu- lates cell growth and suppresses programmed cell death. The bio- synthesis of sphingosine 1-phosphate is catalyzed by sphingosine kinase (SK) but the mechanism by which the subcellular ...
Session E-5: Use of Phycocyanin to Teach Protein Folding Professional Learning Day (2013)
Phycocyanin is a protein found in Spirulina that holds a pigment called the tetrapyrrole molecule in a linear conformation. The pigment is used in photosynthesis and turns purple when light is shined on it. If ...
Session D-1: Bioinformatics-BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) Professional Learning Day (2012)
Teachers will use BLAST to find regions of local similarity between protein sequences. By using the protein sequence databases, teachers will find structural and evolutionary information about various proteins. In addition, interpretation of the data ...
Session D-6: Green Fluorescent Protein Professional Learning Day (2011)
GFP purification requires four major steps: inoculation of colonies and growing the cell culture; lysis of cell membrane to extract the protein; purification of protein using hydrophobic column; and use of SDS electrophoresis gel to ...
Session B-1: Chemistry Demonstrations and Their Use to Initiate Thinking Professional Learning Day (2010)
Introducing a new concept to students using demonstrations can be an engaging way to get students thinking. Demonstrations can cause students to generate questions and start thinking about what they are about to explore throughout ...