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Education Speakers (Friday evening)
Talk Title: Using threshold concepts to improve learning in the molecular life sciences

 

Jenny Loertscher is Arline F. Bannan Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Seattle University. She is a nationally-recognized leader in biochemistry education research and innovative teaching practices.

Vicky Minderhout is Professor of Chemistry at Seattle University. She was awarded Washington State Professor of the Year (2011) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has taught biochemistry for over 35 years and for the last 20 years she has employed active learning strategies in her courses.

Together Loertscher and Minderhout have co-authored a guided inquiry workbook for use in undergraduate biochemistry courses and have facilitated a combined 600 hours of faculty development workshops related to teaching and learning in the molecular life sciences. Currently they are engaged in research investigating threshold concepts, those ideas that are essential for expert understanding of a discipline.  In collaboration with a broad community of biologists, chemists, and biochemists, they have developed instructional and assessment materials aimed at improving learning and teaching related to biochemistry threshold concepts.

Natural History Speaker (Saturday Afternoon)
Talk Title:  Icy Inverts: A tour of Antarctic benthic marine invertebrate biodiversity

 

Dr. Megan Schwartz is a Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at University of Washington Tacoma and a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution. 

Her research focuses on documenting the biodiversity of a group of primarily marine animals known as ribbon worms (phylum Nemertea) through DNA barcoding and comparative morphology. Currently she is directing two projects describing the nemertean fauna of the Southern Ocean and the Caribbean with several undergraduate researchers. 

 

 

Biology Speaker (Saturday Evening)
Talk Title: Blast-Related mild traumatic brain injury: The consequences of more than a decade at war

 

David G. Cook, Ph.D is a Research Associate Professor of Pharmacology at University of Washington and GRECC Research Biologist, at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System. His laboratory is currently working to understand the consequences and pathophysiological of traumatic brain injury. His lab has developed a mouse model of blast-induced mild traumatic brain injury, the ‘signature’ injury of US veterans.  This model allows Dr. Cook and colleagues to correlate molecular changes in the brain structure due to blast damage to the behavioral changes in patients similarly effected.

 

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