NW Bio 2017 Keynote Speakers

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The University of Washington Tacoma is proud to host the annual Northwest Biology Instructors meeting this year. Sponsored by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the Division of Sciences and Mathematics, we are opening the Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th keynote addresses to members of the UW Tacoma campus and the public. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to attend.


Friday, May 5th, 7:30 pm, Vicky Minderhout and Jennifer Loertscher.  Seattle University, “Using threshold concepts to improve learning in the molecular life sciences”

Dr. 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. Dr. 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.


Saturday, May 6th, 7:10 pm, Dr. David Cook, UW Seattle, “Blast-related mild traumatic brain injury: The consequences of more than a decade at war”

Dr. 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 affected.


All events are in William Philip Hall on the UW Tacoma campus.  We hope that you can join us!  Fore more information on this event, please click HERE

May 1, 2017