Assistant Professor of Instruction
Teaching is my passion. I've taught the following biology courses at Columbia: * Epidemics * Biology of Human Immune System * Cancer Biology * Microbiology * Introductory Biology I am interested in teaching other biology courses, including Molecular and Cell Biology.
Animal Behavior, Ecology & Ecology Honors, Evolution of Sex, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Zoology, Marine Biology, Modeling Biological Systems with Differential Equations, Undergraduate Research Mentorship Initiative and Independent Study.
Professor of Instruction
Science of Musical Instruments - this includes the physics basis of wave motion, the harmonic series, how pitch and timbre are generated and propagated though acoustic musical instruments, the basics of Lutherie (construction of string musical instruments) and the mathematics of musical scales. Environmental Science - the integrative understanding of the fields of biology, chemistry, and earth science and how these are applied to understanding current environmental issues relevant to human civilization, natural ecosystems preservation, resource sustainability, and economic development. The geology and geography of the Great Lakes and how this has shaped the human and natural ecosystems of the Chicago Region.
Teach [or have taught] courses to non-science majors in areas of environmental, introductory and general chemistry, nanotechnology, chemistry of science fiction and also science, technology and society. I do this through the Department of Science and Mathematics.
Our students and the public at large have an inherent curiosity about paleontology, fossils including dinosaurs, and living animals. These subjects provide a natural entrée into teaching general science concepts and the details of our fascinating evolutionary history on Earth. My fine arts and exhibits background has taught me that the best method for learning a subject is to research it and teach it to others through creative means, therefore I am especially interested in engaging our students in their own education about these subjects. I ask students to investigate specific topics they are interested in knowing more about, and to use their substantial creative skills to teach what they have learned to a general audience. In this way they must build on what they learn in class to research and translate relatively complex information using their knowledge of graphics, film, game, fashion, or product design, for example. My primary goals are to help students recognize their ability to access and communicate science and science principles, and to provide them with a deeper understanding of their own evolutionary history and connection to all living things.