Professor of Cell Biology
His research and teaching interests include T-cell development and signal transduction; he has recently been examining the effect of phytochemicals on cells of the immune system. He has also begun a student research program in fermentation science.
His other interests include astronomy, general aviation, skydiving, and zymurgy.
Students in this course will learn about the biological function of selected human organs and systems through the study of actual medical cases. Not all human systems will be covered, but students will gain a good understanding of how diseases affect the body and how they are diagnosed. Working in small teams, students will develop diagnoses for medical cases through reviewing descriptions of patient histories,physical exams, and laboratory findings. A human biology text, medical texts on reserve, and Internet resources will help students track down information they need to solve these medical mysteries. Students will also learn to find and read scientific research articles on topics of their choosing and will learn to write analytical reviews of these articles. These reviews will form the basis of final papers in which students choose particular diseases or treatments to investigate in detail and present their findings to the class. (Keywords: Biology, Health Sciences, Human Development, Natural Science)
This course is designed to introduce students to complementary and alternative concepts in healing. Students will work in teams of 3-4 to investigate an area of interest in the health sciences. The groups will make extensive use of the primary scientific and medical literature in an effort to understand the use, effectiveness and limitations of the particular treatments or approaches selected. Each team member is responsible for some aspect of the research and reports back to the whole group. The groups will present their findings to the whole class. The students' goal was to assess the effectiveness of the various therapies by examining the available data carefully, explaining the methodologies employed to examine the treatment and critically reading the authors' conclusions. Examples of past projects include acupuncture and pain, acupuncture and osteoarthritis, yoga in stress reduction, herbal remedies for allergies, art therapy in PTSD, and the use of music therapy in chronic stress. Each student will have the opportunity to work in two different groups over the semester and to complete two projects and presentations. Students will also write biweekly critiques of papers from the primary literature and revise these based on the instructor's comments. The second revision was done using peer editing and the final compilation of the three critiques will be used in putting together their final papers. All students will also be introduced to elementary aspects of data analysis and statistics and some basic immunology. We also will have presentations in message therapy and acupuncture by local practitioners. A final portfolio of all work will be used to evaluate the students progress.
This course will provide an overview of the science and issues surrounding substance-related addictions and the processes and mechanisms that underlie addiction. We will address both the genetic and environmental underpinnings of addiction and introduce the epidemiology and developmental course of addiction. Students will work in teams of 4-5 to investigate an area of interest in the science of addiction. The groups will use the primary scientific and medical literature in an effort to understand the use, effectiveness and limitations of the particular treatments or approaches selected. Each team member will be responsible for some aspect of the research and will report back to the whole group. The groups will present their findings to the whole class. The students' goal is to assess the effectiveness of the various approaches by examining the available data carefully, explaining the methodologies employed to look at the treatment, and critically reading the authors' conclusions. Examples of past projects include: How do benzodiazapines affect episodic memory? How does cocaine affect the progression of HIV? Is sex addiction a real addiction? What alternatives to methadone are available in the treatment of pregnant women opioid addicts? Is caffeine an addictive drug? How effective is psilocybin for treating substance use disorder? Does alcohol affect men and women differently from a brain chemistry perspective? Each student will have the opportunity to work in three groups over the semester and to complete three projects and presentations. Students will also learn to find and read scientific research articles on topics of their choosing. They will write analytical critiques of these articles and will have numerous opportunities to revise these based on the instructors' comments. These critiques will form the basis of the final papers in which students explored a particular narrow topic on some aspect of addiction. The final compilation of the three critiques will be used in putting together their final papers. All students are also introduced to elementary aspects of data analysis and statistics. We also will have presentations by local treatment counselors as well as a video presentations from a local physician specializing in addictions treatment. A final portfolio of all work will be used to evaluate each student's progress.
This fermentation science course is designed to familiarize students with the current topics and procedures in brewing science. This upper-level course requires previous course and laboratory work in chemistry and microbiology. The course will focus on the study of the fundamental and applied sciences related to the use of microorganisms as production and processing agents. Specifically, we will examine the technological and biochemical aspects of the brewing process, including raw materials, malting, mashing, fermentation and maturation. In addition to lectures and discussion on the readings, the course will include extensive laboratory work. Students will work in small groups on a focused research project. Prerequisites: cell or molecular biology, and chemistry or microbiology.