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Formal Courses: My most recent teaching experience
has been as the sole instructor in three formal courses at Texas
A&M. All were created by me and I teach all of each course
without assistants. I created the Web sites used in two of the
courses, and one of the courses is the College's first and only
I am Project Director for two NIH grants and two other grants
from NSF, all aimed at developing science curricula for grades 6-8.
A Web site that provides access to all the curriculum materials is
at peer.tamu.edu .
We have just been awarded a second NSF GK-12 grant, aimed at
training science and math graduate students to act as consultants
to local public schools. We help graduate students improve their
communication skills, to develop age-appropriate instructional
materials, and to be a source of expertise for public school
science and math teachers.
In a seven-year grant from NIEHS, our interdisciplinary faculty
and teacher team is designing instructional units that can be
integrated into the main course areas of middle school: social
studies, English, math, science. We have completed 16 of 18
projected units. Both grants involve teacher training workshops,
and I participate in those.
In a grant from NHI SEPA, I have completed 5-unit Web curricula
in cell biology, organ systems, and ecosystems. Each module
contains instructional material, learning activities, tests, and
teacher guide. Unique pedagogical features include an emphasis on
why middle schoolers should be interested in the topic, how the key
ideas were discovered, biographies of scientists involved, and
related toxic and public health hazards. These modules are
delivered as Web sites, each of which I created except for the
header graphic and navigation bar.
In an earlier grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board , I helped professors to develop distance education courses.
The first courses were delivered in 2001 in the topics of Food
Safety, Immunology, Biomedical Research, and Medical Geography.
I Chaired the TAMU Sigma Xi Task Force on Undergraduate
Education. Our policy recommendations have reached the highest
levels of the TAMU administration and are being implemented in
stages. Along with Dr. Ray Sis, I supervised two Summer Research
Internship programs for 34 upper-division undergraduate
I created and Chaired the Committee for Educational Outreach and
partnerships for the TAMU Chapter of Sigma Xi. Our Committee has
prepared a report that outline why and how the university should
institutionalize P-12 outreach and partnerships. I am spearheading
lobbying efforts with the President, Provost, Deans, and the TAMU
System to get our plan implemented not only in TAMU, but also in
the TAMU System universities.
Feb. 1963 to July 1966
Sept. 1966 to 1980
Sept. 1980 to present
**Student was first-author on refereed
*Survey by Citation Index in 1972 showed that only 2.3% of all
cited authors were cited more than 30 times in any one year since
1966. Many of my papers, in different fields, are in the top1.5% of
most-cited world literature.
Several every year, including:
Major Committee Assignments (& year
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