Jennifer Blanchette is a science writer and researcher. Her research is focused on the role of fatty acids in the development of the model organism, C. elegans. She earned her B.A. in biology from Oberlin College in 1994 and received a doctorate in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2004.
Sarah Cohen Christopherson
Sara earned a B.A. in biology at Oberlin College and a M.S. in science education at the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison. When she isn’t writing and editing science textbooks, consulting for the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, lecturing for Introductory Botany at UW, or working with K-12 students in UW science programs, she might be lolling around, gardening, or baking bread.
Having taught for 20 years, I have had experience teaching a wide variety of courses and ability levels. I am currently teaching Oceanic Biology and Advanced Chemistry at David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon.
Marcia A. Firmani
Education: 2002 Ph.D. Microbiology University of California, Berkeley 1994 MSPH Tropical Medicine Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 1991 B.S. Medical Technology Marist College Current Position: Assistant Professor; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Department of Health Sciences Research Interests: My labs major aims are to study the molecular genetics and epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains that are better able to survive within the host macrophage.
Niamh Gray-Wilson is a freelance science writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. She hails from Galway, Ireland, and graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.
Susan has been teaching for 7 years. She is a native of Santa Clara Valley in California. Susan graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and she holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. After 20 years in industry, Susan discovered the joy of working with kids, and made a career change to teaching. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sewing, hiking, camping, gardening, and travel. She lives in California with her husband and two school-aged children.
Having taught high school mathematics for 14 years, Harold eventually left the classroom to work as a math writer. He is a published textbook author and has developed curricula for major school districts. Harold currently works as a math content specialist from his home in Oregon.
Margaret Lynch has taught Introductory Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology at Tufts University for the past 11 years. In addition to teaching, she promotes undergraduate participation in research as the Director of Undergraduate Research for the Tufts Biology Department. She is also active in K-12 outreach in the areas of plant biology and environmental biology and is on the Executive Board of an afterschool enrichment and care program.
Lisa A. Morici received her Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and Immunity from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Morici specializes in the study of host-pathogen interactions in pulmonary bacterial infections, such as those caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, with the ultimate goal of developing novel chemotherapeutics or vaccines against these organisms.
William is a middle school math teacher in Upstate New York working with students from diverse backgrounds. He has a Bachelors degree in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and Master’s degree in education from Columbia University. William has an extensive background writing and reviewing math education content for the publishing industry.
George Patmor, Ph.D., taught high school biology and chemistry for 26 years before joining the faculty of Murray State University (Murray, KY) to prepare future teachers. He has been involved in science textbook review and evaluation as secondary science department chair and on state textbook adoption committees. He has developed online science and education courses. Currently, he serves as an education consultant on curriculum and instruction projects — locally, nationally, and internationally.
Jim Ratcliffe has more than ten years of experience as an educational publishing professional. As a science editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Jim worked closely with authors and designers to craft high-quality publications on deadline. Jim received a Master’s in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University’s School of Education. He currently works at the K-12 Lab at Stanford University’s “d.school.”
Dr. Karen Sellins received her B.S. in Microbiology from the Ohio State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and even volunteers with 2nd and 4th graders. She is currently a part-time Instructor of Microbiology at Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus and the Resource Developer for Skyline High School in Longmont, Colorado.
Mariel York has been an educator for the past twenty years in the areas of science, health, and medical education. She founded Careers, Plus a company which specialized in updating health care providers in CPR, First Aid and certification programs. She has presented workshops on resume writing, interview skills, and modernizing the traditional Science Fair format. Ms. York lives in Alexandria, Virginia where she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
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