Drs. Alvarez, Eckdahl and Fowlks have all chosen to teach and pursue research at universities that serve primarily undergraduates. They explain why they chose a career in science education and how they got there. They also tell us how much they love the chance to interact with and inspire their students.
Although the speakers come from very different backgrounds, they all discovered a love of biology at an early age and decided to pass on that passion by teaching at primarily undergraduate colleges. Each of the speakers has been involved in developing and using innovative methods such as the GCAT and iGEM to bring cutting edge science to their students.
Dr. Edison Fowlks is a Professor of Biology and the Director of Biotechnology Laboratory at Hampton University, in Hampton, Virginia. Fowlks received his PhD from Ohio State University, and did his post-doc at Michigan State University and UC Berkeley where he studied ribosomal and viral RNA structure. He then started a lab at Bishop College… Continue Reading
Dr. Todd Eckdahl is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Biology at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eckdahl, who was the first person in his family to get a college degree, received his PhD from Purdue University where he found his passion for science education. He currently teaches majors and… Continue Reading
Dr. Consuelo Alvarez is a Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics at Longwood University, a small school in FarmVille, Virginia. Alvarez was born in Quito, Ecuador, where she found a passion for the outdoors and learning about nature. She received her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been at Longwood… Continue Reading