1995 High School Biology Institute


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Donald Cronkite
Frank Hinerman
Jane Obbink
Beth DeStasio

Faculty Biographies

Faculty in Residence

DONALD CRONKITE, Academic Director of the 1995 High School Biology Institute, is Professor of Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he has been since 1978, and Director of the Hope College/Howard Hughes Programs for Minority Access to the Sciences. At Hope College he regularly teaches cell biology, embryology and introductory biology as well as occasionally teaching evolution and science and human values.

Donald received his A.B. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Indiana University where he began research on Paramecium that he continues to this day. His first studies were on mating in ciliates, but for the last 10 years he has been focusing on cellular water regulation and acclimation to changing salinity. In addition to his current position at Hope College, Donald has taught and done research at the University of Redlands in California, the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin, the Biological Institute of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and the University of Maryland.

FRANK HINERMAN, is Education Technology Director of the 1995 High School Biology Institute. He is a high school teacher of biology at Mr. Lebanon Senior High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a 1991 summer biology participant. He received his B.S. and M.Ed. (in Biological Sciences) degrees from California University of Pennsylvania and M.S. degree from Syracuse University. He has also obtained Administration/Supervision Certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Besides our program, he has attended other continuing education programs such as Carnegie-Mellon University's Science Teacher Enhancement Programs and Rutgers University's National Leadership Institute for Biology Teachers. He received an award from the National Science Teacher's Association for Videodisc Technology. He also received a "Gift of Time Award" presented by the American Family Institute of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Frank was presented with "The Professional Excellence Award" from the emeritus faculty of California University of Pennsylvania and has been awarded a Presidential Award for Science Teaching Excellence at the state level. His article entitled "Interactive Video Labs" was published in The Science Teacher in December of 1991. His second article, "Multimedia Labs" appears in the March issue of 1994. He is the current NABT Director for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Awards for the state of Pennsylvania. Frank has done many workshops and presentations regionally and nationally on the topic of using technology and multimedia applications in the science classrooms.

JANE OBBINK returns to Princeton this summer as Assistant Faculty Director/Lab Director, her second year in this role. Prior to this Institute, Jane teaches biotechnology to gifted HS juniors for two weeks at the University of Nebraska, so dorm rooms are no stranger to her. During the school year, she teaches differentiated and regular sophomore biology at Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previous to this assignment, she taught science at the junior high level and in Phoenix at a parochial high school. This year, Jane was selected as a Special Recognition recipient for the Nebraska Christa McAuliffe Award and a state finalist in the Presidential Award for Math & Science Teaching. In 1993 she was a WW Biotechnology participant and has presented several all-day WW workshops for teachers, as well as numerous presentations at state and national science conventions. Her educational background includes a BS in Biological Sciences, several years of graduate work in molecular biology, and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Jane student-taught in England and incorporates their ideas of hands-on lab activities daily in her classroom.

Visiting Faculty

BRUCE ALBERTS President, National Academy of Sciences is a noted molecular biologist, widely recognized for his research on DNA replication, his textbook, The Molecular Biology of the Cell and his commitment to improving science education through national and local efforts. His work as chair of the National Research Council generated the 1988 Report "Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome". He has also been actively involved with City Science, a five-year-old program he initiated with the San Francisco Public Schools.

ELIZABETH DE STASIO graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University in 1983. In her graduate work at Brown University she investigated the relationship between ribosomal RNA structure and ribosome function in E. coli. She received her Ph.D. in Biology and Medicine from Brown in 1988. After teaching for one year she changed fields somewhat to broaden her research training to include classical and modern molecular genetics at the Department of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While at Madison Beth earned a three year fellowship from the Muscular Dystrophy Association to undertake her studies of muscle assembly and structure in the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. Beth is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Along with a dedicated group of undergraduates, she continues to investigate the role of major muscle protein, myosin, in muscle assembly, using this tiny worm as a model system. Her teaching interests include molecular biology, biotechnology, and evolutionary biology. Beth's husband, Bart, is an evolutionary ecologist and the duo has team-taught courses in evolution - each providing a unique perspective and occasionally staging a lively debate in class. Their most recent joint "experiment" was a son born on Darwin's birthday, 1995!

JAMES FARLOW received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from Yale University. Since 1982 he has taught in the Department of GeoSciences at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Dr. Farlow's research concentrates on fossil vertebrates, particularly dinosaurs. His published papers deal with the interpretation of dinosaur footprints, functional morphology of the teeth of meat-eating dinosaurs, and theoretical aspects of the reconstruction of dinosaurs as living animals. Dr. Farlow has also written books and articles for the general public, including The Dinosaurs of Dinosaur Valley State Park, On the Tracks of Dinosaurs: A Study of Dinosaur Footprints, and The Great Hunters: Meat-Eating Dinosaurs and Their World (with R. E. Molnar). He has appeared in several public television documentaries dealing with dinosaurs.

BRETTON KENT has been an Instructor at the University of Maryland at College Park for the past seven years. He teaches Animal Diversity, Biology of Extinct Animals, and supervises the laboratory for Introductory Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Oregon State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. His research interests include the analysis of oysters from archeological sites and dental evolution of lamnoid sharks. His present research is directed at understanding the ecological dynamics in the highly diverse shark fauna that occurred during the early Neogene. He also has been the director of a biology teacher training program for the state of Maryland for the past five years. This is the third summer he has been involved with the Woodrow Wilson National Leadership Institute in Biology.

GAIL STRATTON has been working with wolf spiders for nearly 20 years. An Associate Professor at Albion College in Michigan, she devotes the school year to teaching and the summer months to research. She is interested in courtship communication and has worked with spiders showing visual signals as well as acoustic and chemical signals. She is particularly interested in understanding how new species are formed and what role behavior has in that process. She has received funding from the National Geographic Society, the Pew Foundation and Albion College to pursue her research. At Albion she teaches Ecology, Animal Behavior, Invertebrate Zoology, Women and Ethnic Minorities in Math and Science and Introduction to Women's Studies.

Institute Participants

Ms. Deborah B. Asbell
Ms. Linda H. Austin
Mr. John Banister-Marx
Mr. Vernon R. Beeson
Ms. Maryann V. Buehler
Mr. Donald E. Chamberlain
Mrs. Dawn J. Clawson
Mrs. Gail Corey
Mrs. Linda A. Culp
Mr. Tim D. Culp
Mr. Elliott Dabill
Mr. Harry J. Dillner
Mrs. JoAnne M . Dombrowski
Ms. Beth Susan Drake
Ms. Corinne E. Egner
Mrs. Barbara J. Errington
Mr. Robert Y. Everett
Mr. G. Steven Ferris
Mr. Richard P. Filson
Mr. Mark W. Gabler
Mr. Joseph L. Glick, Jr.
Ms. Stephanie Ann Gragg
Mr. Daniel R. Gray III
Ms. Barbara A. W. Heavers
Mr. Eric E. Julien
Ms. Mari M. Knutson
Ms. Katherine Liu
Ms. Christine M. Luttenegger
Mrs. Janell M. Mead
Mrs. Jane Y. Meneray
Ms. Janet M. Pantella
Ms. Gwynn S. Pealer
Mrs. Susan S. Plati
Mr. Donald J. Pollock
Mr. Edward J. Quickert
Ms. Amelia D. Quillen
Ms. DeAnna L. Roberson
Mr. John P. Sacco
Mr. Eugene C. Shultz
Mr. Jan D. Snyder
Mr. Donald C. Snyder, Jr.
Mr. Robert J. Steingreaber
Ms. Aleta Sullivan
Mr. William A. Sumner
Mr. Albert Vogel
Mrs. Karen Ann Wickersham
Mr. Dwight K. Wimpey
Mr. Harry J. Wolf
Ms. Judith K. Wood

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