Barbara Byrne, Academic Director of the 1994 High School Biology Institute, is a Molecular Geneticist, trained in the "old school" of Mendelian and cytogenetics, who has grown up with molecular biology. She took the first course in Molecular Biology ever offered at Indiana University, and it has been a part of her heritage ever since. She has taught at the college and university levels for more years than most of you can remember, no doubt. With middle age came the urge to do more work with faculty and curriculum, leading down the slippery slope to full-time administration. She is now the Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, "just down the road a piece" from Princeton.
Frank Hinerman is Education Technology Director of the 1994 High School Biology Institute. He is a high school teacher of biology at Mt. Lebanon Senior High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Frank was a 1991 summer biology participant. The Foundation has invited him to return for the third year in his present position. He received his B.S. and M.Ed. (Biological Sciences) from California University in Pennsylvania and his 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 (Science Teacher Enhancement Program) and Rutgers University (National Leadership Institute for Biology Teachers). In 1990, he received a national award from the National Science Teacher's Association. He has also received a "Gift of Time Award" presented by the American Family Institute of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In 1993, Frank was presented "The Professional Excellence Award" by the emeritus faculty of California University in Pennsylvania. His article entitled "Interactive Video Labs" was published by The Science Teacher in December of 1991. His second article, "Multimedia Labs," appeared in the March issue of 1994. He is the National Association of Biology Teachers 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, Lab Coordinator (Institute WP) for the 1994 High School Biology Institute, has been teaching sophomore biology and life science at Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the past two years. Previous to this assignment, she taught at the Junior High/Middle School level. Her teaching assignment was Aerospace, Physical Science, and Biology. She was an active member of the school's first ninth-grade team and won the Nebraska Excellence in Teaching Award with three other team members for designing a team curriculum project. Jane has attended several NSF workshops in genetics and has incorporated them into her middle school and high school classrooms. She was a 1993 WW Biotechnology participant and has presented several all-day WW workshops for teachers. Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, several years of graduate work in molecular biology, and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Jane student-taught in England and has incorporated the English ideas of hands-on lab activities with limited equipment on a daily basis in her classroom.
Donald Cronkite 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 Cronkite 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. He was Academic Director of the 1991 and 1993 Biology Institutes the Foundation held on the campus of Princeton University.
Mary M. Allen is Public Lecturer for the 1994 High School Biology Institute. Dr. Allen is President-elect of the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Jean Glasscock Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Biological Chemistry at Wellesley College, where she has been in the Biological Sciences since 1968. Dr. Allen has been the Malcolm Moos Visiting Professor, Gray Freshwater Biological Institute, University of Minnesota, and a Visiting Researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Noel G. Carr, Liverpool, England, and at Montana State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in Sanitary Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
David Towle was reared on a dairy farm in New Hampshire, first majored in English in college, and then moved into the biological sciences. He received his B.S. at Wesleyan University (English) and the University of New Hampshire (Animal Sciences), his M.S. at the University of New Hampshire (Animal Sciences) and Purdue University (Biological Sciences) and his Ph.D. at Dartmouth College (Biological Sciences). Since graduate school he has taught cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, physiology, marine biology, environmental biology, bioethics, and most recently a senior seminar on the biology of AIDS. He says, "I believe in asking my students to engage in doing biology as well as learning about it. Starting with the freshman year, my students are involved first with `research-like' laboratory experiences, then with increasingly independent research projects." David Towle has initiated a series of "Friday Workshops" for area high school teachers and alumni who wish to update their expertise in specific areas, his own being "Molecular Biology." His research area has evolved from an interest in the physiological adaptations of marine animals to the molecular biology of their transport proteins. His most recent fascination in science centers on gene therapy, genetically transforming cells and organisms.
Gail Stewart completed a Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1992, following completion of her B.S. in Biology at the College of Mt. St. Joseph in 1987. She did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, studying the involvement of CD8+T cells in experimental allergic encephalomyelitis. During the past academic year she was an Assistant Professor of Biology at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and she has accepted appointment for next year as Assistant Professor of Biology at Rowan College in New Jersey. In addition to her expertise in immunology, genetics, and related areas in biology, Dr. Stewart has a strong interest in issues of women in science and in bioethical issues that face the community.
Karen Armstrong-Malatesta is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratories, in which 350-400 students enroll each year. She has been a member of the Princeton faculty for over seven years, originally in a research position. Dr. Armstrong-Malatesta has over 20 years of research experience in bacterial and yeast genetics and molecular biology and has authored twelve publications. In addition, she has a strong commitment to undergraduate education, serving as Department advisor to the freshman and sophomore classes at Princeton and as Co-Director of the Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Molecular Biology and advises 40 underclass students in one of Princeton's residential colleges.