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Michèle Shuster, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the biology department at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning and teaches introductory biology, microbiology, and cancer biology classes at the undergraduate level, as well as working on several K–12 science education programs. Michèle is involved in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in effective teaching, preparing the next generation of undergraduate educators. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Westhafer Award for Teaching Excellence at NMSU. Michèle received her Ph.D. from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she studied meiotic chromosome segregation in yeast.
Stacey D. Smith is professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on the evolution of floral diversity and spans the fields of phylogenetics, evolutionary genetics, comparative methods and pollination ecology. Supported by a British Marshall fellowship, she earned an M.Phil in Botanical Diversity from the Universities of Reading and Birmingham in the United Kingdom in 2001. She returned to the United States to pursue a doctoral degree in Systematic Botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After obtaining her Ph.D. in 2006, she conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University through a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship before joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 2010. She teaches introductory organismal biology and phylogenetic biology for undergraduate and graduate students and sponsors outreach events to promote public understanding of plant biology and evolution.
Robert R. Sokal has taught biometry and related courses for almost half a century at the University of Kansas, at Stony Brook, and abroad. In both his teaching and research, he has promoted the use of statistics in biology. A native of Vienna, Austria, he went to high school and college in Shanghai, China, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology at St. John’s University. Graduate studies in zoology at the University of Chicago led to a Ph.D. in 1952. He spent 18 years as a faculty member in Entomology at the University of Kansas, joining the then new department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook in 1968. His research has ranged over a diverse group of topics: quantitative methods in systematics (numerical taxonomy), ecological genetics of laboratory populations, spatial analysis of distributions of organisms and their genes, and in recent years, statistical approaches to problems in physical anthropology. Including translated volumes, he has published 15 books, and over 200 articles. Dr. Sokal was elected President of four international scientific societies and an honorary member of several others. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also awarded the Charles Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award in Physical Anthropology. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University.
Christine A. Sorkness, PharmD is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine and Public Health. She is also the Senior Associate Executive Director of the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). In this role, she directly oversees functioning of the Community Engagement and Research Core, the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, and the ICTR Pilot Awards Program. Her research interests have focused on the evaluation (both clinical efficacy and comparative effectiveness) of new and existing therapies in the treatment of children and adults with asthma, including minority populations. Dr. Sorkness serves as a mentor to the ICTR KL2 trainees and graduate students, a variety of pharmacy and medicine specialty residents and fellows, and as a consultant for campus training grants. Dr. Sorkness served as a leader on the multi-site randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this mentor training curriculum.
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