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Biology Department Missouri Western State University Annual Report 2007-2008 Year One of the Five Year Plan 2007-2012 Submitted July 1, 2008 Academic Year 2007-2008 ENGLISH, FOREIGN LANGUAGES & JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT Number of Faculty, Majors, Intended Majors, & Graduates Discipline FTE Faculty FT/PT # of Majors # of Intended/ # of Graduates Premajors Biology 11/0.5 177 116 26 PTA 2/0 38 N/A 19 # of Students Involved in Applied Learning Independent Projects Internships Performances/ Conference Presentations Exhibitions 30 14 N/A 36 Community Service Discipline # of Faculty Mean # of Fac. # of Groups # Student # Hours Doing Volunteer Served Service Student Service Hrs. Per Projects Service Month Biology Data not available PTA 2007 BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT STRATEGIC PLAN Aligned with the 2007-2012 Strategic Plan for Missouri Western State University BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Missouri Western State University Biology Department is to provide a collaborative learning environment in which students and faculty can apply their biological exploration and discovery experiences as professionals and informed citizens. INTRODUCTION The Biology Department at Missouri Western State University is committed to the preparation of tomorrow‟s biologists and science literate citizens. We are a vibrant community of scholars engaged in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge with increasing relevance to our modern society. We plan to continue to educate biology majors as broadly trained scientists, with a curriculum that includes molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological courses, as well as physics, mathematics, and chemistry through biochemistry. Nonmajors taking biology will learn its relevance to their own lives and to society through interactive lectures and laboratories that encourage them to explore how biology contributes to scientific discovery. We will continue to offer laboratory sections with most of our majors and general studies courses and staff them with full time faculty whenever possible. We have a well-considered and deliberate focus on undergraduate education that has resulted in tangible outcomes in terms of the success of our students, faculty, and alumni. Our Department is composed of faculty who are prepared to excel in undergraduate teaching and research and who believe that graduate programs, at least at this time, would detract from their ability to maintain and improve excellent undergraduate programs. The exception to this may be a graduate program that would provide area high school biology teachers with opportunities for advancement. Our Department has a strong history of undergraduate students conducting research that they have presented at state, regional, national, and international forums, and published in peer- reviewed journals. It also has a strong record of providing students with valuable internship opportunities. We plan to build upon this success by improving access to undergraduate research and internships. We believe in the teacher-scholar model of professorship, and are committed to the pursuit of peer-reviewed scholarly achievement such as publications and external grants that are associated with teaching, undergraduate research, and service. We are proud of our ongoing contributions to the important role that Missouri Western State University plays on behalf of its students and the broader community. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 1: BUILDING GRADUATE PROGRAMS Strategic Plan Goal 1.0: Develop and promote excellent graduate programs aligned with the University mission of applied learning, applied research, and professional service in the community and region. Strategic Plan Objective 1.2: Establish graduate programs that meet regional and economic needs for advanced education and fit within the mission of the University. Biology Objective: Continue to explore the possibility of a BS/MS in Science Education degree program that emphasizes applied learning and is distinctive from other state programs. Biology Action: Engage in discussion within the Department about the new program. Biology Action: Collect data regarding the need for the new program and about similar existing programs. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 2: ENHANCING ACADEMIC QUALITY Strategic Plan Goal 1.0: Become a national center of excellence in applied learning and a national model for the new American regional university. Strategic Plan Objective 1.3: Conduct nationally-recognized faculty and student applied research and creative activity. Biology Objective: Provide Biology students with increased opportunities for quality undergraduate research. Biology Action: Support existing faculty and hire new faculty who have a commitment to undergraduate research. Biology Action: Continue to participate in the Summer Research Institute and support its development. Biology Action: Discuss ways to incorporate undergraduate research as a course in either summer or the AY so that students can earn credit and faculty can be given workload. Biology Action: Explore and promote ways to institutionalize undergraduate research in the Biology Department and campus-wide (for eg. the Program of Research, Teaching and Applied Learning, or PORTAL). Strategic Plan Goal 2.0: Provide a learning environment that encourages substantial academic achievement, connects knowledge and practice, and promotes regional service. Strategic Plan Objective 2.1: Develop and implement teaching and learning strategies that emphasize critical thinking skills, including questioning, interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing, and creative problem solving. Biology Objective: Improve the quality of experience for students taking nonmajors Biology. Biology Action: Incorporate a Learning Cycle approach and investigative experimentation into BIO101 laboratories. Biology Action: Discuss the possibility of teaching biology to nonmajors with additional or alternative approaches to the BIO 101 offering (make certain sections geared for a particular interest group or look into offering web based courses) Biology Objective: Find ways to formalize Critical Thinking education in the Biology curriculum. Biology Action: Discuss the use of COL151 and Learning Communities or linked courses as ways to incorporate Critical Thinking into the curriculum. Strategic Plan Objective 2.5: Provide opportunities for participation in integrated applied learning experiences, including internships, practica, faculty and student research, service learning, and study away. Biology Objective: Support students that wish to engage in internships as part of their curriculum or in addition to it. Biology Action: Expand internship opportunities with local businesses and agencies. Biology Action: Maintain relationships with agencies that provide internships for Wildlife and Conservation Management majors. Strategic Plan Goal 4.0: Support and recognize faculty excellence in teaching and learning; scholarship, applied research, and creative activity; and service to the region. Strategic Plan Objective 4.1: Strengthen support for faculty research and creative activities. Biology Objective: Increase the number of faculty that present their teaching, research, and service projects at state, regional and national meetings. Biology Action: Establish a Biology Department Faculty Speakers bureau that faculty can use to cover classes while they present at meetings. Biology Action: Discuss the importance of faculty presentations in Department meetings. Biology Action: Encourage student organizations to invite Department faculty to give presentations. Biology Objective: Increase the number of faculty members that publish their research, service and teaching projects in peer reviewed journals. Biology Action: Encourage faculty to find ways to publish work in all three areas of professional development. Biology Action: Compile a list of the journals that faculty members in the Department have published in as well as those that represent new opportunities and share with the Department. Biology Objective: Host professional development opportunities by inviting speakers and demonstrations for both faculty and students. Biology Action: Work with student organizations and use faculty contacts to bring speakers to campus. Biology Action: Discuss the establishment of a seminar course for student, faculty, and outside speaker research presentations. Biology Objective: Find more time for faculty to engage in professional development. Biology Action: Develop and promote programs that provide faculty with time during summers to engage in scholarly pursuits (eg. PORTAL). Biology Action: Develop an undergraduate research course that will provide faculty with time to pursue research with students. Strategic Plan Objective 4.2: Promote faculty professional and voluntary service in the region beyond the campus. Biology Objective: Encourage faculty to take sabbaticals that will allow professional development and growth. Biology Action: Engage in planning discussions about how sabbaticals can be paired so that a single replacement could be used. Biology Action: Dialogue about ideas for sabbaticals within the Department and with others who have experience with sabbaticals. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 3: SUSTAINING INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION Strategic Plan Goal 1.0: Market Western as a prototype of the new American regional university, characterized by applied learning and applied research and service. Strategic Plan Objective 1.1: Increase awareness of Western‟s status as a university that is building graduate programs and is emphasizing a statewide mission in applied learning and applied research to external and internal audiences. Biology Objective: Improve awareness of the research activities of Biology Department faculty and students among prospective students and Biology majors. Biology Action: Hang student and faculty research posters in hallways in the existing and the new building. Biology Action: Establish a faculty research seminar series, with the help of student organizations. Strategic Plan Objective 1.5: Increase the awareness of student outcomes, faculty, and staff achievements, and programs both on campus and beyond campus. Biology Objective: Establish a Biology Department newsletter. Biology Action: Appoint a faculty newsletter editor and solicit broad contributions from Department faculty. Biology Action: Publish the inaugural newsletter issue in Spring 2007 and distribute to the University community, alumni, and prospective students. Biology Action: Publish one issue of the newsletter per year. Biology Objective: Augment the Department website with a system that will allow collection of Biology “points of pride.” Biology Action: Enlist students in courses taught by Deborah Becker and Connie Hecker to develop Gold Points, an online database that will collect data on activities and accomplishments by faculty, students, and alumni and serve up the data on the web. Biology Action: By spring 2008, implement the new Gold Points system developed as an applied learning project. Biology Action: Promote the use of the Gold Points system to other departments. Biology Objective: Improve communication with alumni of the Department. Biology Action: Continue the Biology Open House on homecoming Saturday and encourage broader faculty involvement. Biology Action: Bring alumni back as speakers. Biology Action: Send the Biology newsletter to alumni. Biology Action: Invite alumni to use the Gold Points system. Strategic Plan Goal 2.0: Strengthen the University-wide initiative to attract, engage, and graduate a diverse student body. Strategic Plan Objective 2.2: Increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation outcomes of targeted groups of students. Biology Objective: Recruit qualified students to Biology Department programs. Biology Action: Work with Admissions to recruit students. Biology Action: Establish a targeted recruitment program in which students are invited to the Department for a discussion and tour with specific faculty members. Biology Objective: Provide lecture and laboratory courses for Biology majors that prepare them for work or further study. Biology Action: Address the structure of the sophomore core curriculum for Biology majors. Meet early and often during AY 07/08 as a Department to discuss the current sophomore core for Biology and develop alternatives. Biology Action: Incorporate ideas for curriculum changes into curriculum proposals. Strategic Plan Goal 3.0: Provide all graduates with an experience in applied learning. Strategic Plan Objective 3.2: Assess and continuously improve the effectiveness and quality of applied learning experiences. Biology Objective: Develop quantitative skills in Biology majors. Biology Action: Continue the quantitative skills interventions in freshman majors courses. Biology Action: Continue the quantitative skills assessment survey. Biology Objective: Expand the number of applied learning opportunities for Biology majors. Biology Action: Discuss how capacity for independent research can be expanded. Biology Action: Discuss the development of a lower division Introduction to Biological Research course. Biology Action: Discuss the development of an upper division Biological Research course. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 4: BUILDING CONNECTIONS Strategic Plan Goal 1.0: Engage Western actively in the educational development of the region. Strategic Plan Objective 1.2: Increase applied learning, applied research and service opportunities by partnering with business, industry, education, healthcare, and community leaders. Biology Objective: Understand better the ways the department can keep up with educational needs that fit with area life science industry needs. Biology Action: Have periodic meetings with area industry personnel to discuss their needs. Biology Action: Dialog with alumni who work in area industry about how their education prepared them for work. Strategic Plan Goal 3.0: Engage Western extensively in the cultural development of the region. Strategic Plan Objective 3.4: Work with regional cultural groups to create jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Biology Objective: Support Biology Department student organizations. Biology Action: Explore opportunities for student organizations to gain access to SGA funding for travel to conferences. Biology Action: Encourage student groups to work together to sponsor programs that serve regional needs. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 5: USING MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT Strategic Plan Goal 2.0: Create and implement a comprehensive University assessment plan focused on student learning and mission effectiveness. Strategic Plan 2.2: Show evidence of data-informed decision-making and assessment effectiveness Biology Objective: Develop assessment criteria that students graduating with a Biology degree should meet. Biology Action: Examine the ETS exit exam data, looking for trends and opportunities for improvement. Biology Action: Investigate alternative or additional graduating student assessment tools. Biology Action: Discuss and implement a plan to increase student motivation to do well on assessments of graduating student learning outcomes. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 6: VALUING PEOPLE Strategic Plan Goal 1.0: Recruit, hire, support, and retain a diverse group of employees with the specific credentials, skills, and values required of excellent faculty, staff, administrators, and student employees. Strategic Plan Objective 1.3: Improve the processes the University uses to support and retain employees. Biology Objective: Improve the amount and quality of peer-education among faculty in the Department with regard to teaching. Biology Action: Establish a process of peer visits to classrooms that provides a mechanism for feedback and encourages discussion. Biology Action: Incorporate peer evaluation of teaching in faculty annual evaluations and promotion/tenure applications. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 7: BUILDING AND MANAGING RESOURCES Strategic Plan Goal 1.0: Leverage resources to meet students‟ needs and the long-term strategic development of the University. Strategic Plan Objective 1.1: Improve the teaching, learning and living environment, and the functionality of existing facilities and equipment. Biology Objective: Engage in the planning and design of the new building. Biology Action: Actively participate in meetings with the architects during Fall 2007. Biology Action: Conduct phasing into the new building in such a way that negative impact on course delivery is minimized. Biology Objective: Explore ways to use the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator to the benefit of Biology Department. Biology Action: Investigate student opportunities for internships in the new incubator. Biology Action: Respond to faculty consulting opportunities. Biology Objective: Continue use of the conservation building and study area to the benefit of students and faculty. Biology Action: Explore the possibility of establishing field station-type housing for hosting meetings. Biology Objective: Increase the availability of equipment and instrumentation for cell and whole animal imaging techniques. Biology Action: Use resources associated with the new building to purchase an updated Kodak Imaging system that includes chemiluminescence and fluorescence capabilities and increased microscope imaging capabilities. Biology Action: Use resources associated with the new building to purchase a fluorescence microscope. Biology Action: Use resources associated with the new building to purchase a research grade dissecting microscope. Strategic Plan Goal 3.0: Promote a collaborative culture that encourages private financial support. Strategic Plan 3.2: Increase applications for federal, state, and private grant support. Biology Objective: Seek external support for accomplishing Department objectives. Biology Action: Identify objectives that could be addressed by external funding. Biology Action: Work with the director of Grants and Sponsored Programs to identify funding sources for potential proposals. Biology Action: Find time and support for faculty to develop grant proposals during summers. PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM STRATEGIC PLAN STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 2: ENHANCING ACADEMIC QUALITY Strategic Plan Goal 2.0: Provide a learning environment that encourages substantial academic achievement, connects knowledge and practice, and promotes regional service. Strategic Plan Objective 2.1: Develop and implement teaching and learning strategies that emphasize critical thinking skills, including questioning, interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing, and creative problem solving. PTA Objective: Provide students an opportunity to blend academic knowledge and applications in and beyond the classroom. PTA Action: Ensure that 100% of PTA students will participate in a wellness event during their two years in the PTA program. PTA Action: Ensure that 100% of PTA students have successfully completed 15 weeks of clinical internship. Strategic Plan Objective 2.5: Provide opportunities for participation in integrated applied learning experiences, including internships, practica, faculty and student research, service learning, and study away. PTA Objective: Provide students with co-curricular opportunities to grow and develop to be productive community members. PTA Action: Ensure that 100% of PTA students will complete a professional development portfolio which includes community service. PTA Action: Explore the possibility of PTA students to participate in legislator‟s day in Jefferson City. STRATEGIC PLAN OPPORTUNITY 3: SUSTAINING INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION Strategic Plan Goal 2.0: Strengthen the University-wide initiative to attract, engage, and graduate a diverse student body. Strategic Plan Objective 2.2: Increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation outcomes of targeted groups of students. PTA Objective: Maintain the accreditation status of the PTA program. PTA Action: Comply with all accreditation requirements. PTA Objective: Graduate students from the PTA program who are prepared for professional success. PTA Action: Maintain a three year average overall pass rate on licensure examination of 85%. PTA Objective: Develop a mix of students with academic potential for completing the PTA program. PTA Action: Ensure that at least 85% of accepted students will have 18 ACT. PTA Objective: Strengthen retention and graduation of students enrolled in the PTA program. PTA Action: Ensure that all PTA courses have tutors available through Counseling and Testing upon request. PTA Action: Counseling and Testing will be recommended as a resource to students who are at risk. PTA Objective: Provide students opportunities to participate in international and/or multicultural experiences. PTA Action: Explore the possibility of students to perform a clinical internship in a study away format beginning with the possibility of a three week summer clinical in India in Summer 2008. BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT FACULTY AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS Publications Dr. Baker and Paula Overfelt published a paper entitled, “Health Professions Advisors and AHECs: A Partnership That Benefits All‟ in The Advisor in 2007. The paper is an important example of the scholarship of service. Dr. Daggett published a peer-review article of SRI results from summer 2005 in Bioscene. Along with three MWSU student coauthors, Dr. Eckdahl published a manuscript in January 2008 in BioMed Central Genomics, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Eckdahl submitted a manuscript to the Institution for Engineering Technology Synthetic Biology Journal describing the work of his 2006 iGEM research team. The manuscript, entitled “Computing with living hardware,” underwent peer review and was published in August 2007. The paper has two faculty and seven student coauthors from Missouri Western and three faculty and four student coauthors from Davidson College. It describes their 2007 iGEM project and experience. Along with GCAT collaborators, Dr. Eckdahl published a peer-reviewed manuscript entitled “Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT): Meeting the Goals of BIO2010” in the Summer 2007 issue of CBE: Life Science Education. Dr. Eckdahl, Dr. Poet, and seven Missouri Western students, along with three faculty members and five students from Davidson College published Engineering Bacteria to Solve the Burnt Pancake Problem in BioMed Central (BMC) Journal of Biological Engineering. It was among 15 articles chosen by BMC from over 1000 articles published during the month for a worldwide press release, resulting in online news stories about the research by Scientific American, The Discovery Channel, the London Telegraph, MSNBC, Science News, Science Daily, and many others from countries around the world. Each of at least 100 news stories about the research to build a bacterial computer mentioned Missouri Western State University. One of the Davidson authors was interviewed on NPR‟s Science Friday on May 23. The publication is an outcome of the 2006 Western Summer Research Institute research team that went on to receive awards at the November 2006 iGEM competition. Presentations Ashley, D. 2007. The use of miniprojects as a service learning component of BIO355 (Cave Ecology) at Missouri Western State University. Presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Ashley, D., and T. Rachow. 2007. Introducing BIO220: a field natural history approach to study abroad. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Bugbee, S., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Water chemistry of karst habitats. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Elliott, W. R., K. Echols, D. C. Ashley, and T. Aley. 2007. Waterborne contaminants in Tumbling Creek Cave, Missouri. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Evans, R., D. Ashley, C. Chevalier, and T. Nagel. 2007. Characterizing prairie fauna: mound-building ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) at Pawnee Prairie (Harrison Co., Missouri). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Helstrom, S. R., and D. C. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Preliminary observations on bat roost temperatures in four Missouri caves. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Knadler, J., D. Ashley, and J. Baker. 2007. 2007 status report on microbes identified from Missouri cave waters. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Ward, V., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Continued monitoring of the cavesnail population in Cathedral Cave. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Wiegman, A., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Continued monitoring of cricket populations in Skaggs Cave. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Winfrey, J., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Tumbling Creek Cave crayfish morphometrics. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, St. Joseph, MO, April 21. Evans, R., D. Ashley, C. Chevalier, and T. Nagel. 2007. Preliminary observations on mound-building ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) at Pawnee Prairie (Harrison Co., Missouri). Poster presented at the Missouri Natural Resource Conference, Osage Beach, Missouri on January 31. Okapal, J., and D. C. Ashley. 2007. Materials used for „Ethical Interventions‟ in introductory biology courses. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio on Feb. 22. Elliott, W., J. Kaufmann, R. Hoskins, J. Kennedy, G. Veni, T. Aley, D. C. Ashley, and J. Thompson. 2007. Speaker Panel: Managing Caves & Karst in the 21st Century. Panel discussion presented at the Powder Valley Conservation Center during the National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 9. Elliott, W. R., K. Echols, D. C. Ashley, and T. Aley. 2007. Waterborne contaminants in Tumbling Creek Cave, Missouri. Paper presented at the National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 11. Chevalier, C.D. 2007. Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. RACCOONS AS GOOD MODELS FOR UNDERGRADUATE APPLIED LEARNING AND COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH IN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT IN THE FIELD AND LAB. 43rd Annual Meeting, Missouri Academy of Sciences. Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO. 20 – 21 April, 2007. Chevalier, C. D. 2007. Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. MEASURING TIME-COURSE PARAMETERS, PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE, BLOOD CHEMISTRY AND HEMATOLOGY PROFILES OF RACCOONS UNDER CHEMICAL RESTRAINT: AN EXAMPLE OF NON-TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE APPLIED LEARNING. 2nd Annual Conference on Applied Learning. Missouri Western State University 10-11 February 2007 Chevalier, C. D. 2007. Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. ASPECTS OF THE NATURAL HISTORY AND MANAGEMENT OF RACCOONS IN NW MISSOURI: PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF A DEN SITE SELECTION STUDY. Keynote Speaker. 13th Annual Meeting of MO Trappers Association. October. Chevalier, C. D., J. W. Rushin, and C. K. Darrough. 2007. Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. USING GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY TO DOCUMENT AND MANAGE POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE DUMPING ON MWSU CAMPUS: A FACULTY, STUDENT, AND STAFF PARTNERSHIP IN UNDERGRADUATE APPLIED LEARNING. 2nd Annual Conference on Applied Learning. Missouri Western State University 10-11 February 2007 Chevalier, C.D., J.W. Rushin and C.K. Darrough. 2007. Missouri Western State University. USING GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY TO MANAGE BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HEALTH ON MWSU CAMPUS: MAPPING POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE DUMPING THROUGH A FACULTY, STUDENT, AND STAFF PARTNERSHIP IN UNDERGRADUATE APPLIED LEARNING. 43rd Annual Meeting, Missouri Academy of Sciences. Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO. 20 – 21 April, 2007. Evans, R.1, D.C. Ashley*1, C.D. Chevalier1 and T. Nagel2. 2007. 1Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. 2Missouri Department of Conservation, St. Joseph, MO. PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON MOUND-BUILDING ANTS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE) AT PAWNEE PRAIRIE CONSERVATION AREA (HARRISON COUNTY, MISSOURI). Missouri Natural Resource Conference, 31 January – 2 February 2007. Lake-of-the-Ozarks, MO. Evans, R.1, D.C. Ashley*1, C.D. Chevalier1 and T. Nagel2. 2007. 1Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. 2Missouri Department of Conservation, St. Joseph, MO. CHARACTERIZING PRAIRIE FAUNA: MOUND-BUILDING ANTS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE) AT PAWNEE PRAIRIE (HARRISON CO., MISSOURI). 43rd Annual Meeting, Missouri Academy of Sciences. Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO. 20 – 21 April, 2007. Hellstrom, S. R., L. G. Kukuc, S. J. Longe, H. M. Slawson, and C. D. Chevalier. Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. St. Joseph, MO. 2007. WORKING WITH RACCOONS IN THE FIELD AND LABORATORY SETTINGS. Summer Research Institute Public Seminar. June.ST. JOSEPH, MO. 64507 USA. Hellstrom, S. R., L. G. Kukuc, S. J. Longe, H. M. Slawson, and C. D. Chevalier. Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. St. Joseph, MO. 2007. DEN SITE SELECTION BY MALE RACCOONS (Procyon lotor). Summer Research Institute Public Seminar. June. HELLSTROM, S. and C. D. CHEVALIER. 2007. BLOOD SERUM CHEMISTRY AND HEMATOLOGY IN FIELD-FRESH OPOSSUMS (DIDELPHIS VIRGINIANA) IN NORTHWEST MISSOURI. 56th Annual International meeting of The Wildlife Desease Association. Estes Park, CO. August. Hellstrom, S. and C. D. Chevalier. Department of Biology, Missouri Western State University. St. Joseph, MO. 2007. SEASONAL DEN SITE SELECTION BY URBAN MALE RACCOONS (Procyon lotor) IN NORTHWESTERN MISSOURI. Undergraduate Reasearch Summer Institute Seminar. December. Dr. Baker presented “Functional and Molecular Characterization of a New Bacteriocin” presented at Missouri Academy of Science, April 2007 Baker, J, Caldwell, B., Daggett, M., Eckdahl, T. "Faculty working together to conduct undergraduate research" presented at the Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education, MWSU, 2006 Knadler, J., D. Ashley, J. Baker. 2006 Status Report on Microbes Identified From Missouri Cave Waters. Dr. Eckdahl presented his iGEM research project in April at the Institute for Biological Engineering annual meeting in St. Louis. At the NABT Professional Development Conference in Atlanta Dr. Rushin organized, presided over and presented (co-authored by several teaching colleagues) a talk titled “Using Two-Week Learning Cycle Blocks (LCB‟s) as a Way for Non-major General Biology Students to Do Science.” At this meeting I also presented a poster titled “Inquiry Teaching in the Middle Schools Through a University-School District Partnership.” At the Missouri Natural Resource Conference (MNRC) in Tan Tara, Mo., and at the Missouri Academy of Science annual meeting in St. Joseph, Mo., Dr. Rushin co-authored a poster titled “Vegetational Patterns in a Successional Flood Plain Before and After the Construction of a Chute.” Dr. Walton presented two posters at Experimental Biology in Washington, DC in April 2007. Experimental Biology is a national meeting of six major scientific societies, including the American Physiological Society. Both posters described teaching-related research activities, one from work she primarily did at a prior institution and one poster based on a pilot study that she conducted in BIO 251 (Medical and Public Health Microbiology) at MWSU in Fall 2006. She was awarded the American Physiological Society 2007 Teaching of Physiology Section Research Recognition Award for one of these posters. This competitive award provided funds applied to meeting registration and travel costs. Dr. Walton presented a poster and one oral presentation at the Missouri Academy of Science meeting at MWSU. At the Missouri Natural Resource Conference (MNRC) in Tan Tara, Mo., and at the Missouri Academy of Science annual meeting in St. Joseph, Mo., Dr. Rushin co-authored a poster titled “A Comparison of Bird Diversity in Several Successional Habitat Types in Northwest Missouri.” At the Applied Learning in Higher Education Symposium held at MWSU in St. Joseph, Mo., Dr. Rushin co-authored a poster titled “Using Geospatial Technology to Document and Manage Potential Hazardous Waste Dumping on the MWSU Campus: A faculty, A Student and Staff Partnership in Undergraduate Applied learning.” Student Presentations Bugbee, S., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Water chemistry of karst habitats. Poster presented at the Spring Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on April 30. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Helstrom, S. R., and D. C. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Preliminary observations on bat roost temperatures in four Missouri caves. Poster presented at the Spring Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on April 30. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Porter, H., and D. C. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Amphibian population data from six Missouri caves. Poster presented at the Spring Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on April 30. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Ward, V., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Continued monitoring of the cavesnail population in Cathedral Cave. Poster presented at the Spring Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on April 30. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Wiegman, A., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Continued monitoring of cricket populations in Skaggs Cave. Poster presented at the Spring Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on April 30. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Winfrey, J., and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO355 miniprojects: Tumbling Creek Cave crayfish morphometrics. Poster presented at the Spring Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on April 30. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Ward, V., B. Tallman, P. Jointer, and D. Ashley. 2007. Micro-invertebrate Diversity in Roy‟s Branch, Buchanan County, Missouri. Poster presented at the Fall Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on Dec. 5. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Wiegman, A., J. Riley, and D. Ashley. 2007. BIO455 Miniprojects: Pollination by insects in Buchanan County. Poster presented at the Fall Multidisciplinary Research Day (MRD) Poster Symposium, St. Joseph, MO, on Dec. 5. (David Ashley - Faculty Sponsor). Susan Brock, Judith Knadler, Meredith Triplet, Jason Baker. “Functional and molecular characterization of a new bacteriocin” presented at Summer Research Institute symposium, MWSU, July 2007 Judith W. Knadler and Jason C. Baker, Ph.D “Characterization of a Newly Discovered Bacteriocin” presented at the URSI symposium, MWSU, Oct. 2006 Knadler, J., Ashley, D., Baker, J. “2006 Status Report on Microbes Identified from Missouri Cave Waters” presented at Missouri Academy of Sciences, Truman State University, April 2006 Willie Gilbert and Jason C. Baker. “The effectiveness of newly developed hand soaps at killing common bacteria” presented at Tri-Beta District Convention, Lyons, KS, April 2006 Benefield, Amanda, Baker, Jason C. “Antimicrobial Effectiveness of Laundry Detergents.” presented at Multidisciplinary Research Day, May 2005, Missouri Western State College and Tri-Beta District Convention, Reis Biological Field Station, Steelville, MO, April 2005 Todd Eckdahl Jeff Poet led a 2007 Summer Research Institute team of eight students that collaborated with students and faculty from Davidson College to participate in the international Genetically Engineered Machines competition. They attended the iGEM Jamboree at MIT in November to present the team‟s synthetic biology project to use DNA flipping in the creation of a bacterial computer. For their contribution of genetic parts and their website, poster, and oral presentations, the team was recognized with gold medal status, the highest level of participation. Grants Dr. Eckdahl continued work in 2007 as Co-PI on a $307,000 grant award from the National Science Foundation in 2006, serving as laboratory coordinator for a microarray workshop held at Morehouse College in summer 2007. The July workshop trained 40 faculty from throughout the country to engage their undergraduate students in microarray technology. He also joined two colleagues from Davidson College to deliver a workshop in May for 20 faculty at the University of Toronto. Dr. Eckdahl and Dr. Poet submitted a NSF grant proposal to the Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics program to support their synthetic biology work for a three year period beginning in 2008. The proposal, entitled “Synthetic Biology Research for Undergraduates (SyBR-U),” was funded by the NSF Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM) program for $170,000 for three years. Dr. Chevalier received a grant from Racal Landstar Satellite Service for subscription for Differential GPS ($800), one from Omnistar Satellite service subscription for Differential GPS ($800), one from the Western Institute Professional Development program for Re- Certification as Mapping GPS systems Certified Trainer. ($350) Institutional Service Dr. Rushin served on the following MWSU committees: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Impact Committee and the Educational Leadership Team (Planning for the NCATE/DESE evaluation of our elementary and secondary education programs.) Mr. Evinger was an invited presenter at the Galileo‟s Legacy Conference on Global Warming and Climate Change and was the only MWSU science presenter on the agenda. His presentation set the stage for the Panel Discussion and was summarized by Dr. Claire Parkinson of NASA as professional and informative and was so appreciated by Dr. Willie Soon of Harvard University that he suggested to Dr. Sandie Seeger that he should bring the presentation to Harvard. Dr. Hardwick served on the institutional committee for strategic planning in the area of using measurement and assessment. Dr. Hardwick served as the co-coordinator of a committee and project that is using a $10,000 AHEC grant to develop a high school curriculum that will promote health care careers to freshmen and sophomores in high school. Dr. Daggett served on the Faculty Evaluation Committee, the Institutional Animal Care Committee, and the Pre-Health Scholarship committee. Dr. Walton joined the MWSU Critical Thinking Steering Committee. She also attended and actively participated in CTSC meetings as the representative of the Biology Department. Dr. Walton was invited to serve on an ad hoc task force formed to discuss the mission and goals of the Center for the Advancement of Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship. This committee met in October and November 2007 to discuss the mission of the Center and the job description of the position of Director of the Center. Dr. Hardwick coordinated the PTA student participation in the Wellness Fair. This year all second year students participated (16). They provided massages to employees at the Relaxation Station and worked with psychology students in the same station on stress reduction. The PTA students assisted a staff member from Community Arthritis services on the administration of osteoporosis screening. The students also assisted a PT from Heartland Health Systems who conducted golf posture screening and education. Dr. Hardwick served on the Professional Leave committee and the Wellness committee. Dr. Rachow worked with the Gold Points development team and helped with the implementation and utilization of the database. Dr. Rachow became the faculty sponsor for the new BIO 220 Club and helped in their efforts to develop fund raising activity to help financially support students in this Study Away program. He also produced a 45 minute BIO 220 DVD chronicling the March 2007 trip to Belize and distributing it to all members of the class as well as Dr. Fulton of the Study Away program, Dr. Johnson, Dean of LAS, Dr. Bragin and President Scanlon. Dr. Baker serves on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and as co-chair of the Opportunity 1 area of Building Graduate Programs. This requires development and progress updates of action items to support the Goals and Objectives in this area. Dr. Chevalier served on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Member, as chair of the GPS-GIS User Group, and s Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for hosting MAS Annual meeting. 2007. Dr. Eckdahl served on the Presidential Screening committee in 2007. Professional Service Dr. Rushin served as Editor –in-Chief of the Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science. As part of his responsibilities he reorganized and expanded the Editorial Board and improved the copy editing and printing of the journal. Dr. Ashley was a session chair for the Speleology Session. Annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, and for the Cave Life Studies session of presentations at the National Cave and Karst Management Symposium Dr. Chevalier maintains daily contact with area “industry” personnel relative to natural resources conservation and management, including Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, National park Service, US Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian affairs, Sac and Fox Nation Environmental Protection Agency Department of Agriculture APHIS, MO Department of Natural Resources, MO Department of Conservation. I routinely discuss their needs for entry-level hirings, as well as any needs they have relative to research, management, or monitoring activities our programs can facilitate or arrange opportunities for students to participate in. Dr. Walton served as an ad hoc reviewer for two journals in 2007. She reviewed one paper for Bioscene, the journal of the Association of College and University Biology Educators. I also reviewed a manuscript for the American Journal of Physiology. In addition, she was an invited reviewer for three chapters of a nonmajors biology textbook, Essentials of Biology with Physiology, 2nd Ed. by Campbell, Reece, & Simon, published by Pearson Benjamin Cummings. Dr. Hardwick served as the president of the Central Consortium of Clinical Education. Dr. Daggett served ACUBE on its Steering committee, on the Bioscene Editorial Board, on its web site committee. Dr. Chevalier works with the Western Institute‟s Division of Professional Training to identify areas where interface between traditional education and professional development training can be offered that benefits professional communities, alumni, and our students. This provides both a training opportunity as well as feedback from members of the professional community as to how relevant or irrelevant what we offer in our curricula is. Dr. Eckdahl participated in the Genomics Education Partnership along with Dr. Poet and ten students in Bioinformatics. Dr. Poet and I also traveled to Washington University in June to present our experience to other member of the Partnership. Dr. Baker reviewed and edited a paper entitled “Antimicrobial Activity of Mono- and Di- Methyl Substituted Benzhydrols and Benzophenones In Vitro” for the Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science. Dr. Eckdahl served as a paid external reviewer for the Biology Department at Culver Stockton College in March. Missouri Western hosted the Missouri Academy of Science in April 2007. Dr. Baker was an integral part of the local arrangements committee specifically dealing with parking, housing, day-of-event poster displays, and technology in presentation rooms. Community Service Dr. Rushin helped to organize and I presented in the Super Science Saturday program sponsored by the St. Joseph Museums. He also served as a judge for the Spring Garden M. S., West Platte M.S./H.S., River Bend Treatment Center and the MARSEF (H.S.) science fairs. Dr. Rushin led one Midland Empire Audubon Society Field trip and served as a volunteer at the Squaw Creek natural Wildlife area reception center/nature center. Dr. Hardwick served as a judge for MARSEF and as the United Way Building Coordinator. Dr. Walton volunteered at Super Science Saturday in February 2007, demonstrating biology-related activities and displays for the attendees (several hundred children and their parents). She also served as a volunteer workshop facilitator during the Girl Scout workshop sponsored by Tri Beta and acted as a consultant for an area high school student as she planned a science project involving cell culture. Dr. Rushin served as Co-Director of the District Missouri Junior (H. S.) Academy of Science. He is also a member of the METS (Math, Engineering, Technology and Science) committee for the St. Joseph School District and MWSU. Dr. Hardwick served on the board of the Community Arthritis Services and helped to organize and conducted a silent auction for fund raising at the annual bowl-a-thon. She is also president of the Gower Sorority, a service oriented women‟s group whose focus I raising money for a scholarship given to a graduating senior at East Buchanan High School. Dr. Raffensperger served as chair of the NW District of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association and as the chair of the Arthritis Advisory Board. She also recently became active on the NW Missouri Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition. Dr. Rushin served on the Arrangements Committee for the MAS Annual Meeting at MWSU. I also served as the Judging Coordinator for the State Missouri Academy of Science which was held during the annual meeting. Dr. Rushin served on the Boards of Directors of the St. Joseph Museums (member of Educations and Collections committees), Midland Empire Audubon Society (Chp. of Program committee)and the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Dr. Daggett established a Stream team – attended two Water Quality Workshops offered by Department of Natural Resources Dr. Daggett coordinated Girl Scout workshops during Spring and Fall semesters, served as a judge for MARSEF, and hosted students for the “So you want to be a doctor program.” Dr. Chevalier routinely provide consulting services to various entities, from K – 12 teachers on statistics and experimental and study design, to various agencies on mapping GPS technology. Including FBI Crime scene spatial data analysis, to Buchanan County Sheriff‟s office, St. Joseph Police department on crime scene GPS, MO Dept. of Conservation, Dept. of Nat. Resources, SEMA (state emergency management agency), Several regional universities faculty (park U., Rockhurst U., UMKC, St. Louis U., Oklahoma State U., U. of S. Dakota) various Indian Nations, various community colleges, other NGO‟s (non-government organizations like utility cooperatives, MO Dept. of Transportation, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Chevalier was the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for hosting the April 2007 Annual Meeting of the Missouri Academy of Sciences here at MWSU. I developed partnerships in Chemistry, Computer science, Math, and Physics; Biology; and Engineering departments, and the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society to plan, host, and manage the Annual Meeting. I arranged for a professional web developer (Artistic Design) to volunteer her time to develop the meeting website which was widely considered the best ever fielded by the Academy, resulting in a living guide that helped the local arrangements committee effectively manage what members have widely acknowledged to be the smoothest Academy Meeting they have attended in many years. Dr. Chevalier supervised Student TWS at weekend invasive plant species removal work days at Squaw Creek NWR. He was an invited instructor for the Hunter Education Program, organized and supervised student staffing of managed deer hunt check station, and helped the Missouri Western Student Chapter of TWS staff their deer aging demonstration booth at MDC‟s Annual Quality Deer Management and Antler Measuring Day at East Hills Mall, St. Joseph. Dr. Chevalier taught 4 Professional Mapping Certified User GPS workshops for professional organizations including, MDC, DNR UMKC, Univ. of OK MO-Kan; MO Nat. Guard. Dr. Chevalier is a member of Missouri Adaptive Enterprise Architecture Committee, a state-level committee to establish standardizations for GPS collected geospatial data in Missouri. Dr. Eckdahl hosted two groups of middle school students for a workshop on DNA, genes, and heredity. He also hosted a middle school student interested in genetics for a job shadowing program. He hosted a group of grade school kids for a workshop on DNA technology. Dr. Rushin supervised three Conservation/Wildlife Internship students. He was also involved in two pre-service biology teaching students as teaching assistants (paid by a local grant from the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce) in the graduate science education workshops for local middle school science teachers. They helped the middle school science teachers during the piloting of newly developed science lessons. Dr. Eckdahl gave a presentation along with Dr. Jeff Poet on their iGEM experience to the Downtown Rotary Club. He also gave a presentation on our iGEM experience and Missouri Western undergraduate research in general to the Kiwanis Club. Dr. Baker judged science fair projects for both the Missouri Junior Academy of Science (MJAS) and Mid-America Regional Science and Engineering Fair (MARSEF) held each spring on our campus, including each year of the time frame for this narrative, 2005-2007. Additionally, in the 2007-2008 academic year I am the Biology consultant for the MARSEF organizing committee. Dr. Baker provided technical consultation and lab/safety training for the science projects of seven regional high school students since 2005. These projects have led to presentations at MJAS and MARSEF, including two MARSEF winners who then presented at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Dr. Baker serves on the Board of the Ensworth Medical Trust, a medical loan program administer through the St. Joseph branch of U.S. Bank. PROMOTION, TENURE AND AWARDS Dr. Daggett underwent a successful midterm review in Fall 2007. Dr. Daggett became a Distinguished Professor at the Assistant Professor level in 2008. Dr. Eckdahl was presented the James V. Mehl awarded for faculty scholarly achievement in 2008. FACULTY HIRING Dr. Kurt Hartman was hired to replace Mr. Richard Boutwell. Dr. Hartman is a community ecologist. Dr. Mark Mills was hired to replace Dr. Sandie Seeger. Dr. Mills is an organismal biologist. Dr. Karen Koy was hired to replace Mr. Lee Evinger. Dr. Koy is a paleontologist. CONCLUDING REMARKS The Biology Department is poised to build upon the solid foundation of its past as it builds its future. Four areas in which the Department is known for its excellence are 1) providing applied learning opportunities for undergraduate students, 2) delivering quality instruction for majors and nonmajors alike, 3) outreach to the community, and 4) scholarly achievement by faculty members and students. There are several reasons that suggest it is reasonable to expect that the Department will improve upon its excellent record of achievement in each of these areas. One is improved facilities in the form of the new building project. Another is the addition of three new faculty members, hired for their potential to support Departmental goals. Another is the ongoing attraction of biological disciplines and career opportunities to talented young people. Yet another is the ongoing interest in life sciences industry in the community. These and other factors indicate that the Biology Department is on the move toward even higher levels of excellence in supporting undergraduate education in its classrooms and beyond.
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