College of Arts & Sciences

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant for Science Education at SJU

Faculty Development
Visiting Scholar Dr. Graham Hatfull, Lead Scientist for the Science Edcuation Alliance PHAGE program, confers with student Bernadette Eichman ’15.

In support of our goal of integrating biology and physics, HHMI supported the hiring of a new faculty member in the area of Biophysics, Dr. Edwin Li.  Dr. Li, who joined the Biology department in 2010, conducts research in the area of cell membrane biophysics, and has developed an upper-division course in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics.

Visiting Scholars Program

The second major objective of our HHMI-supported faculty development efforts is to bring in a continual stream of scientists to SJU to share their expertise with students and faculty.  Prominent scientists in various area of biology, physics, or the intersection of these disciplines are brought onto campus for a one- or two-day visit, where they present a public seminar, conduct classroom visits, and meet one-on-one or in small groups with faculty and students.

Past HHMI Visiting Scholars:

  1. David S. Wilcove, Ph.D, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs and Director of the Program in Environmental Studies, Princeton University.  Author, No Way Home: The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations.
    Seminar title: “The Impact of Agriculture on Biodiversity Lessons and Lies form Kenya and Borneo”.
  2. Raquell Holmes Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, University of Connecticut Health Center.  Author,  Cell Biologists Guide to Modeling and Bioinformatics.
    Seminar title “Quantitative models of Biological systems-Why do experimentalists use them?“
  3. Paul A. Offit, M.D., Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases; Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Author, Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.
    Seminar title:  "Communicating Science to the Public: The Vaccine-Autism Story.
  4. Graham F. Hatfull,  Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh;  Lead Scientist for HHMI Science Education Alliance, Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA PHAGES)
    Seminar title “Exploration and exploitation of Mycobacteriophages”
  5. Jason Ramsay, Ph.D candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island.
    Seminar title “Biomechanics of Shark Feeding.”
  6. Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware.
    Seminar title:  “Do Alien Plants Matter?”