I am the Executive Director of BioQUEST and an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of New Hampshire. I have been involved with the BioQUEST community for many years, and am excited to be moving into my second year as BioQUEST Director. This community is truly one of the best that I have been a part of professionally, and I am very happy to help guide it into its next phase. I have a variety of interests including OER, case studies, digital pedagogy and tools, project and problem-based learning, and genomics education. I teach courses in chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, and green chemistry.
At BioQUEST, I am currently the PI on the QB@CC project, and a collaborator on the Online4Bio project in connection with CourseSource. In addition, Deb Rook and I will be facilitating a fall working group (Learning Community) in collaboration with the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project.
I am also working on several other pedagogical projects. The first is a collaborative project with the ACS-GSI involving the development of two General Chemistry modules on Equilibrium using the principles of Green Chemistry, Systems thinking, and embedding the UN Sustainability Design Goals (UN SDGs). My collaborator, David Laviska (Seton Hall University), and I hope to pilot the first of our modules this spring and are continuing to work on a second module. I also am beginning a project with D2D CURE to work on designing a CURE to use in my General Biochemistry course. Lastly, I also have begun a research project on the Barred Owl genome, and have raw data at the moment.
On a personal note, I am an avid gardener and homesteader. We recently purchased 22 acres of land in Troy, Maine (near Unity) where we are planning our future homestead (Maru's Magical Meadows - Maru is my D&D character's name - she is a Firbolg - cow form of course). I adore cows (esp. highland cattle), and our dream is that Maru's will have a couple of mini cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and of course ducks and geese. We also plan to have a mini-orchard at Maru's and I am looking at using permaculture and restorative agriculture methods in our design. Currently, I have 18 chickens, 2 rabbits, 5 dogs, 5 ducks and 2 geese. My husband and I hand dug and built a duck pond two years ago for our DDG (duck duck gooses). And he still married me a year later! ;)
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