a teacher workshop, a speaker at the Nifty Fifty series, a Nobel laureates lecture and pre-lecture meeting with local students and their parents, and a booth with viewing of live frog and zebrafish embryos and other hands-on activities at the Festival Expo.
Dr. Chow was Co-PI of three NSF Pan American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) program grants to conduct short courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from U.S. and Latin American institutions in developmental biology in Brazil (2005), Argentina (2008), and Chile (2010), a collaboration between SDB and the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology. She also was the author of an NSF sub-award for SDB’s teaching digital library, LEADER, a partner of the BEN Pathway administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She chairs the Coalition of Scientific Societies composed of more than 30 scientific and professional societies, which focuses on teaching evolution for all; and she coordinated participation of 16 of these societies in a common activity, the Evolution Thought Trail at the Expo of the 2010 Science and Engineering Festival.
Dr. Chow received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Escola Paulista de Medicina in São Paulo, Brazil, and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She held research and teaching positions at University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, and American University (Washington, DC) before joining SDB. She was elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow December 2010.
James P. Collins
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
James Collins has been a faculty member at Arizona State University (ASU) since 1975. His research group studies host-pathogen biology and its relationship to the decline of species, at times even to extinction. Dr. Collins’ research also focuses on the intellectual and institutional factors that have shaped ecology’s development as a science as well as ecological ethics. Dr. Collins was founding director of ASU’s Undergraduate Biology Enrichment Program, and served as co-director of ASU’s Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology and Minority Access to Research Careers programs. He has been chairman of the Zoology, then Biology Department at ASU. At the National Science Foundation he was director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology Program (1985-1986) and assistant director for biological sciences (2005-2009). Dr. Collins has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Manhattan College. He is an elected fellow of AAAS and the Association for Women in Science and president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.