Fish Feeding Teaching Module
What makes fish feeding so different than land animal feeding? This questions and many others are introduced and explored in a teaching module. Andres Carrillo , Stephanie Hwang, and I are developing. This multi-day course is geared towards middle and high school science courses and offers numerous biologically-driven lecture, experiments, and analysis. The program steps students from the biomechanics of feeding underwater to the evolutionary and ecological implications of the different types of fish feedings.
The learning module will aid teachers in addressing NGSS Performance Expectations MS-LS4-4 by providing activities to meet Cross-cutting Concepts, Science & Engineering Practices, and the Core Disciplinary Idea.
Learning MATLAB(TM) Workshop
I strive to promote quantitative techniques in biological research labs. Often times, quantitative techniques are difficult to incorporate into investigations because, many quantitative techniques require familiarity to various programming languages. This often creates barriers to entry for researchers who want to use quantitative techniques but do not know how to program.
Thus, I have created a small six session workshop where I take interested researchers through all the basics of the MATLAB(TM) programming language. The goal of this workshop is to get people to experience the sheer power and utility programming can bring to scientific research. Here is the link to the podcasts of the workshop and supplemental worksheets.
MCSB Scientific Article Tutor
As part of my first year of graduate school, I was part of a gateway program, the Mathematical, Computational Systems Biology (MCSB) Program. It takes students and train them to be interdisciplinary scientists who specialize in both experimental and quantitative techniques.
For the last several years, I participate in the MCSB program by training new, incoming graduate students to read high level, high impact biology papers to extent that they can (and will) present such papers to "journal club" style presentations. I trained students not only how to read and understand current biology article, but to be able decipher the science behind the article.
Teaching & Mentoring History:
Christ Ngoc-Uyen Nguyen (2014 - Present)
Philip Paik (2013 - Present)
Katherine Cardenas (Summer 2014)
Grigor Azatian (2013 - 2014)
Kelsey Changsing (2013 - 2014)
Physiology Lab (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014):
Mediterranean Ecosystems (Winter 2013)
Animal Sensation and Locomotion (Fall 2013)
Mechanical Physiology (Spring 2014)