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Gail Rowe

Gail Rowe, Ph.D.

Professor, Biology
(412) 536-1154

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED & DEGREES RECEIVED:

  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Post-doctoral researcher.
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison. Ph. D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology.
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. B.S. in Microbiology. 

SCHOLARLY/PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • "Assessment of a Novel General Biology Course for Improving Microbial Literacy of Non-Science Majors in a Liberal Arts College." Poster presented at the 107th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Toronto , Canada and at the annual conference of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, hosted by La Roche University (2007).
  • "Effectiveness of Microbiological Lab Work in Helping Non-Science Majors Understand Evolution via Natural Selection." Research poster presented by my student, Matthew McCarthy, at the annual conference of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (2007).
  • "The Effect of Geotube (R) Technology for Dewatering Farm Pond Sediments on the Prevalence of Selected Bacterial Populations." Prize-winning research poster presented by my student, Brandon Hassett, at the annual conference of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (2007).|
  • "Bioremediation: A Natural Solution to Trash and Pollution". I organized, facilitated, presented at, invited an outside expert presenter, and supervised a student presentation at this workshop of the "Global Problems/Global Solutions" conference held at La Roche University (2007).
  • "The Train to Bodhgaya: One Pilgrim's Journey in the Land of Buddha " Talk presented at the Literary Society Meeting at La Roche University (2007).
  • "Improving Microbial Literacy through a Non-Science Majors' General Biology Course." Poster presented at the annual conference of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Clearfield , PA. (2005).
  • "The effect of nutrient additives on the growth and composition of microbiota in gasoline-contaminated ground water." Research poster presented by my student, Kami Stulginskas, at annual fall conference of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, State College, PA. (2000).
  • "An introductory microbiology lab course for pre-nursing students: Re-evaluating content and presentation." Oral presentation at annual fall conference of Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Morgantown, WV. (1999).
  • "A sneaky way to teach biochemical identification of microbes to nursing students." Poster presented at 99th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Chicago, IL. (1999).
  • "Ethics of Human Cloning" forum panelist for Center for Ethics at La Roche University. (1999). 
  • "A painless bacterial genetics lab for pre-nursing and other allied health students." Poster presented at 98th general meeting of American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta, GA. Recipient of ASM Undergraduate Education Faculty Travel Grant. (1998).
  • Contribution to American Society for Microbiology Digital Library Curriculum Collection: Fisher, L.A. and G.E. Rowe. "Activities for understanding gene regulation". (1999) 
  • Served as Chair of the Division of Sciences: August 2001 - August 2003. 
  • Initiated BioSOLVE, a program that combines service-learning with novel student research where students' laboratory research helps to solve a specific community problem (2008). Received grant support from the National Science Foundation to launch this initiative (2007).
  • Led the initiative to create a biology student research lab, which was completed in 2007.
  • As President of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, I organized and served as moderator for the annual conference, held at La Roche University (2007).
  • In collaboration with the departments of chemistry and criminal justice, I established the B.S. Biology with Forensic Science major (2004). I also serve as the academic advisor for students in this major. 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Recipient of the first La Roche University Faculty Scholarship Initiative Award (2006).
  • American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Education Faculty Travel Grant for poster presentation at general meeting of ASM.
  • National Research Service Award from National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases for post-doctoral research. 
  • Wisconsin Alumni research fellowship for doctoral research. 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS:

  • American Society for Microbiology since 1990. 
  • Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology member since 1997.
  • Alternate Councilor: 2008-2010
  • President: 2007-2008
  • President-Elect: 2006-2007
  • Treasurer: 2002-2005
  • Secretary/Treasurer: 1999-2002

JOINED LA ROCHE: August 1997

 

HOMETOWN: Cortland, NY.