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Kansas Science Academy and Entomology Society Joint Conference

SPEAKERS
Kansas Science & Entomology

Joint Annual Meeting


Kasey Fowler-Finn
Kasey Fowler-Finn

Kasey Fowler-Finn, PhD
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kasey Fowler-Finn studies the evolution of insect and arachnid communication. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University in 2004 and her doctorate in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Nebraska in 2009.

In 2014, after five years of postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dr. Fowler-Finn started her current position as an assistant professor in Biology at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include a broad range of topics, including how insects respond to global warming, multi-trophic interactions, the role of the social environment in evolution, and how predators and parasites shape the behavior and physiology of their arthropod prey.

In addition to research, Dr. Fowler-Finn greatly enjoys interacting with the public about research through various avenues, including art exhibits, public lectures and hands-on programs to reach a range of age groups from young kids to retired adults.


Heather Seitz
Heather Seitz

Heather Seitz, PhD
Featured Speaker

For more than 10 years, Dr. Heather Seitz has taught in the community college classroom. She currently teaches in both traditional and online environments. Her educational research focus is on assessment in online learning and engaging nontraditional students in an online classroom.

As a PULSE leadership fellow, Dr. Seitz has been involved in numerous projects to effect change in undergraduate life sciences education at the departmental level. She has worked within our regional network framework to form communities of practice across institution types to improve life science education.

As an editor for the Tips and Tools section of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, Dr. Seitz has helped to engage a community of educators in developing best practices that are easy to implement in the classroom. Finally, as a first-generation college student, Dr. Seitz is always mindful of the impact that educational interventions can have on student success.


Jamie Cunningham
Jamie Cunningham

Jamie Cunningham, PhD
Featured Speaker

Dr. Jamie Cunningham has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology. For the past five years, she has taught Microbiology lectures and laboratory courses as well as the Introduction to the History of Medicine at JCCC.

Dr. Cunningham believes that learning biology should be fun and fascinating, so she works to incorporate projects and activities into her classes that get students engaged in the topics being covered.

In her free time she publishes board games with her husband. They currently have two published titles, including the game Pathogenesis, which allows students to play as bacterial cells attacking the human body and evading the immune defenses.



Melanie Harvey
Melanie Harvey

Melanie Harvey, PhD
Featured Speaker

Dr. Melanie Harvey has been teaching for over 16 years. She earned her doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2001. She primarily teaches courses designed for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.

Dr. Harvey uses nontraditional teaching methods, such as a flipped classroom, and conducts labs that provide authentic research experiences for many of her students. She currently serves as the JCCC Faculty Association President, representing faculty and student interests to the Board of Trustees, administration and community leaders.

She spends her free time as an active ceramic artist, and makes, shows and sells her functional pottery at local galleries and fairs.



Chip Taylor
Chip Taylor

Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor
Featured Speaker

Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor is Professor of Entomology Emeritus at the University of Kansas where he directs Monarch Watch. His research has included studies of the reproductive isolating mechanisms in sulfur butterflies, reproductive and life history patterns in plants, and the comparative biology of European and Neotropical African honey bees and the migratory behavior of monarch butterflies. Chip initiated the outreach program Monarch Watch in 1992. This issue of the Kansas School Naturalist heavily uses illustrations from this program.