LSC-K Biology professor to develop electronic resources

Lone Star College-Kingwood biology professor Brian Shmaefsky, Ph.D., Ed.D., was recently chosen to participate in the American Physiological Society Archive Vision and Change Scholars Program.

This eight-week online program is for full time undergraduate faculty in biology, anatomy, physiology and developmental biology who would like to become experts in participating in online educator communities and utilizing digital libraries to find free quality resources. Shmaefsky will serve as a scholar to develop electronic teaching resources that promote best practices in undergraduate biology teaching.

I will also form a learning community with colleagues in the program to share our resources and evaluate student learning from the resources, he said. This program will help integrate more digital resources into my teaching. Students will benefit from these resources that will enhance their ability to comprehend and apply biology.

Participants in the program will be introduced to the principles of the Vision and Change in the Undergraduate Education Report developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation. Scholars will learn how to apply these principles to their current lesson plans via creation of a Vision and Change Resource Collection.

I will share all materials from the program with my colleagues at LSC-Kingwood, Shmaefsky said. I also plan to present the materials at national and international conferences on science education.

Shmaefsky, also the service learning coordinator, has taught at LSC-Kingwood since 1992. During his career, he has presented a myriad of papers, earned numerous professional awards and has countless affiliations. He was nominated to serve on the Archive Vision and Change Scholars Program by his colleague from the National Association of Biology Teachers. Nominees were then selected by the American Physiological Society.

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Study points to "shared biology" between 5 psychiatric disorders

(CBS News) An international group of scientists have identified genetic links between five major psychiatric disorders, including autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia.

Their study, published in the medical journal Lancet, could change how we understand and treat the illnesses.

For the first time, researchers were able to see if there are any genetic variants that are linked to not just one of those disorders, but to all five. "And there were," Dr. Jordan Smoller, one of the lead researchers in the study, said on "CBS This Morning."

Smoller, a psychiatry professor at Massachusetts General Hospital, explained, "There were several regions of the genome, several variations that seemed to increase the risk for all five. It's important to realize, of course, that this is a small part of the genetic component of these disorders, but it points to a shared biology."

The researchers took this approach because disorders often cluster in families. Smoller added, "It's not only that, we sometimes see the same family being affected with multiple kinds of disorders, so there was some evidence that there would be shared links, but this is the first time we've been able to see specific DNA variations."

Will the study affect how we treat these disorders?

"Well, not immediately," Smoller said. "But one of the interesting findings from the study was that genes involved in how calcium channels operate in the brain. These are important for how brain cells communicate. It seemed to be associated with all of these disorders, so it raises the possibility that treatments that target those channels might have broad effects."

But just because you have family members that have one of these disorders doesn't mean you will develop a disorder, Smoller explained. "We do know that all psychiatric disorders do seem to run in families to a degree," he said. "We also know that genes are not destiny. It is not the entire picture. But the hope is that we're going learn something fundamental about how these disorders occur."

Asked if eventually predicting these disorders is possible, Smoller said, "We're not there yet, but the more we learn about the genetic and non-genetic causes of these disorders, the better position we're going to be to know who might be at risk and what we might be able to do."

For more with Smoller, watch the video in the player above.

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Rutgers police on scene at campus biology lab filled with smoke

PISCATAWAY Emergency responders are on the scene of a smoke-filled biology lab on Rutgers University's Piscataway campus, a university spokesman confirmed today.

The fire appears to be related to contractors working on roof renovations at Nelson Biology Laboratories on Allison Road on the Busch Campus, said Steve Manas, a Rutgers spokesman.

"Smoke got in the building," Manas said.

It is unclear if anyone was injured by the fire, campus officials said.

Nelson Biology Laboratories, located in a cluster of science buildings in the center of the Busch campus, is a multi-story brick building. It houses the Center for Alcohol Studies, Laboratory Animal Services and parts of the genetics, psychology, life science, cell biology and neuroscience, molecular biology and biochemistry departments.

Nelson is also home to one of the university's most valuable assets, the Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository. The facility, which contains millions of DNA and cell samples, is the largest university-based collection of its kind and draws millions in grant money to Rutgers.

This report will be updated.

Star-Ledger staff writer Kelly Heyboer contributed to this report.

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