Candidates for Educational Council Chair
Wendy L. Ryan
Current position: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, since 1997.
Education: B.S., Michigan State University, 1984; M.S. and Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 1988, 1991.
Professional experience: Assistant Professor, Kutztown University, 1992-1997. Visiting Assistant Professor and Instructor, University of San Diego, 1990-1992. Instructor for Elder Hostel, 1990-1992. Instructor, University of California, San Diego, Summer Session, 1990-1992. Community specialist in Oceanography for local elementary and secondary schools, 1988-present. Scripps Aquarium Naturalist, 1987-1992. Coordinator of the Junior Oceanographers Club, Scripps Aquarium, 1986-1990. Research Assistant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1984-1991. Teaching Assistant in Biology and Zoology, Michigan State University, 1981-1984.
SICB activities: Member since 1991. Educational Council, 1998-2002. Education Task Force, 1999.
Other memberships: Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century, Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi.
Research interests: Mechanisms of bubble formation as they relate to decompression sickness. Studies have utilized both in vitro and in vivo systems, including articular cartilage, sea urchin eggs and larvae (especially Lytechinus pictus), plus fish eggs, embryos and newly-hatched fry (the Japanese Medaka, Oryzias latipes). Population ecology of coastal migratory bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) including studies of abundance, residency, habitat use and recurrence studies via digital video imaging.
Goals statement: My time on the Educational Council, particularly this past year as we struggled to examine and redefine the role of the SICB Educational Council, has provided valuable insight into the vital contributions that the council can make to the society as a whole. The Educational Council is currently poised to continue and enhance traditional activities, such as sponsoring workshops with an educational focus, as well as to expand our role to better support newer educators (our graduate student and postdoc members) and to involve K-16 science educators in our annual meeting programs. I am willing to take on a larger role as the Educational Council moves forward with an agenda that should prove valuable to a wide-spectrum of individuals within the society, as well as to the society as a whole.
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Scranton.
Education: Duke University, Ph.D., 1985, Zoology; Yale University, B.S., 1980, Biology.
Experience: Assistant, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Scranton, 1996-present; Assistant, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, 1987-1996; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Forest, Harvard University, 1992; Postdoctoral Fellow, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, 1985-1986; Cocos Foundation Trainee in Morphology, 1982-1985.
SICB experience: Chairperson, Public Affairs Committee, 1987-1989; Co-organizer and moderator, Forum on Biodiversity, 1988; Representative to AAAS Section X, Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering, 1997-1998; Nominating Committee, Division of Systematic Biology, 1997.
Other memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Malacological Society (formerly the American Malacological Union), Malacological Society of London, Sigma Xi, Systematics Association, Unitas Malacologica, Western Society of Naturalists.
Research interests: Functional morphology and evolution of marine gastropods.
Goals statement: For most of us, research and education are interwoven threads of our professional lives. We share our scientific knowledge and views of the world with our communities, our students and our colleagues. I would seek to strengthen the integration of the educational thread throughout the SICB fabric by working to fulfill the goals set forth in the current strategic plan.