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Leah Cook

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Lettinga Campus, 6191 Kraft SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512

616-871-6165 leah.cook@davenport.edu

Professional Preparation

Western Michigan University Science Education Ph.D.
Eastern Michigan University Biology, Aquatic Ecology Emphasis M.S., 2012
Central Michigan University Biology, Natural Resources Emphasis B.S., 2006

Professional Appointments

2008 – Present Faculty & Science Lab Coordinator, Davenport University
2012 – Present Professional Tutor, Davenport University
2013 Adjunct Faculty, Grand Rapids Community College
2011 – 2012 Facilitator, Davenport University, Institute for Professional Excellence
2009 – 2011 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Western Michigan University
2008 – 2010 Full-Time Teacher (6th-12th Grade), North Hills Classical Academy
2009 Adjunct Faculty, University of Phoenix
2006-2008 Teaching Assistant, Eastern Michigan University
2007 Part-Time Lecturer, Washtenaw Community College
2007 Adjunct Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology (BIOL 110)
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology (BIOL 110L)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease I (BIOL 115)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease II (BIOL 116)
  • Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 120)
  • Introduction to Human Disease (BIOL 131)
  • Microbiology (BIOL 211)
  • Microbiology Lab (BIOL 211L)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (BIOL 221L)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (BIOL 222L)
  • Nutrition (BIOL 310)
  • Introduction to Chemistry Lab (CHEM 150L)
  • Environmental Science (ENVS 125)
  • Healthy Living (HLTH 127)
  • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 220)

Research Interests

I have research interests in assessment, in-service and pre-service science teachers, and ecology.  My background in science education research involved the assessment of nature of science using pre-service teachers and their understanding of Nature of Science.  My ecological research focuses on aquatic ecosystems and the effects of road salt on algae.

Research Experiences

2006-2008   Graduate Researcher, Eastern Michigan University
2005          NSF-REU Researcher, Fordham University
2002-2006   Lab Technician, Central Michigan University

Publications

Cook, L. & S. N. Francoeur. 2013. Effects of simulated short-term road slat exposure on lotic periphyton function. Journal of Freshwater Ecology.

Presentations

“Using concept maps to measure undergraduates’ Nature of Science conceptions during a biology course” Poster Presentation, TLI, Davenport University, August 2015.

“Relating Students’ Conceptions and Highlighting Misconceptions using Concept Mapping”. Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning (GLCoT&L), Mount Pleasant, Michigan, May 15, 2015

“Using concept maps to measure undergraduates’ Nature of Science conceptions during a biology course”, National Association of Biology Teachers, November 2014

“Cardiovascular System – Anatomy and Physiology” West Michigan Health Information Management Association. Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 27, 2013

“Integumentary System - Anatomy and Physiology” West Michigan Health Information Management Association. Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 16, 2012.

“Effects of Road Salt on Photosynthetic and Enzyme Activity of Stream Biofilms” Green Week 2012, Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 27, 2012.

“Pre-Service Elementary Education Students’ Scientific Content Knowledge of Biotechnology and Its Implications for Teaching and Learning” Skjold, B. Schwartz, R., McKean, C. Cook, L., National Association for Research in Science Teaching 2010 Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, March 23, 2010.

“Effect of road salt on photosynthetic and enzyme activity of biofilms” North American Benthological Society 57th Annual Meeting, Poster Session, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 19, 2009

“Effects of Road Salt on Photosynthetic and Enzyme Activity of Biofilms” 10th Annual Graduate Research Fair Poster Session, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 24, 2008

“Diatoms species diversity of southern New York streams” Calder Summer Undergraduate Research-Research Experience for Undergraduates Symposium, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, August 19, 2005

“Algal Phycological Succession of Jordan Creek, Isabella County” 12th Annual Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition Poster Session, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, April 20, 2005

Honor’s Projects

2014 Colonization of the Newborn Gut: Affected by Mode of Delivery and Feeding Method (NK)
2014 Determining the quantity of bacteria in probiotic yogurt (KL)
2014 Rehearsing Natural Selection (JP)