Archive for February, 2018

SEPAL MS Alum Briana McCarthy

Briana McCarthy a current tenure-track instructor at Los Medanos College. Briana is discussing her mission of aiding her students. For she is ensuring they leave with a better understanding of the world around them. She discovered her passion for teaching during her Graduate school experience. It was the experience she obtained there; by interacting with students, and observing how students interacted with one another.

McCarthy was an MS alum here at San Francisco State University. She has gone on to do tremendous work at her local community college. Briana selected a community college as a result of her upbringing. She was comforted via the sense of community. She enjoys utilizing creativity for her curriculum, and overall we can see she is passionate about being the best possible instructor she can.

Thank you for your work, keep doing it…

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SEPAL Alumna awarded prestigious NIH Career in Reproductive Biology Grant

Brenda Cisneros is a graduate from San Francisco State University. Here, she obtained both her BS Physiology and MS Physiology and Behavioral Biology, is now being coveted for a distinguished award. Now, she is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. In doing this, she will be bestowed with the Career Training in Reproductive Biology Grant. This grant seeks to establish a broad education of Reproductive Biology. The research areas vary from Mathematics, Physiology, Cell Biology, and Genetics. We here at SEPAL/Biology Department are so delighted to have one of our own receive a award of this caliber.

While here at San Francisco State University, she was under the wing of Dr. Megumi Fuse and was also a SEPAL Spectrum Scientist. Brenda is a member of SFSU SACNAS and was part of the first BIO 230 class our SEPAL Director, Kimberly Tanner, instructed.

CONGRATULATIONS and keep up the great work!



New SEPAL Research Publication on Faculty Professional Development in CBE: Life Sciences Education

Check out SEPAL’s lastest research publication “Collectively Improving Our Teaching: Attempting Biology Department–wide Professional Development in Scientific Teaching” here.