You should know from the start: I am a stubborn Swede. I’m curious, creative, and obsessive-compulsive. This combination of traits makes me an effective scientist and educator (and also gets me into no end of trouble).

I am a microbiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Ferris State University (hence the cute little critters to the right). Although most of my responsibilities involve teaching microbiology courses, I still find time for quite a few other adventures. These undertakings include research (both in the laboratory and in the classroom), service to our students, university, and community, and other assorted hobbies. I made this website to explain and promote these activities.

I am also interested in the growing role of data science applications in biology. My interests have spread to include microbiology course pedagogy, assessment, student research, and professional research in my own lab. I will use this forum to communicate what I am learning and to learn from others.

Thanks for dropping by; I hope that you find something of interest here.

Current Microbiology Topics

To stay up-to-date on the fast-changing field of microbiology, I try to read several dozen different journals, blogs, and news sites each week. I frequently post some of the more interesting (to me) stories to social media. One of my preferred apps is Twitter; I have embedded my feed to the right.

My profile on Twitter and other social sites can be accessed in the top navigation bar. I would be happy if you would follow me on them. It would also be great if you would let me know when you find something that you find interesting.

I occasionally write about topics that interest me (microbiology, optics, data science, chess, et cetera). These notes are collected and stored as Deep Thoughts and can be accessed from the top navigation bar. I cannot promise that they will be as profound as those of Jack Handey, though.

 

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