This is my new Jekyll-based website hosted on DigitalOcean. This is a personal website and not affiliated with Ferris State University. By way of introduction, 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. If you are looking for more information, you might try my curriculum vitae.

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.

Contact Me

If you would like to meet with me, you can always drop by my office. I am located in the Arts and Science Commons (my office is by the Biology office - I am in ASC 2011). You can see my schedule via my Google calendar using the navigation panel to the left. Sign up for some office hours, or just drop by and try to catch me in my office. In general, if I do not have anything else scheduled, I tend to hang out in my cave. You can also use the feedback button above or contact me directly by email. My snail mail address is:

Dr. Clifton Franklund
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI  49307

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. My most recent post was entitled General Education Assessment 2.0. While I strive to be interesting, I cannot promise that these will be as profound as those of Jack Handey.


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