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Brenda Peters

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Professor

Biology

Main Campus
Lewis Hall, LH205
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

563-333-6417
PetersBrendaJ@sau.edu

What makes you an interesting teacher?

My favorite part of teaching is when a student asks me a very specific question that I cannot answer and I have to do some research to find the answer! I learn so much from these awesome students!

Education and Training

PhD, Wayne State University
Physiology

BS, Alma College
Biochemistry

 

Areas of Professional Interest

Human Anatomy and Physiology, Human Disease, Plant Physiology, and Slugs

 

Courses Taught

Biology 112, Humans and Disease
Biology 200, Functioning of Living Systems
Biology 230, Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Biology 232, Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Biology 401&402, Independent Research

Recent Publications

Articles
Blair, A.C., B.J. Peters, & C.W. Bendixen. 2014. Promoting student inquiry using Zea mays (Corn) cultivars for hypothesis driven experimentation in a majors introductory biology course. The American Biology Teacher. 76: 333-336

Peters, B.J. & A.C. Blair. 2013. Terrestrial slugs as a model organism for inquiry-based experimentation in a majors general biology laboratory. The American Biology Teacher 75:408-411.

Posters
Peters, B.J. and Blair A.C. (2016) Terrestrial Slugs as a Model Organism for Inquiry-Based Experimentation in a Majors General Biology Laboratory. NABT Professional Development Conference, November 3-6, Denver, CO.

Chinn, A. and Peters, B. (2015) The Effect of Combination Therapy of B Vitamins and Antioxidants on Memory and Learning. 127th Iowa Academy of Science Meeting, April 17-18th, Iowa City, IA.

Tallitsch, R.B., Abdel-Malek, K., Krippel, J., Beck, A., Croll, P., Fenwick, S., Kelley, K., Peters, B. (2013) Computer-assisted instruction increased students' ability to interpret 3D relationships and retain essential material in undergraduate human anatomy and A&P courses. (NSF- sponsored conference for TUEs/CCLI prinicipal investigator conference; invited presenter)

Urra, A. and Peters, B. (2012) Increased Plasma Leptin Levels as a Result of Disrupted Light-Dark Cycles. Iowa Physiological Society Meeting, September 29, 2012, Des Moines, IA.

Tallitsch, R.B., Abdel-Malek, K., Krippel, J., Beck, A., Croll, P., Fenwick, S., Kelley, K., Peters, B. (2012) Computer-assisted instruction increased students' ability to interpret 3D relationships and retain essential material in undergraduate human anatomy and A&P courses. Experimental Biology, April 21-25, San Diego CA.

Tallitsch, R.B., Abdel-Malek, K., Krippel, J., Beck, A., Croll, P., Fenwick, S., Kelley, K., Peters, B. (2010) Computer-Assisted Instruction in Training Undergraduate Human Anatomy: Preliminary Results of an Experimental Study. Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. A Call to Action. (NSF-sponsored conference; invited presenter)

Presentations
Kindler, P. and Peters, B. (2017) Ghrelin: A Link between Hunger, Learning, and Increased Hippocampal Neurogenesis. 129th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, April 21-22, University of Northern Iowa.

Graham, A. and Peters, B. (2016) The Effects of Crocin on Age-related Spatial Learning and Memory Deficits of Female Swiss Webster Mice Assessed in the Radial Arm Maze. 128th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, April 22-23th, Grandview University.

 

University Involvement

Former Co-director, St. Ambrose University Honors Program
Former Chair of Faculty Assembly, St. Ambrose University

 

Memberships

member of NCHC, National Collegiate Honors Council
member of NSTA, National Science Teachers Association