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Carla Beeber Ed.D
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Carla Beeber

Biography

Born in Italy in 1941, moved to the United States in 1969 after having completed a degree in Political Science at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Married with two children, returned to school in 1981 and completed a Bachelor degree in International Studies with Honors in 1984.

Subsequently, obtained a Bachelor degree in Biology with High Honors in the spring 1986. Enrolled in graduate school in 1986 and completed a master in biology in 1988.  Enrolled in a doctoral program in 1990 and obtained an Ed.D in science education in 1998.

While still undergraduate, in 1985, began working as research assistant in Dr. Charles Kramer’s laboratory at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. Remained in the position until 1987.

In 1987, as research assistant in Dr. Fred Kieras’ Laboratory began doing biochemical research at the Institute for Basic Research in developmental disease in Staten Island.  At present still in the position.

In 1987 began to work in a program at the SEEK department at the College of Staten Island/CUNY hiring and training tutors in Biology until 1998.

From 1990 to 1998 taught as an adjunct in the Biology Department at Kean University, in New Jersey.

From 1992 to 1998 taught as an adjunct in the Biology Department at the college of Staten Island.

In 1998 joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY.


Courses

Bio 13 principles of Biology

Bio 28 Biology of Women

Bio 11 and 12, Human Anatomy and Physiology


Education

Rutgers University                Ed.D. Science Education  5/98

Queens College/CUNY 

MS Biology      6/88
CSI/CUNY BS  Biology 1/86
CSI/CUNY BS  International Studies                 1/84


College Teaching

Kingsborough CC  9/98 – present
CSI/CUNY  9/92- 6/98
CSI/CUNY/- SEEK  9/87 – 6/98
Kean Univ. of NJ  9/90-6/98


Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Bench Research & Presentations

1985 – 1988 – CSI/CUNY – Research Asst. to Dr. Charles Kramer – Biology Department – College of Staten Island/CUNY

1987 – 1992 - Institute for Basic Research, Staten Island, NY – Research Asst. to Dr. Fred Kieras.

1998 – present -  Institute for Basic Research, Staten Island, NY  -  Research Asst. to Dr. Fred Kieras.

2005 Presented the result of the ongoing bench research on “The use of C.elegans in the characterization of Glycosaminoglycans for the understanding of the composition of ß-amyloid protein in Alzheimer disease” at the annual “President & Faculty Get Together”.

Oct. 2006 – Presented the result of the ongoing bench research on “The use of C. elegans in the characterization of Glycosaminoglycans for the understanding of the composition of ß-amyloid protein in Alzheimer disease”. Annual NABT conference, Albuquerque, NM


Education Research and Presentations
October 2000 – Presented the results of a study “LASSI as a Tool to Identify and Improve Students’ Learning & Study Strategies”  at the annual convention of The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Orlando, FL.

September 2000 – 2002.   Grant participant in the NETSwork Project at New York Medical School – Division of Academic Computing. Learning the Use of Macromedia in the Classroom .

November 2001 – Presented the results of a study of students’ skills and attitude using the LASSI questionnaire at the annual NABT Professional Development Conference in Montreal, Canada

October 2002 – Presented a study on the correlations between the LASSI scores and students’ biology grades at the annual NABT Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati, OH

November 2003 – Presented the results of a study  on “Biological keys : Important Tools and Learning devices. (See publications) at the annual convention of  The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Portland, OR.

Nov. 2004 – Presented the result of a study on the use of Macromedia in the classroom at the annual NABT Annual Professional Development Conference, Chicago, IL

Nov. 2004 - Presented the result of a study on the use of Macromedia in the classroom at the 37th annual MACUB (Metropolitan Association College University Biologists).

Oct. 2006 – Presented the result of the study of the “Impact of Biology Foundations courses in Anatomy and Physiology on the Performance of At-Risk students”. Annual NABT Professional Development Conference in Albuquerque, NM

Nov. 2007 – Presented the results of a study: Can Instructors Change Students’ Perceptions Concerning Human Evolution by Utilizing a Formal Museum Non-Class Science Presentation? – Annual NABT Professional Development Conference – Atlanta – GA

October 2008 - Presented the results of a study: An Evaluation of the Use PowerPoint Presentations in Biology Instruction. Annual NABT Professional Development Conference. -  Memphis – TN

Nov. 2008 – Presented the results of a study: An Evaluation of the Use PowerPoint Presentations in Biology Instruction at the 41st  annual Fall MACUB conference.

Oct. 2009– Presented the results of a study: Students’ Perception of the Effectiveness of the Use of PowerPoint in Biology Classrooms at the 42nd  annual MACUB conference

Nov. 2009 – Presented the results of a study: Students’ Perception of the Effectiveness of the Use of PowerPoint in Biology Classrooms. Annual NABT Professional Development conference. Denver – CO

PUBLICATIONS

Zebrower M., Beeber C.. Kieras F. (1992) Characterization of
Proteoglycans in  Alzheimer's Disease Fibroblasts. Biochemical and Biophysical Communications. Vol.184(3) pp.1293 - 1300

Biermann C.A., Beeber C. (2001) LASSI as a Tool to Identify & Improve Students’ Learning and Study Strategies.   In Vivo Vol. 23(1) pp.12– 17.

Beeber C.; Fred J. Kieras. (2002) Characterization of the chondroitin
sulfates in the wild type Caenorhabditis  elegans.  Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications (BBRC)  Vol. 293   pp. 1374 – 1376.        

Beeber C.; Lakrim M.; Biermann C.A (2004). Biological Keys; Important Tools and Learning devices. American Biology Teacher. Vol. 66(3) pp. 202-207.

Beeber C.; Biermann C. (2004). Osmosis – A computer assisted-
 Program. NETSwork, New York University Medical School
 Department of Academic Computing.

Beeber C., Biermann C.A.  (2004) Can LASSI Make the Cut?
 In Vivo. Vol. 26 (1).  pp. 9 – 17

Beeber, C. Biermann, C.A. (2006) Active and Applied Learning: the
Potential for Finite and Long-Term Learning with Macromedia. In Vivo. Vol.27(3), pp. 13-21

Beeber C., Biermann, C.A. (2007). Building Success out of At-Risk
Students: Are preliminary Biology Foundations Courses the Building blocks of a Solid Education? The American Biology teacher, Online Publication. April 2007, pp. 48-53

Beeber C., Biermann C.A. (2009). Out of the Classroom and Into the
Halls of Science: Breaking New Grounds In Students’ Acceptance of Evolution. – In Vivo. Vol.30(3)  pp. 4-10

Beeber C., Biermann C.A., Prabhakar K. (2010) A Collaborative Survey of
How Biology Faculties Perceive the Use of PowerPoint. Are We  Really Making the Point?   In Vivo. 31(3), pp. 87 - 93

Events and/or Key Dates


Research Interests

Interested in Education research. New methods of presenting the material in order to stimulate students’ in helping enhancing their own learning.

Interested in studying the effect of the use technology in the classroom

Also interested in bench research in biochemistry.


Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

June 2000, Math & Science Council – Special Recognition Award

September 2000 – 2004 Grant participant in the NETSwork project at New York Medical School – Division of Academic Computing

October 2000 – Elected Chair of the RSWBE (Role and Status of Women in Biological Science) for the year 2000/2001 at the NABT convention

May/2002 – Awarded PSC CUNY grant for Bench research conducted at the IBR (Institute of Basic research)

May 2003 – Awarded renewal of the PSC CUNY grant for Bench research conducted at the IBR (Institute for Basic Research) in Staten Island.

September 2003 – 2005 Awarded NIH grant for a Bridge Program in Health Sciences and Nutrition with Brooklyn College with Drs. Biermann, Lind and Zeitlin.

2004 - Awarded PSC CUNY grant for Bench research conducted at the IBR (Institute for Basic Research) in Staten Island.

2003-2004; 2004-2005 Who’s who Among American Teachers

May/2004 – Awarded PSC CUNY grant for Bench research conducted at the IBR (Institute for Basic Research) in Staten Island.

2007 – Awarded President Innovation Award

2008 - Awarded PSC CUNY grant for Bench research conducted at the IBR (Institute for Basic Research)


Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

Affiliated with Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disease in Staten Island

1999  to present -  NABT – National Association Biology Teachers
1998 to present  -  HAPS – Human Anatomy & Physiology Society
1988 to present  -  Society for Neuroscience 
1998 to present  -  AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science 
1998 to present  -  MACUB  - Metropolitan Association of College & University Biologists


Personal Interests

Travelling, fitness, reading, languages and politics.


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