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Kathy Burleson is a Senior Lecturer of Biology at Hamline University, and is also a faculty
affiliate of the Women’s Studies department. Burleson has published
research in both cancer biology and science pedagogy, and is a reviewer for the
Journal of Microbiology and Biology
Education. She is the 2012 recipient of the Anna Arnold Hedgeman Center
Outstanding Faculty Award for her work on diversity, inclusion, and social
justice. She is an advisor for Hamline's pre-health professions program and is
working on an initiative in the biology department to broaden inclusivity in
Beyond her interests in human
biology, Professor Burleson is actively involved in many programs outside the
classroom. She teaches a workshop
on pay equity, is a certified Green Dot instructor who works towards violence
prevention in the community, has been a captain for Hamline’s Relay For Life
teams, and is involved in diversity programming on campus. She is an active member of the American
Association of University Women (AAUW), serving on the board of her local
branch as well as at the national level on the Career Development Grant panel. She earned her BA in
biochemistry from The College of St. Scholastica and her PhD in Molecular,
Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota.
Students who come to Professor Burleson’s classes often profess, “I’m not a science person.” Her goal is to change these attitudes and make science accessible to all students. With her primary role at Hamline as a biology educator for non-majors, she strives to find ways to make the material relevant to their daily lives as well interesting enough to capture their attention. The labs she teaches are frequently hypothesis-driven, where students devise their own research questions or bring materials from home to test in their experiments. Since the labs are less “cookbook style,” she finds that students enjoy them more and learn practical information. Outside of class, she hosts extra-credit biology movie nights and encourages students to be involved in health-related activities (Relay For Life, fundraising for women’s health issues, Dine Out For Life) that are tied to the course content. Biology majors can expect Professor Burleson’s courses to focus on health and disease in the human body. Her hands-on labs teach students research skills in the field, and student-led journal clubs allow them to develop their abilities reading and presenting primary literature. She also mentors students in career options, Biology Seminar presentations, and works with students on diversity initiatives within the department.
“I believe that it is crucial for students to be able to make connections between science and other disciplines. Culture and society impact biology, with great effects on human health, and students must recognize the complexity of these interactions. My science courses provide spaces to discuss race and ethnicity, class, sex and gender, and other diverse issues that shape the human experience. If I’ve done my job, students leave my classes better equipped to read and understand science in the news, talk to their health care providers, vote on science issues, and act as critical consumers. And hopefully, they also leave thinking that science is fun!”
Kathy Burleson, Senior Lecturer BiologyOffice: Drew Science Center, Room 208Mailstop/Box: 0182Phone: 651-523-2692Email: email@example.com
Burleson, K.M. and
Martinez-Vaz, B.M. “Microbes in mascara: hypothesis-driven research in a
nonmajor biology lab.” Journal of
Microbiology and Biology Education; 12(2): 166-175, 2011.
K.M., Boente, M.P., Skubitz, A.P.N. “Disaggregation and invasion of ovarian
carcinoma ascites spheroids." Journal
of Translational Medicine; 4(6), 2006.
Burleson, K.M., Hansen, L.K., Skubitz, A.P.N. “Ovarian carcinoma spheroids disaggregate on
type I collagen and invade live human mesothelial cell monolayers.” Clinical
and Experimental Metastasis; 21(8): 685-697, 2004.
Burleson, K.M., Casey, R.C., Skubitz, KM., Pambuccian,
S.E., Oegema, T.R, Grindle, S.M., and Skubitz, A.P.N. “Ovarian carcinoma ascites spheroids adhere
to extracellular matrix components and mesothelial cell monolayers.” Gynelogic
Oncology; 93(1): 170-181, 2004.
K, Skubitz KM, Pambuccian SE, Casey RC, Burleson KM, Oegema TR Jr, Thiele JJ,
Grindle SM, Bliss RL, Skubitz AP. “Differential gene expression in ovarian
carcinoma: identification of potential biomarkers.” American Journal of Pathology; 165(2): 97-414, 2004.
R.C., Burleson, K.M., Skubitz,
KM., Pambuccian, S.E., Oegema, T.R, and Skubitz, A.P.N. “b1
Integrins Regulate the Formation and Adhesion of Ovarian Carcinoma
Multicellular Spheroids” American Journal of Pathology; 159(6): 2071-2080,
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