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Instructor: Margaret Lee Chen, Ph. D.
Adjunct Faculty, Biology
Division of Math, Science, and Technology

Spring 2012:

Biol 130 Intro to Biology, Sections 6 (051386) and 7  (051387)
  • Lectures Mon and Wed  5:15 - 6:50 pm, Room 8113
  • Lab Sections Mon (section 6) or Wed (section 7) 7:00 - 10:10 pm, Room 8323

Current course content will posted on Blackboard starting first week of classes.  You must be a registered student in Biol130 sections 6 and 7 in order to access the course Blackboard site.

Course FAQs
(Textbook necessary? Grade on curve? Cumulative exam? Extra credit?)

Spr12 Student Info Sheet

starr evers starr 8e
Textbook for course:  

Biology: Concepts and Applications, 8th Edition

By Cecie Starr, Christine A. Evers, Lisa Starr

ISBN# 9780538493895
(This is the loose-lead edition. Any 8th edition version of this textbook should be fine. However, be careful that some editions are missing the evolution or human physiology chapters.)

Published by Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning


Instructor Background

    I originated in the Bay Area, but lived in upstate New York (Binghamton) and Southern California (Calabasas) before returning to the Bay Area for school.  After receiving a B.S. in Biological Sciences at Stanford University, I went on to graduate school at UC Berkeley, where I researched the ends of chromosomes--telomeres--in the lab of Elizabeth Blackburn.  The title of my Ph.D. thesis was, "Enzymological Characterization of Telomerase from Tetrahymena thermophila." Science and career took a backseat for several years as I got married and started a family. By this time I was living with my new family in Fremont.  Here, I raised my two daughters for about the same amount of time it took me to get a Ph.D--7 years-- before I entertained the thought of doing something with my science training. As much as I found research science fairly satisfying, I decided to pursue a career in teaching biology.  I did go back to school (Cal State East Bay) for a single subject teaching credential in Biology. However, in August of 2005, after a string of interviews throughout the summer, I instead chose to teach part-time at Ohlone.  Besides Biol 130, I have also taught Biol 104 (Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology) and Biol 105 (Heredity, Evolution and Society).

        I still live in Fremont with my family.  Since I teach part-time, I have time for my other passions in life.  I participate in the Fremont branch of Bible Study Fellowship and am an active member of Home of Christ Church in Fremont.  I also love to play music (violin, occasionally some piano) and have started some music teaching as well.

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