Merri Lynn Casem
Professor and Vice-Chair
PhD, University of California, Riverside
BA, California State University Fullerton
Biology education - Impact of student attitudes and expectations on learning. Spider silk protein - synthesis and production of spider silk fibers in the black widow spider
Courses Regularly Taught
Elements of Biology, Cellular Basis of LIve, Cellular Neurobiology, Biology of Spider Silk
Casem, M.L. , Collin, M.A., Ayoub, N.A. and Hayashi, C.Y. 2010. Silk gene transcripts in the developing tubuliform silk glands in the Western black widow, Latrodectus hesperus . J. Arachnology 38: 99-103.
Casem, M.L. 2006 Active learning is not enough. Journal of College Science Teaching . 35(6):52-57.
Casem, M.L. 2006 Student Perspectives on Curricular Change: Lessons from an Undergraduate Lower Division Biology Core. CBE – Life Sciences Education . 5:65-75.
Casem, M.L. 2005 Concept Coach: an online activity that addresses student misconceptions and supports learning. Exchanges: The Online Journal of Teaching and Learning in the CSU (http://www.exchangesjournal.org/classroom/1211_Casem.html ).
Casem, M.L ., Tran , L*., and Moore, A.M.F. 2002 Ultrastructure of the major ampullate gland of the black widow spider, Latrodectus hesperus. Tissue and Cell 34 (6): 427-436.
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