David Shier
Washtenaw Community College
My interest in physiology research and
teaching began with a job as a research
assistant at Harvard Medical School from
1976-1979. I completed my Ph.D. at the
University of Michigan in 1984 and served
on the faculty of the Medical College
of Ohio from 1985-1989. I have been
teaching Anatomy and Physiology and
Pathophysiology full-time at Washtenaw
Community College since 1990 and contrib-
uting as a member of the author team for
the Hole texts since 1993.
Since the mid 1990s, when assessment
of student academic achievement began
to surface as a mandate for accreditation,
I have become increasingly interested in
the interrelationship between pedagogy
and assessment. I think that we have all
used some pedagogical tools (F
gures from
the text, for example) on exams as part of
assessment. Recently, in my own class-
room, I have been using tools traditionally
associated with assessment (e.g., lab quiz-
zes) more and more as pedagogical tools,
often in concert with group activities.
I also have interests outside of the
classroom and away from the ofF ce! These
include mountain biking, recorded music
(vinyl!) and photography. My wife, Janet,
is also an educator. We love to travel,
but spend most of our time in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, where we reside.
Jackie Butler
Grayson County College
My science career began in research at M.D.
Anderson Hospital, where teaching was not
one of my responsibilities. My masters com-
mittee at Texas A & M University quickly
realized where my heart was. After I taught
labs at Texas A & M for three years, they
strongly recommended that I seek a teach-
ing position when I relocated after gradua-
tion. As a result of their encouragement, I
began teaching at Grayson County College
in 1981. Many years later, I still feel excited
and enthusiastic about being in the class-
John Hole’s
Human Anatomy and
Second Edition, was the book
used at Grayson County College in 1981.
We have continued teaching using this text
through many editions. John Hole wrote a
very well-organized, succinct text, appro-
priate for our student population. It has
been a wonderful experience for me to be
a part of this team that has worked to keep
the text up-to-date and appropriate to the
current student population. We have been
selective in adding to the depth and detail
of coverage in the text, so as to maintain
Hole’s original intent of readability and the
desire not to overwhelm the student.
Outside the classroom, I enjoy trav-
eling with my husband, Dale. Additional
interests include: 6:00 AM walking with my
friends (12–15 miles a week), quilting, and
Ricki Lewis
Alden March Bioethics Institute
My career as a science communicator began
with earning a PhD in genetics from Indiana
University in 1980, and quickly blossomed
into writing for newspapers and maga-
zines, writing the introductory textbook
and teaching at several universities.
Since then I have published many articles,
the textbook
Human Genetics: Concepts and
an essay collection, and most
recently my F rst novel. I love the challenge
of being part of the Hole team.
Since 1984 I have been a genetic coun-
selor for a large private ob/gyn practice.
I also work with the Cure Huntington’s
Disease Initiative and write biotechnol-
ogy market reports. As a hospice volun-
teer since 2005, I have learned about many
disorders in a very personal manner. I also
blog regularly at blog.bioethics.net.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy exercis-
ing, reading, and public speaking. I am also
involved in launching a science center and
teaching in an adult education program. My
husband is a research chemist and we both
are devoted to making science understand-
able to everyone. We have three daughters,
many felines, a tortoise, and a hare, and
reside in upstate New York and Martha’s
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