So proud of my freshman!

My Intro Bio students wowed everyone (including themselves) when they presented their original research at our poster symposium.


As I’ve mentioned before, I came to St Ambrose because of the Biology Department’s commitment to authentic science. This semester, I guided these freshman through authentic inquiry experiences. Each student developed a question and a hypothesis, used the literature and trial and error to design methods, collected and analyzed data, and finally disseminated their findings–check out the beautiful scientific posters below. I’m so proud of what they accomplished this semester!


Ahhh we did it!

We hit our Kickstarter goal! Thank you SO much everyone who supported our purring cricket research! I’m so excited I’m literally jumping up and down right now. Wow!

We will be sending everyone PURRsonal thank you notes from the field. Until then, thank you so much for making this possible! We are so excited about this research and could not do it without your support.

USA Today made a…

little video about the purring crickets. So cool! (Ignore all the shots of other Orthopterans. It’s guess it’s difficult to find stock videos of Teleogryllus oceanicus 🙂 )

We can’t wait to find out if parasitic flies can hear the purr when we head back to the field in January. Thanks for helping us get there!


SAU in the community


Joseph Lappie from SAU teaching me screen printing

I was checking out the farmers market in Davenport and ran into the SAU art department! They were teaching the public how to screen print. I printed a tote! How cool is that? I just want to take a moment to give a shout out to St Ambrose. The faculty and the students are engaged in the community and committed to service. It’s pretty amazing. I’m feeling lucky to be an Ambrosian.