Rebecca S. Burton

OFFICE ADDRESS:

Dept. of Biology
Alverno College
PO Box 343922
Milwaukee, WI 53234
414-382-6153

rebecca.burton@alverno.edu

DEGREES:

1996 -- Ph.D. in Biology, Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS), Dissertation topic: Food Management in the Eastern Woodrat: Behavior and Physiology

1991 -- M.A. in Zoology, University of Montana (Missoula, MT), Thesis topic: Red Squirrel Cache Sites and Cache Pattern in Pattee Canyon, Montana

1986 -- B.S., The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA), Research topic: Sarcomere Length in the Fifth Periopod of Callianassa gigas

EMPLOYMENT:

2012 to present -- Professor, Dept. of Biology, Alverno College

2005 to 2012 -- Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Alverno College

1998 to 2005 -- Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Alverno College

1996 to 1998 -- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Santa Barbara/National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

1993 to 1996 -- Teaching Assistant, Div. of Biology, Kansas State University

1994 -- Instructor, Kansas State University Continuing Education

1991 to 93 -- Research Assistant I, Montana State University

1989 to 91 (summers) -- Science Team Leader/Anatomy Instructor, University of Montana Upward Bound

1990 to 91 -- Assistant in Toxicology, State of Montana, Div. of Forensic Science

1986 to 89 -- Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Zoology, The University of Montana

1981 to 90 (summers) – Girl Scout camp staff and trainer, Utah Girl Scout Council

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS and AWARDS:

2004-2005 -- Asian Studies Initiative from Freeman Foundation (with D. Lazo and others)
2004 -- Latin American Studies Initiative from US Dept. of Education (with C. Pope and others)
2003 -- Outstanding Volunteer, Milwaukee Area Girl Scout Council
2002 -- Outstanding Contributor to UCSB Science Online (Life Sciences)
1999-2000 -- Senior researcher (with others) on NSF Grant on experience-based learning
1996-1998 -- National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Fellowship
1996 -- H. Henley Haymaker Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
1996 -- Michael Scott Watkins Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence
1995 -- Division of Biology Brief Grant (with C. C. Smith and others)
1994-1996 -- Supplemental Graduate Fellowship, Kansas State University Graduate School
1993-1994 -- Outstanding Graduate Student Fellowship, KSU Graduate School
1987 -- National Museum of Natural Sciences Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund grant

PUBLICATIONS:

Burton, R. S. 2011. Bridges or Barriers: An analysis of logodiversity in college biology textbooks. Bioscene 37:3-7.

Gram, W. K., E. T. Borer, K. L. Cottingham, E. W. Seabloom, V. L. Boucher, L. Goldwasser, F. Micheli, B. E. Kendell, and R. S. Burton. 2004. Distribution of plants in a California serpentine grassland: are rocky hummocks spatial refuges for native species? Plant Ecology 172:159-171.

Seabloom, E. W., E. T. Borer, V. L. Boucher, R. S. Burton, K. L. Cottingham, L. Goldwasser, W. K. Gram, B. E. Kendall, and T. Micheli. 2003. Competition, seed limitation, disturbance, and reestablishment of California native annual forbs. Ecological Applications 13:575-592.

Gerber, L.R, E.W Seabloom, R. Burton and O.J. Reichman. 2003. Translocation of an Imperiled Species: Integrating Spatial and Habitat Patterns. Animal Conservation 6:309-316.

Burton, R. S. and O. J. Reichman. 1999. Does immune challenge affect torpor duration? Functional Ecology,13:232-237.

Burton, R. S. 1998. Attributes of red squirrel caches in a non-serotinous conifer forest. Northwestern Naturalist, 79:108-112.

Paden, C. M., X. Zhou, J. A. Watt, R. Burton, J. Pickett, and M. M. Oblinger 1995. Coordinated upregulation of aI- and bII-tubulin mRNAs during collateral axonal sprouting of central peptidergic neurons. Journal of Neuroscience Research 42:402-412.

Paden, C. M., Xinrong Zhou, John A. Watt, Rebecca Burton, Judith Pickett, and Monica M. Oblinger 1995. Distribution of growth-associated Class I a-tubulin and class II b-tubulin mRNAs in adult rat brain. The Journal of Comparative Neurology 362:368-384.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS:

March, 2013—Carmen High School: Higher-level Inquiry (with M. Czarnik and others)

April, 2012—Greendale High School: Effective Science Education with Inquiry (with C. Young)

March, 2011— Kettle Moraine High School and Middle School: Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking Skills (with M. Czarnik and J. Savagian)

August, 2010 – Carmen High School: Problem Solving (with M. Czarnik)

January, 2010 -- Waterford High School: Using rubrics effectively (with M. Czarnik)

December, 2009 -- Lemoyne-Owen College: Transforming the Educational Environment at LeMoyne-Owen College (with M. Czarnik)

November, 2009 -- Waterford High School: Assessing student learning (with M. Czarnik)

August, 2009 -- Olive-Harvey College: Outcomes and Assessment (with M. Czarnik)

January, 2006-–Fairmont College: Teaching and Assessing Higher Thinking Skills (with A. van Heerden. & J. Moore)

March, 2005-–Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education: Creating Seamless P-16 Education in Wisconsin: Examples of Success in the Midwest

May, 2004 -- Delaware Valley College: Implementing Outcome Assessments (with D. Lieberman)

July, 2003 -- Freodtert Memorial Hospital Beginning Manager Training Series: Problem Solving Parts 1 and 2

August, 2002 -- Audubon Middle School Faculty: Using Inquiry to Teach Science (with L. Truchan)

April, 2002 -- Freodtert Memorial Hospital Intermediate Manager Training Series: Problem Solving

February, 2002 -- U. of Denver: Teaching to elicit higher levels of thinking: Self assessment (with L. Ehley and D. Leister)

August, 2001 -- Gilmour Academy: From institutional outcomes to effective student assessment (with D. Leister)

March, 2000 -- Bellarmine College Guarnaschelli Lecture Series: Seminars in Assessment (with M. Diez)

April, 2000 -- U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Food Management by Eastern Woodrats: Behavior and Physiology

PRESENTATIONS:

July, 2013—Animal Behavior Society: Facilitating Successful Collaborative Research in Undergraduate Animal Behavior Courses (poster).

October, 2012— Association of College and University Biology Educators: Teaching Undergraduates with Primary Literature (poster).

August, 2012—Ecological Society of America: Readability, Logodiversity, and the Effectiveness of College Science Textbooks

June, 2012—Animal Behavior Society: Teaching Undergraduates with Primary Literature (poster).

October, 2011—Association of College and University Biology Educators: Readability, Logodiversity, and the Effectiveness of College Science Textbooks

October, 2009 -- Association of College and University Biology Educators: Student working groups: Pitfalls and lifelines.

October, 2008 -- Association of College and University Biology Educators: Effective Learning Outcomes.

October, 2007 -- Association of College and University Biology Educators: Bridges or Barriers: An analysis of logodiversity in animal behavior textbooks.

October, 2005 -- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics: Chocolate: An Integrated Unit in Math and Science

November, 2004 -- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics: Chocolate: An Integrated Unit in Math and Science (with G. M. Burton)

June, 2003 -- American Association of Higher Education: Teaching and Assessing Problem Solving: How students learn to do it (with J. Abromeit & Students)

August, 2002 -- Ecological Society of America: Institutional Transformation of Curriculum: What does it take?

June, 2001 -- American Society of Mammalogists: Spatial Considerations in Translocation Efforts: Identifying Optimal Configuration of Artificial Dens for Endangered Woodrats (Neotoma fuscipes riparia)

August, 2000 -- Ecological Society of America: The mock EIS: A problem-based learning activity

June, 1998 -- American Society of Mammalogists: Immune challenge affects torpor duration in Mesocricetus brandti

October, 1997 -- UCSB EEMB Seminar: Woodrat Energy Management: Fasting and Immunosuppression

August, 1996 -- Animal Behavior Society: Food rationing by the eastern woodrat

March, 1996 -- Kansas Academy of Sciences: Food rationing by the eastern woodrat

February, 1996 -- KSU Student Research Forum: Food rationing by the eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana)

February, 1995 -- KSU Student Research Forum: Assessing immunological function in the eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana)

April, 1991 -- Montana Wildlife Society Nongame Symposium: Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) cache sites and cache pattern in Pattee Canyon, Montana

April, 1989 -- Montana Wildlife Society Nongame Symposium: Identifying Montana chipmunks

COURSES:

BI 222 - Biology of Animals
BI 231 - Human Anatomy & Physiology
BI 341 - Ecology
BI/PSY 441 - Animal Behavior
ED 351 - Science in the Elementary Curriculum
ENV 491 - Senior Environmental Seminar
SCE 640 - Thematic Standards-based Science 2
SC 118 - Integrated Science 2
SC 120 - Foundations for Natural Science 2

CURRENT SERVICE ACTIVITIES:

Chair of Biology Faculty Senate member Member of the advisory board for the Urban Ecology Center
Volunteer for UCSB Science Online, answering science questions from K-12 students and teachers
Member of the Problem Solving Ability Dept.
Honors Committee
Wisconsin Humane Society "Foster Parent"
Administrator of the international Women's Rugby Email Contacts page

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

American Society of Mammalogists
Animal Behavior Society
Association of College and University Biology Educators
Ecological Society of America



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