Biology Professor publishes first paper

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The study of cellular respiration in organisms is one of the most important but often difficult subjects to teach at the high school, undergraduate, or continuing education levels according to Dr. Sederick C. Rice, assistant professor of biology at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Dr. Rice authored his first paper entitled, “Using Interactive Animations to Enhance Teaching, Learning, and Retention of Respiration Pathway Concepts in Face-to-Face and Online High School, Undergraduate, and Continuing Education Learning Environments” in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

The article aims to provide high school, undergraduate, and continuing education biology or life science teachers/instructors with classroom strategies for introducing and implementing respiration content from Virtual Cell Animation Collections.

“Educators have to keep up with changing trends in education as a result of technological advances, higher student/teacher ratios, and the influence of social media on best practices in education,” says Dr. Rice. “It is critical for teachers/instructors to be able to present content that not only keeps students interested but also helps bridge learning gaps.”

The overall goal is to provide access to free online resources to support and develop more inquiry-based classroom and distance-learning environments and experiences that can be facilitated by teachers/instructors, which helps improve retention of important respiration subject content and problem-based learning skills for students.

A 1994 graduate of UAPB, Dr. Rice has worked extensively with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and the Biomedical Sciences Careers Programs (BSCP), associated with the Harvard University Medical School, to promote opportunities for students interested in biomedical science fields and careers. Dr. Rice’s keys to success are a strong relationship with God, good mentor-relationships, and family support.

The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM; www.asm.org) and is a professional life science society with more than 39,000 members in the United States and abroad. JMBE publishes original, previously unpublished, peer-reviewed articles. The scientific scope of the journal is rooted in microbiology while branching out to biology. The educational scope of the journal is primarily undergraduate education; however, submissions that feature good pedagogy and good design used in kindergarten through high school education or graduate and professional (e.g., medical school) education will be considered for publication.

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