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Lab Members

Lab members at the 2018 Phi Sigma spring banquet
Lab members at the 2018 Phi Sigma spring banquet. Pictured left to right: Amanda Klingler, Rebekka Darner, Eric Walsh, Kara Baldwin, Rachel Sparks.

Current Lab Members

Tae’lor Allen

Tae’lor is an undergraduate biology major who plans to attend medical school after graduation. In the RESIST lab, Tae’lor has been investigating how college/university students’ social-distancing behaviors have changed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. She presented this research at the 2021 University Research Symposium. Tae’lor is extending this research by interviewing students to gauge their motivation to be accurate when evaluating media information.

Kendy Reyes-Cruz

Kendy is an undergraduate biology major. With Tae’lor, Kendy investigates students’ motivation to be accurate when evaluating media information, particularly when it comes to health-related behaviors that influence disease risk. She hopes to apply this understanding to her future career as a physician.

Alyssa Virola-Iarussi

Alyssa, an undergraduate biology major, joined the RESIST lab in summer of 2021, to assist Rachel Sparks in examining preservice teachers’ ideas about evolutionary principles, including inheritance and genetics, and how those ideas relate to their future teaching, as well as their everyday lives.

Isaiah Aduse-Poku

Isaiah joined the RESIST lab in 2021 and is in the School of Biological Sciences master’s degree program. Isaiah is building upon the research begun by others in the RESIST lab, in which they investigated college/university students’ social-distancing behaviors (Allen & Darner, 2021) and relationships between social-distancing and SES, political beliefs, and religiosity (Dumas & Darner, 2021). Isaiah will be investigating knowledge and skills as antecedents to accuracy orientation regarding socio-scientific issues.

Eben Korkor

Eben joined the RESIST lab in 2021 and is in the School of Biological Sciences master’s degree program. Eben is conducting research in the context of BSC 370: Topics in Molecular & Cellular Biology, taught by Dr. Jan Dahl, which seeks to use course-based undergraduate research to foster scientific communication skills, interest in pursuing research careers, and enhanced understanding of how scientific knowledge is generated through research. Eben is on track to graduate in 2023.

Recent Graduates

Dr. Kara Baldwin, pictured with Bekky and Rachel, graduated with her Ph.D. from the RESIST lab in December, 2020.

Amanda Klingler, BS, graduated in spring of 2020 and the following fall began the doctoral program in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of California – Los Angeles.

Iresha Jayasinghe, MS, graduated in spring of 2020 and the following fall began the doctoral program in the School of the Environment and Natural Resources at the Ohio State University.

Marissa Hettinger, BS, graduated in spring 2020 and is starting a PhD in Family Studies and Human Development at University of Arizona in fall 2021.

Eric Walsh, MS, graduated in the summer of 2020 and is now an Anatomy & Physiology instructor at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kara Baldwin, PhD, graduated in December of 2020 and is now teaching scientific inquiry to preservice teachers through Illinois State University’s School of Teaching & Learning. She is also supervising STEM camps through the Center for Mathematics, Science, & Technology.

Ashley Dumas, BS, graduated in the spring of 2021 and is in process of applying to master’s degree programs in public health.

Rachel Sparks, PhD, defended her thesis in July of 2021 and is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, mentored by Dr. Jenny Dauer, where she is investigating how students’ stakeholder identities and personal epistemology influence learning when controversial socio-scientific issues are used in the classroom.

Tanya Josek, PhD, wrapped up her post-doctoral researcher position in the summer of 2021 and began a high school science teaching position in the fall of 2021.

Past Lab Members

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