I am originally from northern Wisconsin and attended St. Norbert College where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. During that time, I participated in undergraduate research studying the effect of estrogen on hippocampal memory formation. That sparked my interest in scientific research and motivated me to pursue a PhD in Free Radical and Radiation Biology from the University of Iowa. I studied the molecular mechanisms of radiation resistance and novel adjuvant therapies to overcome treatment barriers. It was during my time in graduate school that I developed a love for teaching and earned a Certificate in College Teaching for Biology and Life Sciences. Following graduate school I worked for two years as a DNA analyst at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. However, I missed teaching and research so started working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying head and neck cancer and teaching human anatomy. I eventually took a position at Rockford University teaching human anatomy and physiology. Following a move to Las Vegas, I joined Nevada State during the summer of 2020 as a biology lecturer teaching human anatomy and physiology I and II. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, hiking, and home improvement projects.
Regularly Teaches: BIOL 223 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIOL 224 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
Office: KAB 136
Phone: (702) 992-2746
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania before leaving for school, where I got a Bachelor’s degree in international relations then a PhD in sociology. I taught sociology and data science at a liberal arts college in forested New England before moving to the desert to start a program in data science at Nevada State.
Academically, I study social networks and the way our lives and ideas are shaped by our connections. In addition to these topics, I love to teach courses about solving problems using data and how “scientific” statistics are created by human decisions. I am nerdily excited to talk about all of these things, so if you are interested, feel free to stop by my office and chat (even if you aren’t in my class).
Outside of class, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, paddling, watching movies and sports (especially soccer and basketball), reading fiction, half-competently building things, and exploring the amazing amount of public land that surrounds the Vegas Valley.
While completing my degree in English and Creative Writing at UCLA, I fell in love with film. I ventured into some screenwriting classes and grew enamored with the process of writing and making film and television. Shortly after graduating, I got a job at a Hollywood writer’s office and got to see a writer’s room and series TV production in action. I was hooked. I went on to attend Columbia University’s graduate film program and earn my MFA in Screenwriting. I next wrote and produced independent film in New York City before transitioning to writing and producing nonfiction television for national broadcast networks. Upon moving to Las Vegas, I worked as a staff producer-director for Vegas PBS. At Vegas PBS, I did everything from producing, writing, and directing to shooting and editing a wide variety of projects. My work included documentaries and specials, which earned PACSW Emmy Awards. Most recently, I’ve worked as a producer for esports tournaments, sports radio, and live-remote broadcasts. I’ve been teaching college for nearly a decade, which gives me a chance to share my passion as well as pass on the numerous lessons I’ve learned from the many talented people I’ve worked with over my 20-plus years working in film, television, and digital production. When I’m not researching, writing, or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.