Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Director of Integrated Life Sciences in the Honors College.
Dr. Cooke's research interests lie in the development and evolution of green plants and in the process of biology student learning. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a College Teaching Excellence award, plus three Center for Teaching Excellence-Lilly Foundation Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards for designing and/or implementing innovative undergraduate courses. Dr. Cooke was named a Life Science Education Fellow of the National Academies for 2009-2010.
B. Booth (Boots) Quimby (Ph.D., Emory University, 1997)
Associate Director of Integrated Life Sciences, Honors College
Dr. Quimby's research interests are related to the interface between nucleocytoplasmic transport and cell cycle regulation and on the effects of reading primary research literature on student learning. Her awards and recognition for teaching include a Center for Teaching Excellence Lilly Fellowship and she was named an American Society of Microbiologists Biology Scholar for 2010-2011.
Horvath (M.S. University of Maryland, 2013)
Assistant Director of Student Services for ILS, Honors College
Nicole received a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation from Delaware Valley College. Upon graduation she served as an environmental education volunteer in the US Peace Corps then worked in the non-profit sector as an educator. She recently completed a Master's of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at UMD. Her current research involves working with the UMD Office of Sustainability to create a sustainability literacy assessment to gain a better understanding of the student population's knowledge of sustainability.
Danette Morrison (Howard University, 2006)
Danette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she is presently a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She spent 2 years as a graduate research assistant in Dr. John Guthrie's research Lab studying reading engagement and motivation and two years teaching undergraduate courses. Currently, Danette is studying social relationships, identity development, and academic outcomes as well as conducting research with her advisor Dr. Kathryn Wentzel.