Scholarly Activities

Scholarly Activities

The following are samples of my scholarly activities as I feel that they represent the breadth and depth of my time at EC.

Grant Activity

Those who have sought funding [both internal and external] for an idea can well appreciate the added effort and drive that is required. Both these grant awards will help EC and her students move forward in the sciences [molecular biology is a very open and lucrative field] and in the community [bringing young women into the college for research provides a positive connection to EC and the sciences].

These grants are just the beginning of what I hope to do here at EC. The success of these grants provides a solid foundation to expand from. I intend to continue to seek funds to support out-reach programs. I have recently been funded through the College For Every Student (CFES), providing Elmira College access to their many well established student/college centered programs and funding opportunities.

LI-CORE Biosciences Inc. Genomic Matching Funds Program; DNA sequencer

DNA analysis is at the forefront of many of today's science disciplines from Microbiology to Botany. For our students be competitive for graduate and professional programs and in the job market, they must have the ability to understand and utilize today's state of the art technology. Acquisition of this instrumentation will help our students gain a valuable competitive edge. The LI-CORE system enables Elmira College to introduce biotechnology into the curriculum of several courses, increases the connections between lab courses and research projects and enhances the educational experiences of our students.

I recently attend a BioQuest Bioinformatics workshop in course development in Washington DC . This valuable opportunity was a wonderful way to develop curriculum and labs to utilize the DNA sequencer in my research and courses.

AAUW Community Action Grant – WISE Program;

The Women Investigating Stream Ecology [WISE] program provides area young women extended educational opportunities, challenges, encouragement, and support to promote SMET career directions. The successful program ran during the summers of 2007 and 2008. Fifteen young women were invited to attend from three of the area schools 6-12 th grade. The symposium at the end was well attended and included the local AAUW chapter officers, teachers, parents and families. The program news release and web site can be seen at: http://www.elmira.edu/about/news/2007/06/13/559_0706131702-820 and http://ecwisechemung.blogspot.com

The final site can be viewed at: http://bio2.elmira.edu/WISE/

Research Presentations

I have presented posters, workshops and talks at a variety of professional meetings. The college has been generous in providing travel funds for me to attend and present on an average of two times each year. Often I have taken my research students to present their work. Many of the conferences promote pedagogical development. Sharing my research and teaching ideas with others in my field is always an enriching experience.

Lecture and workshop presentations:
  • Lecture presentation “The Science and Art of Fabric – Weaving Science into Our Lives” at the ACUBE Conference in MO. Fall 2005.
  • I invited lecturer for the EC Women's Studies group in November 2005. “The Science of Beauty.”
  • “The Science and Art of Fiber” [lecture/workshop] at the 17 th annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. April 2006 Florida .
  • “Creating and Maintaining Water Gardens ” presented lecture and workshop to local gardening club – May 2006.
  • Lecture presentation “Engaging Non-science Undergraduate Students in a Practical Human Biology Course” at the ACUBE Conference in fall 2006.
Poster presentations
  • 15 th annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. March 2004. “Microbiology Labs on the Web: The good the Bad and the Ugly.”
  • 16 th annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. March 2005. “Microbiology Labs on the Web: The case for and against.” [An update]
  • “Effects of Apoptosis on Cellular protein Matrices”. Tuthill II, Bryon F '07; Christine Bezotte PhD [mentor]. UMBC Undergraduate Conference 2006.
  • “Outdoor Classrooms: Using a Stream Biosurvey as an Educational Tool,” Christi Ann Severson 07' [mentor Christine Bezotte PhD] UMBC Undergraduate Conference 2006.
  • “Snake Oil or Cure; an investigation of how & why naturopathy works”. Melanie Anastasio [mentor Christine Bezotte PhD] at the ACUBE conference fall 2006. She was awarded the John Carlock Award as a promising new teacher.
  • Microbiology Educational section. “Chemistry Incorporated into Microbiology: An Example of Integrating Multiple Disciplines into Undergraduate Laboratory Work.” Christine Bezotte and Melanie Anastasio, at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). 2007.
  • “Genetic Diversity among the Mangrove bivalve Pinctata imbricata in San Salvador , Bahamas ”. Alison Gauthier'09, Shanon Harmon'08 and Christine Bezotte PhD [mentor]. UMBC Undergraduate Conference 2007
  • “An Investigation of the Chemung River for the presence and source of Escherichia coli.” Anna Duffy and Christine Bezotte PhD [mentor]. UMBC Undergraduate Conference 2007
  • “An Example of Integrating a Community Action - Service Learning [CASL] Project into an Introductory Microbiology Class”. Christine Bezotte, Ph.D. at the ACUBE Conference in fall 2007
Invited Text and Book Reviews
  • Pearson/Benjamin Cummings; review of Campbell Media Mananger for Biological Concepts I text currently in use. [F06, F07]
  • John Wiley & Sons; Extensive review of the Pollock Lab Manual 3rd ed. [F06]
  • John Wiley & Sons: Extensive review of four chapters in “Strelkauskas – Microbiology for the Health Sciences” a new text expected to be released fall ‘07.
  • Jones and Bartlett Publishers; Extensive review of two chapters in “20th Century Microbe Hunters” a new text to be released winter ‘08.
  • Jones and Bartlett Publishers; Extensive review of two chapters in “Bioterrorism” a new text to be released in winter ’08.
  • Invited Participant in ASM’s review of on line educational resources; Cell and Tissue Biology section.
  • Editorial reviewer for ACUBE’s Bio Scene journal.
Other Noteworthy Activities
  • I am the Clinical Laboratory Sciences [formerly named, Medical Technology] Program advisor. We typically graduate 2-3 students per year. Most go on to our clinical Affiliation with the Robert Packer School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Students choosing this profession are great demand, even in this econoc climate. Upon completion of the Clinical Program all typically receive 2-3 significant job offers!
  • Steering Committee member and constitution chair of Association of College and University Educators (ACUBE) governing body 2006-2009.
  • I Participate as a test reviewer and grader by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) AP Biology examination board. Grading exams on site at the five day Spring sessions in Louisville Kentucky . Over 40,000 exams were graded. I Also participate as an ETS class test reviewer for the ETS AP Biology exams.