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Genetics Society of America

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The Genetics Society of America (GSA), founded in 1931, is the professional membership organization for scientific researchers and educators in the field of genetics. Our members work to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms of inheritance, from the molecular to the population level.


Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith
Editor Degrees: 

Ph.D., Biology, University of Washington

M.S., Biology, University of Dayton

B.A., Biology, Hanover College

About Teaching and Course Source: 

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine in the School of Biology and Ecology. My laboratory engages undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty in research on teaching and learning.  I teach Genetics, Biology Education Research, and Curriculum Development courses.  My teaching philosophy is centered on the knowledge that students learn best when they actively engage in the classroom, when their conceptions of the material are acknowledged and used as a starting point for instruction, and when they see the relevance of the material they are learning.  

I want to be involved in Course Source because I LOVE teaching genetics and I am looking forward to helping instructors share their creative ideas that promote student learning.