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UC professor attends Biology Laboratory Education Conference


Williamsburg, Ky. – This past summer University of the Cumberlands (UC) Biology Professor Dr. Lisa Lyford attended the annual meeting of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education Conference in Chapel Hill, NC at the University of North Carolina. Lyford visited the conference to gather information valuable to her work as a higher education teacher.

“This is one of my favorite conferences to attend because it is directly relevant to my teaching responsibilities, it is a great place to meet other professors and to solicit teaching ideas for labs, it involves practical hands-on learning of labs and I learn a lot of new ideas that I have often incorporated into my own classes,” said Lyford.

The conference, which is designed for college and university professors who teach laboratory classes, has major workshops and mini lab sessions in which attendees perform experiments.

Lyford attended hands-on sessions on gene annotation, toured the arboretum on the University of North Carolina’s campus where she learned about indigenous plants, met another professor from Kentucky who taught her about a study abroad program for undergraduates, and learned how to incorporate and improve student writing in science classes.

“The conference was an invaluable source of information, collaboration, networking, and learning critical and relevant new laboratory techniques and methods,” said Lyford.

This year Lyford presented at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting and the Biophysical Society annual meeting. She has a doctorate in pharmacology.

Lyford has worked at UC for seven years and appreciates the spirit of collaboration there. “The best part of UC is our wonderful students, the spirit of congeniality and cooperation among fellow faculty and support from administration and staff,” she says.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.