William J. Grimes, Ph.D.
- I co-teach two sections of Introductory Biology 181 with Rick Hallick,
and also run the 181H honors sections for the entire course. The goal
in this course is to introduce the molecular and biochemical concepts
necessary for understanding the biology of cells. We also study how our
behavior influences the quality and duration of our lives, including
the value of good nutrition, how to avoid heart disease and the dangers
of AIDS. Our concept is that a study of biology should teach students about
the process of science, how molecules work together in
living organisms, and how understanding biology can improve our lives. A
goal in the course is to use the WWW and problem solving to teach biology.
- I advise students with majors in the
Biological Sciences. I also advise during summer orientation for freshmen and
transfer students, and
pre-health professional students. My normal office hours for
students are from 12-1:00 PM Tues. and Fri., although I will see students
at any time.
Biology Learning Center
- The Biology Learning Center (BLC), established in 1990, is an
open-acces computer lab for undergraduates, with software to enhance
a undergraduate biology classes, and web services for
educational outreach. Students have access to lecture materials, problem
sets with tutorials, graded home work, and special projects for biology.
I was a co-founder of the BLC, and continue to develop new educational
The Biology Project
- The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has funded a 2-year project
to deliver interactive general education course material using the
worldwide web. Our WWW site, The Biology Project, offers an ongoing record
of progress, and an opportunity for evaluation and feedback. Materials
developed will be available to students through the Biology Learning Center.
- We have developed a laboratory to simulate the transmission of an
infectious agent. The laboratory involves exchanging fluids between
students and then determining the spread of the agent using a modified
ELISA assay. The laboratory has been in use at the University of Arizona
for three years, and has also been run by more than 2,000 high school and
middle school students. Our site on the WWW provides background
information about HIV, and details the laboratory experience.
Grimes, W., Chambers, L., Kubo, K., and Narro, M.L., " Laboratory Experience
Simulating Transmission of a Viral Disease (AIDS) Detected by a Modified ELISA
Reaction." The American Biology Teacher, in Press 1997.