Posts Tagged ‘microbiology’

Microbiology Lecture

Friday, October 4th, 2019

For the first time in the 3+ years I’ve been at St. Scholastica, I attended a lecture in a lecture hall.  It was for microbiology, and I will say this much: Dr. Westholm is a phenomenal teacher. I know he’s also involved in microbiological research, so I’m sure he’s as great professor in general (he wouldn’t be the chair of the department otherwise), but today I walked into that lecture hall wondering how difficult teaching in that place would be, and I walked out knowing that it is entirely possible to make a class productive and engaging for everyone in a large lecture hall!

First Exam

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Today I had my first exam of the year: microbiology. Because I have a class at the time microbiology usually takes place, and I have made arrangements with the professor to do everything (except the exams) online, I had to arrange an alternative time to take the exam (in this case, right after my Field biology class finished). The exam went well enough, but I certainly noticed the limitations of not attending the class itself. It is difficult to gauge which topics are the most relevant when they all look the same in a screen and there isn’t a professor either spending more time on them or clarifying what is and what isn’t important. To be fair, the professor has been kind enough to record an audio of all the lectures and upload them to blackboard, but there is still something about being in class that online-classes don’t give you!


Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Part of the chemistry course I took last semester involved biochemistry. I found it fascinating (and the ancient idea of human thermodynamics even more so, albeit quite unattainable at this point in time), so I am taking microbiology with the intent of expanding my knowledge of the biological underpinnings of the body. I will be taking this class online and I’ve heard the professor ya built a robust platform for it, so I’m looking forward to it! 

Online Microbiology Course

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Declaring my biology minor 3 semesters before graduating was problematic. It didn’t have to be, there were enough classes I was interested in that fitted the requirement, and I had enough empty space in my schedule to make it work. However, due to some last minute changes of staff in the biology department, I was left with relatively few options to fulfill all of my requirements. Fortunately, even though the presential microbiology course conflicted with my schedule, the professor (who happens to be the chair of the department) was extremely understanding, and offered me to take the course online!

Hands-On Microbiology

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Petri dish testing for antibiotic resistance in microorganisms

Petri dish testing for antibiotic resistance in microorganisms