Lisa Urry Curriculum Vitae

Education
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BS, Tufts University

Courses Taught
BIO 001: General Biology
BIO 004: Introduction to Biology
BIO 049: Evolution for Future Presidents
BIO 135: Genetics with Lab
BIO 136: Developmental Biology
BIO 158: Marine Biology
BIO 181: Immunology
BIO 191: Senior Seminar
COLL 080: First Year Seminar
ENVS 180J: The US/Mexico Border: An Immersive Experience

Employment
2020-2021: Under APT Review for promotion to Professor V

2016-2020: Professor IV, Biology Department, Mills College, Oakland, CA.

2013-2016: Professor III, Biology Department, Mills College.

2011-2013: Professor II, Biology Department, Mills College.

2008-2011: Professor I, Biology Department, Mills College.

2001-2008: Associate Professor, Biology Department, Mills College.

2002-2021: Lead Author and Co-Author, Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education Publishing Company, San Francisco, CA.

1995-2001: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Mills College, Oakland, CA.

Spring 1995: Visiting Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology (lecture and lab course), Mills College, Oakland, CA.

1995-2001: Visiting Scholar, Molecular and Cell Biology Dept., U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

1992-1995: Research Fellow, laboratory of Dr. Fred Wilt, Molecular and Cell Biology Dept., U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

1991-1992: Postdoctoral Fellow, laboratory of Dr. Susan Ernst, Biology Dept., Tufts University, Medford, MA.

1990-1991: Postdoctoral Fellow, laboratory of Dr. John Lawler, Dept. of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

1988-1990: Instructor, Tufts University Spring Biology Field Course, Hummingbird Cay, Bahamas.

1977-1982: Research Associate, Edgerton Research Laboratory, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA.

Publications

Books
Urry, L.A., Cain, M., Wasserman, S., Minorsky, P. and Reece, J.B., Campbell Biology, 11th edition (2017; appeared October 2016). BenjaminCummings/Pearson Education. I am the lead author, responsible for the first 21 chapters (out of 56 total), totaling 464 pages.

Urry, L.A., Cain, M.L., Wasserman, S.A., Minorsky, P.V., Jackson, R.B., and Reece, J.B. Campbell Biology in Focus, 2nd edition (2016). BenjaminCummings/Pearson Education. This is the 2nd edition of a new, shorter textbook for college biology majors. I am lead author, and author of 18 chapters (out of 43), totaling 377 pages.

Reece, J.B., Urry, L.A., Cain, M., Wasserman, S., Minorsky, P. and Jackson, R. Campbell Biology, 10th edition (2014, to be published 11/13). BenjaminCummings/Pearson Education. I am the author of the first 21 chapters (out of 56 total).

Urry, L.A., Cain, M.L., Wasserman, S.A., Minorsky, P.V., Jackson, R.B., and Reece, J.B. Campbell Biology in Focus, 1st edition (2013). BenjaminCummings/Pearson Education. This is the first edition of a new, shorter textbook for college biology majors. I am lead author, and author of 18 chapters (out of 43).

Reece, J.B., Urry, L.A., Cain, M., Wasserman, S., Minorsky, P. and Jackson, R. Campbell "Biology," 9th edition (2011, pub. 10/10). Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education. I am author of the first 21 chapters.

Campbell, N.A., Reece, J.B., Urry, L.A., Cain, M., Wasserman, S., Minorsky, P., and Jackson, R., "Biology," 8th edition (2008, pub. 12/07). Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education. I am author of the first 21 chapters.

Campbell, N. A. and Reece, J. B. (2005). "Biology," 7th edition. Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education. I am the contributing author for the first 21 chapters.

Process of Science Questions for 20 chapters of Biology, by Neil A. Campbell and Jane Reece, 6th edition, published 2002 by Benjamin Cummings/Addison Wesley Longman.

Video scripts for Campbell Image Presentation Library, a CD-ROM accompanying text cited above.

Articles
Smith, M.M, Smith, L.C., Cameron, R.A. and Urry, L.A. (2008). The Larval Stages of the Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. J. Morph.169:713-733.

Urry, L.A., Hamilton, P.C., Killian, C.E. and Wilt, F.H. (2000). Expression of Spicule Matrix Proteins in the Sea Urchin Embryo During Normal and Experimentally Altered Spiculogenesis. Devtl.Biol. 225:201-213.

Urry, L.A., Whittaker, C.A., Duquette, M., Lawler, J. and DeSimone, D.W. (1998). Thrombospondins in Early Xenopus Embryos: Dynamic Patterns of Expression Suggest Diverse Roles in Nervous System, Notochord and Muscle Development. Devtl.Dyn.211 (4):390-407.

Godin, R.E., Urry, L.A. and Ernst, S.G. (1996). Alternative Splicing of the Endo16 Transcript Produces Differentially Expressed mRNAs during Sea Urchin Gastrulation. Devtl.Biol. 179:148-159.

Stepp, M. A., Urry, L.A. and Hynes, R.O. (1994). The distribution of [[alpha]]4 integrin mRNA and protein and fibronectin in the early chick embryo. Cell Adhesion and Communication 2:359-375.

Lawler, J., Duquette, M., Urry, L., McHenry, K. and Smith, T.F., (1993.) The evolution of the thrombospondin gene family. J. Mol.Evol.36:509-516.

Urry, L.A., Ramos, J., Duquette, M., DeSimone, D.W. and Lawler, J. (1991). Cloning, characterization, and expression of thrombospondin in Xenopus laevis embryos. J. Cell Biol. 115(3,pt.2):295a.

Elices, M.J., Urry, L.A. and Hemler, M.E. (1991). Receptor functions for the integrin VLA-3: Fibronectin, collagen, and laminin binding are differentially influenced by arg-gly-asp peptide and by divalent cations. J. Cell Biol. 112(1):169-181.

Hynes, R.O., Marcantonio, E.E., Stepp, M.A., Urry, L.A. and Yee, G.H. (1989). Integrin heterodimer and receptor complexity in avian and mammalian cells. J. Cell Biol. 109:409-420.

Heyman, W.D., Dobberteen, R.A., Urry, L.A. and Heyman, A.M. (1989). Pilot hatchery for the queen conch shows potential for inexpensive and appropriate technology for larval aquaculture in the Bahamas. Aquaculture 77:277-285.

Talks, abstracts, and other professional papers presented

Talks Related to Biology Education (Campbell Biology)
COVID Corner (3/6/21). Talk on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Biology Leadership Conference

Unwritten: The Biology of COVID (5/7/2020). Webinar run by Pearson Education; 500 participants; recording available on Mills College website.

Promoting Active Learning with Campbell Biology 12th ed. (2/27/2020) Webinar for Pearl River Community College.

Discover What’s New (2/26/2019). Webinar run by Pearson Education for instructors about changes in biology education.

Active learning strategies to promote scientific skills (3/14/2018). Webinar for biology instructors at Florida A & M University and Miami Dade College.

Challenges in Teaching General Biology (11/30/17). Discussion with instructors at Valencia Community College and University of Central Florida.

Achieving Active Engagement in the Classroom Through Scientific Skills (3/3/2017). Webinar for biology instructors at Florida State University and Florida A & M University.

Achieving Active Engagement in the Classroom Through Scientific Skills. Webinar for biology instructors at Miami Dade College (2/22/2017), and two separate presentations at Houston Community College (2/10/2017 and 11/11/2016).

Best Practices: Getting the Most from Your Majors Biology Text & Technology (2/17/2016), with Rebecca Orr.  Webinar presented by Pearson Education to general biology instructors.

Media appearances related to ENVS 180J The US / Mexico Border: An Immersive Experience
KCBS radio (Fri. 1/18/19) 

KPIX news

Fox KTVU (local channel 2; aired Tues. 1/22/19)

Student blog dashboard associated with the course: 
[On the dashboard, click on the name in the top banner to open that blog in a new window. The blogs were written by students on the January 2020 trip / course.]

Selected Presentations
November 2012, Facilitator of a focus group; presentation was entitled Integrating the Big Questions of Sustainability into STEM Teaching and Learning at the National Association for Biology Teachers Annual meeting on 11/1/12 in Anaheim, CA (with Susan Musante). This was funded by the U.S. Department of Education as a Professional Development activity for biology teachers.

August 2012, Co-director of a workshop entitled Thinking Evolutionarily: Evolution Education Across the Life Sciences and Beyond at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institute 2012 at of Santa Clara University (with Jay Labov and Eric Meikle). 8/6/12 San Jose, CA

August 2012, “Digital Media Projects in the Classroom”. Presentation on a digital media component of my course Bio 49 Evolution for Future Presidents, given at a meeting called Think evolution IV: A summer institute for science educators, August 1, 2012, at University of California Museum of Paleontology.

June/July 2012, Poster entitled Understanding Evolution Evolves: A Web-Based Resource for Teaching Evolution as invited participant at the Introductory Biology Program/ Biology Directors’ Consortium, 6/28–7/1/12, AAAS Headquarters, Washington DC.

March 2012, “The Evolution of Understanding Evolution”. Poster presented at Biology Leadership Conference, Charleston, SC, March 2012.

October 2011, “Understanding Evolution Evolves”. Talk presented with Judy Scotchmoor, Calvin Young, Jean DeSaix, Jennifer Katcher at National Association of Biology Teachers meeting, Anaheim, CA, October 2011.

March 2011, “Teaching Introductory Biology using Mastering Biology” talk given at El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX.

October 2010, “A Larval Staging Scheme for Strongylocentrotus purpuratus”, talk given at Hawaii Pacific University, October 1, 2010.

May 2002, Urry, Lisa A., Rudiment development in S. purpuratus,. Invited talk presented at the XIVth Conference on the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin, Woods Hole MA, from 5/1/02–5/5/02.

May 2002, Carini, S., Smith, L., Smith, M., and Urry, L. ImagoSUs: A Database to Store Images of Developing Sea Urchins, poster presented by Simona Carini at the XIVth Conference on the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin, Woods Hole MA, from 5/1/02–5/5/02.

September 2000, “A Larval Staging Scheme for Strongylocentrotus purpuratus” (poster). Development of the Sea Urchin XIII Meeting, Woods Hole, MA.

April 1999, “Expression of SM50 and SM30 in Strongylocentrotus purpuratus embryos” (poster), Development of the Sea Urchin XII Meeting, Woods Hole, MA.

March 1996, "Proteins Involved in Skeletogenesis in the Sea Urchin Embryo" (poster), Development of the Sea Urchin X Meeting, Woods Hole, MA.

July 1995, "Use of the dominant negative approach to study the function of a spicule matrix protein in the sea urchin embryo", Abstract accepted for 1995 Congress of the European Developmental Biology Organisation, (Unable to attend meeting)

April 1995, "Molecular Analysis of Skeleton Formation in the Sea Urchin Embryo", (invited seminar), Biology Dept., Mills College, Oakland CA.

September 1994, "Use of the functional dominant negative approach to investigate the function of a spicule matrix protein" (invited talk), Development of the Sea Urchin IX Meeting, Woods Hole, MA.

May 1993, "The endoderm-specific molecule Endo 16 and its potential role in gastrulation during sea urchin development" (invited seminar), Dept. of Biological Sciences, California State University, Hayward CA.

Related Activities
Invited participant at the Biology Leadership Conferences (annual): Tucson, AZ March 2013; Charleston, SC March 2012; San Diego CA March 11-13, 2011; Naples FL March 2010; Tucson, AZ March 20-22, 2009.

Invited participant at the Introductory Biology Program/ Biology Directors’ Consortium. (Presented poster entitled Understanding Evolution Evolves: A Web-Based Resource for Teaching Evolution.) 6/28 – 7/1/12, AAAS Headquarters, Washington DC.

Consultant to Caribbean Examinations Council on Caribbean Secondary education Certificate, for development of their “Biology Syllabus”; participated by conference call 4/12/12; sent follow-up comments in 4/17/12.

Invited participant in board meetings of Understanding Evolution Teachers Advisory Board: Jan. 2010, July 2010, Jan. 2011, July 2011, plus ongoing activities. Am currently an Ambassador representing the Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science websites, developed and maintained by the Museum of Paleontology, University of California Berkeley.

Panel member and invited participant in Conference on Rethinking Undergraduate Education in the Human Life Sciences, organized jointly by The Biology Scholars Program, The UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program, and The Center for Studies in Higher Education (Stanford University), held at U. C. Berkeley on February 27, 2009.

Invited speaker, Academic Job Search Symposium, run by the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development, on December 5, 2008. Spoke on a panel, about the job search process at a liberal arts college.

Invited panel participant on panel entitled “Women in Science Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?”, October 11, 2007, 2pm, at Lisser Hall, Mills College. This was part of the campus-wide, day-long Dedication Ceremony for the new Natural Sciences Building at Mills College, Oakland CA.

Invited speaker on Ronn Owens talk show, KGO-810AM. Was interviewed on air about Women in Science, October 9, 2007, from 11am-12. San Francisco, CA.

Invited speaker, Women in Science Group, Integrative Biology Department, University of California, Berkeley. April 19. 2007. Spoke about teaching at a liberal arts college.

Speaker on panel at FORWARD to Professorship Program, run by NSF ADVANCE grant office, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., May 18-20, 2005.

Invited panel member for Third Year Evaluation Site Visit at University of Colorado, Boulder, for NSF ADVANCE Program, November 17-20, 2004.

Invited panel member for Third Year Evaluation Site Visit at Hunter College, NYC, NY for NSF ADVANCE Program, April 13-15, 2005.

Invited participant, NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant panel, to evaluate grant proposals for up to $3.75 million each to increase the number of women in academic science and engineering, Washington DC, November 18-19, 2002.

Panel facilitator for “Addressing the Challenges, Advancing New Perspectives: Teaching, Research, Developing Leadership and Role Models”, Special Interest Session at Symposium entitled Women leading the Way in Science, Engineering, Technology, the Arts and Creativity (SETAC), Mills College, Oakland CA, October 19, 2001.

“Biomineralization: Why Sea Urchins Don’t Get Osteoporosis”. Mills College Faculty Seminar, April 19, 1999. Mills College, Oakland CA.

“Teaching with a PhD”–talk given as invited speaker/panel member at Graduate Student Association 3rd Annual Career and Research Day, organized by the UCSF Career Center and sponsored by Monsanto, at UCSF. May 8, 1998.

“Complementary Academic Careers”, talk given as invited speaker at series entitled “The Practice of Science”, organized by the Postdoctoral Scholars Association at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). March 3, 1998.

Participation as a mentor in the Women in Life Sciences Mentoring Program, UCSF, San Francisco. 1997–present.

Participation in a panel discussion on “Women in Science” at California State University at Hayward. March, 1997.

“Women in Biology: Is the Chilly Climate Thawing?” – talk given as invited speaker at the Women in Technology Society at American River College in Sacramento CA. February 21, 1996.

Awards & Honors
2021: Spencer Foundation Grant: Equity Pedagogies in the Biology Classroom ($75k for 3 yrs; I am a collaborator on the grant)

2001–2016: Chair of the Biology Department, Mills College.

2015–2018: Gibbons-Young Professorship

Spring 2016: Acting Dean, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

June 2005–2008: Letts-Villard Professorship in Natural Sciences

June 2001–2004: Lynn T White Professorship

Summers from 1998 to 2005: Barrett Faculty Research Awards

Summer 2001–2002: Mills College Faculty Development Research Grants (2)

2001: Supplement to NSF grant (PI: Dr. Andrew Cameron)

2000: Barrett Supplemental Award

Summer 1997–2000: Mills College Faculty Development Research Grants (4)

Spring 1999; Fall 2000; Spring 2002: Mills College Faculty Development Travel Awards

Spring 1999–2000: Barrett Faculty Research Award

1982-1990: Ida C Green Fellowship (MIT)

Service

Advising
Designated Undergraduate Pre-Med Faculty Advisor (2020-present)

Number of undergraduate biology or biology-related major advisees: 19 (2016-18); 19 (2018-2019); 15 (2019-2020); 14 (2020-2021)

Also supplementary advising of students who are not my advisees

Faculty Advisor, Student Clubs
Faculty Advisor, Pre-Health Track Club

Faculty Advisor, Future Healthcare Workers for Black and Indigenous Lives

College-wide Committees (Elected and Appointed)
Fulbright Scholars Committee (2018-ongoing). Mills was recognized as a "Top Fulbright Producer" by the Institute for International Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2019-2020.

Department and Division Service
Chair, Biology Department (2016-2017)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program Committee (1998-present)

Environmental Science Program Committee (2011-present)

Support of College Work (Admissions, OIA, OSL, AAMC)
Participate in an annual basis on Admissions Office activities, including lunches with prospective students, phone calling, remote advising, etc.

Participated in OIA events as requested.

Professional Memberships
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)

Member, National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

Phi Beta Kappa, Mills College Chapter

Professional Meetings Attended
Biology Leadership Conferences. Annual invited participant. Virtual Conference—March 5-7, 2021; Sanibel Island, FL—Feb. 26-28, 2020; Henderson, NV – March 8-10, 2019; Orlando, FL – February 23-25, 2018; Tucson, AZ – February 24-26, 2019; New Orleans, LA – March 4-6, 2016; San Antonio, TX – March 27-29, 2015; Amelia Island, FL – March 14-16, 2014; Tucson, AZ – March 15-17, 2013; Charleston, SC - March 2012; San Diego CA - March 11-13, 2011; Naples FL - March 2010; Tucson, AZ - March 20-22, 2009, etc.

National Association of Biology Teachers. Annual meeting, November 14-16 in Chicago, IL; November 8-11, 2018 in San Diego, CA; November 9-12, 2017 in St. Louis, MO; November 3-5, 2016 in Denver, CO; November 11-15, 2015 in Providence, RI; November 12-15, 2014, in Cleveland, OH; November 21-24, 2013 in Atlanta, GA; November 1-3, 2012 in Dallas, TX; October 13-15, 2011 in Anaheim, CA; November 3-6, 2010 in Minneapolis, MN.

Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER). Annual meeting, July 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020 virtually; July 21-23, 2017, Minneapolis, MN; June 29 – July 2, 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

Think evolution IV: A summer institute for science educators. Meeting on August 1, 2012, at University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Understanding Evolution Teacher Advisory Board. Subcommittee meeting on July 6-8, 2011, at University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Understanding Evolution Teacher Advisory Board. Attended meeting on January 7-9, 2011, at University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Conference on Rethinking Undergraduate Education in the Human Life Sciences. Panel member participant, organized jointly by The Biology Scholars Program, The UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program, and The Center for Studies in Higher Education (Stanford University), held at UC Berkeley on February 27, 2009.

Benjamin Cummings (Pearson Education). Attended multiple meetings regarding national and international issues in biology education and the biology textbooks on which I am a coauthor (the 3rd edition of Campbell Biology in Focus, published in January 2019 with a publication date of 2020, and the 12th edition of Campbell Biology published in 1/20, with a publication date of 2021).

Other Professional Positions or Activities
NSF Review Panel for Undergraduate Biology Education grants (April 2021)

Board Member, The Biology Catalytic Grant Program, Inc. (Founding Member, July 2020)

Ambassador representing Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science, open-access educational websites developed and operated by the University of California Museum Of Paleontology, Berkeley CA. (2012-2018)

Visiting Scholar, University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, CA. (2012-2018)

Consultant to Caribbean Examinations Council on Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, for development of their “Biology Syllabus”; participated by conference call 4/12/12; sent follow-up comments in 4/17/12.

Board member, Understanding Evolution Teachers’ Advisory Board, University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, CA. (2010-present)

Promotion / Tenure Reviewer for a faculty member at Swarthmore College (2010-2011).

Participant/observer for a student focus group concerning how students use textbooks and Mastering Biology (online homework tutorial system) to learn general biology. 12/ 2010, Sonoma State University, CA; 12/2018 Mills College.

Visited University of Hawaii, Manoa (in Honolulu), Hawaii Pacific University, Windward Campus (observed General Biology classes and met with professors); met with professors from Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI. October, 2010.

Member, Board of Directors, Julia Morgan School for Girls, 2007 - present (2009 – 2010: Chair, Governance Committee).

Invited panel member for Third Year Evaluation Site Visit at Hunter College, NYC, NY for NSF ADVANCE Program, April 13-15, 2005.

Invited panel member for Third Year Evaluation Site Visit at University of Colorado, Boulder, for NSF ADVANCE Program, November 17-20, 2004.

Visiting Research Associate, Jan-June 2003, laboratory of Dr. John Gerhart, Molecular and Cell Biology Department., U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

Invited participant, NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant panel, to evaluate grant proposals for up to $3.75 million each to increase the number of women in academic science and engineering, Washington DC, November 18-19, 2002.

Panel facilitator for “Addressing the Challenges, Advancing New Perspectives: Teaching, Research, Developing Leadership and Role Models”, Special Interest Session at Symposium entitled Women leading the Way in Science, Engineering, Technology, the Arts and Creativity (SETAC), Mills College, Oakland CA, October 19, 2001.

Visiting Scholar, 1995-2001, Molecular and Cell Biology Dept., U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.