Post-Doctoral fellow in plant developmental genetics, The University of California: Berkeley
Ph.D., Microbiology, The University of Tennessee
B.S., Biology, Washington and Lee University
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Area of Expertise:
I study how molecules are transported across membranes in plants and how these processes affect seed germination and overall distribution of sugars in plants.
Courses I Teach:
- BI153: Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics
- BI205: Biological Communications
- BI247: Plant Biology
- BI325: Molecular Biology
Life Off Campus:
I am an avid cyclist (roadie :)), whitewater kayaker, and skate skier. Some days, I think I am a gourmet and others a gourmand but either way I am a big fan of using meals to build community and family. At home, we grow food year round in our gardens and four season greenhouse. We are the proud owners of Huntington, Vermont’s first vineyard (named Briefly Complex and unfortunately it is an accurate name) and my wife and I have hosted a dinner party every 15th of the month for the last 17 years! Culinary delights are often found often in my classroom.
Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, were co-presenters at several academic events this past semester. On October 19, 2013, they were plenary speakers at the Captain Planet Learning Gardens Conference in suburban Atlanta, presenting "Books in Bloom: Inviting children to develop biological and literary lenses to create rich understandings of their world.” They also spoke at the 2013 Annual Convention National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Boston on November 23, 2013, presenting as members of the panel, "Books in Bloom: Integrating Children's Literature and Plant Biology." Here's how the NCTE Convention Web site described the session: "Imagine Miss Rumphius without lupines, or Winnie-the-Pooh without thistles for Eeyore. Explore the relationship between children’s literature, botany, and gardens. Participants will choose a book from our collection and construct a literary desktop garden followed by discussion and guidelines for creating similar projects in their own learning and gardening communities." On December 11, 2013 they presented "Embracing Complexity: Creating a Richer Picture Through Merging Biological and Literary," as part of the Science Speaker Series at Johnson State College. Each fall that college’s Department of Environmental and Health Sciences hosts a speaker series on Wednesday afternoons featuring experts on topics in science, and Valerie and Mark made the final presentation of this year's series. November 2013
Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, presented a talk, "Interpretive Literary Gardens," at the American Horticultural Society's National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium in Denver, CO, in July 2013.They are slated to give the following talk at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Boston in November, 2013: "Books in Bloom: Integrating Children's Literature and Plant Biology," and also will participate in the Current Topics in Science Speaker Series at Johnson State College in Vermont, presenting "Embracing Complexity: Creating a richer picture through merging biological and literary lenses" (December 11, 2013). Finally, they will give a plenary talk at the Captain Planet Foundation Learning Gardens conference for suburban Atlanta schools in Acworth, Georgia in October, 2013. September 2013