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Dr. Archana Lal

Professor of Biology

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EDUCATION

• Ph.D. (Botany): Washington State University, Pullman, WA (1995)
• M.Sc. (Botany): Rohilkhand University, India (1983)
• B.Sc. (Botany, Zoology, and Chemistry): Kanpur University, India (1981)

Ph.D. Dissertation:

Analysis of Inhibition of Photosynthesis under Water Stress in C3 and C4 Species: Electron transport, CO2 Fixation, and Carboxylation Capacity
Advisor: Dr. Gerald E. Edwards

Coursera.org:

1. Virology I: How Viruses Work Completed with distinction, Nov 2013
2. Virology: How viruses cause disease Completed with distinction, Apr 2014


CLASSES TEACHING AT ICC

Biology I: Principles of Cellular & Molecular Biology
Microbiology
Nutrition
General Biology for Non-Majors
Veterinary Microbiology


WORK EXPERIENCE

• Independence Community College, Independence, KS (Spring 2005 – date)
Professor of Biology
• Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME (Fall 1997 – Spring 1998)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Botany
• Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS (Fall 1996)
Lecturer
• Missouri Southern State University (Fall 1995 – Spring 1996)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Botany
• Washington State University, Pullman, WA 
Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Summer 1995)
Teaching Assistant (Spring 1992 – Spring 1995)
• Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India (Mar 1984 – Jun 1985)
Junior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi, India.


HONORS

• Biology Scholars Program (2016) Writing and Publishing Course: From Science Education Research to Publication, American Society for Microbiology
• Master Teacher Award (May 2012), Independence Community College, Independence, KS
• Nominated for Teaching Assistant Excellence Award (May 1993), Graduate and Professional Student Association, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
• Junior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India. Mar 1984- Jun 1985
• Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal in the Master’s Program for achieving highest marks in the University (1983), Rohilkhand University, India


RESEARCH

I. Publications 

1. Lal, Archana and Cheeptham, Naowarat (Ann). "Decarboxylase Broth" American Society for Microbiology http://www.asmscience.org Sept 2, 2015
Decarboxylase Broth Protocol: http://asmscience.org/content/education/protocol/protocol.4009 
Decarboxylase Image Gallery: http://asmscience.org/content/education/imagegallery/image.4010 

2. Lal, Archana and Cheeptham, Naowarat (Ann). "Starch Agar" American Society for Microbiology http://www.asmscience.org Nov. 1, 2012
Starch Agar Protocol: http://asmscience.org/content/education/protocol/protocol.3780
Starch Agar Image Gallery: http://asmscience.org/content/education/imagegallery/image.3697

3. Lal, Archana and Cheeptham, Naowarat (Ann). "Phenylethyl Alcohol Agar" American Society for Microbiology http://www.asmscience.org Nov. 1, 2011
Phenylethyl Alcohol Agar protocol: http://asmscience.org/content/education/protocol/protocol.3653
Phenylethyl Alcohol Agar Image Gallery: http://asmscience.org/content/education/imagegallery/image.3537 

4. Cheeptham, Naowarat and Lal, Archana. "Use of EC-MUG Media to confirm Escherichia coli Contamination in Water Samples" American Society for Microbiology http://www.asmscience.org Dec. 8, 2009
EC-MUG Media Protocol: http://asmscience.org/content/education/protocol/protocol.3201
EC-MUG Media Image Gallery: http://asmscience.org/content/education/imagegallery/image.2714

5. Lal, Archana and Cheeptham, Naowarat (Ann). “Eosin-Methylene Blue Agar Plates” American Society for Microbiology http://www.asmscience.org29 Sept. 2007 
EMB Agar Plates Protocol: http://asmscience.org/content/education/protocol/protocol.2869
EMB Image Gallery: http://asmscience.org/content/education/imagegallery/image.2871

6. Archana Lal, M.S.B. Ku, G.E. Edwards (1996) Analysis of inhibition of photosynthesis under water stress in two C3 species Vicia faba and Hordeum vulgare: Electron transport, CO2 fixation and carboxylation capacity. Photosynthesis Research 49: 57- 69

7. Archana Lal and G.E. Edwards (1996) Analysis of inhibition of photosynthesis under water stress in two C4 species Amaranthus cruentus and Zea mays: Electron transport, CO2 fixation and carboxylation capacity. Australian Journal of Plant physiology 23 (4): 403-412

8. Archana Lal, G.E. Edwards (1995) Maximum quantum yields of O2 evolution in various C3 and C4 species under high CO2. Plant and Cell Physiology 36 (7): 1311-1317

9. Edwards, G.E., Johnson, E., Lal, A., Krall, J.P. (1993) Quantum yields of photosystem II and photosynthesis in an aurea mutant of tobacco (C3) and an oil yellow mutant of maize (C4) which have high capacities for photosynthesis despite low chlorophyll contents. Plant and Cell Physiology 34: 1205-1212


II. Abstracts

1. Archana Lal (2016) Using a 3-D Printer to Learn Cell Structure. 23rd Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Bethesda North Marriott, North Bethesda, Maryland, page 77

2. Archana Lal, Maurice S. B. Ku, and Gerald E. Edwards (1996) Analysis of inhibition of photosynthesis due to water stress in the C3 species Hordeum vulgare and Vicia faba: Electron transport, CO2 fixation, and Carboxylation capacity. Fifth Western Regional Photosynthesis Conference at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California. 

3. Archana Lal, G. E. Edwards (1995) Photosynthesis in alfalfa plants regenerated from salt tolerant cell lines. Fourth Western Regional Photosynthesis Conference at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California.

4.Archana Lal, Maurice S. B. Ku, Gerald E. Edwards (1994) Analysis of the mechanism of inhibition of photosynthesis due to water stress. Plant Physiology Supplement 105: 18

5. Archana Lal, Maurice S. B. Ku, Gerald E. Edwards (1994) Effect of water stress on photosynthesis in C3 and C4 species. Third Western Regional Photosynthesis Conference, January 4-7th at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California. 


III. Submitted, under review

1. Archana Lal & Naowarat Cheeptham, The Impact of Demographics, Majors, Attitudes, and Institution Type on Student Learning in an Introductory Microbiology Course


IV. Undergraduate Research Supervision

A.Honors Research Project:

1.Seed dispersal as a mechanism for the evolution of mutualism in Arbuscular Mycorrhizae.

B.Independent Study Projects:

1. Effect of nitrogen stress on the growth and development of Zea mays.
2. Factors affecting Moss distribution along a coastal stream in a cedar-swamp forest in Orr’s island, Maine
3. Identification of campus trees at Independence Community College, Independence, KS


CONFERENCES

• July 2017, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Denver, CO: Facilitated a Microbrew session, panelist in a panel discussion of microbiology in nursing task force committee, and participated in the PARE project past and current participants meeting.

• July 2016, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Bethesda, MD: Facilitated a Microbrew session and presented "Using a 3-D Printer to Learn Cell Structure" in a Microbrew session. 

• May 2015, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Austin, TX

• May 2014, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Danvers, MA

• May 2013, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Englewood, CO

• Jun 2012, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, San Mateo, CA: Facilitated a protocol review session on Carbohydrate Fermentation and participated in the review of Microbiology Laboratory Safety session.

• May 2012, STEM Forum, National Science Teachers Association, Atlantic City, NJ

• May 2010, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, San Diego, CA. Facilitated a protocol review session.

• May 2009, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Fort Collins, CO. Facilitated a protocol review session

• Mar 2008, National Science Teachers Association, Boston, MA.

• May 2007, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Buffalo, NY. Presented a protocol review session on EMB Agar.

• May 2006, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Orlando, FL.

• Jan 1996, Fifth Western Regional Photosynthesis Conference, Asilomar, CA. Presented a poster on Analysis of inhibition of photosynthesis due to water stress in the C3 species Hordeum vulgare and Vicia faba: Electron transport, CO2 fixation, and Carboxylation capacity.

• Aug 1994, Annual Meeting of American Society of Plant Physiologists, Portland, OR. Made an oral presentation on Analysis of the mechanism of inhibition of Photosynthesis due to water stress.

• Jan 1994, Third Western Regional Photosynthesis Conference, Asilomar, CA. Made an oral presentation on Effect of water stress on photosynthesis in C3 and C4 species.

• Jan 1993, Second Western Regional Photosynthesis Conference, Asilomar, CA. Presented a poster on Effect of water stress on photosynthesis in C3 and C4 species.


REVIEWER

• MicrobeLibrary Protocols (American Society for Microbiology)
• Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database (SLAMD) (American Society for Microbiology)


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

• Member of editorial committee of Laboratory Protocol collection in ASM Science 
• Member of American Society for Microbiology


SERVICES

I. School Leadership

• Member, Assessment Committee (Fall 2016 - date)
• Advisor, Biology, Pre-nursing and Pre-med students (Fall 2005 – date)
• Member, Advisory Committee for the Veterinary Technology Program (Fall 2010 - date)
• Chair, James E. Arnwine Science Scholarship Committee (Fall 2005 - date)
• Member, Burger Science & Math Scholarship Committee (Fall 2005 - date)
• Member, Program Review Committee (Fall 2011)
• Member, Faculty Association Professional Development Funds Committee (Fall 2013 - date)
• Member, Technology Committee (Fall 2005 – Fall 2016; Secretary, Fall 2013 - Fall 2015)
• Member, Online Advisory Committee (Fall 2013 - Spring 2015) 
• Chair, Math & Science Division (Aug 2010 – May 2013)

II. Other Service Activities

• Mentor, Fall 2017, Disciplinary Based Education Research (DBER) Design & Implementation course from American Society for Microbiology 
• Mentor, Spring & Summer 2017, ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators, mentored two international educators 
Becky Aloo from Kenya
Watumesa Tan from Indonesia
• Member, Microbiology in Nursing Task Force Committee, panelist in the panel discussion during ASMCUE 2017 along with three other committee members
• Facilitated a Microbrew session during ASMCUE 2017
• Participated in PARE project past and current participants meeting at ASMCUE 2017

Office location

Academic Building

Mail location

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