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Books by Biology Faculty are Showcased at Livermore Library

Dr. Rita Hagevik Dr. David Zeigler
Drs. Rita Hagevik (left) and David Zeigler (right) publish separate books in science

Two members of the Biology faculty were the featured speakers in the University's Faculty Showcase Presentation on 29 September 2015.  The presentation was held in the Mary Livermore Library to showcase two new books -- Educating Science Teachers for Sustainability (June 2015), edited by Dr. Rita Hagevik, and Evolution: Components and Mechanisms (2014) by Dr. David Zeigler.   Dr. Hagevik is Director of Graduate Programs in Science Education and is an assistant professor of Biology.  She joined the Biology Department in 2011.  Dr. Zeigler is a long-time member of the Biology faculty and former Department chair.  He has taught an undergraduate course in evolution for many years.

Dr. Hagevik's book is the first published book that prepares beginning teachers to teach sustainability curricula while embracing a global worldview.  Originating from an environmental education forum, the book has 23 chapters, 70 authors from around the world, and four editors (including Dr. Hagevik).  The content is based on four pillars: 1) science learning in the local environment, 2) interconnections between the built and natural world, 3) educating teachers to teach sustainability, and 4) strong linkages between climate change and sustainability.  Dr. Hagevik has traveled widely to promote the book, speaking in such far-flung destinations as Australia, Helsinki, and Budapest.  The book is part of the Association of Science Teacher Educators (ASTE) series in science education, and it was published by Springer. To read more about the content, click here for a PowerPoint presentation.

As true of his first book (Understanding Biodiversity, published by Praegar in 2007), Dr. Zeigler's Evolution: Components and Mechanisms was written for the lay public.  He acknowledged that hundreds of books have been written about evolution.  What makes his book special is its reductionist approach.  Its 21 chapters touch on a wide range of topics, including natural selection, adaptation, competition, genomes, genetics basics, genetic drift, homology, symbiosis, and speciation. He confessed that his interest in writing is driven by his desire to learn.  He would like to add even more content to the book.  The interesting fossil bird that graces the book's cover (below) was chosen by the publisher, Academic Press.

Copies of both books are available in the University's Mary Livermore Library.

The book cover above for Evolution: Components and Mechanisms is from

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