David Shier is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University.
Jackie Butler’s professional background includes work at the University of Texas Health Science Center conducting research about the genetics of bilateral retinoblastoma. She later worked at Houston’s M. D. Anderson Hospital investigating remission in leukemia patients. A popular educator for more than thirty years at Grayson College, Jackie has taught microbiology and human anatomy and physiology for health science majors. Her experience and work with students of various educational backgrounds have contributed significantly to another revision of Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology and Hole’s Human Anatomy and Physiology. Jackie Butler received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University, focusing on microbiology, including courses in immunology and epidemiology.
Ricki Lewis has built an eclectic career in communicating the excitement of geneticsand genomics. She earned her Ph.D. in genetics in 1980 from Indiana University.It was the dawn of the modern biotechnology era, which Ricki chronicled in manymagazines and journals. She published one of the first articles on DNA fingerprintingin Discover magazine in 1988, and a decade later one of the first articles on humanstem cells in The Scientist.Ricki has taught a variety of life science courses at Miami University, the Universityat Albany, Empire State College, and community colleges. She has authored orco-authored several university-level textbooks and is the author of The Forever Fix:Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, as well as an essay collection and a novel .Ricki has been a genetic counselor for a private medical practice since 1984 and isa frequent public speaker. Since 2012, Ricki has written hundreds of news storiesfor Medscape Medical News, articles for Scientific American and for several geneticdisease organizations, and originated and writes the popular weekly DNA Scienceblog at Public Library of Science.Ricki teaches an online course on “Genethics” for the Alden March Bioethics Instituteof Albany Medical College. She lives in upstate New York and sometimes Martha’sVineyard, with husband Larry and several felines. Contact Ricki at firstname.lastname@example.org , or join the discussion on DNA Science at http://blogs.plos.org/dnascience/ .