Lane Community College Change Agent Team

Mary Baxter, Earth and Environmental Science
Andrea Goering, Physics
Edgar Rosas Alquicira, Biology

Team Members


Mary Baxter


Mary worked with Great River Tech publishers to author an on-line textbook that contains readings, activities, and chapter quizzes for her Dinosaurs course. She enjoys working outdoors and field trips are an integral part of the majority of her courses. She has developed most of her own teaching materials so she can offer them to her students and keep the required purchase of textbooks/lab manuals to a minimum.

Courses

Mary teaches Oceanography, Terrestrial Environments, Evolution of the Earth, Evolving Earth, Dinosaurs, Geologic Hazards, Earth's Dynamic Interior, Earth's Dynamic Surface, and Earth Revealed.

Andrea Goering


Andrea won an NSF graduate research fellowship and three teaching awards. She regularly uses peer learning and interactive lecture demonstrations, and has experimented with reciprocal learning, scaffolded notes, and games. She enjoys science outreach, and has showcased demonstrations of renewable energy physics at the Oregon Country Fair since 2011.

Andrea developed curriculum for the Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) at the University of Oregon, a science camp that immerses middle school girls in STEM to provide access, encourage confidence, and contribute to a sense of belonging. In the Engineering camp, students learn electronics and Arduino programming to build a handmade pinball machine.

Courses

Andrea teaches Conceptual Physics, Astronomy of the Solar System, Stellar Astronomy, and Physics of Renewable Energy.

Edgar (Cocol) Rosas Alquicira


Cocol is deeply interested in science outreach activities. In Mexico, he organized and participated in a yearly STEAM event focusing on K-12 students. Even though all marine organisms are fascinating to him, seaweeds are the ones that most attract his research attention. He loves teaching about marine biology because he can share his passion and knowledge about it.

Courses

Cocol teaches Ocean Life Foundations, Marine Biology, Microbiology, General Biology, Marine Botany, Zoology, and Plant Physiology.

Institution

Lane Community College serves over 15,000 students each year from its main campus and several other locations in and around Eugene, Oregon, about 100 miles south of Portland. Forty-one percent of the students are 25 or older. Nearly 80 percent of full-time first-time undergraduates were awarded financial aid; 49% of all first-time full-time students were awarded Pell grants. Lane has a longhouse and hosts one of the largest powwows in the Pacific Northwest.

Program/Department

Earth and Environmental Science
Earth and Environmental Science is a discipline that is part of the Science Division. Eight faculty members, including 2 full-time faculty, teach Earth System Science, Environmental Policy/Studies, Environmental Science, Geology, and Oceanography courses. They have help from the personnel who run and work in the Physical Science and Biology stockrooms. Physical Geography is taught in Geography.

The courses in the Earth and Environmental Sciences have an average of 24 students. There is a sequence of three environmental science courses that many students take because they are interested in the subject material and want to learn more about our planet and how to take care of it. In geology courses, students may be taking them for the purposes of transferring to a university for a geology degree. Both the 100- and 200-level introductory geology sequences count towards transfer to both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. However, the majority of students seem to choose Geology courses because they have a requirement of several science courses in the same discipline, and Geology is not perceived to be as difficult as chemistry or physics.

Physics 
Physics is a discipline that is part of the Science Division. Two full-time faculty and three adjunct faculty teach courses in Astronomy, Environmental Policy/Studies, and Physics. One lab-tech supports the physics discipline for a few hours per week or less.

In 2017, there were 528 students enrolled in physics courses. From summer 2018 to spring 2019, student breakdown by race/ethnicity was: 65% White, 10% International, 9% Hispanic, 5% Multiracial (Non-Hispanic), 3% Asian, 2% Black, 2% Native American / Alaskan Native, 4% Unknown, and 0% Pacific Islander. Many of these students are earning credits for transfer degrees. One is the Oregon Transfer Module (OTM), which provides a one-year curriculum for students who plan to transfer to a state of Oregon two-year or four-year college/university of higher education. The second is the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree (AAOT), which meets the lower-division general education requirements for baccalaureate degree programs at Oregon public universities and generally results in a junior standing for registration purposes.

Biology 
Biology is a discipline that is part of the Science Division. Biology includes courses in Biology and Environmental Policy/Studies. There are 16 faculty; 5 are full-time and 11 are part-time. In Biology, around 2,000 students are enrolled in one or more of the 26 courses offered. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the majority of biology students are white (63 %), while the other racial/ethnic groups have the following percentages: Asian-2%, Black-2%, Hispanic-15%, Native Americans-1%, International students-5%, multiracial-7%, and Pacific Islanders-1%.

Science Division 
The Science Division includes Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Anatomy, Physiology & Microbiology, and Energy Management. The Science Division shares a large building with the Math Division. There is a possibility in the future of these two divisions being combined into one division under one Dean (they how have separate Deans). The Science Division is the largest in the college in FTEs and probably also in number of faculty.

Institutional demographic data is from IPEDS the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. Department of Education, typically for the 2018-19 year as available.