Mary Poffenroth

Biologist and University Lecturer

During her nearly eight years of teaching at San Jose State University, in the heart of Silicon Valley, she has made innovation in science education a priority. Partnering with Wiley & Sons, she created original visual media and became a contributing author to the Visualizing Human Biology textbook and was the executive producer and host for the Wiley iWonder Series (2010-2012). Mary specializes in large lecture formats (125 to 400 students), reaching 2000 students every year, while leading a team of 14 student assistants. Leveraging her enormous class population, Mary created an outdoor, environmental student volunteer program in 2009. To date, roughly 3,370 students have volunteered almost 13,500 work hours to local, environmental non-profit organizations. In 2010 she received two honorable mention awards for producing and hosting the short film, "Coyote Valley: Connecting People, Connecting Wildlife", at the 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival. Mary loves getting people excited about science using visual media and has reached tens of thousands of viewers across the world with her Mahalo science videos.

In 2013, she became one of 15 faculty members to receive a Salzburg Fellowship to help promote the globalization of the SJSU campus. In January, 2015 she published an autobiographical article for the world renowned Science Magazine. Her first solo title " Write, Present, Create: Science Communication for Undergraduates" (Cognella, 2015) is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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