I am a Professor and chairperson of the Department of Biology/Toxicology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University, a medium sized private school in Ohio.  My undergraduate research students and I use a small tropical fish called the zebrafish to study the function of the ocular lens and what can go wrong to produce cataracts, one of the leading causes of human blindness.  We also compare lens proteins from different fish species to understand how they have evolved to function in different environments.  I teach a number of courses including Marine Biology, Evolution, and Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as seminars on professional development and science communication.  I am interested in incorporating new techniques and online technologies to actively engage students in my classes.  I developed the social media outreach and alumni engagement for our science programs and currently lead our University’s Council of Department Chairs.



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Professional and educational background

Professor of Biology, Ashland University, 1999 to present (chair since 2008)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Jules Stein Eye Institute, 1998-1999

PhD Biology (Marine Biology), University of Southern California, 1998

BA Biology, University of Virginia, 1991

A sample of service activities and awards

Convener of the University’s Council of Department Chairs, 2012-present

Institutional Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2011-2013

Professional Development Committee, 2003-2008 (chair from 2005-2008)

Science Equipment Committee, 2002-2008 (chair from 2002-2007)

Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, Ashland University, 2009

Academic Mentors Award, Ashland University, 2005

Stoye Award, American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology, Best Student Paper in Physiology and Physiological Ecology, 1998

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Or contact me the old fashioned way

Ashland University

Department of Biology

401 College Avenue

Ashland, OH 44805

mposner@ashland.edu; (m) 330-421-9552