I am a biochemist at Lewis & Clark College and I teach three hundred level courses in Structural Biochemistry, Metabolic Biochemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory. In addition, I teach a 100 level perspectives course focused on Nutrition. In each of these classes, I explore the enduring ideas of the discipline and also provide the opportunity for inquiry into fresh and emerging ideas associated with each of these disciplines.
The discovery process and the circuitous route by which scientific advances sometimes occur are highlighted in my classes. My classes are structured so that students discover that these disciplines are not static but rather in a dynamic state of development. Class time is often devoted to dissecting provocative papers in the primary literature.