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Sherie L. Edenborn

Associate Professor of Biology

Summary

I have a broad educational training in Health Care,  Biology and Environmental Science, and have held positions as a research scientist, medical technologist (ASCP) and professor/teacher.  For the past 15 years I have been teaching at the college/university level. My research focuses on contemporary topic in environmental sustainability/environmental microbiology, and includes projects  that are designed to engaging undergraduate students in research. I also am very interested developing interdisciplinary collaborations and developing novel teaching methods and modes of instruction that fully engage students in the learning process.

Personal Information

I was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania in the small town of Sheffield. I have been married to my husband, who also is a microbiologist, for 22 years and we have one daughter. In my free time, I enjoy photography, art, hiking/running/biking, and enjoying nature.

Work History

Aug 2008Present

Associate Professor of Microbiology

Chatham University

TEACHING

  •  Basic Microbiology - nursing students.
  •  General Microbiology  - undergraduate students/health sciences.
  •  Applied and Environmental Microbiology -  undergraduates.
  •  Applied Human Biology - undergraduate/psychology and social work.

*All courses include laboratory sections.

ACADEMIC ADVISING - student counseling; degree audits; accepted student day; classroom visits; 12 - 15 advisees per year.

COMMITTEE WORK

  • Faculty  Review Committee (Co-Chair, 2016 - present)
  • Undergraduate Programs Committee (Chair, 2012 - 2015).
  • Climate Committee (2011 – present). 
  • Eden Hall Farm Coordinating Committee (2008 – 2010). 
  • Hulme Science Award Committee (Chair, 2011 - 2015.

STUDENT RESEARCH - supervise student-centered research projects for 4-6 undergraduate and/or graduate students per year. Served as a board member on 5-8 committees per year.

FACULTY RESEARCH - devised and implement scientific and pedagogical research; publish findings in academic journals (see list of publications).

Jan 2008Jan 2009

Assistant Professor of Biology

West Virginia Wesleyan College

TEACHING

  • Freshman Biology
  • Microbiology for nursing students
  • Microbiology for biology majors
  • Physiology

STUDENT RESEARCH

Teter, M.A.*, S.L. Edenborn, H.M. Edenborn, S.K. Owen*. (2008). Nutritional similarities between mannitol salt negative bacteria isolated from the nasopharyngeal cavities of college athletes. 108st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Boston, Massachusetts.

*Student authors

Jan 1999May 2006

Biology Instructor

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Taught General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology to undergraduates and students enrolled in nursing programs through West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA and Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA.

Jan 1999May 2000

Adjunct Instructor

Jefferson Community College

Taught Anatomy and Physiology

19981999

Research Associate

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
19971998

Medical Technologist

Jefferson Hospital
Jan 1990Jan 1992

Research Microbiologist

US Bureau of Mines

Conducted research that focused on the use of constructed wetland to treat acid mine drainage, and the roles of microorganisms in this generation and remediation of mine drainage.

Education

Jan 2002Jan 2007

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

West Virginia University

I worked with Dr. Alan J. Sexstone in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Program in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. My dissertation work focused on evaluation of the impact of agronomic and anthropogenic disturbances on the diversity and dynamics of microbial communities in soils from organic farms and upland pastures.

Certifications

Sep 1997Present

Medical Technology (ASCP)

American Society for Clinical Pathology
"There is no time limit on ASCP certification awarded to individuals who are certified prior to mandatory certification maintenance (1/01/2004). Certification for these individuals does not expire." http://www.ascp.org/PDF/BOC-PDFs/procedures/Citation-of-Credentials.aspx

Teaching Portfolio

Below are examples of  case studies, inquiry-based activities, PowerPoints and pedagogical models that I have designed over the past several years.

"The Needle and the Damage Done"

Overview

      "The Needle and the Damage Done" is an active, laboratory case study that I developed for microbiology course that I teach for the nursing students from the University of Pittsburgh's Shadyside School of Nursing.

      This case study is focused on an outbreak of Blood Stream Infections (BSIs) in an ICU unit and how noncompliance with procedural standards may have increased the risk of infection. Students are asked to analyze the actions and attitudes of a phlebotomist named Jack and identify things he did that may have increased the risk of infection. They also are required to explain the scientific rationales for their criticisms. Following this activity, students are asked to design a knowledge-based procedure for performing blood cultures, collect specimens from five "fake patients,**" work up the blood cultures using standard microbiological methods, and evaluate the test results to determine if their procedures minimized the risk of infection.  

      The overarching goals for this activity are to help students understand how medical errors and misinformation can lead to Health Care Associated Infections (HAIs), and motivate them to avoid performing procedures without thinking.

     Specific learning objectives that focus on clinical microbiology  include:

1.  List the basic steps in a blood culture procedure.

2.   Explain the microbiological foundations for each step in the blood culture procedure.

3.   Carry out blood cultures on fake patients.

4.   Analyze a blood culture procedure that has been modified by a phlebotomist who does not have foundational knowledge of microbiology and infectious disease.

5. Judge the effectiveness of different blood culture procedures.

6. Design a blood culture procedure that is based on fundamental principles of microbiology.

 ** "Fake Patients" were build from paper towels, duct tape, rubber gloves, rubber tubing and 50 cc syringes. The students were able to draw "blood" (bacteria cultures or media colored with red food dye) from the arms.

Publications

Edenborn, S. L. and Bell, M. M. (in press). Integrating biology into social work education using interdisciplinary, character-driven case studies. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Edenborn, S.L., Sexstone, A.J., Sutanto, Y and J.A. Chapman. (2011). Relationships among contrasting measurements of microbial dynamics in pasture and organic farm soils. Applied and Environmental Soil Science. vol. 2011, Article ID 537459, 10 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/537459.

Edenborn, S.L. and A.J. Sexstone (2007). DGGE fingerprinting of culturable soil bacterial communities complements culture-independent analyses. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 39 (7):1570–1579.

Salinas, K.A., S.L. Edenborn, A.J. Sexstone, and J.B. Kotcon (2007). Bacterial preferences of the bacterivorous soil nematode Cephalobus brevicauda (Cephalobidae): effect of bacterial type and size. Pedobiologia. 50 (1): 55–64.

Edenborn, H.M. and S.L. Edenborn. (2006). Microbial diversity in soil: A microscopic world under every footstep. In: McKinstry, R.B., Ripp, C. and Lisy, E. (Eds.) Biodiversity Conservation Handbook: State, Local, and Private Protection of Biological Diversity, Environmental Law Institute Press, Washington, DC. pp. 159–173.

Edenborn, H.M., L.A. Brickett, D.H. Dvorak, and S.L. Edenborn (1993). Monitoring iron and manganese diagenesis in constructed wetlands with continuous gradient gels. Biohydrometallurgical Technologies 1:631–639.

Dvorak, D.H., R.S. Hedin, S.L. Gustafson (Edenborn), and H.M. Edenborn (1991). Treatment of metal-contaminated water using bacterial sulfate reduction: results from pilot-scale reactors. International Conference on the Abatement of Acidic Drainage. Montreal, Canada, pp.301–314.

R.S. Hedin, D.H. Dvorak, S.L. Gustafson (Edenborn), D.M. Hyman, P.E. McIntire, R.W. Nairn, R.C., Neupert, A.C. Woods and H.M Edenborn. (1991). Use of a constructed wetland for the treatment of acid mine drainage at the Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Fayette County, PA. Final Report Presented to the National Park Service.

Talks at Conferences or Meetings

Edenborn, S.L., Bell, M.M. (2015) “Eureka! Character-driven case study increases student self-efficacy and interest in biology”, Proceedings of the 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education, Denver, October 2015. Denver, CO.

 

Edenborn, S.L., Johnson, LMK, Edenborn, HM. (2014). Ecological restoration strategies for and abandoned sulfuric acid recycling factory soil with heavy metal contaminants Ecological Society of America 96th Annual Meeting “From Oceans to Mountains,” August 10-15, Sacramento, CA.

 Wilson, D.W., Bell, M.M, Edenborn, S.L. (2013). I Need to Know Science? Delivering Biology Knowledge Through Case Studies. Annual Program Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education. October 31-November 3, Dallas, TX

 Smiechowski, R., Edenborn.S.L. Johnson, L. MK. (2013). The Effect of Invasive Species on Soil Characteristics and Microbial Communities at Powdermill Nature Reserve/ Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Dover, DE, April 13, 2013.

Albarran-Jack, M.R., E.C. Dilts and S.L. Edenborn. (2012). Using Compost Tea to Enhance Biochar's Beneficial Properties, US Biochar Conference, July 29 – August1, Sonoma, CA.

Invited Talks

"The Human Microbiome and the Gut Brain Axis," - Encountering the Unseen: Artist-actualized Lectures on Contemporary Topics in Microbiology,  presented by the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Phipps Conservatory, November 14, 2014.

"Pedagogical Potpourri - Connecting Concepts, Methods and Disciplines," Chatham University Graduate School of Health Sciences, November 11, 2014.

"Life + Dirt = Soil: Linking Microbial Biodiversity to Soil Structure and Function," University of Pittsburgh Colloquium Series in Geology and Planetary Science, March 18, 2010.

Grants

Chatham University Research and Sabbatical Grant, “Isolation and Characterization of Probiotic Lactobacilli from the European Honey bee (Apis mellifera),” $5,000, March, 2012.

Chatham University Research and Sabbatical Grant, Development of an in vivo Model System to Screen Lactic Acid Bacteria from the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) for Potential Use as a Probiotic Agent

$3,919, March, 2013.

West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WVEPSCoR) Instrumentation Grant, “Real-time Graphing and Analysis Modules to Promote Inquiry-based Learning in Physiology and Environmental Science Classes,” $19,721, December, 2007.

Workshops

“Introduction to Backwards Design” - Faculty Workshop (May 2014).

“Apiaries, Bees and Ecosystems” – Part of the Summer Sustainability Series “Food, Farm, and Field” at the School of Sustainability at Chatham University (Summer 2012).

Synergistic Activities

  • 2013-2104 - Collaborations on sustainability projects with GTECH Strategies
  • 2010 - Attended Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Workshop Series in Washington, DC.
  • 2009 – Participated in the work and pick program at the Eden Hall Farm Organic Garden with faculty, staff and students.
  • 2008 – Mentored research activities, secured funding and acted as a chaperone so two undergraduate women could attend and present a poster at the national meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, MA in June, 2008.
  • 2007 – Participated in the conference “Science Education and Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions” sponsored by the Division of Science and Research, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, December, 2007.
  • 2007- Participated in workshop and discussion forums focused on new teaching technologies and novel pedagogical techniques at the 10th Appalachian College Association Summit in October, 2007.

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for James Cappuccino and Natalie Sherman's "Microbiology: A Laboratory Manual, 9th edition", Pearson (September, 2011).
  • Reviewer for “Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology” (Spring, 2012)
  • Reviewer for "Candadian Journal of Microbiology" (Spring 2014)

Honors and Awards

  • Chatham University Technology Fellowship (2012)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (2007)
  • Provost Fellowship, Kent State University (1992)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists
  • Outstanding Student Award (1987)
  • Penn State University Student Travel Award to Symposium in Plant Physiology (1987)
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (1986)
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society (1984)

Abstracts and Posters

Edenborn, S.L., Edenborn, H.M. (2013). Effects of biochar amendment on the growth of Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis) in severely lead-contaminated soil from an historic industrial site, Society for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, November 17-21.

Edenborn, S.L., Monahan, L.D. (2013). Effects of Microbial Communities Associated with Biochar and Compost Teas on Plant Growth and Insect Herbivory, Ecological Society of America 98th Annual Meeting “Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future,” August 4- 9, Minneapolis, MN.

Berg, L. Edenborn, S.L. (2013). A Stochastic Emergence Model: Accounting for Genetic Noise in the “Scout Cell Model” of Dormancy Emergence, Biophysical Society 57th Annual Meeting, February 2-6, Philadelphia, PA.

Leitkam,, S., Edenborn, H.M., Capo, R.C., Edenborn, S.L., Sharma, S., Hartsock, A.Shaulis, J.R., Woods, P., Vesper, D.J. (2011). Tufa Deposits in Pennsylvania, Northeastern (46th Annual) and North-Central (45th Annual) Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 20-22, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Edenborn, H.M., Vesper, D.J., Edenborn, S.L. (2011). Historical Mineral Springs and Spas of Pennsylvania: Past and Present, Northeastern (46th Annual) and North-Central (45th Annual) Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 20-22, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Edenborn, S.L. Y. Sutanto, J.A. Chapman, A.J. Sexstone (2009). DGGE Fingerprinting of Cultivable Bacteria as a Potentially Valuable Indicator of Soil Perturbation. 2009 International Annual Meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA: Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Science, Nov. 1-5, Pittsburgh, PA.

Edenborn, H.M., E. Klunder, M. Keller, D.Luebke, S. L. Edenborn (2009). Preliminary Evaluation of Coal- and Biomass-Derived Chars as Beneficial Soil Amendments. 2009 International Annual Meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA: Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Science, Nov. 1-5, Pittsburgh, PA.

Edenborn, H.M., D.J. Vesper, S.L. Edenborn (2009). Detection of Lead Mobilization From Soil at An Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Recycling Plant Using Rock Phosphate-Immobilized Gel Beads. 2009 International Annual Meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA: Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Science, Nov. 1-5, Pittsburgh, PA.

Edenborn, H.M.,  L.P. Chodkowski,  I.L. Johnson,  S.L. Edenborn, and  D.J. Vesper. (2009). Development of rock phosphate-agarose gel beads to monitor the release of lead into stream water from a contaminated industrial site.  Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Portland, OR. October 2009.

Teter, M.A., S.L. Edenborn, H.M. Edenborn, S.K. Owen. (2008). Nutritional similarities between mannitol salt negative bacteria isolated from the nasopharyngeal cavities of college athletes. 108st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Boston, Massachusetts.

Edenborn, S.L., A.J. Sexstone. (2006). Characterization of soil bacterial communities on culture plates using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of the 16S rRNA gene. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Chapman, J.A., S.L. Edenborn . A.J. Sexstone. (2006). Modification of bacterial communities in a pasture soil by the feeding activity of earthworms. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Edenborn, H.M., S.L. Edenborn, B. Ji, J.H. Doherty, B. B. Casper. (2005). Observations on the relationships between bacteria and grasses at eastern serpentine barrens and Midwestern prairie sites. Annual meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiologists, Clearfield, PA.

Friedland, J.M., S.L. Edenborn, A.J. Sexstone. (2004). Diversity of microbial populations within a constructed wetland treating wastewater. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Seattle, Washington.

Edenborn, S.L., Y. Sutanto, J. Chapman, A.J. Sexstone. (2004). Culture-dependent assessment of bacterial diversity in northern West Virginia soils. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Seattle, Washington.

Salinas, K.A., J.B. Kotcon, S. L. Edenborn. (2003). The effects of a bacterial biological control agent on taxis of Clarkus papillatus in a laboratory bioassay. Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Edenborn, H.M., L.A. Brickett, D.H. Dvorak, S.L. Edenborn. (1993). Monitoring manganese diagenesis in constructed wetlands with continuous gradient gels. International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, Jackson Hole, WY.

Edenborn, H.M., L.A. Brickett, D.H. Dvorak, S.L. Edenborn. (1992). Monitoring manganese diagenesis in a constructed wetland using continuous gradient gels. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Cincinnati, OH. (Received best poster award).

Gustafson (Edenborn), S.L., R.S. Hedin, H.M. Edenborn. (1991). Rates of iron and manganese removal in waters from wetlands receiving acid mine drainage: The role of indigenous microorganisms. Gordon Research Conference in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH.

Gustafson (Edenborn), S.L. S.A. Jatkar. (1991). Algal taxonomy of coal mine drainage sites and correlation with drainage chemistry. Abstract # 141. The Fourth International Phycological Congress, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Gustafson (Edenborn), S.L., H.M. Edenborn. (1991). Biological removal of manganese in acid mine drainage by a mixed algal-bacterial community. Abstract # 54, 91st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Dallas, Texas.

Gustafson (Edenborn), S.L., R.S. Hedin, R.W. Nairn , H.M. Edenborn. (1991). The importance of bacterial-iron oxidation and sulfate reduction in wetlands constructed to treat acid mine crainage. Symposium on the Biogeochemistry of Wetlands, Center for Wetland Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Edenborn, H.M., D.H. Dvorak, R.S. Hedin, S.L. Gustafson (Edenborn). (1990). Treatment of metal-contaminated water via bacterial sulfate reduction in wetlands and pilot-scale reactors. National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Program, Breckenridge, CO.

Skills

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Statistics
I have used parametric, non-parametric and multivariate statistics in my research. SPSS, JMP, R with Vegan.
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Student Development
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Healthcare
Medical Technologist, B.S., Certified by ASCP in 1997. Phlebotomy, Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Blood Bank.
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Fundraising
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SPSS
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PCR
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Data Analysis
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Editing
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Clinical Research
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Lifesciences
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Public Speaking
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Curriculum Development
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Student Affairs
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Grant Writing
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Science
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Higher Education
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Teaching