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Theresa O'Halloran, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

Department of Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology

UT Austin

A special challenge of teaching biology is the perception of many students that science is merely a collection of facts.

I would like the students in my classes to understand that science is an active process, that science is centered on critical thinking and that the story is constantly evolving. To foster this understanding, the atmosphere in my classroom is punctuated with noise as students interact to examine experimental data, form alternate hypotheses and propose new experiments to test their ideas. The sound of engaged students keeps teaching alive for me.