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Amy Gorowsky

Job Titles

  • Laboratory and Safety Coordinator
    Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Highlight

I teach the Laboratory Safety Workshop and Science Concepts in Chemistry.

Started at Bethel

2016

Education

  • University of Notre Dame - M.S., 2009
  • Bethel University - B.S., 2006

Biography

I grew up in Lino Lakes, MN and attended Bethel University for my undergraduate education.  I majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Chemistry.  After graduating, I worked at 3M for 1 year in the Drug Delivery Department.  Specifically, I worked with transdermal patches (administration of drugs through the skin) and inhalers.  I then attended graduate school at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN where I studied a genetic condition called Niemann-Pick Disease Type C.  People with this condition suffer from neurodegeneration and typically experience life-threatening seizures during adolescence.  These symptoms are due to a mutation in the NPC1 gene, causing build-up of cholesterol and other fatty acids in the brain.  My research focused on how the NPC1 gene normally functions to promote cholesterol transport.  After I received my degree in Biology, I spent the next 8 months conducting genetic tests in a different laboratory at Notre Dame as part of a team studying the Asian Carp invasion into the Great Lakes system.  We would collect water samples at various points throughout the Chicago waterways and then test those samples for Asian Carp DNA.  Simultaneously, I taught a couple of Intro Biology laboratories at St. Mary's College, a women's college across the street from Notre Dame.  In 2010, I accepted a teaching position at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, where I taught Principles of Biology, Human Genetics, and Nutrition in the 21st Century.  After 2 years of teaching, I became the Biology Lab Coordinator at St. Ambrose University, and in 2016, I accepted the Chemistry Laboratory and Safety Coordinator position at Bethel University.

Courses Taught

I have taught Principles of Biology, Human Genetics, and Nutrition in the 21st Century.  I will be teaching Laboratory Safety and Science Concepts in Chemistry during the Fall 2016 semester.

Awards

St. Ambrose University Five Year Service Award (2015)

St. Ambrose University On the Spot Award (2015)

St. Ambrose University Staff of the Month Award (2015)

Publications

Technical Publication: Mahon, A.R., A. Rohly, M. Budny, E. Elgin, C.L. Jerde, W.L. Chadderton, and D.M. Lodge. 2010. Environmental DNA Monitoring and Surveillance: Standard Operation Procedures. Report to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Laboratories, Cooperative Environmental Studies Unit, Vicksburg, Mississippi. CESU agreement #W912HZ-08-2-0014, modification P00007

Certificates and Licenses

Excellence in College Teaching Master Certificate (2016)

Excellence in College Teaching Primary Certificate (2016)

 

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

National Association of Scientific Materials Managers (NAOSMM) (2012 - 2016)

NAOSMM Hospitality Committee (2013 - 2016)

St. Ambrose University Staff Assembly President-Elect (2015 - 2016)

St. Ambrose University Staff Assembly Service Committee Chair (2015 - 2016)

St. Ambrose University Professional Development Committee (2015 - 2016)

Hobbies and Interests

I love playing with my cute, little cockapoo puppy named Milly; she is a cuddle-bug and loves going for walks.  I also enjoy competing in CrossFit competitions with my spouse as well as water skiing, alpine skiing, hiking, reading, playing the piano, volunteering at church, and watching my favorite TV show, The Office.

Teaching specialty

I teach the Laboratory Safety Workshop and Science Concepts in Chemistry.