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Timothy Shaw

Job Titles

  • Professor of Biological Sciences, Pre-medicine Advisor
    Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • St. Mary's College - B.A., 1977
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 1988

Research interests

Shaw’s research interests include development of chick nervous system, the brain and feeding behavior, relationships between the structure of the brain and behavior, progress in new clinical treatment options, and the biology of morality.


Shaw, T.J. The Value of Teaching Multiple Views on Creation and Evolution in the Christian University, Conference for the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universites (CCCU), Anaheim CA, 2012.

Olszewski, P.K., Shaw, T.J., Grace, M.K.,Hoglund, C.E., Fredriksson, R., Schloth, H.B., and Levine, A.S., Complexity of neural mechanisms underlying overconsumption of sugar in scheduled feeding: involvement of opioids, orexin, oxtocin and NPY, in Peptides, 2009, Feb; 30(2):226-233

Shaw, Timothy, Consultant for, and Regular Expert Commentator in the DVD series: The human body, how it works. by Christine Dean; Erin Mathe; Matt Bjur; Chris Parrish-Taylor; Films for the Humanities & Sciences; 2009

Shaw. Timothy J., Review of “Science and Grace: God’s Reigh in the Natural Sciences,” by Tim Morris and Don Petcher. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006, in Religious Studies Review, Vol. 33, 2, April 2007

Olszewski, P.K., Wirth, M.M., Shaw, T.J., Grace, M.K., and Levine, A.S. Peptides that Regulate Food Intake: Effect of Peptide Histidine Isoleucine on Consummatory Behavior in Rats, American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology, Vol. 284, Issue 6, R1445-R1453, June 2003.

Olszewski, P.K., Wirth, M.M., Shaw, T.J., Grace, M.K., Billington, C.J., Giraudo, S.Q., and Levine, A.S., The Role of alfa-MSH in the Regulation of Consummatory Behavior: Immunohistochemical Evidence. American Journal of Physiology Integrative Comp Physiol, Aug,  2001; 281:673-680.

Olszewski, P.K., Shaw, T.J., Grace, M.K., Wirth, M.M., Billington, C.J., Levine, A.S., The Effects of Peptide Histidine Isoleucine on Consummatory Behavior in Rats, Society of Neuroscience Abstracts, New Orleans, LA, Nov, 2000.

Olzewski, P.K., Shaw, T.J., Grace, M.K.,Billington, C.J., Levine, A.S., “Nocistatin Inhibits Food Intake in Rats.” Brain Research, 872 (1-2):181-187, July 28, 2000.

Shaw, Timothy J., "The Human Brain, Religion, and the Biology of Sin," in Investigating the Biological Foundations of Human Morality: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, J. P. Hurd editor, Edwin Mellen Press, 1995.

Shaw, Timothy J.,  Bower, Patty, "Beyond the Selfish Gene," Focus Magazine, Fall, 1994, pages 10-11, Bethel College.

Shaw, Timothy J. Human Structure and Function II, Lecture Notes, Burgess Publishing, 1994, ISBN 0-8087-7962-1.

Shaw, Timothy J. Human Structure and Function I, Lecture Notes, Burgess Publishing, 1993, ISBN 0-8087-9460-4.

Shaw, Timothy J, (1988) "A Tissue Culture Study of Phenotypic Regulation in Neural Crest Derivatives from the Embryonic Adrenal Gland.  Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

Shaw, Timothy J, and Letourneau, Paul C, (1986) "Chromaffin Cell Heterogeneity of Process Formation and Neuropeptide Content Under Control and Nerve Growth Factor-Altered Conditions in Cultures of Chick Embryonic Adrenal Gland." Journal of Neuroscience Research, Volume 16, pages: 337-355.

Hobbies and Interests

Dr. Shaw truly loves: boating, swimming, hiking, biking, skiing, woodworking, carpentry, and Bible study.