The George Liepa Sigma Xi Annual Speaker Series Endowed Fund at Eastern Michigan University presents: Dr. Anne M. Casper, "Effective Teaching to Support Inclusivity and Diversity in STEM"
Dr. Anne Casper is a Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Professor of Biology at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). She has active research programs in both science education, supported by the National Science Foundation, and in molecular genetics, supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Casper earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan. She was a Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University. She was named Faculty Mentor of the Year by the EMU McNair Program, received an Honorable Mention from the national Council on Undergraduate Research for superior mentorship of undergraduate students, and she is past President of the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.
The George Liepa Sigma XI Speaker Series Endowed Fund was established in 2011 in memory of Dr. George Liepa [PDF]. George was an active campus member of Sigma Xi, a professor of human nutrition and a department head in the College of Health and Human Services.
When the Graduate Research Fair was created, it was his idea to have a science-related speaker present at the end of the day. George secured funding from Sigma Xi National to start the event and was a key figure in helping to select the annual speaker as well as marketing the event to EMU students, faculty and local high schools.