Water & Membranes Webinar Speakers
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, 6:30-8 pm CST
Keep Your Head Above Water: Constructing & Crossing Cell Membranes
Presenter: Kim Parfitt, 3D Molecular Designs, Boise, ID
Kim Parfitt has been telling stories about science and the natural world for some time. In February, 2022, she joined the team at 3D Molecular Designs as Communications Manager.
“I am thrilled to be in a position to help other teachers find the magic in molecular stories that inspire students.”
Prior to joining 3DMD, Kim was on the writing and development team for BSCS’s Biology: Understanding for Life high school curriculum that uses anchored inquiry learning. She taught secondary life and environmental sciences in Cheyenne, Wyoming where students radio-collared and monitored mule deer populations, analyzed the genetics of aspen communities, and sometimes raised game birds to help with prairie restoration. Since 2014, Kim has been a teacher ambassador and curriculum developer for Howard Hughes Medical Institute/BioInteractive. She has participated in summer workshops with CBM/3D Molecular Designs since 2011, always leaving transformed and inspired. Parfitt won the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Wyoming from the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2017 and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching in 2013, as well as other regional awards. Kim has a B.A. in communications from Michigan State University and an M.S. in natural resources from The Ohio State University. She is a National Board-Certified teacher in adolescent and young adult science – biology. Before becoming a teacher, Kim worked with The Nature Conservancy, The National Wildlife Federation, The National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service to develop educational programs. Kim will be in the 3DMD-ID office.
In her new 3DMD role, Kim will manage all aspects of 3DMD communications, lead the communications team, present on effective ways to use 3DMD kits and models, and work with 3DMD customers. Kim’s science, teaching, story-telling and communications background are a perfect opportunity to help let more educators know how they can transform their teaching. Kim has participated in summer workshops with CBM/3DMD since 2011, always leaving “feeling transformed and inspired.
Transmembrane Proteins: Transporting Potassium
Presenter: Tim Herman, PhD, Milwaukee School of Engineering & 3D Molecular Designs
Tim Herman, Ph.D. has been a driving force to introduce 3D printing technology to molecular sciences education and academic research communities for 23 years.
He established the Center for BioMolecular Modeling (CBM) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1998. In addition to utilizing several 3D printing technologies, Tim offers professional development courses for science educators and outreach programs to bridge the gap between the research laboratory and science classroom. The CBM has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as funding from the National Science Foundation.
Tim is founding partner and scientific officer for 3D Molecular Designs (3DMD) which has received eight Small Business Innovative Research grants from NIH and the National Science Foundation to develop innovative educational models and kits. Tim has an innate ability to design hands-on experiences that help students understand key concepts to construct their own foundational knowledge of the molecular world. The CBM and 3DMD work closely together, as sister organizations.
Previously Tim served in the Medical College of Wisconsin Biochemistry Department, where he taught graduate and medical students and directed research programs in areas ranging from the synthesis of chemically cleavable biotin-labeled nucleotide analogs to the development of novel approaches to structure-based drug design. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Oregon State University. He pursued post-doctoral studies in Molecular Biology at Harvard Medical School.