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Robert Kosinski

Professor
Biological Sciences Department

Office: 139 Long Hall
Phone: 864-656-3830
Fax: Long Hall

Email: rjksn@clemson.edu
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Ecology
Rutgers University 1977

B.S. Biology
Seton Hall University 1972

 Courses Taught

BIOL 1100 (Principles of Biology I) and coordinate the labs
BIOL 1110 (Principles of Biology II) and coordinate the labs
BIOL 4280/6280 (Quantitative Biology)

 Profile

I have taught the introductory biology course for majors (BIOL 1100/1110) since 1994, and have been laboratory coordinator of that course since 1997. My interests center on freshman biology education, especially computer-oriented laboratory exercises that extend the ability of students to explore complex systems that normally could not be covered in a freshman laboratory. I am a regular presenter at the meetings of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE).

 Research Interests

As I said above, I develop innovative freshman laboratories. In the past few years I have presented ABLE workshops on bioinformatics, population genetics simulations, mathematical modeling of biochemical reactions, and wetlab experimental exploration of pH and buffers, osmosis, and yeast fermentation.

 Extension and Outreach

My big annual project is writing and administering the Biology Merit Exam, in which about 600-700 high school and middle school students come to Clemson to take a rather difficult exam covering all of high school biology. This exam has been offered since 1979, and I have been writing it since 1985. I also judge SC Junior Academy of Science papers in years in which the meeting is held close to Clemson.

 Publications

Kosinski, R. J. 2016. An introduction to bioinformatics. In press with the Association for Biology Laboratory Education.

Kosinski, R. 2015. Using a spreadsheet simulation to test hypotheses about genetic drift and selection. In press with Proceedings of the 36th Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education.

Kosinski, R. J. 2014. Simulation of metabolic reactions using Excel. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching 35: 357-366. Proceedings of the 35th Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education, http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/vol-35/v35reprint.php?ch=31

Kosinski, R.J., and C.K. Morlok. 2011. Teaching buffering by showing its effects. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching 32: 377-384. Proceedings of the 32nd Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 383 pages. http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/vol-32/v32reprint.php?ch=1

Kosinski, R. J. and C. K. Morlok. 2010. Using yeast fermentation to suggest and then challenge a model. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching: 31: 162-186.

Kosinski, R. J. and C. K. Morlok. 2009. Challenging misconceptions about osmosis. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching 30: 63-87.