Stephen Cessna

Stephen Cessna

Office Phone: (540) 432-4403

Email:

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SSC 026H

Professor of Biochemistry

Biology Dept, Chemistry Dept, and MA in Biomedicine

Steve received his BA in chemistry and biochemistry in Colorado in 1991 and then taught middle school math and science in Lesotho in southern Africa. After returning to the US in 1995, getting married and moving to Indiana, Steve finished a PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2000. At EMU, Steve teaches courses in biochemistry, chemistry, and sustainable agriculture.

Dr. Cessna’s research interests include:
- Assessing mini-research projects for use in college teaching labs
- Comparing photosynthesis and growth of various native and invasive vine species

Education

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Purdue University (8/2000)
B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder (5/1991)

Publications

Peer reviewed publications in the past ten years (For a list including previous publications, see scholar.google.com):

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Past ten years:

S Cessna, L Britt, A grounded theory study of undergraduate student identity and their (mis)understanding the nature of science and chemistry. A talk for the Biennial Conference for Chemistry Education, Northern Colorado University, Greeley, CO, August, 2016

S Cessna, A qualitative assessment of student experience of an authentic research project in general chemistry. A talk for the Biennial Conference for Chemistry Education, Northern Colorado University, Greeley, CO, August, 2016

S Cessna, T Kishbaugh, Early authentic research projects and teaching the nature of science. An invited talk for the Biennial Conference for Chemistry Education, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, August 4, 2014

S Cessna, D Graber Neufeld, Promoting learning through authentic and relevant research experiences in environmental monitoring and remediation across ten chemistry and biology courses. A poster presentation to the Council for Undergraduate Research Pre-ISSOTL Symposium, October 2, 2013

S Cessna, Teaching the Nature of Science through Inquiry in Chemistry, an invited presentation for the Summer Physics and Chemistry Modeling Workshops for High School Teachers , Ohio State STEM Outreach, New Albany High School, New Albany, OH, 6/27/2013

S Cessna, T Kishbaugh. Promoting learning through authentic and relevant research experiences in environmental monitoring and remediation across ten chemistry and biology courses. Invited poster presentation to the NSF/AAAS TUES/CCLI Primary Investigators Biannual Meeting, Washington D.C. 2/2013

S Cessna, T Kishbaugh. Workshop: Authentic Research Projects in the Teaching Lab: Inception, Implementation, and Assessment for Learning, NSF/AAAS TUES/CCLI Primary Investigators Biannual Meeting , Washington D.C., 2/2013

S Cessna, L Leaman. Promoting learning through authentic and relevant research experiences in environmental monitoring and remediation across ten chemistry and biology courses. Invited oral presentation to the 244th Biannual Meeting of the American Chemical Society , Philadelphia, PA, 8/2012

T Kishbaugh, S Cessna, D Graber Neufeld. Service learning to enhance the environmental chemistry curriculum. Oral presentation to the 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education, State College, PA, 8/1/2012

S Cessna, T Kishbaugh. Tracking the development of the nature of science understanding over an undergraduate STEM career. Oral presentation to the 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education, State College, PA, 8/1/2012

S Cessna, T Kishbaugh. A report on using copper phytoremediation projects for teaching second semester general chemistry concepts and skills. Invited oral presentation to the 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education, State College, PA, 7/31/2012

T Kishbaugh, S Cessna. Implementing a ‘Research Across the Curriculum’ program in the chemistry and biology departments. Oral presentation to the 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education, State College, PA, 7/29/2012

S Cessna, T Flanagan, D Graber Neufeld, SJ Horst, T Kishbaugh, L Leaman, M Siderhurst. Promoting Learning through Authentic and Relevant Research Experiences in Environmental Monitoring and Remediation across Ten Chemistry and Biology Courses. Poster Presentation: Biennial meeting of the NSF-CCLI Primary Investigators, February, 2011.

Flanagan, Horst, Leaman, Cessna. Cross-disciplinary collaboration on rubric development. Panel Presentation: The Annual Conference of the Virginia Education Research Association, September, 2010

Leaman, Siderhurst, Cessna, Flanagan, Graber Neufeld, Horst, Kishbaugh. Collaborating for Rubrics. Panel Presentation: EMU Fall Faculty and Staff Conference; EMU, August, 2010

Cessna, Matsumoto, Lamb*. Characterization of hyper-osmotically induced calcium ion fluxes in tobacco. Poster: American Society for Plant Biology, Boston, 2006

Calcium signaling in plant cells: Signature or switch?. James Madison University Department of Biology, Harrisonburg, VA, Fall 2006

The phytoremediation of copper-contaminated soil as an interdisciplinary learning problem for a General Chemistry II lab. Poster: ASPB, Boston, 2006

Church, Community and Professional Service

(2015/16)

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • “Faculty-Led Institutional Transformation for Teaching Diverse Learners in STEM” — A National Science Foundation IUSE grant , $299,967 (PI: Cessna, Co-PIs: Kishbaugh, Leaman, Lepley, Showalter) 2016
  • Outstanding Associate Editor , 2014, Natural Sciences Education
  • “Sustaining Organic Blueberry Production: Analysis of Practices and Assessing Outcomes” — A USDA Block Grant through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (PI: Roman Miller , Co-PIs: Kishbaugh and Cessna ) $26,300, 2011 (Project website)
  • “Promoting learning through authentic and relevant research experiences in environmental monitoring and remediation across ten chemistry and biology laboratory courses” — A National Science Foundation – CCLI grant (PI: Cessna, Co-PIs: Kishbaugh, Neufeld, Siderhurst and Leaman) $137,932; 5/09 (Project website)
  • “Acquisition of Instrumentation to Support Integrated Research and Teaching in Interdisciplinary Environmental Plant Biology” — A National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation grant (PI: Cessna; CoPI: Yoder) $103,130; 9/08
  • “A sabbatical to investigate the relationships of protective measures against excess light, antioxidants, defense signals, and drought stress in plants” – A United States Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative, Agricultural Research Enhancement Award. $67,000; 5/07
  • “LEEF for EMU” – A grant from LiCor , manufacturers of instrumentation for plant/crop assessment. $25,000 3/07 and 1/08
  • REU: Shenandoah Valley Molecular Biology” A National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, in collaboration with the biology departments at James Madison University and Bridgewater College. (PI: Rife; Co-PIs: Monroe, Temple; Co-administrators: Cessna and Puffenbarger) $216,000; 2/07-1/10.
  • “Reactive oxygen production during salinity tolerance responses in tobacco cells: Relationship to Ca2+ fluxes” – A Jeffress Research Grant from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust: Cessna SG $30,000; 1/02; First renewal: $10,000; 1/03; Second renewal: $10,000; 1/04

Professional Memberships

(2015/16)

  • American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching
  • American Chemical Society

EMU Service

(2015/16)

  • Committee on Teacher Education
  • Academic Review Committee
  • Honors Committee
  • Title IX Review Board
  • Humanitarian Action Leadership Reference Committee