Fulbright Scholar Selection
Dr. Tara Giblin, Kimball Endowed Chair in Natural Sciences at Stephens College, has been named a Fulbright Award winner. She is one of a select group of 800 U.S. faculty and other professionals who will travel abroad to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of fields.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Giblin will work at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences, a newly opened medical school in Patan (Kathmandu), Nepal. The position starts in August 2011 and runs into 2012. In Nepal, she will teach basic science to the early-year students and conduct a research project on active learning in the classroom.
Dr. Giblin, an associate professor, has taught in Stephens’ Natural Sciences department since 2001. In partnership with the Psychology department, she developed a minor in forensic science, which introduces students to the use of biology and psychology in the legal field. She also helped reform Stephens' science general education curriculum with the introduction of course such as Crime Scene Analysis and the Science of Beauty. She teaches Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, among others. Many of her students have presented their research at various local and national conventions.
Before earning her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997, Dr. Giblin received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois–Urbana in 1991. She worked as a post-doctoral student at the USDA in Iowa looking at how selenium affects cattle. She also worked at the University of California- Riverside developing a method for removing perchlorate, a contaminant left by rocket fuel, from ground water. She then built a pilot scale reactor to test the bioremediation system on contaminated California water. She has published research in the Journal of Environmental Quality and the Bioremediation Journal.
Her research interests focus on the role of bacteria in the environment, and she is currently using molecular and microbiological techniques to investigate bacteria in lead-contaminated soils in Missouri.