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Educational Resources

As a Professor I am interested in education and I serve on the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) education committee. I have been fortunate that students have appreciated my efforts (and in some cases my humor) and I have received several teaching awards. Over my time teaching at a variety of levels (undergraduate, graduate, and medical school), I have learned a great deal from others at my institution and elsewhere. I want to share some of the things I have learned with others that are interested in teaching Immunology (as well as other less interesting subjects). Below I have provided some of the items I have found useful and interesting.

Educational Websites

Some excellent sites relevant for immunology are collected at the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) site in the education section.

Giving An Effective Talk Using PowerPoint

Below is a PDF describing my views of how to give an effective talk using PowerPoint.

Interesting Slides For Talks

There are many excellent textbooks that have slide sets associated with them. I have some unusual slides I use in giving various talks and in immunology courses. Note these are not the only kind of slides I use! These slides are designed to supplement the more "conventional" teaching slides. Hopefully they will also be of help to others.

Contributed Novel Immunology Activities


The books below are ones that have benefitted me or my students in teaching, getting papers published, or getting through graduate school successfully. In some cases they are practical, in some cases humorous, in some cases more philosophical but I hope in all cases they will be helpful to others.

Intuitive Biostatistics (Paperback) by Harvey MotulskyIntuitive Biostatistics

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition by Edward TufteVisual Display of Quantative Information

Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross DavisTools For Teaching

Teaching As a Performing Art by Seymour SarasonTeaching as a Performing Art

At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator, Updated Edition by Kathy BarkerAt The Bench

Thank You For ArguingThank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs

Why Don't Student Like SchoolWhy Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham

The Alchemist - Paperback by Paulo CoelhoAlchemist

Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by Mimi ZeigerBiomedical research

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. PirsigZen

PhD ProcessThe Ph.D. Process: A Student's Guide to Graduate School in the Sciences by Dale F. Bloom, Jonathan D. Karp, and Nicholas Cohen

Presentation ZenPresentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds