Assistant Professor of Biology
The biology courses that Emma Chaput teaches involve human
function—and its contrast, disease—so the possibilities for applying the
concepts she covers in her courses to students’ understanding of how the body
functions are nearly endless, she says.
"I am captivated by the practice of critical scientific
thinking," says Emma. "I try to bring this foundation of inquiry into the
classroom, challenging students to question what they think they know about how
the human body works."
Emma says that her favorite classes are those in which
students creatively explore what they have learned in class and apply ideas to
the outside world, from how vaccines prevent disease or the challenges of
controlling newly emerging epidemics, such as Ebola and Zika, to the nearly
unimaginable intricacies of how a neuron communicates or a muscle contracts.
"I am regularly humbled and inspired by the students I have
the privilege to work with," she says. "The questions they ask push me to
expand my knowledge and to think deeply about how to communicate complex ideas
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