Faculty Profile: Kathy Takayama, B.S. (Biology, MIT); Ph.D. [Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UMDNJ-Robert W Johnson Medical School]

Kathy Takayama
Kathy Takayama, B.S. (Biology, MIT); Ph.D. [Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UMDNJ-Robert W Johnson Medical School]
Executive Director of Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning; Adjunct Professor
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, & Biochemistry
Work: +1 401-863-1141

Biography

Kathy Takayama is the Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. She holds a B.S. in Biology from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rutgers Medical School. Previously, she was a National Institutes of Health Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a faculty member at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia where her research focused on the molecular regulation of RNA processing mechanisms. She has led an active research program in science education, online pedagogies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and has delivered numerous keynotes on her work in visualizations in learning; the pedagogical integration of art + science; ePortfolio-based inquiry; faculty development and institutional transformation; and interdisciplinary learning. In 2002, she led the first international (pre-MOOC) online inquiry course in genomics for students across several continents to celebrate the sequencing of the human genome, titled "Visualizing the Science of Genomics".

Dr. Takayama is a Carnegie Scholar and President-Elect of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. Her national and international teaching awards include the Australian Society for Microbiology David White Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award, and the University of New South Wales Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Takayama serves on the National Steering Committee of the National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Program, which she co-founded in 2005. In 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the National Research Council. Dr. Takayama was one of four higher education faculty selected to serve on the College Board AP (Advanced Placement) Biology Curriculum, Development and Assessment Committee to create the new AP Biology curriculum which focuses on depth of understanding, and application of concepts and scientific processes. She serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and is Research Editor of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. Currently, she is an International Advisor to the Board for Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She has also advised higher education institutions throughout the US and in Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Latin America, and Ghana.

She has recently co-authored a book chapter with historian David Reichard entitled "Exploring Student Learning in Unfamiliar Territory: A Humanist and a Scientist Compare Notes". She is Co-Principal Investigator on a study funded by the Teagle Foundation on Engaging Evidence to Improve Student Learning.

Grants and Awards

President-elect (2014), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Keynote speaker, eLearning Forum Asia 2013: Learning Outcomes – Impact on Next Generation Learners; Hong Kong.

Keynote speaker, 2013 AAEEBL (Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning) Conference: e-Portfolios in an Altered Learning Landscape, Providence, RI

Keynote speaker, 2012 Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference, Hobart, Australia

Keynote speaker, 2011 Centennial Symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Invited Plenary, Nanyang Technological University Learning and Teaching Conference: Our Global Challenge: Preparing our Students for the 21st Century, Singapore, 2011

Keynote speaker, James Madison University Visiting Scholar 2010

Keynote speaker, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference, Georgia Southern University, 2009
http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/conference/2009/

National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, 2008

Invited Plenary, Lilly East Conference, University of Delaware, Newark Delaware, 2008

Elected Chair, 4th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning held in Sydney, Australia, 2007

Invited Plenary Speaker, American Society for Microbiology 106th General Meeting Educational Symposium, Orlando, Florida, 2006

Australian Society for Microbiology David White Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005

Invited speaker, International Gordon Conference on Visualization in Science and Education, Oxford University, UK, 2005

Australian College of Educators State of New South Wales Quality Teaching Award, 2004

Invited speaker, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/ International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Joint Conference, Boston, MA, 2004

Invited Plenary Speaker, Society for General Microbiology Educational Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin, UK, 2004

Carnegie Scholar, 2003-2004

University of New South Wales Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, 2003

University of New South Wales Vice Chancellor's Teaching & Research Award, 2002-2003

University of New South Wales Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology Fellowship, 2002

Affiliations

Memberships
American Society for Microbiology
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
RNA Society

Editorial Boards
Research Editor, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (ASM Press) (2010 - present)
Editorial Board, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (ASM Press) (2007 - 2010)
Editorial Board, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2006 - present)
Editorial Review Panel (2004 - 2006), MountainRise, international e-journal on the scholarship of teaching and learning
Reviewer for MERLOT (online resource for teaching and learning) (2001-2003)

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Biology Curriculum Development & Assessment Committee (2009-2012)

Co-Chair, NSF Biology Scholars Writing Residency Program (2008 - present)

Executive Committee: National Institutes of Health, Division of International Training and Research - Fogarty International Grant Award: "Framework Programs for Global Health" (2008-2011)

Steering Committee, American Society for Microbiology Scholars-in-Residence Program, and NSF Biology Scholars Program (2006 - present)

Regional Vice President (Australasia), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2005 - 2007)

American Association for Higher Education Conference Review Panel (2004-2005)

External Peer Evaluation of Teaching Workshop for Australian Universities, Sydney Australia (2004)

Executive Committee, Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis, Sydney Australia (2002-2003)

Management Committee, University of New Sout Wales Gifted Education, Research, Resource and Information Centre (2002-2007)

Funded Research

NSF Gordon Conference Mini-Grant
K. Takayama, B. Wong & N. Woolridge: "Crowd-sourcing salience ratings for scientific images" $6000 (2011 - 2013)

Teagle Foundation
T. Luxon & K. Takayama: "Engaging Evidence: Programs for Improving Student Learning" $200,000 (2011 - 2013)

National Science Foundation
A. Chang, A. Darden & K. Takayama: "Biology Scholars Program - 2"
$599,595 (2010 - 2014)

National Science Foundation
A. Chang, S. Benson, A. Darden, H. Elmendorf & K. Takayama: "Enhancing Learning Improvements through Evidence Scholars Program"
$200,000 (2007 - 2010)

Selected Publications

  • Takayama, K. (2010) Facilitating group discussions: understanding group development and dynamics. POD Essays on Teaching Excellence, vol 21 no. 1. http://www.podnetwork.org/publications/teachingexcellence/09-10/V21_N1_Takayama.pdf (2010)
  • Takayama, K. (2010) Catalyzing interdisciplinary and integrative thinking through the scholarship of teaching and learning. Microbiology Australia, vol 31 no. 1 (2010)
  • Takayama, K. (2009) Communities, Voices and Portals of Engagement. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol 3 no. 2 (July 2009). http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/v3n2/essays_about_sotl/_Takayama/index.htm (2009)
  • Erce, M.A., Low, J.K., March, P.E., Wilkins, M., Takayama, K. (2009) Identification and functional analysis of RNase E of Vibrio angustum S14 and two-hybrid analysis of its interaction partners. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)- Proteins and Proteomics, 1794, 1107–1114. (2009)
  • Takayama, K. (2005) The future of life science research: teaching our future scientists. Australian Life Scientist, March/April 2005, p.12. (2005)
  • Takayama, K. (2005) Teaching visualizing the science of genomics, in Visualization in Science Education, John K. Gilbert (ed.), Dordrecht: Springer, pp 217-251. (2005)
  • Takayama, K. & Wilson, J. (2005) Mapping student learning throughout the collaborative inquiry process: the progressive e-poster. Proceedings of the Blended Learning in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, The University of Sydney, 2005, 111-116. (2005)
  • Takayama, K. and Nicholson, J. (2004) The Symbiotic Bacterial Light Project: Luxcorp. Installation, Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Invited solo exhibition for the CSIRO Metis Arts-Science Festival. May 15 - June 19, 2004, Canberra, ACT Australia. (2004)
  • Takayama, K. (2004) Visualising the science of genomics: cognitive and social interactions that promote learning in an online collaborative research project. Proceedings of the Scholarly Inquiry in Flexible Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, The University of Sydney, 2004, 65-71. (2004)
  • Takayama, K. (2004) Three-dimensional visualizations in teaching genomics and bioinformatics: Mutations in HIV envelope proteins and their consequences for vaccine design. Microbiology Education, 5, 3 - 12. http://jmbe.asm.org/index.php/jmbe/article/view/72 (2004)
  • Whitaker, N. & Takayama, K. (2004) Computer-aided visualisation in teaching genomics and bioinformatics. FASEB Journal, 18, 6-7. (2004)
  • Takayama, K. (2003) Visualising the Science of Genomics – an international online research project. Microbiology Australia, 24, 32 - 33. (2003)
  • Gong, L., Takayama, K. & Kjelleberg, S. (2002) Role of spoT-dependent ppGpp accumulation in the survival of light-exposed starved bacteria. Microbiology, 148, 559-570. (2002)
  • McDougald D., Gong L., Srinivasan S., Hild E., Thompson L., Takayama K., Rice S.A., Kjelleberg S. (2002) Defences against oxidative stress during starvation in bacteria. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, 81, 3-13. (2002)
  • McDougald, D., Gong, L., Srinivasan, S., Hild, E., Thompson, L., Takayama, K., Rice, S., and Kjelleberg, S. (2001) Defences against oxidative stress during starvation in marine bacteria. Proceedings from the Ninth International Symposium on Microbial Ecology. (2001)
  • Hild, E., Takayama, K., Olsson, R. & Kjelleberg, S. (2000) Evidence for a role of rpoE in stressed and unstressed cells of marine Vibrio angustum strain S14. Journal of Bacteriology, 182, 6964-6974. (2000)
  • Takayama, K. & Kjelleberg, S. (2000) The role of RNA stability during bacterial stress responses and starvation. Environmental Microbiology, 2, 355-365. (2000)
  • Srinivasan, S., Ostling, J., Charlton, T., de Nys, R., Takayama, K., and Kjelleberg, S. (1998) Extracellular signal molecule(s) are involved in the carbon starvation response of marine Vibrio sp. strain S14. Journal of Bacteriology, 180, 201-209. (1998)
  • Takayama, K. (ed) The University of New South Wales School of Microbiology and Immunology Annual symposium: program and abstracts. 1997 - 2003. (1997)
  • Thieringer, H., Takayama, K., Kang, C. and Inouye, M. (1995) Antisense RNA-mediated inhibition of mouse hepatitis virus replication in L2 cells. Antisense Research and Development, 5, 289-294. (1995)
  • Wickens, M. and Takayama, K. (1994) RNA:Deviants-or emissaries. Nature, 367, 17-18. (1994)
  • Takayama, K. and Inouye, M. (1990) Antisense RNA. CRC Critical Reviews in Biochemistry, 25, 155-184. (1990)
  • Takayama, K. and Inouye, M. (1989) Antisense RNA: a versatile and specific regulator. Pharmaceutical Technology, 13, 18-22. (1989)
  • Takayama, K., Kuriyama, S., Weiss, S., Chada, K., Inouye, S. and Inouye, M. (1989) Antisense RNA -mediated inhibition of viral infection in tissue culture and transgenic mice. Proceedings from the UCLA Symposium on the Molecular Biology of RNA, T. Cech, Ed., 94, 299-310. (1989)
  • Takayama, K., Weiss, S., Kuriyama, S., Chada, K., Inouye, S., Hirashima, A., Sawaki, S., Mizuno, T., Houba-Herin, N. and Inouye, M. (1988) Antisense RNA as a tool in viral immune systems. Current Communications in Molecular Biology, Antisense RNA and DNA, 29-34. (1988)
  • Takayama, K. and Inouye, M. (1988) Antisense RNA as a tool for regulation of gene expression. Proceedings from the 8th International Biotechnology Symposium, 1, 97-112. (1988)
  • Takayama, K., Houba-Herin, N. and Inouye, M. (1987) Overproduction of an antisense RNA containing the oop RNA sequence of bacteriophage l induces clear plaque formation. Mol. Gen. Genet., 210, 184-186. (1987)