Faculty and Staff

Abigail Fusaro Ph.D

Abigail Fusaro Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Biology

Abigail Fusaro received her Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2002, and her PhD in biological oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 2008. Before joining the Marygrove faculty in 2014, she served as a staff scientist at the Ocean Genome Legacy, a research associate with NOAA’s Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System, and a postdoctoral fellow at Wayne State University.

 

Charles Brian Crane

Charles Brian Crane

Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Charles Brian Crane is a pure mathematician who has been teaching undergraduate mathematics since 2001. Originally from South Carolina, Brian attended Furman University as an undergraduate before earning his doctorate in mathematics from Emory University in 2005. He held teaching positions at Goshen College, Grand Valley State University, and Lawrence Technological University before coming to Marygrove in 2009. He is also a faculty advisor for Marygroves chapter of Sigma Zeta, a national science and mathematics honor society.

 

Don Rizzo

Don Rizzo

Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Dr. Rizzo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 in biology and education from Boston State College, and his Master of Science in 1970 and Ph.D. in parasitology in 1973 from Cornell University.

Dr. Donald C. Rizzo has taught at Marygrove since 1974. As coordinator of the Biology program, Dr. Rizzo prepares students for careers in teaching, research, graduate study, medical, dental and nursing schools and pharmaceutical work. His book, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, had its third edition published by Delmar Cengage Learning in 2010. It is used by students throughout the world and helps to guide them through a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and the fascinating working mechanisms of our bodies. He was chairperson of the Science and Mathematics Dept. from 1975-2006.

 

Eve Ann Page

Eve Ann Page

Laboratory and Health Sciences Program Coordinator

Eve Ann completed her undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University majoring in Biomedical Sciences. She received a Master of Science from Wayne State University in 1981. Her early professional experience was in the field of industrial microbiology, working in research ond manufacturing environments. She has more than 18 years of experience in higher education, serving both as a laboratory co-ordinator and instructor at Wayne State University. 

 

Jana Abolins

Jana Abolins

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics

Jana earned her bachelor and masters degree at Michigan State University and her Ph.D. at Wayne State University.

Jana was born in Riga, Latvia and escaped with her family to Germany after the Russian occupation during World War II. There, they spent five years in a refugee camp until being sponsored to the United States. She and her family arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she developed a love of mathematics during high school.

 

Jeanne Andreoli

Jeanne Andreoli

Ph.D. , Associate Professor of Biology; Co-chair Science and Mathematics Department

Jeanne M. Andreoli received her B.S. in Biology and Communications from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 1987, her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994, and completed her post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She came to Marygrove in 1997 and has been the Co-chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics since 2006.

Dr. Andreoli has been a faculty pioneer in undergraduate science and math transformation efforts as evidenced through participation in Chatauqua Short Courses, Human Genome Ethics Institutes, and workshops in interdisciplinary science, technology, facilities planning, scientific literacy, and undergraduate research. She has led Marygroves engagement with the well-respected, science-oriented architectural firm, Lord Aeck & Sargent, in the planning of new science facilities at Marygrove.

 

Karen Frederick

Professor of English

Karen received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 in biology from Ohio Northern University, her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Medical University of South Carolina in 1988, and Master in biological science from Bowling Green State University in 2006. She is currently a Pharmacy Doctorate candidate at Shenandoah University.

Before entering into higher education, Karen worked as a registered pharmacist. Her passion for working with patients and educating them about their health care, inspired Karen to enter into education.

 

Ken Williams

Ken Williams

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics Department Chair, Online Secondary Mathematics Endorsement Program Coordinator and MAT Mathematics Coordinator

Ken is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Marygrove College, and has been Chair of the Mathematics Department since 1998. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a masters degree from Oakland University.

Ken believes that problem solving should be the focus of mathematics teaching, and that identifying and modeling problem solving techniques is an important objective for students in any mathematics class. He incorporates graphing calculators and computer software into his classes as a tool to help students investigate and solve mathematical problems. He also includes mathematics education material in his courses.

 

Li-hsuan Yang

Li-hsuan Yang

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Integrated Science

Li-hsuan Yang received her B.S. in Zoology from National Taiwan University in 1986, M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1989, M.A. in Secondary School Teaching from Eastern Michigan University in 1992, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on science education from Michigan State University in 1999.

 

Maria Goodrich

Maria Goodrich

Instructor of Biology

Maria Goodrich is an aquatic ecologist who has been involved in teaching undergraduate biology since 2003. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and worked as a research assistant at the USGS and the Stanford Medical School. She completed her doctoral coursework in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 where her research focused on bacterial-algal interactions in aquatic environments. She began teaching at Marygrove College in 2010. Her teaching achievements include the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor and Teaching Effectiveness Awards from UC Berkeley and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Marygrove chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. She has also served as a faculty advisor and research mentor for the Michigan College Alliances Third 90 Network.

 

Science and Math Overview

Science and Math Overview

Marygrove's Science and Mathematics department teaches students to go beyond simply learning. Through STEM, students are given a foundation to generate new knowledge.

Science and Math Potential Careers

Potential Careers

STEM opens up a world of opportunity. From biotechnologists to computer software engineers, students have a diverse range of career choices.

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