Interstate Passport | Natural Sciences Interstate Faculty Team

Phase II Passport Interstate Faculty Team Members:

Natural Sciences


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Thomas Krabacher - CHAIR
Professor of Geography
California State University, Sacramento

Thomas Krabacher has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the California State University, Sacramento for over 25 years. His academic interests are in the areas of population/demographics and climate change, particularly as they apply to Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Mali, and South Africa. For the past decade Krabacher has also served on the statewide Academic Senate of the CSU, with responsibility for monitoring higher education legislation at the state level.  He received his BS and MA from Michigan State University and PhD in Geography from the University of California, Davis.

Farah Firtha
Department Chair, Chemistry
Mt. San Jacinto College


Photo of Fenny CoxFenny Cox
Associate Professor Biology
University of Hawaii at West Oahu

Fenny Cox is an associate professor of biology at the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu.  She started teaching at UHWO in 2007, when the first freshman class was accepted.  Previously, Cox worked as a researcher at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology.  She received her PhD in biology from the University of New Mexico.

Michael Reese
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science
Leeward Community College

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Thomas B. Steen
Office of Essential Studies
University of North Dakota

Tom Steen is the Director of Essential Studies, the University of North Dakota’s program in general education. Tom was appointed as the first Essential Studies director when the program was implemented in 2008, and he frequently speaks and writes about GE issues such as program design, student learning assessment, and transfer policy. Tom also served as the president of the North Dakota General Education Council in its initial year, co-led the state’s work in the AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives project, and is now serving his second term on the Executive Council of the Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS). He received his education at Calvin College (A.B.), University of Oregon (M.S.), and the Ohio State University (Ph.D.). Tom’s academic specialty is teacher education for physical education; he is also a Professor at UND in Kinesiology and Public Health, as well as Interim Associate Dean in the College of Education & Human Development.

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Patricia Flatt
Assoicate Professor of Chemistry
Western Oregon University

Patricia Flatt’s educational background includes a MS in Plant Ecology from the University of Denver and a PhD in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University, where she conducted research on the molecular mechanisms of cancer biology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Marine Natural Products Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University. She currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of Chemistry at Western Oregon University where she has developed a new Chemistry Emphasis Degree option in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology. 

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Madhav Nepal
Assistant Professor, Biology and Microbiology
South Dakota State University

Madhav Nepal is a faculty member in the Department of  Biology at South Dakota State University. There, he serves as the coordinator of Biology Education Program and as the founding faculty member of the Institute of STEM Education Enhancement (ISEE). Before joining SDSU, he was a post-doctoral scholar/instructor at Kansas State University. Nepal taught in high schools/colleges for many years in Nepal before pursuing higher education in the United States. He received his BS and MS in Biology from Tribhuwan University, second MS in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa and PhD from Kansas State University


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 Adam Dastrup
 Associate Professor and Coordinator, Geosciences Department
 Salt Lake Community College
Adam Dastrup is an Associate Professor and  Coordinator of the Geosciences Department at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). He teaches a variety of geography, earth and environmental science, and geospatial technology courses at SLCC and is a faculty leader in high impact practices, including ePortfolio pedagogy. Dastrup is also the founder of Open Geography Education, an open education resource (OER) for educators.  Finally, Dastrup is heavily involved with advancing the teaching, learning, and application of geospatial technology on the national level. He is an Assistant Director of the National GeoTech Center for Excellence funded by the National Science Foundation's Adavanced Technical Education (ATE) Center.

Photo of Larry Smith Larry Smith
 Professor of Physics
 Snow College

Larry Smith is a professor of physics and mathematics and director of faculty development at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.  He is also serving on Utah’s Tuning USA team for physics.  Smith has served as physics department chair and as dean of the Natural Science and Mathematics Division for 8 years.  He served for 12 years on the local board of education, including a term as president.  Smith received a BS in physics and mathematics from Brigham Young University, and an MA in physics and PhD in science education from the University of Texas at Austin.   


Photo of Meredith Roehrs Meredith Roehrs
 Instructor, Biology/Zoology
 Laramie County Community College

Meredith Roehrs has served Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, WY in the capacity of an instructor of Biology and Zoology since 2010. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology I and II and works in collaboration with her LCCC and University of Wyoming colleagues to foster undergraduate research through the National Institutes of Health’s IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program. Roehrs has also held an instructor position at Northern Oklahoma College, where she taught earth science, physical science, and biology. Roehrs earned her B.A. in Zoology and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and her Master’s in Zoology from Oklahoma State University.