Dr. Kevin McCormick, a teacher at Summit Technology Academy, was recently featured in The American Biology Teacher, a peer-reviewed journal. Dr. McCormick’s article is titled “Using Drosophila to Study How Genes Control Cell Migration.”
Written in partnership with Leonard L. Dobens of University of Missouri-Kansas City, the article demonstrates the use of a model organism to teach students about biology, genetics and cancer. Fruit flies share common genes with humans and we show how that is possible to bring that into the classroom to let students see first-hand how to utilize a model organism for learning about disease processes and/or basic cellular functions.
Dr. McCormick teaches Project Lead the Way biomedical science at Summit Technology Academy and has been with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for five years. He also sponsors STA’s Biodesign Club and leads teacher workshops on synthetic biology.
The American Biology Teacher is an award-winning, peer-reviewed professional journal for K-16 biology teachers. Topics covered in the journal include modern biology content, teaching strategies for the classroom and laboratory, field activities, applications, professional development, social and ethical implications of biology and ways to incorporate such concerns into instructional programs, as well as reviews of books and classroom technology products.