CURRICULUM VITAE

Elizabeth Sherman


OFFICE  ADDRESS:
    
                Natural Science
                Bennington College
                Bennington, VT 05201
                (802) 440-4466
                E-mail: sherman@bennington.edu

EDUCATION:  

    Ph.D., Zoology, University of Vermont, 1977
         High Distinction

    Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University, 1972-73

    Summer Marine Biology Program, Cornell University, 1971
         On research station on Isles of Shoals, NH and ME.

    B.A., Biology, University of Rochester, 1972
         High Distinction

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT:
   
    Visiting Scientist, Department of Environment, Cayman Islands

          Sabbatical leave 2010; summers & winters-present

           

    Professor of Biology, Bennington College, 1978-present

    Scientist-in-residence, Long Trail School, private high school in Dorset, VT
          Supported in part by grant from NSF (sabbatical, 1995-1996)

    Curriculum Coordinator (Bennington Equivalent of Chair), Natural Science Mathematics,
         1984-1986; 1992-1994; 2003-2005
         Bennington College
        
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, 1977-78
         Neurobiology & Behavior

    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1974-1977
         Department of Zoology, University of Vermont
    
    Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Vermont, 1973-74
         Department of Zoology
    
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, 1972-73
         Division of Biological Science

    Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, University of Rochester, 1971
         Department of Biology

AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS:

    Math Science Partnerships Grant, investigator. Grant awarded to school districts in southern Vermont, 2009-present.

    Problems in amphibian diversity: has pH served as a selective agent in the evolution of
              newts.  Grant from American Wildlife Research Foundation, Inc.  2001
    
    Developmental differences among newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) as a function of
              pond pH.  Grant from American Wildlife Research Foundation, Inc.  2000

    Integrating Science & Math in the Classroom V: Biodiversity: Organisms, Evolution, and
              Interdependence.  Funded through National Science Foundation, Vermont Institute for
              Science, Math, & Technology. 1997

    Scientist-in residence, grant to enable me to teach science in middle/ high school and
              collaborate with students and teachers. Supported by National Science Foundation,
              Vermont Institute for Science, Math, & Technology. 1995-1996

    Intraspecific variation in osmoregulation among newt populations as a function of pond pH.
             National Science Foundation, VT.EPSCoR program. 1995-1996

    Integrating Science & Math in the Classroom IV: The Science of Water. Funded through
              National Science Foundation, Vermont Institute for Science, Math, & Technology. 1996

    Integrating Science & Math in the Classroom III: Topics in Chemistry & Physics.  Funded
              through National Science Foundation, Vermont Institute for Science, Math, & Technology. 1995

    Integrating Science & Math in the Classroom II: Earth & Life Sciences.  Funded through
              Department of Education, Title II. 1994

    Integrating Science & Math in the Classroom:  Concepts in Action.  Funded through
              Department of Education through Title II funding. 1993      
    
    Grass Foundation Grant, 1992-1994

    National Science Foundation Grant, 1988-1989
             Vt. EPSCoR Program
 
    Vermont Department of Education Title II Grant, 1986-1988
              Principal Investigator, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union,
              Bennington, VT.

    W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship, 1983-1986.  
    
    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1974-1977
              University of Vermont    

    Graduated with High Distinction in Biology, 1972
              University of Rochester

    Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1972
              University of Rochester

    Janet Howell Clark Prize for Science, 1972
              University of Rochester

    Chester A. Dewey Scholarship Prize for Biology, 1971
              University of Rochester

COURSES TAUGHT:

    Field Course in Coral Reef Biology (on Grand Cayman)
    Diversity of Coral Reef Animals
    Introductory Biology
    Comparative Animal Physiology
    Neurophysiology
    Advanced Physiological Ecology
    Evolution of Animal Social Behavior
    Human Evolution
    Marine Biology
    The Biology of the Sexes
    A Picture is Worth 1000 Words, or Graphing the Material World: An
               Integrated Approach to Science & Math  
    Integrating Science & Math in the Classroom
    Scale, Models and Simulations in Science &  Mathematics
    Numerous seminars on physiological and behavioral adaptations of animals
    Human Nature(s)
    Science and Anti-science in America


RESEARCH INTERESTS:
    
    Physiological ecology of amphibians
    Diversity of coral reef animals
    Evolution and sociobiology
    Science/math and citizenship


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:  

    Herpetologists League
    Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    National Science Teacher Association

PROFESSIONAL WORK IN K-12 SCHOOLS:

Math Science Partnerships Grant Instructor.  Provide classes in content and inquiry to K-12 math science teachers.  Grant awarded to school districts in southern Vermont, 2009-present.

Vermont Science Initiative. Provide classes in content and inquiry to K-12 math science teachers.  Statewide grant, 2009-2011.

Consultant, elementary, middle, and high school science education, 1979- present. Emphasis on science content and inquiry approach to science.  Experience includes science curriculum development and implementation, model teaching, in-service workshop presentation, writing of grant applications, assessment.  Supported by grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Vermont Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation.

Science, Math, & Technology Assessment Design Team, Vermont Institute for Science,
Math & Technology. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, 1995    

Consultant and instructor, Vermont Institute for Science, Math, and Technology.
Sponsored by National Science Foundation, 1993-1998

Founder and Director, Bennington College Science Student Internship Program, 1981-1998. Bennington College science students work in elementary school
classrooms teaching science during January and February.


    
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    Founder and Director, Bennington College Coral Reef Biology Field Studies, 2004-present

    Amphibian diversity of Merck Forest.  Supported by Merck Forest. 1998-present.

    Accreditation visiting team member for NEASC, College of the Holy Cross, 2000

    Accreditation visiting team member for NCA, Oberlin College, 1998

    Accreditation visiting team member for NEASC, Connecticut College, 1997

    Accreditation visiting team member for Vt. Dept. of Ed., Antioch New England,  1997

    Northeast United States Working Group: Declining Amphibian Population
                Task Force, 1993-present
    
    Accreditation visiting team member for NEASC, College of the Atlantic, 1992
    
    Consultant, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of
                Schools & Colleges, 1990. Serving as consultant on revision of Standards of
                Accreditation, and Visiting Team Member.        

    Commissioner, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association
                of Schools & Colleges, 1982-1989.  One of 16 commissioners determining accreditation
                status of colleges and universities in New England.

     Bennington College July Program, 1983-1988
               Medical physiology program for gifted high school students

     Founder and Director, Bennington College Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical & Allied Health Sciences Program, 1979-1998

     Manuscript reviewer:  Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology, Copeia, Crustaceana, Herpetologica, Evolutionary Biology, PLoS One, Scientific Reports


PUBLICATIONS:

    Sherman, E. 1976.  Effects of thermal and water stress on heart rate in Bufo americanus  and
                B. marinus.  Herp. Rev. 7:93.

    Sherman, E. M. Novotny, and J. M. Camhi.  1977.  A modified walking rhythm employed
                during righting behavior in the cockroach Gromphadorhina portentosa
                J. Comp. Physiol. 113:  303-316.
    
    Sherman, E.  1977.  A cardiovascular mechanism maintaining skin hydration in the toad Bufo
                marinus
.  Am. Zool. 17:  903.

    Sherman, E.  1980.  Ontogenetic change in thermal tolerance of the toad Bufo woodhousii
                fowleri
.  Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 65A:  227-230.

    Sherman, E.  1980.  Cardiovascular responses of the toad Bufo marinus to thermal stress and
                water deprivation.  Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 66A:  643-650.

    Sherman, E. and A. Eichrodt.  1982.  The effect of temperature on osmotic responses of the
                hermit crab Pagurus longicarpus Say. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 73A:  261-265.

    Sherman, E. and S. Stadlen.  1986.  The effect of dehydration on rehydration and metabolic rate
                in a lunged and lungless salamander.  Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 85A: 483-487.

    Sherman, E., L. Baldwin, G. Fernandez, and E. Deurell.  1991.  Fever and thermal tolerance
                in the toad Bufo marinus. J. Therm. Biol. 16:297-301.

    Sherman, E. and A. Stephens.  1998.  Fever and metabolic rate in the toad Bufo
                marinus
J. Therm. Biol.  23:  49-52.

    Sherman, E. and D. Levitis.  2003.  Heat hardening as a function of developmental stage in larval
                and juvenile Bufo americanus and Xenopus laevisJ. Therm. Biol.  28(5):373-380.

    Sherman, E.  2008.  Thermal biology of newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) chronically infected
                with a naturally occurring  pathogen.  J. Therm. Biol. 33: 27-31.

    Sherman, E. 2009.  Science and anti-science in America: why it matters.  Skeptical Inquirer (March/April) 33: 32-35.

   
Sherman, E., K. Tock, and C. Clarke.  2009. Fluctuating asymmetry in Ichthyophonus-sp. infected newts, Notophthalmus viridescens,
               
from Vermont.  Appl. Herpetol. 6: 369-378.

   Sherman, E. and K. Van Munster. 2012.  Pond pH, acid tolerance and water preference in newts of Vermont.
               Northeastern Naturalist 19:111-122.


   Sherman, E.  2015. Can sea urchins beat the heat? Sea urchins, thermal tolerance and climate change.
               PeerJ 3:e1006; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1006
https://peerj.com/articles/1006/

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:


    Some Like It Hot!  A predictive model of the Law of Conservation of
               Energy.  Vermont Blueprints for Change II, May 1991.
    
    Scaling the Heights with Dinosaurs.  The importance of scale in science.
              Annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, Boston, March 1992.

    The Contingent Nature of Scientific Knowledge.  The Freedom Forum,
             Media Studies Center, Science and the Media, Columbia University,  NY.  March 1992.

    Scaling: An Integrated Approach to Science and Math.  Vermont Blueprints for Change II,  Stowe, VT.  May 1992.

    The Biology of Gender.  Sponsored by the Women’s Issues Study Group,
             Bennington College, VT.  October, 1992.

    Barbie Doll Biology: Can Barbie Do Math?  Presented to the Vermont Institute of Science,
             Math, and Technology.  Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Colchester,
             VT. October, 1993.

    The Biology of Sex. Burr & Burton Academy (private high school) Biology Seminar Series. Manchester, VT.  June, 1994.

    Animal life of ponds.  Bennington County Conservation District.  August, 1994.

    The Enterprise of Science.  Keynote address, Vermont Institute for Science, Math & Technology,  Summer Institute,
             sponsored by National Science Foundation, July, 1995.

    What’s so hot about fever anyway? fever as adaptation.  Colorado College, Department of Biology Seminar, Colorado Springs, January, 1999.
    
    Adaptations of newts to ponds of different pH.  Johnson State College, Current Topics in Biology Series, April, 2002.

    Has pH served as an agent of natural selection in the evolution of newts?  Northeast Natural History Conference VII,
            New York State Museum, Albany, NY, April, 2002.
    
    Presenter, Art, Artists, & Teaching, J. Paul Getty Trust & Bennington College, Bennington, VT, June 2002.

    Physiological differences among newts from ponds of different pH, (with student K. Stoop).  Joint Meeting of Icthyologists and Herpetologists. 
            New Orleans, July, 2006.

    Science and anti-science in America: belief and knowing.  Keynote address:  plenary session, 31st Annual Conference of the New England
            Association of Environmental Biologists.  Mount Snow, VT, March 15, 2007

    A life of reading.  Keynote address, School Year Opening, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union School Teachers, August, 2008.

    Fear of flying: why science matters.  Convocation address, Bennington College, Bennington, VT.  Sept. 2, 2008.

    Why Darwin Matters.  Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT., March 2009.

    What are the chances: a celebration of earth’s atoms.  Merck Forest and Farmland, VT., June 2009.

    Doing science on planet earth.  Keynote address, Science Summit, Manchester Elementary and Middle School, January 2010

    What’s the big idea: using technology in the K-12 science classroom.  Keynote address,  Southwest Vermont Science Partnership Summit, December, 2010
   
    What's love got to do with it: the biology of human mate choice.  Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT., March 2011.

    Science and anti-science in America. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Rutland, VT, May 2011.

    Doing science in school. Keynote address, Rutland (VT) Southwest Supervisory Union. August 2012.

    Why Evolution Matters.  Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Manchester, VT. August 2012.

    What is natural? Merck Forest and Farmland, VT., June 2013.
   

    Next Generation Science Standards: what’s the big idea? Keynote speech, Chittenden South Supervisory Union, VT. August, 2014.



POPULAR ARTICLES:

    What’s so hot about cold-blooded amphibians? Ridgeline, Merck Forest, Winter 2002.

TECHNICAL REPORTS:

    Amphibian inventory of the Merck Forest, Peru, VT.  2000-2001.

    Amphibian inventory of the Merck Forest, Peru, VT.  1998-1999.