Name: Kelly McDonald, PhD
Title: Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Biological Sciences
Office Location: Humboldt 211C
Office Phone: (916) 278-5836
Mailing Address: Sacramento State 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6043
Office Hours: No office hours Spring 2017 - on sabbatical
Where to find me : Humboldt 211C or Sequoia 339 (for office hours)
Courses that I teach
- Bio 2: Cells, Molecules and Genes - Syllabus
- Bio 297A/B: Teaching Biology Seminar and Laboratory Teaching
- Bio 195T: Teaching Internship - Syllabus
- LA Pedagogy Course
I am a science education specialist with research interests focused on:
- evaluating the effectiveness of specific active learning strategies, assessment techniques and metacognitive activities on student success
- examining the impact of undergraduate research and course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) on student knowledge, skills and attitudes
- examining the beliefs and attitudes of students preparing for careers in STEM teaching
Select Grants and Awards
W. M. Keck Foundation Grant, Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS): Phase II, 2017-2018.
NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (I-USE) Award, Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS), 2014-2019.
W. M. Keck Foundation Grant, Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS), 2015-2016
NSF Robert Noyce Grant, Noyce Sac-MAST: Sacramento Math and Science Teaching Program, 2011-2016.
NSF Robert Noyce Grant, TEMSII: Teaching Excellence in Math and Science Scholars II, 2011-2016.
CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) Programmatic Grant, Sustainable Science: Redesign of the Introduction to Cells, Molecules and Genes Laboratory, 2014-2015.
2013-2014 Outstanding Community Service Award, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Sacramento
G. Andaya, V. Hrabak, S. Parks, R. E. Diaz, K K. McDonald. Examining the Effectiveness of a Post-Exam Review Activity to Promote Self-Regulation in Introductory Biology Students. Journal of College Science Teaching. 46(4), 84-92.
K. K. McDonald and S. R. Gnagy. Lights, Camera, Acting Transport! Using Role-play to Teach Membrane Transport. CourseSource. 2015. http://www.coursesource.org/courses/lights-camera-acting-transport-using-role-play-to-teach-membrane-transport.
K. K. McDonald and J. Gomes. Evaluating Student Preparedness and Conceptual Change in Introductory Biology Students Studying Gene Expression. 2013. Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies. 3 (1), 22-35.
S. S. Hannenhalli, R. P. Middleton, S. Levy, B. Perroud, J. Holzwarth, K. K. McDonald, S. S. Hannah. Identification and Cross-Species Comparison of Canine Osteoarthritic gene Regulatory cis-elements. 2006. OsteoArthritis and Cartilage. 14, 830-838.
K. K. McDonald, S. Zharikov, E. R. Block, M. S. Kilberg. Localization in caveolae of a complex between the CAT1 arginine transporter and endothelial nitric oxide synthetase may explain the arginine paradox. 1998. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 272:31213-31216.
J. C. Matthews, A. M. Aslanian, K. K. McDonald, M. S. Malandro, B. K. Tamarapoo, D. A. Novak, and M. S. Kilberg. Expression of mammalian amino acid transporters: A new model transfection system for stably-maintained episomal vector. 1997. Anal. Biochem. 254:208-214.
K. K. McDonald, R. Rouhani, M. E. Handlogten, E. R. Block, O. W. Griffith, R. D. Allison, M. S. Kilberg. Inhibition of endothelial cell amino acid transport System y+ by arginine analogs that inhibit nitric oxide synthase. 1997. Biochim. et biophys. acta 1324:133-141.
B. K. Tamarappoo, K. K. McDonald, M. S. Kilberg. Expressed human hippocampal ASCT1 amino acid transporter exhibits a pH-dependent change in substrate specificity. 1996. Biochim. et biophys. act.76794:131-136.
Book Chapters and Government Reports
K. K. McDonald, T. S. Gross, N. D. Denslow, V. S. Blazer, B. S. Arnold. Reproductive Indicators (2001) In: The 1995 Mississippi River Basin Report. Schmitt, C. J. and Dethloff, G. Eds.
T. S. Gross, B. S. Arnold, M. S. Sepúlveda, K. K. McDonald. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Endocrine Active Agents (2001). In: Handbook of Ecotoxicology.
K. K. McDonald, T. S. Gross, N. D. Denslow, V. Blazer. Reproductive Indicators (1999) In: Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: Selected Methods for Monitoring Chemical Contaminants and their Effects in Aquatic Ecosystems. Schmitt, C. J. and Dethloff, G. Eds.
Caifu Chen, Kelly K. McDonald, Ada H. Wong, Olga V. Petrauskene, Manohar R. Furtado. Real-Time PCR for RNAi and MicroRNA Applications. 2005. Genomics and Proteomics. Vol.5, no.2
Caifu Chen, Kelly McDonald, Ada H. Wong, Olga V. Petrauskene and Manohar R. Furtado. Real-time PCR: Advancing RNA Interference and MicroRNA Studies. May 2005. Pharmaceutical Discovery
Select Posters and Presentations
A. Martin, A.J. Rechs, T.E. Landerholm, K.K. McDonald. “Effects of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences on Self-Efficacy and Future Goals in an Introductory Biology Series.” Society for the Advancement of Biology Education and Research (West Coast Conference), University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, January 14-15, 2017.
C.P. Watters, T.E. Landerholm, K.K. McDonald. “The impact of a four-week research module on students in a developmental biology course.” Society for the Advancement of Biology Education and Research (West Coast Conference), University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, January 14-15, 2017.
N.V. Dang, E.J. Chiang, H.M. Brown, and K.K. McDonald. “Curricular activities that promote metacognitive skills impact lower-performing students in an introductory biology course.” Society for the Advancement of Biology Education and Research (West Coast Conference), University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, January 14-15, 2017.
A.R. Martin, M.A. Johnson, C.P. Watters, A.J. Rechs, T.E. Landerholm, K.K. McDonald. “Early impacts on students in two introductory biology course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) at a comprehensive teaching institution.” American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 3-7, 2016.
K. McDonald, A. Martin, C. Watters, T. Landerholm. “Design and Impact of a Faculty DevelopmentProgram to Implement Inquiry-Based Curriculum across a Department,” Society for the Advancement of Biology Education and Research Annual Conference, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-17, 2016.
T. Landerholm, K. McDonald; “The Sacramento State SIRIUS Project: Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success,” American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation: Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education Symposium, Washington, D.C., April 27-29, 2016.
A. R. Martin, K. Ahrens, M. Johnson, T. Landerholm, K. Mulligan, H. Nguyen, A. Rechs, K. K. McDonald. “Impacts of an Introductory Level Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Exploring Microbial Diversity along the American River.” CSUPERB annual conference, Orange County, CA, January 9-11, 2016.
E. J. Chiang, N. V. Dang, H.M. Brown, K.K. McDonald. “Evaluating Metacognitive Awareness and Self-Evaluation Skills in Introductory Molecular Biology Students.” CSUPERB annual conference, Orange County, CA, January 9-11, 2016.
A. R. Martin, C. Watters, M. Johnson, T. Landerholm, K. McDonald. “Evaluation of a Faculty Development Program toDesign Inquiry-Based Curriculum across a Department.” Association of American Colleges and Universities, Transforming STEM Education Conference, Seattle, WA, November 12-14, 2015.
A.R. Martin, C.P. Watters, M.A. Johnson, T.L. Landerholm, and K.K. McDonald. “The Sacramento State Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS) Project.” Poster at Gordon Research Conference, Lewiston, ME, July 2015.
G. Andaya, V. Hrabak, S. Parks, R. E. Diaz, and K. K. McDonald. “Measuring the Effectiveness of an Exam Review Activity to Promote Self-Evaluation Skills in Introductory Biology Students.” Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Researchers (SABER) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, July 2014.
K. K. McDonald, R. E. Diaz, and S. Parks. “Transforming Introductory Biology with Pre-assignments, Group Work and Learning Assistants.” 17th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching, San Marco, CA, March 2014.
- Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
- National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
- Faculty Development Network - Undergraduate Biology (FDN-UB)
- Biology Teaching Assistant Project (BioTAP), serve on Steering Committee