Connie Vader-Lindholm, PhD
My primary responsibilities for the Department of Biomedical Sciences are related to teaching. I am the coordinator and an instructor for BMS 302: Laboratory in Principles of Physiology, an undergraduate laboratory that explores the "world of hands-on-physiology." I have a degree in Medical Technology and worked in clinical laboratory settings for several years before returning to graduate school. My clinical experiences have been very useful in designing experiments for the physiology teaching laboratory.
I am involved in teaching BMS 192: First Year Seminar in Biomedical Sciences. The purpose of this course is to provide incoming majors with an introduction to Colorado State University resources and potential career paths in Biomedical Sciences against a backdrop of issues in Biomedical Ethics. Coursework includes written exercises, oral presentations, group work, and development of a four-year plan.
BMS 501: Mammalian Physiology II is a graduate-level course that serves a number of majors as well as our Biomedical Sciences graduate students. The course is team taught by several BMS faculty members and I am responsible for the unit on Pulmonary Physiology
In BMS 684 (Supervised College Teaching), I work with departmental graduate students serving as teaching assistants for BMS 302. We discuss instructional methods and explore ways of best presenting the BMS 302 curriculum to the students.
Research Interests -- Computer-Based Learning
In recent years, much of my time has been spent in developing computer-based learning modules for the physiology teaching laboratory. These programs have allowed us to eliminate the use of terminal animal experiments and still present classic physiology experiments to our students.