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Amy S Verhoeven

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Colorado
Office
OWS 357/Lab: OWS388
Phone
(651) 962-5278
Fax
651.926.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

I am a plant physiologist/ biochemist with interests in how plants acclimate and adapt to stressful environments.  I am particularly interested in photosynthesis and photoprotective strategies that plants use in times of stress.  A major research focus has been on low temperature stress, and the questions I have been asking center on how plants deal with high light intensities during winter, when photosynthesis is limited.  My projects have centered on leaf antioxidant systems, a photoprotective process called the xanthophyll cycle, and an examination of how the photosynthetic light harvesting proteins change during acclimation to winter conditions, and upon recovery in the spring.  I am also interested in how plants acclimate to a variety of light conditions, particularly with regard to their complement of photosynthetic proteins. 

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BCHM 301 - 02 Biochemistry Seminar Series 1 - T - - - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 325
CRN: 41780 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy S. Verhoeven This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of three semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second two courses (302 and 303) are no credit and are graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second and third courses (302 and 303) are a two-semester seminar requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 204

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Location Time Day(s)
BCHM 302 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 2 - - - - F - - 1215 - 1320
CRN: 41137 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy S. Verhoeven, Justin J. Donato This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of three semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second two courses (302 and 303) are no credit and are graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second and third courses (302 and 303) are a two-semester seminar requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 204

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Location Time Day(s)
BCHM 303 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 3 - - - - F - - 1215 - 1320
CRN: 42060 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy S. Verhoeven, Justin J. Donato This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of three semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second two courses (302 and 303) are no credit and are graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second and third courses (302 and 303) are a two-semester seminar requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 204

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BIOL 320 - 01 Plant Physiology M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OSS 122
CRN: 42436 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy S. Verhoeven The goals of this course are to introduce essential topics within the field of plant physiology, and to engage the theme of sustainability in agriculture as an important global issue with numerous plant physiological applications. The course content includes photosynthesis and other biochemical processes of plants, water transport and nutrient uptake, plant interactions with the environment and hormonal regulation of plants. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum of C- in BIOL 209

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 320 - 51 Plant Physiology / Lab M - - - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 379
CRN: 42437 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy S. Verhoeven The goals of this course are to introduce essential topics within the field of plant physiology, and to engage the theme of sustainability in agriculture as an important global issue with numerous plant physiological applications. The course content includes photosynthesis and other biochemical processes of plants, water transport and nutrient uptake, plant interactions with the environment and hormonal regulation of plants. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum of C- in BIOL 209

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 208 - 02 Biological Comm & Energetics - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 205
CRN: 21113 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy S. Verhoeven The purpose of this course is to introduce the structure and fuction of cells, and how structure and function drives organismal physiology and diversity. By the end of this course, through lecture and laboratory exercises, students should have an understanding of the basic components of cells, how cells and organisms transfer genetic information to future generations, how communication is integral to cellular and organismal function, and how cells and organisms generate and process energy to drive physiological funtions. In addition, students will continue to improve skills for scientific inquiry through activities designed to increase familiarity with the scientific literature and science terminology, improve skills to design and critically analyze experiments, foster ability to work with a scientific team, and provide opportunities to improve scientific writing. Any one topic covered in this course has enough material for a course of its own. However, this course will give basic overview of a series of selected topics that are meant to introduce students to the vast field of cellular and organismal biology and the use of biological science in life. Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 112 or CHEM 115 and C- or above in BIOL 207

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 208 - 57 Biological Comm & Energ/Lab - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 OWS 378
CRN: 21122 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy S. Verhoeven The purpose of this course is to introduce the structure and fuction of cells, and how structure and function drives organismal physiology and diversity. By the end of this course, through lecture and laboratory exercises, students should have an understanding of the basic components of cells, how cells and organisms transfer genetic information to future generations, how communication is integral to cellular and organismal function, and how cells and organisms generate and process energy to drive physiological funtions. In addition, students will continue to improve skills for scientific inquiry through activities designed to increase familiarity with the scientific literature and science terminology, improve skills to design and critically analyze experiments, foster ability to work with a scientific team, and provide opportunities to improve scientific writing. Any one topic covered in this course has enough material for a course of its own. However, this course will give basic overview of a series of selected topics that are meant to introduce students to the vast field of cellular and organismal biology and the use of biological science in life. Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 112 or CHEM 115 and C- or above in BIOL 207

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