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Donna Ritch
Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences                                             Interested in traveling abroad?
Associate Professor of Human Biology and Biology                                   Click here to learn about a course
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay                                                                to Germany and Poland

TH 335
Green Bay, WI  54311-7001
Phone:  (920)465-2274
E-mail: 
ritchd@uwgb.edu

FAX:  (920)465-2718


Education:

  • Ph.D. in Biology from Penn State University, University Park, PA

  • M.S. in Biology from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

  • B.S in Biology from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH


Courses Taught While at UW-Green Bay:

  • First Year Seminar:  Fantastic Voyage:  Science in Film (HUM BIOL 198)
    Films with scientific elements have had a hugh impact on science and society.  This course explores how science and scientists are protrayed in these films and how the films have shaped popular perceptions of science and scientists, the world, and the universe.

  • Ethnic Minorities in Science (HUM BIOL 202)
    The history and culture of science in the US will be examined, in order to understand what has led to the current under-representation of ethnic minorities in science. The often overlooked contributions of scientists who are members of ethnic minorities will be recognized.

  • Anatomy and Physiology (HUM BIOL 204)
    This courses covers the structures and functions of the organ systems of the human body.  Lab includes organ dissection, identifying structures through the use of ADAM software, and various physiological tests, such as blood typing, EKG, and blood pressure.

  • Human Disease and Society (HUM BIOL 217)
    This course focuses upon various human diseases – biology, history, and society’s influence on disease – as well as discussion of the transmission and cause of disease, the body’s defense against disease, epidemiology, and public health.

  • Microscopic Anatomy (HUM BIOL 306)
    This laboratory course consists of identification of prepared slides of cells, tissues, and organs with an emphasis on human organ systems at the microscopic level.

  •  Science and the Expression of Art During the Renaissance (HUM BIOL 499)
    This is a travel abroad course to Italy.  The first week of the course consists of lectures on the history of science focusing upon Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo.  Students spend the final two weeks in Italy (Rome, Florence, Padua, and Venice).
     

  • Cell Biology (BIOLOGY 307)
    This course covers the structure and functions of eukaryotic organelles; lab utilizes various cell biology techniques to study apoptosis in breast cancer cells.

  • Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (BIOLOGY 340)
    This lab intensive course emphasizes anatomical differences (including adaptations and specializations) among vertebrate classes; lab dissections include the shark, frog, turtle, pigeon, and cat.

 See the UW-Green Bay Undergraduate Course Catalog for the most recent information about these courses including prerequisites.

Awards:

  •  Founder's Award for Teaching Excellence, 1997

Publications:

  • Bauer-Dantoin, A. and D. Ritch.  2005.  “Add and Stir” Approach to Increasing Diversity in the Sciences:  Design and Implementation of an Undergraduate Course Entitled “Ethnic Minorities in Science.”  Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 11(4): 329-343.

  • Ritch, D.L. and J. Rank.  2001.  Laboratory Safety in the Biology Lab.  Bioscence, The Journal of College Biology Teachers  27(3): 17-22

  • Daggett, S.D. and D. L. Ritch. 1999.  Rediscovering Chlamydamonas.   Bioscene, The Journal of College Biology Teachers   25(2):13-14.

  • Ritch, D.L. and S.D. Daggett. 1994. Nuclear DNA Content and Chromosome Number in German Isolates of Phytophthora infestans. Mycologia 87 (5): 579-581.

  • Yemma, J.J. and D.L. Ritch. 1994. Quantitative Cytophotometric and Autoradiographic Analysis of the Cell Cycle Kinetics during Growth and Development of the Plasmodium in the Myxomycete Didymium iridis. Cytobios 79: 107-116.

  • Therrien, C.D., P.W. Tooley, L.J. Spielman, W.E. Fry, D.L. Ritch, and S.E. Shelly. 1992. Nuclear DNA content, allozyme phenotypes and metalaxyl sensitivity of Phytophthora infestans from Japan. Mycological Research 97 (8): 945-980.

  • Therrien, C.D., D.L. Ritch, L.S. Sujkowski, P.W. Tooley, L.J. Spielman, W.E. Fry, S.S. Daggett, and J.H. Sim. 1992. Phytophthora infestans in Poland from 1987-1989. Nuclear DNA content, mating type distribution and response to metalaxyl. Phytopathology (Berlin) 139 (1): 68-80.

  • Therrien, C.D., D.L. Ritch, L.C. Davidse, Ad B.K. Jespers, and L.J. Spielman. 1989. The nuclear DNA content, mating type and metalaxyl sensitivity of eighty-three isolates of Phytophthora infestans from The Netherlands. Mycol. Res. 92(2): 140-146.

  • Tooley, P.W., C.D. Therrien, and D.L. Ritch. 1989. Mating type, nuclear DNA content, race composition, and isozyme analysis of Peruvian isolates of Phytophthora infestans. Phytopathology 79 (4): 478-481.

  • Ritch, D.L. and C.D. Therrien. 1987. An investigation of the apogamic induction hypothesis in Didymium iridis. Cytobios 51: 171-181.

  • Therrien, C.D. and D.L. Ritch. 1985. A simplified method for the non-axenic liquid cultivation of slime mould amoebae: concanavalin A stimulation of population growth rates. Microbios 44: 117-124.

Abstracts:

  • Ritch, D.L., C.D. Therrien, S.S. Daggett, J.H. Sim, and L.S. Sujkowski.  1991.  Phytophthora infestans in Poland from 1987-1989.  Nuclear DNA content, mating type and response to metalaxyl.  Phytopathology 81 (10):  1190.

  • Therrien, C. D., S. S. Daggett, D. L. Ritch, N. Sato, L. J. Spielman, and P. W. Tooley.  1990.  Mating type, nuclear DNA content and isozyme composition of thirty‑three isolates of Phytophthora infestans from Japan.  Phytopathology 80 (1): 124.

  • Ritch, D. L., L. J. Spielman, L. Sujkowski, and C. D. Therrien.  1990.  The nuclear DNA content, mating type and metalaxyl sensitivity of fifty‑three isolates of Phytophthora infestans from Poland.  Phytopathology 80 (1):  123.

  • Therrien, C. D., D. L. Ritch, and L. J. Spielman.  1988.  The nuclear DNA content and ploidy of Phytophthora infestans.  Phytopathology 78 (11): 1511.

  • Therrien, C. D., D. L. Ritch, and B. J. Christ.  1987.  Cytophotometric analysis of the nuclear DNA content of twenty three isolates of Phytophthora infestans from The Netherlands.  Phytopathology 77 (11):  1620.

Laboratory Manual:

  •  Ritch, D.L. and M.M. Park. 1987. Biology: Laboratory Manual. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. Dubuque, Iowa. 471p.

Presentations:

  • "Get with the (first year seminar) program:  creating connectiosn to promote engagement," with Dr. Denise Bartell, Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, Denver, CO, 2010 and Atlanta, GA, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) (oral presentation).

  • "Integrating liberal education outcomes into first year seminars," with Drs. Brenda Amenson-Hill and Scott Furlong, 96th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Unversities, Washington D.C., 2010 (roundtable discussion)

  • "Teaching the teacher;  faculty development for first-year seminars," with Drs. Scott Furlong, Regan Gurung, Andrew Kersten, and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, Orlando, FL. 2009 (oral presentation).

  • "Using BSCCE expectations to raise the bar for engagement in the first year of college," with Drs. Denise Bartell, Georjenna Wilson-Doenges, and Andrew Kersten, Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, Orlando, FL, 2009 (oral presentation).

  • “Induction of apoptosis in cancer cells using melatonin,” Annual Academic Excellence Symposium (with Mitchell Bruckert), UW-Green Bay, Spring 2007 (poster presentation).

  • “Toward a culturally inclusive science curriculum,” Association of College and University Biology Educators Conference (with Dr. Angela Bauer-Dantoin), Milliken University, October 2006 (oral presentation).

  • “Determination of location of esterase activity in the acellular slime mold Didyium iridis,” Tri-Beta Northcentral District Convention at UW-Green Bay, (with Lacy Roberts), 2005, (poster presentation).

  • “Ethnic minorities in science course” at Women in Science Program, UW-Oshkosh, with Dr. Angela Bauer-Dantoin, 2002, 2003, and 2004 (oral presentation).

  • “Intracellular calcium in the acellular slime mold Didymium iridis,” UW-Green Bay (with Jesse Lloyd), 2004 (oral presentation).

  • "Intracellular calcium concentrations in the acellular slime mold Didymium iridis,” Third Annual Academic Excellence Symposium (with Jesse Lloyd and Dan Joppe), UW-Green Bay, Spring 2004 (poster presentation).

  • “Calcium signaling in the acellular slime mold Didymium iridis,” Second Annual Academic Excellence Symposium (with Emily Barnes), UW-Green Bay, Spring 2003 (poster presentation).

  • “Laboratory Safety in the Undergraduate Science Lab,” Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAPS) Conference, Phoenix, AZ, with Jane Rank, May 2002 (poster presentation).

  • “Cell signaling in the acellular slime mold Didymium iridis,” at the UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (with Michelle Cullen); 2001 (poster presentation).

  • “Infectious Diseases – The Familiar and Not So Familiar”; UW-Green Bay; Fall 2001.

  • “The Use of Human Blood Products in the Undergraduate Laboratory” at the Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAPS) Conference, Charlotte, NC, 2000, with Jane Rank (workshop).

  • “An investigation into the intracellular signaling pathway of the acellular slime mold Didymium iridis,” at UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research (with Tina Sauerhammer), University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1999 (poster presentation).

  • Rediscovering Chlamydomonas.” at the ACUBE (Association of College and University Biology Educators) 42nd Annual Meeting, October 15-17, 1998, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO (workshop).

  • "Nuclear DNA content and chromosome number in German isolates of Phytophthora infestans," at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) in Athens, GA, June 18-23, 1993 (poster presentation).

  • "Phytophthora infestans in Poland from 1987-1989.  Nuclear DNA content, mating type and response to metalaxyl", Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, St. Louis, MO, 1991 (oral presentation).

  • "The nuclear DNA content, mating type and metalaxyl sensitivity of fifty‑three isolates of Phytophthora infestans from Poland", American Phytopathological Society Meetings, Penn State University, University Park, PA, 1989 (oral presentation). 

Grant Proposals Awarded: 

  • Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Grant, UW-System, "Establishing, Maintaining, and Optimizing First Year Seminars."

  • Institute on Race and Ethnicity at UW-Milwaukee, “Ethnic Minorities in Sciences,“ (with Dr. Angela Bauer-Dantoin).

  • National Science Foundation - CCLI grant, "Improvement of Molecular Biology Components of the Human Biology Curriculum:  Incorporation of a Research-Based Learning Approach,” (with Dr. Angela Bauer-Dantoin).

  • National Science Foundation – CCLI grant, "Enhanced Learning of Human Anatomy:  An Integrative Approach," (with Dr. James Marker).

  • National Science Foundation – CCLI grant, “Improvement of the Molecular and Cell Biology Component in the Undergraduate Curriculum,” (with Dr. Warren Johnson).

Memberships in Professional Organizations:

Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA for UW-Green Bay

  • NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Committee

  • Walter Byers Scholarship Committee