LAURINBURG — Two professors of the St. Andrews University Biology department have contributed to a laboratory manual, Principles of Biology I, traditionally used for freshmen biology courses.
The text, published by Hayden McNeil, began at the University of Louisiana Monroe in the 1990s as part of a National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Thomas Sasek and Dr. John Knesel wrote the manual with a goal of reviving and promoting the freshmen laboratory experience.
Sasek and Knesel continued to work together on each edition even after Knesel moved to St. Andrews.
“The continued collaboration with Dr. Knesel is, as always, a pleasure,” said Sasek.
Dennis Bell from the University of Louisiana, Monroe, joined the collaborations as revised editions were created. In the newly published 7th edition, St. Andrews professor Dr. Bonnie Draper becomes the newest contributor.
“I am very pleased to have Dr. Draper as a new co-author,” said Sasek. “She has made a major contribution by revising several of the chapters and experiments.”
The new edition contains several new additions, as students in Biology 201 at SAU will learn.
“The new edition streamlines some of the procedures, adds new microscopy and DNA mapping activities, and emphasizes group collaboration,” Draper said.
Students are also sure to recognize the cover photos of the lab manual are scenic shots from the St. Andrews campus, provided by Rooney Coffman, director of the logistics at the university.