I have had the good fortune to teach a variety of classes whilst  at Salve Regina. Everyday I am excited and enthusiastic to get into the classroom and am always searching for that critical “ah-ha” moment where students really “get it”.

In addition, to the classes listed below, a vital part of my teaching is working with students in my lab.  I encourage you to check out the research pages on this site.  Everything you see there is the result of experiential learning with students.

The Courses I have taught at Salve Regina are:

Bio 110: Human Biology: Physiology and Health

This course is a concept-oriented study of the interrelationships and variations in the physiological processes in health, disease, heredity and sexuality that can be applied to real life situations. Students will be given opportunities to read and critically analyze many of the new and challenging developments in human biology, along with the moral and ethical choices, responsibilities and dilemmas that inevitably accompany them.

Bio 112: General Biology II

This survey course is the second part of the Biology Majors Sequence and covers Biochemistry, Genetics, and Plant and Animal Physiology.  Dr. Swanson is responsible for covering the Genetics and Plant Physiology Portions of the class which he is co-teaching.  For this class Dr. Swanson is piloting a flipped class room model where students receive pre-recorded lectures and partially filled out notes.  This frees up time during the “lecture” to build concept maps, have discussion, and read the literature.

GST 110: New Student Seminar

This lecture class is aimed at introducing freshmen to the college way of life.  It covers looking at the SRU mission, time management, study habits, and personal reflection.

UNV 101: Moving Meditation: Karate  as a way to explore movement and the culture of Asia

In this course you will learn the Japanese martial art of Shotokan Karate-do as well as learning the philosophical and historical aspect of Asian martial arts.  Physical training will consist of learning how to block, punch, kick and strike in correct stance and how to apply these techniques against an opponent.  Whilst learning karate you will learn it in Japanese; Karate-do’s universal language. In addition, we will discuss how your body articulates and moves. Using karate-do as an example, we will use principals of biomechanics to understand how we leverage efficient movement.  As well as learning the physical aspects of Karate-do, significant time will be spent exploring the history and philosophy of the martial arts of Asia. We will do this, though the physical training of Karate-do, lectures, in-class discussions, readings and written reports.

Bio 220: Cell Biology

This required class introduces concepts of cell biology to sophomore students.  This co-taught class is shared with Dr. Shakarian and contains a rigorous laboratory component.

Bio 235: Biotechniques

This lab class introduces biotechniques to sophomore students who show interest in research.  This co-taught class is shared with Dr. Shakarian and provides a one professor to six student ratio.  The students carry out actual research complementary to both professors interests in a collaborative fashion and work through from conception of the project to final presentation and dissemination.

Bio 250:Kinesiology

This lecture course will discuss the fundamental aspects of kinesiology, the study of human movement. It provides a rigorous introduction to the biophysical foundations of kinesiology and will include elements of the anatomical, physiological, biomechanical and neurological aspects of human movement, movement disorders, and sport performance.

Bio 253: Genetics: Classical and Modern

This lecture and laboratory course will discuss the fundamental aspects of genetics and will focus on the three core areas of the discipline: Classical, Molecular and Population genetics.

Biol 435: Developmental Biology

This lecture and lab course will study the procedures by which organisms grow and develop.  The course will focus on the genetic control of cell growth, differentiation, and morphogenesis in both plant and animal systems.

Biol 399: Flora and Fauna of New Zealand

This short term study abroad course is  designed to provide students with first-hand experiences of the impact humans can have on the native flora and fauna in the diverse geographic landscape of the world’s youngest nation.  Students will learn through continuous discussion and instruction by the primary instructor.  Lectures will be given by professionals throughout New Zealand, in museums, crown research institutes, and universities.  In particular we will survey the natural flora and fauna of New Zealand and try to identify it respective geographies (including cave systems, coastal regions, native New Zealand forest, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, geothermal areas, and alluvial river plains), and then discuss the impacts of the geography and human influences on the flora and fauna and its relation to this genetic diversity.

Biol 403: Biochemistry (Labs)

This course provides an introduction to biochemistry. The organizing principles of cellular biochemistry are emphasized. Within this framework the structures, chemistry, and function of proteins, nucleic acids and amino acids, lipids and carbohydrates are presented. Molecular topics such as evolution, protein sequencing, and proteomics are also introduced.

Recent Updates

June 8, 2014, Congrats to Dr. Swanson who graduated from the ISKF Instructor Trainee Program today. He is now one of the few officially Licensed Instructors, Examiners, and Judges in the ISKF.

May 18, 2014, Say goodbye to Noe, Kelsey, Shennel, and Alyssia who are graduating from Salve today. Thank you for all the hard work you put in!

April 26-27, 2014, Congrats to Shennel and Noe for their excellent talks at the 53rd Annual Northeast Algal Society Symposium. (Hosted by Salve Regina University). Big shoutout to the Swanson lab for helping with the organization of that meeting.

April 16, 2014. Dr. Swanson finally "earned his Ph.D." with a presentation and paper entitled "The five principals of Shotokan Karate and their linkage to the jitsu vs. do of karate training" at the American Philosophical Association annual conference in San Diego.

March 22, 2014. Thank you to all lab members for representing at this years SRYou day! It was a huge success!

March 8-9, 2014, Nice representation at NURDS! go Kelsey, Steph, and Noe

Jan 11-15, 2014, Go Stephanie, Kelsey, and Noe Presenting at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego!

Jan 12, 2014 - Dr. Swanson was voted to be the New President of the US Rosaceae Genetics, Genomic and Breeding committee.

December 6, 2013, Dr. Swanson did a talk and other members of the lab presented at BioNess at Roger Williams University! Go Team!

November 17, 2013, Congrats to Dr. Swanson for passing his Godan (5th dan) examination under Okazaki and Yaguchi Sensei's.

August 14-16, 2013, Nice job Stephanie, Kelsey, and Tia in presenting your work at the IDEA Regional meeting at the University of Delaware in Newark DE.

August 2, 2013 - Thanks to Kelsey, Stephanie, Matt, Noe, Rhiannon, and Ally for presenting their work so well at this years 5th annual RI Research day at URI!

May 1, 2013 - Dr. Swanson was honored at the annual Salve Student affairs dinner with the freshman advocate award. It is an award voted on by the entire freshman class!

April 30, 2013 - Special congrats to Alexis Gallipoli for presenting an excellent senior thesis!

April 20, 2013 - Nice job Matt Breeseman for presenting his work at the 20013 NEAC meeting in Mystic this weekend.

March 29, 2013 - Dr. Swanson did a talk on the effects of Gallic Acid on human stomach cancer cells at the University of Rhode Island.

March 22, 2013 - Congrats to all of the students in the Swanson lab for representing us so well at SRYou day this year!

March 18, 2013 - Congrats to Noe and Matt for being awarded a SURF fellowship to continue their work on Algal Bloom genomics for the summer!

Mar 2013 - Dr. Swanson was featured in the Spring issue of Newport Life Magazine for his Algal research with Carol Thornber.

Mar 2, 2013 - Several students from the Swanson lab went to the NURDS conference at the University of New England to present their research! Nice job!!!

Feb 23, 2013 - Brian Dalagerie, Madeine Berry, and Wayne Bainter took part in the ECCKU Collegiate Karate Camp and Tournament held in Williamsport PA. Congrats to Brian who reached the finals for Kata and took third in Kumite, and well done to Madeline who place third in Kata and got first in Kumite!!!

Jan 12, 2013 - Dr. Swanson was voted to be the New Vice President of the US Rosaceae Genetics, Genomic and Breeding committee.

Jan 11-16, 2013 - Dr. Swanson, Kelsey Stafstorm, and Shennel Gelin went to the Plant and Animal Genome conference in San Diego to present their data. This was a great place to showcase their work on Algal Genomic and Galic Acid work! Both Kelsey and Shennel held their own in a conference full of PhDs, Post-doc's and Grad students. Nice Job!

December 9, 2012 - Thanks to Sensei Joe Faracchio for coming to Salve Regina and conducting our semesterly seminar and test. The first one hosted by Salve. Was attended by UMass and Brown. Nice showing by the Salve students!

December 4, 2012 - Dr. Swanson along with several colleagues had their manuscript "Saturated linkage map construction in Rubus idaeus using genotyping by sequencing and genome-independent imputation" accepted by BMC Genomics. Extra special kudos to Jud Ward the lead author!

October 20, 2012 - Congrats to the SRU Students who competed at the UMass collegiate Karate Tournament. One first, two seconds and a third!

August 4, 2012 - Dr. Swanson presented a talk at the annual ASHS conference in Miami Florida.

July 27, 2012 - Congrats to Drs. Swanson, Dussourd and Ms Ganong for geting their paper entitled "Girdling by notodontid caterpillars: Distribution and occurrence" published in Plant anthropoid interactions.

July 26, 2012. - Six Salve students presented five posters showcasing their work at the SURF Undergraduate Symposium at URI. Well done to this great group, that hard work this summer paid off!

May 9, 2012 - The lab was notified by RI STAC of its success in obtaining funding for the project "Climate-driven impacts on the formation and persistence of macroalgal blooms: Bringing Ulva bloom biology into the genomics era". This is collaboration with Dr. Carol Thornber (URI)

May 8, 2012 - Congratulations to Jessica Fite, Dr. Swanson's last M.S. student at UCA in successfully defending her thesis. All of those talks over Skype were worth while eh?

May 5, 2012 - The lab was notified of its success in being funded by RI INBRE for the project entitled "The Physiological Role of Plant Phenolics in Plant and Mammalian Growth". This is a collaboration with Drs. Marie Chow (UAMS), and Steve Moss (Brown) as mentors to Dr. Swanson

May, 2012 - Congratulations to Dr. Swanson's to Dr. Swanson's Lab seniors, Adam Barragan and Amy Canino. You both did great on your thesis presentations. Best of luck for the future!

April 26, 2012 - Congrats to the members of the Salve Karate club for passing their kyu exams under Sensei Robin Rielly (8th Dan) at UMass. Well done guys!!!

March 26-29, 2012 - Mice job to the 12 Salve students who presented lessons DNA fingerprinting at Barrington high school.

March 23, 2012 - Congrats to the Swanson lab for presenting six posters at the annual SRYou day. Posters covered a wide range of topics from tissue culture to karate injury rates, from science education to gene hunting.

February 11, 2012 - The Salve Karate club competed as a university for the first time at an East Coast Collegiate Karate Union Event hosted by Penn College in Williamsport PA. Salve had two students representing us, Colin Dudley and Christina Musser. Both represented well and Colin received third place in the Beginner Mens fighting (Kumite) division. It was a well represented tournament university wise and I am proud of both of them.

Jan 16-18, 2012 - Dr. Swanson presented a talk to the North American Raspberry and Blackberry growers annual meeting in Sandusky OH, about the importance of molecular tools to the industry.

January 14, 2012 - Dr. Swanson was told that he has been elected to serve as secretary for the US Rosaceae Genetics, Genomic and Breeding committee.