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The Society for Developmental Biology (SDB), founded in 1939, promotes the field of developmental biology by fostering excellence in research and education, providing advice and resources on careers and providing information for the public on relevant topics in developmental biology.


Yolanda Cruz
Editor Degrees: 

B.S., University of the Philippines

M.S., University of the Philippines      

Ph.D., University of California

About Teaching and Course Source: 

In my 27 years at Oberlin College, I have taught at all levels of the biology curriculum, including general biology, cell biology, developmental biology, epigenetics and bioethics. I have also personally trained over 100 undergraduates in research, some of whom have been my co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. My goal is to teach the subject matter, but also to teach students how to train themselves to learn.  I emphasize organization and context while being mindful of how different students learn and what techniques work best both inside and outside of contact hours, in the classroom or in the lab. I have received several teaching awards at Oberlin College, including one in 2013 for “Sustained Excellence in Mentorship and Teaching.” In the same year, I was selected by Princeton Review as one of the US’s “Three Hundred Best Professors” (

William J. Anderson
Editor Degrees: 

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Harvard University 

B.A. and M.S. in Biology, Rutgers University

About Teaching and Course Source: 

I have taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Rutgers University, Swarthmore College, and Harvard University. I am lucky to have had many excellent teachers mold me through the years. Teaching is a privilege and so I try to practice teaching the most effective way I can so as to optimize student learning. I enjoy designing curricula that train students to learn science by doing science, both in terms of hands-on research activities and courses that emphasize formulating research questions, critical analysis of data, and drawing meaningful conclusions. 

I was part of a cohort from the Society for Developmental Biology that helped develop the learning framework for the developmental biology course. In learning about the goals of CourseSource, I immediately became deeply interested. It is an invaluable journal for teaching, with resources archived and cataloged in a variety of useful ways, most notably by learning goals established by scientific societies. I like the level of detail provided in each article that really helps to ensure others can replicate the activity. As a contributing author, I also greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness and positivity of the editors and reviewers. I want to pay it forward and help others to share their classroom creativity with colleagues.


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