I'm pursuing my PhD in Neuro-pharmacological pathophysiology and Epigenetics at the University of Texas at Arlington.
I received a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Neuroscience from The University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011 . I participated in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) research using the isolated tadpole brainstem to understand how CO2 chemosensitivity regulates respiration. I was a TA for both General and Organic Chemistry and certified in clinical research through the National Institute for Health (NIH).
We're made of star stuff (star dust or stellar ash). We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. Every atom in your body can be traced to millions of stars that went supernova billions of years ago. God gave you a brain, which has more cells in it than there are stars in the entire milky way galaxy - and there are more connections between those brain cells than there are stars in the entire observable universe!
Every person has neuro-circuitry which resonates intellectual discovery, and its your job to pursue your passion, as learning is the best tool for your survival!
Dream it, Believe it, and Achieve it!
Alex N. Tackett
PhD student in Biochemistry
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. University of Texas at Arlington, TX 76019.
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.
Carl Sagan (Cosmos)
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Alaska Fairbanks - Bachelors, Neuroscience
Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Arlington - PHD, Biochemistry
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Elementary School Science
Graduate Level Biology
Graduate Level Chemistry
High School Chemistry
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What is your teaching philosophy?
There are many factors which contribute to a student's motivation to work and learn, such as their interest in the subject matter and the perception of usefulness. Importantly, students are motivated by different desires such as the approval of others, while others are intrigued by overcoming challenges. Tutors play a key role in motivating their students by encouraging the general desire to be successful while supporting self-confidence, self-esteem, patience, and perseverance. My goal is to encourage the students to become self-motivated independent learners, and to be an active participant in their own learning. I have a genuine interest to promote a positive learning experience by providing the opportunity for students to challenge themselves academically and socially. Students learn most effectively when the incentives for learning in a classroom satisfy their personal motives. The student will be able to provide a mentorship-like relationship with their peers. I hope to guide students to be critical thinkers, especially when preparing for tests or exams, rather than teaching them memorizing techniques. Give students direct support and provide feedback for improvement. This presents a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire students through individualized academic support and attention.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers. Everybody has some form of difficulty within their lives. But your brain has the ability to allow you to overcome any obstacle for your survival. You use your hippocampus to form short-term memories throughout your life - only if they become significant will they migrate to your frontal lobe as long term memory. The brain can only hold so much information. So the key is to not memorize useless facts....but to understand the importance. If you know "why," then you won't have to rely on memory recall - but you can drive it and apply it.