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Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth Paperback – December 20, 2011
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2000-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Juniata College
1996-2000 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Research Laboratory
1995 Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, Biological Sciences
1989 B.A. cum laude DePauw University, Honor Scholar with Distinction, Biological Sciences
Invertebrate Biology lecture (BI350) and lab (BI351)
Sensory Biology (non-majors Biology course; BI142)
Chemistry/Biology Lab -Chemical Sensing (BI289)
Organic Evolution Lecture (BI339)
General Biology Lecture (BI111)
2001 -2004 William J. von Liebig Summer Research Grant
1997 - 2000 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health
1998 Xeric Grant to publish Clan Apis, a comic book on honey bee biology and natural history
1989 Albert E. Renolds Senior Biologist Award, DePauw University (1989)
Undergraduate Research Students:
2003- Present Katey Glunt, William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship, Blocking and generalization: the role of odor functional groups in odor-odor blocking interactions.
2002-03 Cathleen Hewlett: Goldwater Award Recipient, William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship The role of histamine in honey bee olfactory learning
2002 -03 Brandi Whetstone: William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship, Odor Generalization and Blocking in Honey Bees
2002 -03 Amy Skibiel: The physiological basis of changes in swimming behavior of the amphipod Gammarus minus by the parasitic acanthocephalan Polymorphus.
2000-2001 Charles Gilman. Immunohistochemical localization of histaminergic cells in the honey bee antennal lobe.
1998-1999 Kristi Buxton: Impairment of Olfactory Discrimination by Blockade of GABA and Nitric Oxide Activity in the Honey Bee Antennal Lobe. Ohio State University
Hosler, Jay S., Buxton, Kristi L. and Smith, Brian H. (2000). Impairment of Olfactory Discrimination by Blockade of GABA and Nitric Oxide Activity in the Honey Bee Antennal Lobe Behavioral Neuroscience 114 No. 3 pg. 514-525
Hosler, Jay S. and Smith, Brian H. (2000). Blocking and the detection of odor components in blends. Journal of Experimental Biology 203, 2797-2806
Chandra, S., Hosler, J. S. and Smith, B. H. (2000). Heritable variation for latent inhibition and its correlation to reversal learning in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Comparative Psychology 114, No.1, 86-97.
Hosler, J. S., Burns J. E., and Esch H. E. (2000). Flight Muscle Resting Potential and Species-Specific Differences in Insect Chill-Coma. Journal of Insect Physiology 45 No.5 pg. 621-627
Clan Apis (2000) by Jay Hosler. The life of a bee told in comic book form. 160 pg. Active Synapse, Columbus, Ohio. ISBN 0-9677255-0-X
The Sandwalk Adventures (2003). Darwin, Evolution and Follicle Mites. Active Synapse, Columbus, Ohio. ISBN: 0967725518
Whetstone, Brandi and Jay Hosler (2003) An Odor generalization Matrix for Apis mellifera. Poster, Annual Meeting of the National Council for Undergraduate Research
Hewlett, Cathleen and Jay Hosler (2003) The Effects of Histmaine of Olfactory Memory Consilidation in Apis mellifera. Poster, Annual Meeting of the National Council for Undergraduate Research.
J.S. Hosler, Smith, B.H., K. Buxton, (1998). GABA- and Nitric Oxide mediated modulation in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) antennal lobe differentially affect olfactory discrimination. Poster, Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Los Angeles, CA
Hosler, J. S. and B. H. Smith (1997). An analysis of olfactory blocking. Poster, Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA
Hosler, J. S. and B. H. Smith (1997). An analysis of conditioned inhibition. Poster, Regional meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Columbus, OH
Hosler, J.S. & H.E. Esch.(1995). The Effects of Temperature-Dependent Shifts in Resting Potential on K+ Channel Function in Drosophila melanogaster Flight Muscle. In Nervous Systems and Behavior. Proceedings of the 4th International Congress of Neuroethology (pg. 141). Edited by M. Burrows, P.L. Newland & H. Schuppe. George Thieme Verlag, Stutgart, New York
Hosler, J. and H. Esch (1993). Response characteristics of Drosophila melanogasterpotassium channels at low temperatures. Poster, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN
Hosler, J. and H. Esch (1992). The effects of temperature on the electrophysiology of Drosophila potassium channel mutants. Poster, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Baltimore, MD
Popular Media Features
NewYork Times. Pow! Splat! Take That Darwin Disparagers! Arts and Ideas: Think Tank, Saturday, November 30, 2002
Chronicle of Higher Education. Darwin's Talking Mite. Notes from Academe by Lawrence Biemiller. June 13, 2003
Associated Press (National). Professor Aims to teach science through comic books by Dan Lewerenz
London Times Higher Education Supplement, Creationists put in their place by the mite of Darwin... August 8, 2003
Discover Magazine Review of Clan Apis by Corey Powell, Senior Editor. February 2000, pg84
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette King Bee: A professor by day, he creates a buzz as a daring cartoonist By Tom Gibb, Feature in the Magazine section of the Sunday, February 03, 2002
Altoona Mirror. Abuzz about bees by Jay Knarr, Sunday July 15, Life section
Guest on 15 Minutes with Steve Jones on WPSU, public television out of State College. The topic of discussion: Clan Apis and The Sandwalk Adventures.
Service and Professional Development
Chair, Curriculum Committee (2003- )
Curriculum Committee (2001-Present)
Enrollment Management Committee (2001-02)
Event Supervisor (Life Science Processes), National Science Olympiad, 2004
Event Supervisor (Life Science Processes), PA Science Olympiad, State Competition (2001-02)
Illustrator for Association for Women in Science Magazine (1998-Present)
Program of Emphasis (POE) Sub-Committee (2001- Present)
Using comics in the Science Classroom. 2004 Natioal Science Olympiad and 2004 Pennsylvania Governor's Institute for the Life Sciences (2003
"Unlikely" Companions: Science and Sequential Art. Pennsylvania Governor's Institute for the Life Sciences (2003)
Playing with Sequential Art. Family Night presentation, Huntingdon, PA County Library (2003)
Passionate Science. Summer Undergraduate Research Students, Juniata College (2003)
The Liberal Arts Scientist Science Scholar Recruitment Weekend, DePauw University (1992)
Flight Muscle Resting Potential and Species-Specific Differences in Insect Chill-Coma.Denison University (1997)
No NO is a no-no: The Role of Nitric Oxide in Olfactory Learning Kenyon College (1998) Bucknell University (1998), Macalester College (1999)
Merchants of Light: The Biologist as an Emissary of Science Juniata College Tri-Beta Induction, (2000)
Why Bees Rule Juniata College Environment Studies Seminar series, (2000)
Odor based responses in the Insect Antennal Lobe DePauw University (2001)
The olfactory world of bees Huntingdon County Beekeepers (2001)
Why Bees Boogie and Other Tales From the Hive Juniata Alumni Weekend Class, June 7, 2001
Honey Bees and Brain Gas Juniata Bookend Seminar, October 10, 2001
Clan Apis: The Natural History of a Cartoonist Huntingdon, PA Public Library
Society for Neuroscience
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS_
National Council for Science Education (NCSE)
Council for Undergraduate Education (CUR)
Top Customer Reviews
I suppose that's what "Evolution" does for me. If books like this existed when I was a kid, I didn't know about them, and I spent benighted decades preferring magical answers to actual science. This book, with its great information and frankly kind of juvenile presentation, helps make me feel more like a kid again, making old discoveries for a first time. That's some real magic.
This book is a great introduction to evolution (and I may never get over the introductory phase) with plenty of information about biology, genetics, natural selection and other evolutionary topics. I love the way it manages to correct pre-conceived notions about evolution (like the believe that evolution is a natural progression to the better when it really is about adapting to the environmental conditions).
The only problem I had with this book was the way that the author chose to frame it with cute aliens telling the story. There are way too many asides to the cute kid alien saying some point with the cute tutor alien being a complete toady. This stuff is cute but a little goes a long way and this book tends to get too cute.
It of course helps that Hosler knows his material quite well, but it's also beneficial that he's got a great sense of humor, so none of this scientific exploration becomes too dry. It's funny and clever, and Hosler manages to cover an incredible amount of material throughout the book's 150 pages, discussing all manner of life forms on earth and how they all got to where they are now.
He's ably assisted by the illustrative team of Kevin and Zander Cannon, who got their feet wet with The Stuff of Life before really knocking it out of the park here. As great as Hosler's knowledge and wit can be, they would fall decidedly short if not for the Cannons' enticing artwork and ability to cram so many panels on a page.
This is a book that would be a great addition to a high school science class, as well as school libraries. For that matter, adults wishing to brush up on evolution and learn how it's been proven, over and over again, would find a great resource here.
Reviewed by John Hogan
The book is accurate and it covers the topic in a scientifically non-rigorous manner which many lay-folk will find refreshing and approachable. Those two criteria, alone, make it and admirable addition to any collection.
The feel (artwork and dialogue) is wonderful and it's worth the 15-20 US dollars you'll spend on it.
For budding scientists (anyone from 10 years old and older) I would suggest this book.
But it could stand a few changes :
The book should be larger. It's on the smallish-hardcover size. I don't mean that it should have more pages, but it should be taller and wider.
Also, the illustrations should have been in colour. The illustrations (it's a sort of comic-book of evolution) are great, the style is both cute and captivating, are all in black and white.
Of course, even without changing those two factors, it would probably be great on a Nook or Kindle or B&W book reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every school library should have this book. It's full of great artwork and great informationPublished 8 months ago by Margaret D.
Purchased for my son who enjoyed it immensely.The depiction of the story in this format (cartoon sketch) encourages kids who might not like to read, to learn in a fun way.Published 18 months ago by greg clarke
A fun book that does a great job covering the basics of evolution using the some returning characters from the previous book as well as introducing some new faces.Published 20 months ago by Shawn Stewart
Clear and concise in a graphic novel that holds the students interest. It is an easy to follow story that covers the major points I cover in class.Published 21 months ago by Ken Leach
I am a huge fan of "Clan Apis" by the same author and thought this might be similar. I am an adult and had trouble reading and absorbing all of the information on each page... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pioneer Memorial Public Library
Excellent book; engaging and research-based; quick read. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about evolutionary history, even non-scientists!Published on July 30, 2013 by Nicole Estabrooks
The idea of the book was ok but the print was so hard to read. With all the fancy terminology, I would have liked to have seen stronger print against the background. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by phyllis k gingold
Since evolution is threatened in schools, it should be encouraged in libraries and this is how to do it.
I liked this book.
An easy to understand science book in comic format. A must read for all ages. Understanding Evolution starts here. Thanks!Published on January 3, 2013 by Michael G. Weaver