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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Active Synapse; 1 edition (March 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967725526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967725529
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JAY HOSLER is an Associate Professor of Biology at Juniata College and an award-winning cartoonist who writes and draws comic books about biology and natural history. His work has been called "ingenious" (The London Times), "goofily inventive" (The New York Times) and "entertaining and slyly educational," (The Comics Journal). He's a very silly person who lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

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Academic History
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

Courses
Neurobiology (BI450)
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)

Academic Awards:
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

Publications
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

Books
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

Meeting Presentations
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)
Invited Lectures
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
Professional Memberships
Society for Neuroscience
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS_
National Council for Science Education (NCSE)
Council for Undergraduate Education (CUR)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Watterson on May 20, 2008
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My 9 year old read it straight through. My 5 year old has had me read him a chapter every night a few times through, even though most of it has to go over his head. Lots to appeal to different educational levels than the one it was intended for. Good science, well presented, & highly entertaining.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
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"Optical Allusions" is quirky and funny, with plenty of wicked, irreverent wit wed to a compelling, carefully presented case for the evolution of vision. The comic book style episodes used to illustrate natural and sexual selection, the biochemistry of sight, and the like, are punctuated by pages of straight text that, with patience and accessibility, fills in the scholarly blanks left open in the story. It's an ideal marriage of form and function, carbonated with absurd, edgy story-telling. I loved this book, and if I were a high school biology honors teacher, I would not hesitate to use it as a text. My only quibble is that there were a few typos I found distracting--"bosses" rather than the intended "boss's," for example. I expect to see that sort of thing in creationist writing, frankly, but when otherwise brilliant books like "Optical Allusions" and Prothero's stunning book, "Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters" have careless mistakes in them, it bugs me--I suppose because I see any imperfection in the arguments for or presentation of evolutionary theory as possible grist for the forces of ignorance.
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