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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Active Synapse (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967725518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967725512
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Hosler has done other comics as well.
J. COMER
Even though I'm a geoperson and a high school earth science teacher, The Sandwalk Adventures makes me want to take a couple of Professor Hosler's biology classes!
Bruce Crocker
If you completely reject the theory of evolution...you will get nothing out of this.
Jedidiah Palosaari

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. COMER on April 26, 2005
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This is a charming graphic novel featuring aged Charles Darwin, his family, and a family of mites living in his eyebrow. One mite can speak to him, and so Darwin learns of the mites' myth that the Flycatcher(Darwin's nickname aboard the *Beagle*) is their Creator. Darwin must convince Mara and Willy (the mites) that evolution is real. Along the way we see the world through the mites' wild-eyed myths as well as the charming home life of the Darwins at Down House in England.

This is a great introduction to evolution as well as a nice gift. Hosler has done other comics as well. In any case, highly recommended.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Crocker on November 26, 2004
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I suspect that Professor Jay Hosler is the wacky science teacher that I've always wanted to be like and I have empirical evidence in the form of his delightful graphic novel The Sandwalk Adventures. In the book, Charles Darwin must convince follicle mites living in his left eyebrow that he is not their creator and that evolution happens. Even though that sounds psycho, Hosler manages to explain the basics of Charles Darwin, evolution, and get in some comments about the dangers of blind faith in an entertaining way. Hosler's drawing style is simple, well done, and was most likely strongly influenced by Herge's Tintin. Even though I'm a geoperson and a high school earth science teacher, The Sandwalk Adventures makes me want to take a couple of Professor Hosler's biology classes!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jedidiah Palosaari VINE VOICE on October 9, 2008
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Evolution is one of the most exciting stories in the history of our planet. It remains therefore a profound mystery as to why there aren't more graphic novels telling the tale. Hosler writes with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the life of Darwin and the history of evolution. Through the use of the graphic novel format and talking eyebrow follicle mites, Hosler communicates one of the most complex theories in a way that anyone can understand. While at times he moves towards poddy humor, it feels strangely appropriate, and Hosler has a profound discussion in the interplay of pedagogical and storytelling approaches with the basics of the theory of evolution. My only regret would be at times Hosler's arguments are slightly weakened through extraneous attacks on the development of religious beliefs, something certainly needing to be addressed within a discussion of acceptance and rejection of evolution, but Hosler's story tangents too far on this road at times.

I am grateful to Dr. PZ Myers for suggesting this book at speech he gave in Seattle. If you love evolution, read this book. If you don't really understand evolution, read this book, and you'll enjoy yourself, and finally get the basics of the theory. If you're a biology teacher, make this required reading, and enjoy the adulation of your students. If you completely reject the theory of evolution...you will get nothing out of this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Bursztyn on November 6, 2008
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A charmingly educational story about follicle mites and Darwin. Brilliantly written and illustrated, absolutely hilarious, well worth the read, and contains lots of real science too! Hooray for Jay Holser!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Turner on February 7, 2011
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This book is an excellent gentle introduction to evolution, as well as an interesting and touching story from a historians perspective. I bought this on a whim and am thankful to Amazon for suggesting it to me...I'm sure my kids will enjoy it as much as I do.
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