About the Author

Dr. Timothy Paustian is a Faculty Associate in the Bacteriology program at the University of Wisconson-Madison. He earned his Ph. D. in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with his research focus being synthesis of the Iron-Molybdenum Cofactor of nitrogenase. After a brief stint at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he was hired back to his home department to coordinate and teach the instructional laboratories.

He has taught introductory and advanced laboratories in Microbiology, as well as lecture courses in General Microbiology and Microbial Genetics. Dr. Paustian has been voted one of the top 100 educators at the University of Wisconsin by the Associated Students of Madison, the student governmental organization at the university. He also received the Chancellor's Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 and is a member of the campus' Teaching Academy. He has presented at numerous conferences on the scholarship of teaching.

Dr. Paustian has a deep interest in computer aided instruction. In 2003, in collaboration with Gary Roberts, Tim began a project to create an affordable, on-line textbook on microbiology. This effort resulted in the launch of Through the Microscope, which has continued until the present time. The text has developed exciting technologies to enhance the learning process, including collectable text highlighting, gradable concept checks, randomizable self-study quizes, animations, and movies. To date, text has been adopted by 20 colleges and is visited by over 100,000 people each month.

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