Prof. Elsa Falls




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Elsa Q. Falls, a native of Culpeper, Virginia, received a B.A.Degree in biology from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in 1964 and a M.A.Degree in biology from the University of Richmond in 1972. Prior to joining the Randolph-Macon faculty in 1984, she held teaching positions at Douglas Freeman High School in Henrico County, University of Virginia extension in Roanoke, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and University of Richmond.

She is an associate professor emerita and winner of the Thomas Branch Teaching Award and the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award.

A recipient of Craigie and Mellon grants, her research interests include undergraduate teaching, invertebrate zoology, the history of evolutionary thought, women in science, and curriculum development.

She teaches courses in introductory biology for majors, invertebrate zoology, genetics, marine biology, discovering women in the biological sciences, and First Year Experience courses in human evolution and ecology and the human genome.

She is a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science and was President of that organization in 1994-95. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Biology Teachers, and Council on Undergraduate Research.

She is an elder at Second Presbyterian Church and served a term on the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond.

She is married to Donald Parker Falls and has two children, Melissa, a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College,and Mark, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College. She has five grandchildren.

Published by: Elsa Q. Falls
Revision date: 11/02/2004
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