Testimonials for Emily's course apperances
"Dear Dr. Monosson, I'm writing to tell you how much I enjoyed your book, Evolution in a Toxic World. It was a quick read, enjoyable and illuminating. As an AP Biology teacher at Turners Falls High School for the past 16 years, I feel this would be a valuable adjunct text or summer reading assignment. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life is the Big Idea # 1 for AP Biology curriculum. We tend to speak of evolution as change over geological time, but your book helps us to understand that evolution can also be rapid change, often to the detriment of organisms and our planet. From epigenetics to mutations your book gives us much fuel for thought for understanding "how life responds to chemical threats". This book is a must read for all AP biology students."
—With best professional regards, Robert Perlman, AP Biology Teacher, Turners Falls High School
"We used Unnatural Selection in our senior-level seminar in environmental studies. The chapters immediately sparked interest and discussion among students whose expertise spanned the natural and social sciences. Monosson does a great job of synthesizing and distilling complex scientific issues in ways that makes them accessible to everyone. Each chapter engages the reader with an anecdote or case study, building the clear argument that human activities are interfering with evolutionary processes."
—Ethan Clotfelter and Katharine Sims, Department of Environmental Studies, Amherst College
"Emily Monosson is a terrific, articulate, and engaging speaker. Her presentation for the Greenfield High School's lecture series, drawing on examples from her book Unnatural Selection gave students a clear understanding of how chemicals we use are changing life on our planet, often in undesirable ways. Emily reinforced academics through her concrete real life examples, and got students thinking about the impact of their choices."
—Mary Link, Director of Special Projects, Greenfield High School
"This was for my 9th grade 'CP Biology' classes. CP Biology is the 'on-level', not honors course. I had them read the first chapter of your book as their primary resource for understanding MRSA and antibiotic resistance. I had a 'reading guide' where they answered questions directly from the chapter or gave them quotes from the chapter and asked them to consider what they might already know that would help them understand the quote.... [W]e had an awesome class discussion about how resistance evolves, what can cause mutations (including copying mistakes and environmental factors) and how bacteria can get 'new' DNA/genes through horizontal gene transfer, bacterial reproductive rates, and finally looking specifically at MRSA and antibiotic resistance. What was amazing was how much of what we have learned this year in Biology came back into focus as we discussed this relevant, 'in the news', current topic. Also amazing and satisfying for them was that they were learning something about their own personal health, and something that knowing about would be important for them in the future.
Another unanticipated benefit of having them read the book was that they kept encountering 'Mem-me'? words - SAT vocabulary words they are working on learning in their English classes. They loved that they 1) knew the meanings of the words and 2) were actually seeing a practical value to having learned them beyond an SAT score!"
—Dr. Teresa Cook, Upper School Science, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA
Emily's books have been used and reviewed in courses like:
- Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development at S.I.T. Graduate Institute
- Environmental Impacts at Wheelock College
- ENVS 101: Intro to Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University
- BIOL 477: Neuroscience at Radford University
- ENV 120: Earth's Biosphere at Notre Dame of Maryland University
- CP Biology at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Atlanta