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ABE Featured Member - June 2024


Raquel Ritchie

Michigan State University

College of Osteopathic Medicine


What are your name and title/rank?

Raquel Ritchie, Associate Professor of Biochemistry

rritchie@msu.edu

How long have you been a member of ABE, and what attracted you to the organization?

I have been an ABE member since 2012, so for 12 years. I wanted to connect to other Biochemistry educators and ABE seemed like the perfect association for this.

Looking at your time with the association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you looking forward to?

I really enjoy attending the conferences. I feel that I always learn a lot from them. I also enjoy participating in the ABE Learning Objectives development working group and in the ABE Thread Mapping initiative working group. I have learned a lot from these two working groups and I really enjoy working with ABE colleagues. I also enjoy being a member of the  Education Resource Development Committee (ERDC). I am looking forward to continuing to serve in the ERDC and to start working on ABE Bricks very soon.

Tell us more about your ABE conference contributions. If you aren't presenting, what are you most excited about engaging in?

During the last ABE Conference in 2023 I helped present three Collaborative Teaching sessions related to: (1) ABE Learning Objectives development working group; (2) ABE Thread Mapping initiative working group; and (3) ERDC ABE Bricks. I also really enjoyed networking and getting to see some of my ABE colleagues in person.

If people would like to follow you on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc), what are your handles?

Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of social media, so I do not have any social media accounts.

What interesting things are you working on outside of the association right now? Research, presentations, hobbies, etc.

I am currently working together with some colleagues and students on a Focus session for the upcoming IAMSE conference on teacher-student interactions. This has been really fun work for this session, which will use skits to discuss ways to improve teacher-student interactions. I love to travel, and I feel blessed to have been able to travel to new and usual places recently.





What are your name and title/rank?

Jana Simmons, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

simmjana@msu.edu


How long have you been a member of ABE, and what attracted you to the organization?

I have been a member since 2013.  I was attracted by the idea of an organization dedicated to the discipline of biochemistry for health colleges.  It feels like this organization was made for me!  I loved the networking and sharing of ideas and was eager to get involved.


Looking at your time with the association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you looking forward to?

I have made wonderful professional networking relationships and friendships in ABE.  I loved serving on the Board for 8 years and plan to stay involved in the organization now that I am rotating off the Board.  I thoroughly enjoy our biennial meetings and the wonderful people who seek to learn from each other and improve biochemistry education together.


Tell us more about your ABE conference contributions. If you aren't presenting, what are you most excited about engaging in?

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I have attended each conference since 2013 and presented either an oral or poster at each one.  Other than presenting, I am most excited about the networking and catching up with my ABE friends in person this year!


If people would like to follow you on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc), what are your handles?

I'm not that exciting... really. My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jana-simmons-585a6a4a/


What interesting things are you working on outside of the association right now? Research, presentations, hobbies, etc.

I am a member of the Michigan Medical Nutrition Education Consortium and we are working on a couple projects to increase nutrition education in medical schools and advocate for nutritional biochemistry in medical curricula, especially in Michigan.


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