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Lisa A. Beltz, PhD, is assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University at Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Previously she was associate professor, Department of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Among her honors are a post-doctoral trainee fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and a SHARP Research Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She won University of Northern Iowa's Biology Honors Teacher of the Year award in 2005.
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