Susan Cook, PhD

Susan Cook

Contact:

Office Address: SCI 218
Phone: (281) 649-3376

scook@hbu.edu
Professor of Biology<br />

Education

<ul> <li> BS in Biology, University of Texas at Arlington</li> <li> PhD in Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine</li> <li> Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the National Kidney Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine</li> </ul>

Courses Taught

<ul> <li> Virology</li> <li> Immunology</li> <li> Endocrinology&nbsp;</li> <li> Introduction to Microbiology&nbsp;</li> <li> freshmen level general biology courses</li> <li> senior seminars on topics of&nbsp;current interest</li> </ul> &nbsp;

Teaching Focus

Dr. Cook&#39;s teaching focus is the general area of Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Her specialization is the genetics of pathogenesis as it relates to both viral and bacterial etiological agents. &nbsp;&nbsp;She is also a proponent of the writing discipline and serves on the university Writing Task Force.&nbsp; She incorporates writing assignments into her science classes.

Awards and Honors

For her work with students, Dr. Cook received HBU&#39;s Advisor of the Year Award in 1996 and again in 2009, making her the only HBU faculty member to receive this award twice.&nbsp;&nbsp;She also received The&nbsp;Opal Goolsby Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Cook was&nbsp;selected by the&nbsp;Professional&nbsp;Growth faculty committee&nbsp;as HBU&#39;s nominee for the state-wide Minnie Stevens Piper Award for teaching excellence.&nbsp; This was followed by the Smith Award for teaching given in May of 2007.

Additional Information

Dr. Cook serves the university in several capacities.&nbsp; As Director of the Health Professions Program, she advises students concerning careers in the health professions and functions as a bridge to the professional school.&nbsp; She also administers the Joint Admission Medical Program at HBU.&nbsp; In this program, talented freshmen are selected for early admission to medical school by a panel of admissions deans.&nbsp; Dr. Cook has been very successful in recruiting students to this program.<br /> <br /> Dr. Cook enjoys interacting with students and sponsors two separate student organizations, Alpha Chi Omega (a social sorority) and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-med honor society. The&nbsp;pre-med group has won numerous awards from the national organization for excellence under Dr. Cook&#39;s guidance.&nbsp; In recognition of these accomplishments, Dr. Cook was elected as a member of the governing board of the National Society of AED in 2008.&nbsp; She serves as National Vice-President at the present time.