Peter A. Daempfle

peter-daempleTitle: Associate Professor

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

E-mail: daempfpa@delhi.edu

Office Location: EV 406

Office Phone: 746-4303

Areas of Expertise: science education, medial studies, anatomy of biological materials, microbial ecology

Program/Courses Taught:
Anatomy and Physiology
Science in a Modern Society
General Biology
Human Genetics

About Me:
Peter Daempfle was raised in Queens, NY in the 1970s and was a child of immigrants. He started early in life asking a key science question: “Why are things the way they are?” From the media’s role in selling junk science to big tobacco’s misuse of math to get people hooked on smoking, Dr. Daempfle explores good and bad science in his books.

He is a nature lover and enjoys the outdoors – hiking, swimming and writing in the forest – the roots of his love for science. His singular goal is to help others see the excitement in studying the world around. His books help readers to evaluate science reports and empower them to be better consumers of science – he seeks to help them to think like a scientist.

As a child in the city, one of the few natural settings of the buildings was his eight foot backyard. Here he learned about nature — he remembers thinking about the ants in the yard working hard to serve their colony. They seemed selfless and he wished for a world with their cooperation. His books show us why those ants are not so good as they appear and why science compels us to question. A theme of his books is to bring forth our scientific skepticism so we are not fooled by the media and big business.

He moved to the Catskills as a teen and obtained an education in science and biology to the doctoral level. His goal has been to improve science literacy, contributing to the betterment of science education.

Peter Daempfle has taught in the sciences for over 20 years and is also the author of several books including, “Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference” and “Science and Society.” He is a science advisor in the standards-based reform effort, and has also authored several refereed journal articles, various science reviews, a laboratory manual, “Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology,” and lectures to scientific and general audiences.

Dr. Daempfle has held faculty positions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Western New England University and is currently an associate professor of biology in the State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi. He earned his Ph.D. in Science Education and his M.S. in Biology at the University at Albany, State University of New York; M.S. in Education from the College of Saint Rose; and B.A. in Biology from Hartwick College. He was class valedictorian of both Forest Hills High School, Queens, NY in 1988 and Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 1992 and graduated summa cum laude with departmental distinction in biology and German.

See “Science Impact TV Show” interview with Peter Daempfle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNDAKUrKxuE

Publications: Peter Daempfle has taught in the sciences for over 20 years and is also the author of several books including, “Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference” and “Science and Society.” He is a science advisor in the standards-based reform effort, and has also authored several refereed journal articles, various science reviews, a laboratory manual, “Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology,” and lectures to scientific and general audiences.

Research and Grants: PROM/SE

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