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Meet Our Faculty Patricia Franklin Associate Professor of Biology What She Teaches at PVCC Patricia teaches what she feels passionate about – microbiology. "I love germs and microbes," she said, with beaming enthusiasm. "We all come in contact with these, and they are so genetically diverse. It's fascinating!" She also teaches general biology labs and takes turns with other science faculty in coordinating a supervised study class that all PVCC students who are enrolled in the associate of science degree program are required to take in their final semester. What She Likes Best about Teaching at PVCC "I learn a lot more than I give from teaching at PVCC. I love the diversity of faculty, students and staff and the high standards of excellence that PVCC expects," she said. "Students have high expectations, too. They challenge me. I love the opportunities to stay abreast in my field through conferences, meetings, training opportunities and hands-on learning experiences in labs at the University of Virginia." Credentials As a child, Patricia was "the science kid on my block" in her 22 PVCC Fall 2013 Class Schedule For schedule updates, visit www.pvcc.edu/classes. biotechnology degree program coordinator at PVCC from 1999-2002. She is an American Society for Microbiology Scholar in Residence since 2005 and has published journal articles. Patricia Franklin Associate Professor of Biology hometown of Norfolk. "I was always outside digging things up, doing experiments to see how living things worked. My mother was my role model, and she supported my interests in anything science, sometimes to the detriment of small fish, insects, worms and even a small pet turtle." Continuing a family tradition, she graduated from her grandmother's and her mother's alma mater – Hampton University – with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in biology, and she later did post-master's graduate degree work at U.Va. Her first collegiate teaching position was in 1974 with Tidewater Community College. Hired by PVCC in 1993 as an associate professor of biology, Patricia also served as the first Helping to Interest Girls in Science That she is a role model – an African-American woman in science – is something that Patricia never loses sight of, and it's also her passion to expose groups of middle and high school minority students to her profession. "I want girls to experience real science and help them learn how to integrate math with science and not be afraid of it," she explained. Patricia coordinates such hands-on experiences in microbiology labs on PVCC's campus through the Delta Gems and Pearls, a program through the  Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. "We give them the tools and the confidence to excel, and the assistance they need." This summer she also is coordinating the Science Summer Bridge Academy at PVCC for minority high school graduates in PVCC's service region. The Academy is

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