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A Last Lecture By COD Professor Mary K. ‘Chris’ Totten


The College of the Desert (COD) Forum Series will close the academic year with A Last Lecture by biology professor Mary K. ‘Chris’ Totten, on Apr. 25, 2012. Totten will be retiring at the end of the Spring 2012 semester. Her lecture will be Cells Are My Life and Yours TOO! Come join the audience at the Pollock Theatre on the COD Palm Desert campus Wednesday, Apr. 25 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Dr. Jim Berg, Dean, Arts and Sciences, said, “Chris Totten has provided quality teaching at College of the Desert while also serving as a role model for women in science. She has been instrumental in educating future nurses and other health care professionals across the Valley.” Totten has been a professor of Biology at College of the Desert since 1994. Her teaching experiences include: Instructor of Biology/Chemistry at Manchester Community Technical College in Manchester, CT;Assistant Professor of Biology Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, MA.

Totten received an M.A. in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College and a B.S. in Biology from Western New England College. Additionally, she accomplished graduate work in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Honors include Magna Cum Laude B.S. Western New England College; Ira Skillman Stryker Fellowship in Biological Science (Mt. Holyoke College); and Sigma Xi, National Scientific Research Honor Society. Totten has published: Psychological Factors, Immunocompetence and Health of Breast-feeding Mothers and Their Infants, Kathleen M. Dillon and Mary K. Totten The Journal of Genetic Psychology, Vol. 150, No, 2, June 1989; and “Nervous Fit”, [Documentary Film] Channel 4 Television Co. Ltd., London, England, 1991. She created the Cancer Guide For the Coachella Valley", Spanish–English 2004.

The Forum Series is sponsored by the School of Library and Learning Resources and presentations are held in the Pollock Theatre typically from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. All COD employees, students and the public are welcome to attend the free event. FLEX credit available for faculty.

April 2012