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  • Davida Smyth

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    davidasmyth@newschool.edu

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    B - Eugene Lang College Building - 65 West 11th Street

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    Davida Smyth

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    Davida S. Smyth received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland and completed her postdoctoral training at New York Medical College, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and New York University. She has served as Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Natural Sciences in Mercy College’s School of Health and Natural Sciences. There she taught environmental science, introductory biology, microbiology, and genetics and developed classroom-based research experiences in microbial genomics. Previously, she was a Assistant Research Scientist in Richard Novick's lab at NYU Langone Medical Center, was an Adjunct Lecturer for the online Masters in Bioinformatics program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Assistant Professor of Biology at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT). Her research focus is in the field of microbial epidemiology and genomics and she has more than 20 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is an Associate Editor for both BMC Infectious Diseases and PLOS One and a Guest Editor for Frontiers in Microbiology. She is an external committee member for Mercy College's Adjunct Academy component of their Inclusive Excellence Project and their Peer Led Team Learning Program for Biology, Chemistry and Psychology students. In 2019, she was invited to the steering committee of the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network (REMNet) of CUNY and became a Co-PI in 2020. 

    She is devoted to undergraduate research and her students have presented their work at several national and international meetings including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) annual conference. With her undergraduate team, she researches the role of the built environment and anthropogenic activity in driving antibiotic resistance, a major global health threat. She also engages in pedagogical research on improving civic and scientific literacy in biology and integrating authentic research into the curriculum to improve student engagement and success in science. Dr. Smyth also guides and mentors future faculty and adjuncts to successfully apply for academic positions in teaching and beyond. Since 2014, she has been involved with SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) and was appointed a SENCER Senior Leadership Fellow in 2018. She was awarded the Mercy College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018. In 2019 she became a PULSE Fellow. In 2020, she was appointed Deputy Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.  

    At the New School, she directs the Biosafety Level 2 research lab and has developed several new courses that involve undergraduates in research and incorporate civic engagement and social justice into the curriculum. Her freshman seminar "How the Toilet Changed the World" teaches students about the role and impact of sanitation on our society and about the ongoing and future challenges associated with both access to toilets and sustainable toilet design. Her "Microbial Ecologies" course teaches students about the importance of microbes in our world and how we need to protect and preserve microbial diversity for planetary health. Students also participate in Tiny Earth, searching for novel antibiotic producing microbes from the NYC urban soil and water environments. Her "Evolution, Mutation and Computation" class expses students to coded lifeforms "avidians" and students get to experiment in a digital platform called Avida-Ed. Her "Microbiome of Urban Spaces" course involves students in the study of the microbiome of our built spaces. Students choose their own research site and study it using next generation sequencing technology and our iSeq sequencer. Dr. Smyth also mentors students as part of the Urban Barcode Research Program of Cold Spring Harbor Labs.  In 2020 she was awarded funding from the NYC DEP and the National Science Foundation to study microbial transmission on our campus. The project website can be found here.

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    Degrees Held

    • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2005
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2004
    • BA (MOD) in Microbiology, Dept. of Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2001  

    Professional Affiliation

    • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
    • New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
    • Society for Applied Microbiology (SFAM)
    • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
    • Empire State Association of Two-Year College Biologists (ESATYCB)
    • Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)
    • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
    • Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)
    • Associate Editor for BMC Infectious Diseases
    • Associate Editor for Plos One    

     

     


    Recent Publications

    Peer Reviewed Publications (Since 2010)

    1. Nguyen, A.V., Li, G., Mata, D., Bermudes, O., Fernandez, M., Pubhill, K., Santana, J., Kim, W., Chimbay, E., Eralte, J.*, Metz, M.*, Smyth, D., Orlofsky, A., and Khan, M. (2020). Using Isothermal Loop Amplification (LAMP) as a Tool to Involve Undergraduates in High-Impact Educational Practice. In Press at Frontiers in Microbiology. 
    2. Goller, C., Vendegrift, M., Cross, W and Smyth, D.S. (2020). Annotating and Co-creating with Hypothes.is and Google Docs. Accepted to Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.
    3. Smyth, D.S. (2020). COVID-19, Ebola, Measles: Achieving sustainability in the era of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62:6, 31-40.
    4. Smyth, D.S. & Conefrey, T. (2020). ePortfolios for Civic Scientific Literacy. The International Journal of ePortfolio. 10(1): 1-18.
    5. Perez, S., Seto, J., Smyth, D.S. and Parker, D. (2020). Biological sex influences susceptibility to Acinetobacter baumannii pneumonia in mice. JCI Insight 5(7):e132223
    6. Letcher, E.* and Smyth D.S. (2020) Hitchhikers in Honey: An investigation of the inhibitory mechanisms of bacteria found in honey. Journal of Student Research. 8(2):1-4.
    7. Banks, M.#, Metz, M.*, and Smyth, D.S. (2020). The sustainability challenges facing research and teaching laboratories when going green. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62:2, 4-13.
    8. Yust, A. and Smyth, D.S. (2019). Simulating Bacterial Growth, competition, and resistance with Agent-Based Models and Laboratory Experiments. In An Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Computational and Mathematical Biology: From Birdsongs to Viscosities, Edited by Hannah Callender Highlander, Alex Capaldi, and Carrie Diaz Eaton. Birkhauser.
    9. Sieg, D., Beverly, N., Narayanan, M., Sabbatini, J., Surendran, G., and Smyth, D.S. (2019). Incubating the SENCER ideals with project-based learning and undergraduate research: perspectives from two liberal arts institutions Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. 2019 11(1):50-63.
    10. Smyth, D. An authentic course based research experience in antibiotic resistance and microbial genomics. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. 2017 8(2):59-65.
    11. But, J., Brown, PA and Smyth, DS. Reading Effectively Across the Disciplines (READ): A Strategy to Improve Student Success. Insight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching. 2017. 12:30-50.
    12. Martínez-Rubio R, Quiles-Puchalt N, Martí M, Humphrey S, Ram G, Smyth D, Chen J, Novick RP, Penadés JR. Phage-inducible islands in the Gram-positive cocci. ISME J. 2016 Dec 13. PubMed PMID: 27959343.
    13. Rose HR, Holzman RS, Altman DR, Smyth DS, Wasserman GA, Kafer JM, Wible M, Mendes RE, Torres VJ, Shopsin B. Cytotoxic Virulence Predicts Mortality in Nosocomial Pneumonia Due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Infect Dis. 2015 Jun 15;211(12):1862-74. PubMed PMID: 25298028.
    14. Mendes RE, Deshpande LM, Smyth DS, Shopsin B, Farrell DJ, Jones RN. Characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains recovered from a phase IV clinical trial for linezolid versus vancomycin for treatment of nosocomial pneumonia. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Nov;50(11):3694-702. PubMed PMID: 22972817.
    15. Smyth DS, Kafer JM, Wasserman GA, Velickovic L, Mathema B, Holzman RS, Knipe TA, Becker K, von Eiff C, Peters G, Chen L, Kreiswirth BN, Novick RP, Shopsin B. Nasal carriage as a source of agr-defective Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. J Infect Dis. 2012 Oct;206(8):1168-77. PubMed PMID: 22859823.
    16. Chen L, Shopsin B, Zhao Y, Smyth D, Wasserman GA, Fang C, Liu L, Kreiswirth BN. Real-time nucleic acid sequence-based amplification assay for rapid detection and quantification of agr functionality in clinical Staphylococcus aureus isolates. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Mar;50(3):657-61. PubMed PMID: 22219302.
    17. Smyth DS, Wong A, Robinson DA. Cross-species spread of SCCmec IV subtypes in staphylococci. Infect Genet Evol. 2011 Mar;11(2):446-53. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2010.12.005. PubMed PMID: 21172458.
    18. Guinane CM, Ben Zakour NL, Tormo-Mas MA, Weinert LA, Lowder BV, Cartwright RA, Smyth DS, Smyth CJ, Lindsay JA, Gould KA, Witney A, Hinds J, Bollback JP, Rambaut A, Penadés JR, Fitzgerald JR. Evolutionary genomics of Staphylococcus aureus reveals insights into the origin and molecular basis of ruminant host adaptation. Genome Biol Evol. 2010 Jul 12;2:454-66. PubMed PMID: 20624747.
    19. Chen L, Mediavilla JR, Smyth DS, Chavda KD, Ionescu R, Roberts RB, Robinson DA, Kreiswirth BN. Identification of a novel transposon (Tn6072) and a truncated staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec element in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST239. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2010 Aug;54(8):3347-54. PubMed PMID: 20479198.
    20. Smyth DS, McDougal LK, Gran FW, Manoharan A, Enright MC, Song JH, de Lencastre H, Robinson DA. Population structure of a hybrid clonal group of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, ST239-MRSA-III. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 5;5(1):e8582. PubMed PMID: 20062529.
    21. Wong A, Reddy SP, Smyth DS, Aguero-Rosenfeld ME, Sakoulas G, Robinson DA. Polyphyletic emergence of linezolid-resistant staphylococci in the United States. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2010 Feb;54(2):742-8. PubMed PMID: 19933808.

    Conference Papers, Book Reviews and Other Publications

    1. Smyth, D. S. Silent travelers. In Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. 2019 11(1):50-63. Book Review.
    2. Smyth, D.S. and Yust A. Practicing and Simulating Social Distance. In Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. 2020 12(2):80-81.
    3. Banks, M., Smyth, D.S. (2018). Pathogens and plastic: Sustainable Science at the New School. Available from https://tishmancenter.org/pathogens-and-plastic-sustainable-science-at-the-new-school/
    4. Smyth, D.S. and others from The New School. (2018). How To Close The Gap: What We Need To Do and What We Actually Do About Climate Change. Available from https://medium.com/@TheNewSchool/winning-slowly-is-the-same-as-losing-bf69a6e8bde2
    5. Smyth, D.S. (2016). How mighty microbes and genomics can be used to make biology relevant to our students. Published in the Fall Newsletter of the Empire State Association of Two Year College Biologists.
    6. Smyth, D. S (2014). Antibacterials In Building Products: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly. Available from: http://www.healthybuilding.net/news/2014/11/19/antibacterials-in-building-products-the-good-the-bad-...
    7. Rasool, A., & Smyth, D. (2014). Promoting Critical Thinking Through Bloom’s Taxonomy in Biology 1101 Peer-Led Workshops. Conference Proceedings of the Peer-Led Team Learning International Society, May 29-31, California State University at Dominguez Hills, www.pltlis.org; ISSN 2329-2113. Conference Paper.

     


    Performances and Appearances

    Invited Talks, Panels & Oral Presentations (Since 2015)

    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. Finding Money for your CURE. Emory University Online. Oct 27th.
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. SENCERizing your CUREs. BIOME. Sept 14th.
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. Elevating your teaching when going online. July 20th. Panel at Oberlin
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. Problem-driven research experiences with microbiomes. High-throughput Discovery Science & Inquiry Based Case Studies for Today’s Students. Online. June 2nd.
    • 2020     Muth, T and Smyth, D.S. Microbiomes for All: Resources, strategies, and community support for the incorporation of large microbiome data sets into course-based undergraduate research projects. 2020 BIOME Meeting. Talk. (Meeting moved online due to COVID)
    • 2020     Upcoming - Smyth, D.S. and Pelzel, H. SENCERizing your Microbiology Course. ASMCUE. Bellevue, WA. July 9-12th. Session. (Meeting online due to COVID)
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S and others. BioBus Town Hall – COVID 19 and the Immune System. May 7th. Zoom Panel
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. and others. BioBus Town Hall – How do we get sick? April 23rd. Zoom Panel
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. The sustainability challenges facing research and teaching laboratories when going green. Feb 23rd. Waste and Justice University Lecture course. Guest Lecture.
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. Delirium and Discovery: Separating the Science Facts from Science Fiction. Feb 11th. Environmental Humanities Lecture course. Guest Lecture.
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. The sustainability challenges facing research and teaching laboratories when going green. SENCER Center of Innovation Southwest. Spring Regional Symposium. Jan 31st. Invited Talk.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. What bacteria can tell us about the built environment? Nov 21st. Invited seminar. York College.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Using the SENCER approach in biology classes. Oct 18th. Invited talk at LaGuardia Community College.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Faculty positions in academia. What you can be with a PhD, A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention. Oct 20th NYU Langone Medical Center, NYC. Panel.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. What bacteria can tell us about the built environment? Sept 4th. Invited seminar. Queens College.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Colleges as Ecosystems. SENCER Summer Institute. Aug 1nd to 4th. Case Western University, Cleveland, OH. Oral Presentation.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Study Design and Protection of Human Subjects in Research. Guest Lecture for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Mercy College, June 5th
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Learning from Bacteria: Survivors in every environment. Keynote address at the MAPS symposium. Stuyvesant High School. New York. May.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Superbugs Survival in the Built Environment. Feb 11th. Biodesign Seminar Series. The New School. NY. Invited Talk.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Sustainable Science: When pathogens enter the lab. Feb 11th. Waste and Justice University Lecture course. Guest Lecture
    • 2019     Sara Danzi-Engoron, Maria Entezari, Kathleen Landy and Davida Smyth. Pedagogy and Classroom Engagement Panel. January 23rd. 5th Annual Faculty Development Retreat. Queensborough Community College. Panel.
    • 2018     Yust, A and Smyth, D. Simulating Antibiotic Resistance in the Computer and Biology Labs: Ideas for Undergraduate Projects. The International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research. Arizona State University, Tempe, USA. Oral Presentation by Anne Yust.
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S. What makes Superbugs super and how can we resist them? Science Fiction and Speculative Futures Class. November 19th. The University of Arizona, AZ. Via ZOOM. Guest lecture.
    • 2018     Gardner, J., Smyth, D.S., Bautista, R., Corr, J. and Godelnik, R. 1.5C for Victory Let's get this %#@$ done! Panel. Dec 3rd. Parsons School of Design, New York. Panel.
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S. What makes Superbugs super and how can we resist them? Biomedical Informatics Colloquium. December 5th. New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY. Invited Talk
    • 2018     Sieg, D. & Smyth, D.S. Course-based Authentic Research Experiences and Opportunities. SENCER Summer Institute. Aug 2nd to 5th. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. Oral Presentation.
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S. Scaffolding PBL and CUREs Across the Curriculum. SENCER Summer Institute. Aug 2nd to 5th. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. Oral Presentation
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S.  Improving Civic and Scientific Literacy through Scaffolded Thematic Classroom Research Experiences. PKAL Massachusetts Regional Summer Meeting. June 15th. Salem State University. Salem, MA. Oral Presentation
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S., Powers, K., Colby, K., Knopp-Kelly, M. Improving civic and scientific literacy among minority students with collaborative experiences. SABER National Meeting. July 27-29th. University of Minnesota, MN. Oral Presentation
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S. Resisting superbugs in the built environment. The New School. Jan 29th. Invited Talk.
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S. Teaching and Pedagogical Research. Queensborough Faculty Retreat. Jan 25th Panel.
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. Faculty positions in academia. What you can be with a PhD, A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention. Nov 5th. NYU Langone Medical Center, NYC. Panel.
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. and Hlawaty, H. Hustle and Flow: Keeping the Curriculum Sound with a Transient Teaching Corps. SENCER SCI-MidAtlantic Meeting. Sept 26th. Molloy College, Long Island, NY. Oral Presentation
    • 2017     Ellison, I., & Smyth, D.S. How the Toilet Changed the World. Panel for World Toilet Day. November 17th. Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Panel
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. Tackling antibiotic resistant bacteria in our changing urban environment. Environmental Health and Health of the Environment Conference. Nov 18th. St Francis College, Brooklyn, NY. Keynote address.
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. Leveraging Civic Engagement in Upper Level Courses: Introducing the "Microbiology of Urban Spaces". Rider University Faculty Seminar Day. Invited Talk
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. Leveraging Civic Engagement in Upper Level Courses: Introducing the "Microbiology of Urban Spaces". SENCER Summer Institute. Aug 3rd to 6th. Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY. Oral Presentation
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. Leveraging Civic Engagement in Upper Level Courses: Introducing the "Microbiology of Urban Spaces". MACUB.  Oral Presentation.
    • 2017     Seto, J., and Smyth, D. Using next generation sequencing technology to elucidate the microorganism diversity in different water sites in Brooklyn. The American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. New Orleans, La. Oral Presentation.
    • 2017     Smyth, D. Soil and water in NYC. Queensborough College. March 29th.  Panel.
    • 2016     Ellison, I., & Smyth, D.S. How the Toilet Changed the World. World Toilet Day. November 18th, 2016. Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Panel
    • 2016     Ellison, I., & Smyth, D.S. Summer of Zika. Social & Public Health Impact of the Zika Epidemic. April 6th. Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Oral presentation.
    • 2016     Smyth, D.S. The Latest News on MRSA. April 19th From Ebola to Zika: Present and Emerging Infectious Diseases. A conference at Columbia University sponsored by the University Seminars, Population Biology #521. Invited Talk.
    • 2016     Smyth, D.S. Microbiology of the built environment: The changing microbiome or “staphome” of New York City College Campuses. February 22th. PACE University, New York, NY. Invited Talk
    • 2015     Smyth, D.S. Careers in Teaching and Education. What you can be with a PhD, A Science and Technology Focused Career Convention. Oct 25th 2015. NYU Langone Medical Center, NYC.  Panel Presentation.
    • 2015     Smyth, D.S., and But, J. When There is No College Reading. SENCER Regional Conference. Oct 16th 2015. New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY.  Oral Presentation.
    • 2015     Seto, J. and Smyth D.S. Using Technology both inside and outside the Classroom: How RNAseq, Metagenomics and Bioinformatics can be combined as Both Teaching and Research Tools with Undergraduate Students. Oral Presentation. The 48th Annual Conference of the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists. Nov 7th. Montclair State University, NJ.
    • 2015     Culhane, T.H., Elison, I., and Smyth, D.S. How the Toilet Changed the World. World Toilet Day. Nov 17th, 2015. Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Oral Presentation.
    • 2015     Culhane, T.H., Ellison, I., and Smyth, D.S. Gender, Water and Sanitation: Interlinkages in Sustainable Development. November 3rd. Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Panel.
    • 2015     Smyth, D.S. The READ initiative. CUNY Assessment Seminar, John Jay, CUNY, March. Oral Presentation.

    Workshops (since 2015)

    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. Experimenting while teaching. The New School. Nov 11th. Online. Workshop
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S., Devanas, M, and Sieg, D. Designing a SENCER Course in 90 mins. SENCER Summer Institute. Online. Workshop.
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S., and Hill, Yao. Essential SENCER Outcomes to Resemble SENCER Ideals. SENCER Summer Institute. Online. Workshop.
    • 2020     Muth, T. & Smyth, D.S. The Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network. Online.
    • 2020     Conefrey, T. & Smyth, D.S. ePortfolios to integrate learning across the curriculum and beyond: Promoting digital citizenship and civic scientific literacy. The 11th Annual ePortfolio Forum. January 25. Washington, DC. Workshop.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. SENCERizing your CURE. SUNY Binghamton. Nov 16th. Invited workshop
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. and others. Classroom Undergraduate Research Experiences. HHMI Adjunct Academy. Mercy College. Nov 3rd.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. and others. Project Based Learning. HHMI Adjunct Academy. Mercy College. Oct 27th.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Doing research inside the classroom: Introducing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Faculty Development Workshop at the New School. Oct 31st.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Assessing the Breadth and Diversity of Student Learning with Project-Based Learning and Undergraduate Research. SENCER Summer Institute. Aug 1nd to 4th. Case Western University, Cleveland, OH. Workshop and Panel.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. & Conefrey, T. ePortfolios for Civic Scientific Literacy. SENCER Summer Institute. Aug 1nd to 4th. Case Western University, Cleveland, OH. Workshop.
    • 2019     Conefrey, T. & Smyth, D.S. ePortfolios for Civic Scientific Literacy. Annual Meeting of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence Based Learning. Bronx Community College. July 17th. Workshop.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Tiny Earth Workshop. World Science Academy and Festival. March 21st. High School for Health Professions and Human Services. New York. NY. Workshop.
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Micropipetting and streaking workshop. World Science Academy and Festival. March 6st. The Advanced Science Research Center of CUNY. City College. NY. Workshop.
    • 2019     Smyth, D. and Liou-Mark, J. Peer-Led Team Learning at Mercy College. Jan 16th. Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Workshop.
    • 2019     Conefrey, T. & Smyth, D.S. ePortfolios for Academic Identity and Civic Engagement in Diverse Student Populations. The 10th Annual ePortfolio Forum. January 26. Atlanta, GA. Workshop Session. Workshop.

    Poster Presentations

    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. SENCERizing your CURE. 2020 BIOME Meeting. (Meeting online due to COVID)
    • 2020     Smyth, D.S. and Conefrey, T. ePortfolios for civic scientific literacy. The American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. June 18-22nd Chicago, IL. (Meeting Online due to COVID)
    • 2019     Smyth, D.S. Colleges as ecosystems: Lessons learned from microbial networks. Undergraduate Education in Biology Gordon Research Conference. Bates College, Lewiston, ME. June 23-28, 2019. 
    • 2019     Nguyen, A.V., Li, G., Mata, D., Bermudes, O., Fernandez, M., Pubhill, K., Santana, J., Kim, W., Chimbay, E., Eralte, J., Smyth, D., Orlofsky, A., and Khan, M. Using Isothermal Loop Amplification (LAMP) as a Tool to Involve Undergraduates in High-Impact Educational Practice. Undergraduate Education in Biology Gordon Research Conference. Bates College, Lewiston, ME. June 23-28, 2019.
    • 2019     Nguyen, A.V., Li, G., Mata, D., Bermudes, O., Fernandez, M., Pubhill, K., Santana, J., Kim, W., Chimbay, E., Eralte, J., Smyth, D., Orlofsky, A., and Khan, M. Using Isothermal Loop Amplification (LAMP) as a Tool to Involve Undergraduates in High-Impact Educational Practice. April 5th. STEM, Humanities and Social Justice, SENCER Regional Meeting. The New School, NY.
    • 2018     Narayanan, M., Sabatini, J., Surendran, G., Devanas, M. and Smyth, D.S. A Project-Based Learning (PBL) Approach For Engaging Students in Undergraduate Chemistry Courses. SENCER Summer Institute. Aug 2nd to 5th. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S. Improving Civic and Scientific Literacy through Scaffolded Thematic Classroom Research Experiences. 8th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research. July 26-28th. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN.
    • 2018     Smyth, D.S. Improving Civic and Scientific Literacy through Scaffolded Thematic Classroom Research Experiences. Wicked Problems: Investigating real-world problems in the biology classroom. June 18-23rd Harvey Mudd. Claremont, CA.
    • 2017     Narayanan, M., Sabatini, J., Surendran, G., Devanas, M. and Smyth, D.S. A course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) in General Chemistry I. SENCER SCI-MidAtlantic Meeting. Sept 26th. Molloy College, Long Island, NY.
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. Improving Civic and Scientific Literacy through Scaffolded Thematic Classroom Research Experiences. Gordon Undergraduate Biology Education Research Conference, July 9th to 14th 2017. Stonehill College, Easton, MA.
    • 2017     Smyth, D.S. Improving Civic and Scientific Literacy through Scaffolded Thematic Classroom Research Experiences. The American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. New Orleans, La.
    • 2017     Seto, J., and Smyth, D. Using next generation sequencing technology to elucidate the microorganism diversity in different water sites in Brooklyn. The American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. New Orleans, La.
    • 2016     Smyth, D.S. Improving Civic and Scientific Literacy through Scaffolded Thematic Classroom Research Experiences. Poster Presentation. SENCER Summer Institute. July 28th to Aug 1st 2016. Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.
    • 2015     Matthews, A., Bilello, Maria-Elena, Smyth, D and But, J. Back to Basics: Improving Reading in Dental Hygiene Courses. CDHA National Conference. Oct 29-31. Victoria, British Columbia.
    • 2015     D. S. Smyth, M. Lam, W.P.K. Tsang and Fabiola Fontaine. Microbiology of the Built Environment: The changing microbiome of New York City College of Technology. Gordon Research Conference. South Hadley, MA. July 12-17, 2015. Poster Presentation
    • 2015     D. S. Smyth, M. Lam, W.P.K. Tsang and Fabiola Fontaine. Microbiology of the Built Environment: The changing microbiome of New York City College of Technology. Microbes in the city: Mapping the urban genome. New York Academy of Science, NYC. June 19th.

     

     


    Research Interests

    • Microbial Ecology and Genomics
    • Antibiotic Resistance
    • Urban Ecosystems
    • Antimicrobials in the Built Environment
    • Student Reading Skills in STEM
    • Planetary Health
    • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
    • Science Education and Civic Engagement
    • Sustainable Science

    Awards And Honors

    Funding & Research Grants at The New School 

    • 2020                 NYC Department of Environmental Protection: Phylogenomic and Socioeconomic Correlates of COVID-19 Transmission in NYC ($10000) – Co-PI
    • 2020                 NSF RAPID: (RAPID: Collaborative Research: Metapopulation Modeling to Develop Strategies to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission in Public Spaces) ($53288) – Co-PI
    • 2020                 Faculty Research Fund “ReLab Plastic” with Dave Marin, SCE ($5000) – Co-PI
    • 2020                 Faculty Research Fund “Fabulous Phages in the Fight Against Superbugs” ($9500) - PI
    • 2020                 NSF RCN-UBE: A National Network for Integrating the Study of Microbiomes into Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences ($474,610) – Co-PI
    • 2019                 Urban Barcode Research Project (CSHL) Fund – The Honey Microbiome ($2000) - PI
    • 2019                 Lang Faculty Opportunity Award – Sequencing the Smoke ($2300) - PI
    • 2018                 Tishman Center for Environment and Design Faculty Support Grant - Conducting Sustainable Science When Pathogens Take the Stage ($1500) - PI
    • 2018                 Urban Barcode Research Project (CSHL) Fund – Sequencing the Smoke ($2000) - PI

    Current Courses

    Microbial Ecologies
    LSCI 2320, Fall 2021

    Past Courses

    Dean's Honor Symposium
    LNGC 3930

    Ind Senior Work
    LSCI 4990

    Independent Study
    LSCI 3950

    Microbiome of Urban Spaces
    LSCI 3055

    Sci. Pol. Infect. Diseases
    LSCI 2840

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