On the job in Portage, Alaska

Portage, Alaska

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.-John M. Richardson, Jr.

As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost. -Margaret Mead

Dr. Brian Shmaefsky is currently a professor of biology at Lone Star College – Kingwood, near Houston, TX and coordinates the college’s service learning program. His research emphasis is in environmental physiology. He attended Brooklyn College of CUNY, Southern Illinois University, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and University of Illinois. His doctoral studies were in science education and in environmental physiology. Dr. Shmaefsky previously worked as an industrial biochemist at Sigma Chemical Company where he developed biotechnology products and protocols. In addition he was a professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Dr. Shmaefsky served in leadership capacities for the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Biotechnology Institute, National Association of Biology Teachers, National Science Teachers Association, Society for College Science Teachers, and Academies of Science in Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas. He has many publications in science trade magazines and science education journals. In addition, he has written general reader and technical books on biotechnology, and related technologies in addition to technical chapters in specialized books. Plus, he has several books on human disease and has published a textbook on human anatomy and physiology. Dr. Shmaefsky has been a speaker at many local and international conferences on various topics including biotechnology, industrial hygiene, media relations, science education, sustainable development, workforce safety, and workforce training.

Biology 1408 Pink Team

Biology 1408 Pink Team

My role as Service Learning Coordinator at LSC-Kingwood compels me to involve my students in civic engagement projects. I truly believe that all people should make some positive contribution to their local or global communities.  One of our on-going projects is ensuring the sustainability of the college’s recycling efforts.


Class Information and Materials

Please note:

All e-mails, calls, and assignments must include your full name and biology section information (for example, Biology 1408 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 am).

Additional class resources and grades are available on LSC-Online for the course: http://www.lonestar.edu/lsc-online/

Biology 1408 – Introduction to Biology


Due Mid-term!





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