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Richard F. Olivo


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Richard F. Olivo earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

My initial interests were in the neurobiology of simple systems, including the control of eye movements in crayfish and their modulation by behavioral arousal. In recent years, I have shifted my emphasis more to teaching and the use of instructional technology. A simulation of retinal ganglion cell responses (MacRetina) won an award from EDUCOM, and my open courseware laboratory manual for neurophysiology is used by other colleges. From 1996 to 2009, I served as an Associate Director of Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (while continuing to teach neurophysiology at Smith), and led efforts in teaching with technology. I was project director for the Society for Neuroscience's development of ERIN, a website to support higher education, and I have organized annual workshops for the Society on teaching neuroscience since 2005. These activities led to the Society's Award for Education in 2014.

Representative Publications

Olivo, R. F., Burdo, J.R., Calin-Jageman, R., Grisham, W.E., Linden, M.L., Rosenberg, R.L., Symonds, L.L., Thornton, J.E. 2015. "ERIN: A Portal to Resources for Higher Education in Neuroscience." Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 13(3): A126-A130.

Olivo, R. F. 2012. "Collaborative Online Writing Assignments to Foster Active Learning." Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 11(1): A82-A89.

Olivo, R. F. 2011. "Bridging Old and New: Video Guides to Assigned Readings." EDUCAUSE Quarterly 34(4). http://www.educause.edu/library/EQM11419

Olivo, R. F. 2003. "An online lab manual for neurophysiology." Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 2(1): A16-A23.

Website for the Neurophysiology course at Smith College: tinyurl.com/bio300