Welcome to our 2020-2021 program year.  While the situation may evolve, our current plan is for all of our meetings to be virtual this program year.  If possible, we may try for an outdoor initiation ceremony in the spring. We will make a final decision on that next spring when we are closer to initiation.  We will host all of our meetings through Zoom.   An email with the link to join the meeting will be sent to people who RSVP for the meeting.  For our Friday meetings, we will have a speaker at 7 and then a social hour afterwards for anyone who wishes to stay online.  

Meeting Information:


Meeting Date and Time: Friday, May 7, 2021 (via Zoom)

7 pm (Central Time) - Initiation

7:30 - Presentation 

Following the presentation - Social Hour (via Zoom breakout rooms)

Speaker: Eugenia Villa-Cuesta - Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Adelphi University


Title: "Funny how that works: a biology professor explains how improv training rescued her in the classroom"

Abstract: As a Hispanic female in STEM, I always thought I needed to communicate my science with confidence, and to respond to any question with authority. Not sure if it is because I had to establish my niche and compete with my male counterparts, or because of the competitiveness of Academia. In any case, I felt I needed to show that yes, I was intelligent, creative, and confident. And no, I do not need you to do my work.  Would that resonate with you? Well, the same qualities that I thought were giving me a competitive edge were really getting in the way of me being an effective Professor, or any other professional to be honest.  I focused on me, my talk, my research, my lecture, I forgot about why I was doing my job, and that what makes teaching successful is student learning. On Friday May 7, I will tell you how using the essentials of improvisation (or improv-a form of drama where actors do not have a plot) in my classroom and at work turned things around.  We will have fun and we will practice some of the techniques that I use to enhance communication, listening and to develop empathy with my students. My students and colleagues matter to me, now I am able to show it while keeping a professional and rigorous, but fun and engaging, relationship with them.


Speaker Bio: Eugenia Villa-Cuesta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Adelphi University. She obtained a Ph.D in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Center for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa in Madrid, Spain. She has worked in Cambridge University, UK, Brown University, RI, USA and Bryant University, RI, USA before moving to Adelphi University in Long Island, NY. Her research and teaching are intertwined and often feed each other. She uses innovative techniques to improve her teaching in the classroom. With the help of very talented students, Dr. Villa-Cuesta’s laboratory studies mitochondrial biology in health and disease. Her research and teaching efforts have been funded by the NIH, the NSF, the Frederick Bettelheim Research Award and Adelphi University faculty development grants. Dr. Villa-Cuesta was named Outstanding Biology Professor in 2014, 2015

RSVP: by Evite or to Gretchen Shearer at gshearerdgs@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 5, 2021.  You will receive an email with the link and instructions to Log in to the meeting.

If you have not already done so, we also encourage you to visit the ISP national Website to pay your annual dues.  Teresa Bixby prepared a very helpful video to walk you through the process using the link