Wytheville Community College

Liz Becker
Associate Instructor, Biology
(276) 223-4711
119 Fincastle Hall
Office Hours: 
Monday - 12-2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday- 12 noon -2 p.m.
Thursday - 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Personal Information

Hometown: 
Rockford, IL
High School Attended: 
Rockford East High School
Degrees and Certifications: 
Doctoral work: Bowman Gray Wake Forest University, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
M.S. (Education) Radford University
B.S. (Biology) Radford University, summa cum laude
A.A.S. degree in Medical Technology
Awards: 
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education, Regional 2006 Creating Excellence Award for Career and Technical Education
Who’s Who Among Research, Medicine and Healthcare
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
Who’s Who in American Education
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in the World
Who's Who of American Women
American Biographical Institute 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century
Community Service Activities: 
Autism Awareness - speaking engagements, community events
Special Interests: 

Autisum and autism awarness: My son, Matt is moderate / severely autistic. When he was growing up there were no other parents that I knew with a child on the spectrum, the condition was thought to be rare and when he was diagnosed the doctor told me it was only 1:10,000. Completing my M.S. in Education allowed me to teach on a schedule similar to my son’s, and get to know how better to help him through his high-school years and beyond.  Matt was able to not only graduate, but graduate with honors, 4th in his graduating class, and as a member of the National Honor Society. He could not have done that had I not had the time to help him overcome the tremendous amount of obstacles laid before him.

http://worldaccordingtomatt.com

Publications/Published Research:
Becker, Elizabeth, Fred Singer, Susan Riechert. Male induction of female quiescence / catalepsies during courtship in the spider, Agelenopsis apertaBehaviour, Volume 142, Number 1, 2005, pp. 57-70 (14)
Singer, F., Riechert, S., Xu, H., Morris, A., Becker, E., Hale, J., Noureddine, M. 2000. Analysis of courtship success in the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis aperta. Behaviour 137: 93-117.
Autism and the World According to Matt (2014) Tate Publishing

Becker, Liz.  Autism Support Network – Writer at Large since 2011. Over 60 published articles. Some of the more recent stories include:

The best thing about working at WCC is...: 
..the students - and yes, I know it sounds so cliche', but it's the truth. The students coming in are in search of a better life, a better career, and WCC is their starting point. I take my job very seriously in that many students need help to get their college sea-legs, and learning to study and think critically may take some time. I want my students to not only succeed in my class, but be prepared for the next level and increase their chances of obtaining the goals they have set for themselves. Dreams do come true, and hard work is part of the package. I like showing them what they are capable of that many never knew they were.

Current Teaching Schedule

Biology

BIO 101: General Biology I

BIO 101 Explores fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. Introduces the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function and evolution. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
45464
~T~R~~~ 2017-08-21 - 2017-12-18 12:30:00 - 13:45:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 71 In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enroll in BIO 101-72L to register for this class.
45465
4 ~T~~~~~ 2017-08-21 - 2017-12-18 14:00:00 - 16:40:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 72L In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enrolling in this lab automatically registers student for BIO 101-71.

BIO 141: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 141 Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
45484
M~~~~~~ 2017-08-21 - 2017-12-18 18:00:00 - 20:40:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 71 In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enroll in BIO 141-73L to register for this class.
45486
4 ~~~R~~~ 2017-08-21 - 2017-12-18 18:00:00 - 20:40:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 73L In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enrolling in this lab automatically registers student for BIO 141-71.
45488
M~W~~~~ 2017-08-21 - 2017-10-13 09:30:00 - 12:15:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 72 In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enroll in BIO 141-72L to register for this class- this is an accelerated 8 week course. Course begins 8/21 and ends 10/13.
45489
4 M~W~~~~ 2017-08-21 - 2017-10-13 14:00:00 - 16:40:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 72L In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enrolling in the lab automatically registers student for BIO 141-72. Course begins 8/21 and ends 10/13.

BIO 142: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 142 Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
45507
M~W~~~~ 2017-10-16 - 2017-12-11 09:30:00 - 12:15:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 74 In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enroll in BIO 142-75L to register for this class - this is an accelerated 8 week course. Course begins 10/16 and ends 12/11.
45510
4 M~W~~~~ 2017-10-16 - 2017-12-11 14:00:00 - 16:40:00 CREI Crossroads Institute 0211 75L In Person Becker,Elizabeth Anne Enrolling in this lab automatically registers student for BIO 142-74. Course begins 10/16 and ends 12/11.

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