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John Willford|Synergy Program

john willfordJohn Willford, UWYO 1450 Instructor

Course Information

UWYO 1450-06

Course Description

Science & Literacy: Interpreting the Scientific World Around You
When reading articles, it is vital to determine source credibility, biases, misrepresentations, and the actual facts in these articles in order to make rational decisions and gain understanding.  This course focuses on developing a skill set which is intended to increase the student’s ability to gain credible information on topics moving past that which is easily accessible on Google or Wikipedia.  The process will involve locating, evaluating, and utilizing literature within the sciences.  In this course, you should learn what compromises a credible source, how to apply it properly in many different presentation formats, and ideally be better prepared for a scholarly career within the sciences.  Topics will be selected that allow for the development of these skills by viewing scientific topics of social importance, health-related issues, popular science, of other topics selected by the students in the class.


Microbiology/Molecular Biology

Office Hours/Location

Agriculture 5024E

Research Interests

Microbiology, Applied Sciences, Public Health


Sport: Hockey 
Quote: "I eated the purple berries.....They taste like burning."  --Ralph Wiggum  

Interests and hobbies

In the winter months, I enjoy playing and coaching ice hockey.  In the summers, I spend as much time fishing as possible.

John in the News

Food Safety in Unlimited Space May Depend on Micro World Test
UW Students Present Research at Regional Meeting

2012 PIE Award Recipient

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Animal and Veterinary Science, University of Wyoming, August 2008
B.S. in Microbiology, University of Wyoming, May 2005

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