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Mary Schwanke



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Maine at Farmington (September 2000 - present). Teaching duties have included: Introductory Biology: Human Evolution, Cell Biology, General Physiology, Comparative Anatomy, Developmental Biology, Special Topics: Brain and Learning, and Interdisciplinary Science (Honors Program).

Co-Principal Investigator, Maine Mathematics & Science Teaching Excellence Collaborative (2000-2006). This collaborative project of the University of Maine System was funded by the National Science Foundation to promote and improve the preparation and support of mathematics and science teachers in Maine. Activities included an annual state-wide summer academy and mid-year conference, regional meetings of faculty, in-service and pre-service teachers, and UMF-based curricular and course reform efforts. 


Physiology, Neurophysiology, Excitation-contraction coupling, Effects of diabetes on cardiac muscle 


Schwanke, Mary L., Dutta, Kaushik, Podolin, Deborah A., and Davidoff, Amy J. (2006). Cardiomyocyte dysfunction in insulin-resistant rats: a female advantage. Diabetologia 49, 1097-1105

Eason, G., Schwanke, M., Millette, P., Wells, D. (2006). Sustaining community. In: Journeys (a monograph of the Maine Mathematics and Science Teaching Excellence Collaborative, Stebbins, R., Johnson, A., Eds.), 100-105

Wold, L.E., Dutta, K., Mason, M.M., Ren, J., Cala, S.E., Schwanke, M.L., Davidoff, A.J. (2005).
Impaired SERCA function contributes to cardiomyocyte dysfunction in insulin resistant rats. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 39, 297-307