Kristie Willett’s Teaching
PHCL 381/ PHCL 581 Introduction to Toxicology.
The catalogue entry for PHCL381 describes the course as an introduction to the “biological and chemical factors which influence toxicity. Review of various classes of compounds of industrial, agricultural, therapeutic and economic importance. Emphasis on the forensic implications of poisoning by these agents.” The final project for this course involves presentation of a human poisoning case study. The course is an elective in the pharmacy curriculum and is required of the forensic chemistry majors at The University of Mississippi.
PHCL 347/547 Introduction to Environmental Toxicology:
This course provides an introduction to the principles of Environmental Toxicology including how contaminants move through the environment and enter food chains. Molecular, cellular, organismal and population level effects of contaminants are emphasized. The capstone project provides an in depth analysis of the issues surrounding pharmaceuticals in the environment. This is a required course for graduate students in the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program and an elective for undergraduate pharmacy majors.
PHCL 675 General Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology I:
The catalogue entry for PHCL675 describes the course as an introduction to the “general principles of toxicology, biotransformation of toxicants, chemical carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, teratogenesis, and systemic toxicology.” This is a required class for graduate students in Pharmacology. The textbook for the course is Casarett & Doull’s Toxicology. This course is offered every other year in the fall semester.
HON 101 and HON102:
The universal theme of Honors 101 is the investigation of Self and Self and Society while Honors 102 involves analyses of Nature and the Cosmos. Through these courses students explore a number of different works (books, movies, plays) and reflect on how their perspectives relate to how each of us defines our self and our community. Key to this process is that we all have unique individual backgrounds and perspectives to offer, and together as we come to appreciate and understand these differences, our journey of self-discovery may become transformational. Associated with the critical thinking involved in this journey is communication of each students’ ideas through in class discussions, informal journals or in class writing and formal short, medium and long papers.