LOTS Episode 1: Brian Dempsey

Welcome to the Life of the School, the podcast for biology teachers.  Each episode, I will sit down with a different life science teacher and talk about his or her path to the classroom, work in the classroom, and hopes and dreams for the future.

LOTS Episode 1 Show Notes

In episode 1, I sit down with Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers President Brian Dempsey.  Brian is a biology teacher at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.  During his 20 year teaching career, Brian has spent several of his summers conducting research at local institutions, including examination of phylogenetic relationships of local fungi at Clark University, Wolbachia infection of mosquitoes in a partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory, and receptors used by Leishmania parasites at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  In 2006 Brian received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award of Massachusetts and in 2009 the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence.  He has successfully written several grants totaling $20,000 used to purchase biotechnology equipment for ABRHS.  He has also authored papers in The American Biology Teacher and The Science Teacher.

Resources Discussed

Pick of the Week:

Brian – The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Aaron – Horizontal Transfer Podcast


Theme Music Provided by Ex-Macigians (taken from the song “We Talk Jazz” by Jake Jenkins).


  1. Great podcast! Also, thank you (and Mr. Dempsey) for inspiring me to continue my education in a biology related field.

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