WISL Faculty Fellow
Department of Physiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
A lifelong interest in biological sciences and a series of outstanding
teachers during his educational career are the two main forces that
led Kevin Strang to a career in Physiology. The teachers fired his
natural curiosity in things like exercise and nutrition, and their
enthusiastic mentorship motivated him to learn and understand the
important societal role played by science educators.
Kevin earned a BA in Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island,
Ill., and a Masterís in Zoology and PhD in Physiology from UW-Madison.
He has been a member of the Physiology and Neuroscience Departments at the UW-Madison
School of Medicine and Public Health since 1994. He teaches both undergraduate
and medical school human physiology courses, and since 2001 has also
given numerous university and public outreach lectures on the mechanism
of alcoholís effects on human physiology. Kevin considers his mission
with the WISL to be empowering people to make informed choices about
use. Ethanol has been produced and consumed by humans since the
dawn of civilization, and is currently among the world's most widely
used drugs. But he feels that incredibly few people have even a rudimentary
understanding of how it interacts with the human body, and hopes to
foster a healthier culture of alcohol use, both within and beyond
the borders of Wisconsin.
He has received the Medical Schoolís Basic Science Distinguished Teaching
award and the UW Systemís Underkofler Excellence in Teaching award.
Kevin has also served on numerous university committees, including
the steering committees for the Center for Biology Education and the
Institute for Cross-college Biology Education. In addition to his
work at the UW, he is a co-author of one of the most widely-used college
physiology texts, Vander's Human Physiology. In 2012, he was named one of the nation's top 300 professors. Congratulations Kevin!
Kevin is a single parent raising two bright and talented high
schoolers here in Madison. He enjoys snow skiing in the wintertime,
golf in the summer and is an exercise fanatic all year round. Music,
musical theater, healthy cooking and reading science fiction are also
favorite pastimes. His favorite place to hang out with friends and
enjoy a beer is the Memorial Union Terrace.