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Kevin Strang
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 alcohol 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 children 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.

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