Sep. 18, 2018
Valerie Baggett is a native of Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University, Fullerton, and her master’s in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. She has an extensive background in scientific instrumentation, as she worked for Beckman Instruments developing and marketing UV-Visible Spectrophotometers, pH meters and Liquid Scintillation Counters. Her expertise in instrumentation gave her the opportunity to give seminars and support the instrumentation throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada.
Baggett then worked as a freelance writer writing technical manuals for scientific instrumentation and editing graduate theses. She led women’s Bible study groups in her church and was the coordinator for several years. More recently, she was an adjunct professor at El Camino College, Santa Monica College and California State University at Dominguez Hills.
Baggett has been teaching chemistry at Biola since 2010. Her primary teaching responsibility is for the Organic and Biochemistry courses for Allied Health with Lab. She also teaches Introductory Chemistry and has prepared materials for online use. She is also the chemistry lab coordinator and is responsible for ordering lab materials, safety compliance and hazardous materials waste.
When she is not teaching chemistry, she enjoys sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and skiing. She is an Adaptive Ski Instructor working for USARC at Bear Mountain in the winter and assists with kayaking and sailing for UCLA. She is also an open water swimmer and competes in the annual Pier-to-Pier race in Manhattan Beach.
John Bloom serves as chair of the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department and as the academic director for Biola's Master of Arts (Science and Religion) (MASR), which he founded in 2004. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in physics and graduate courses in the MASR. His research interests include the integration of Christianity with the sciences and apologetics. Bloom also has an interest in viable alternative energy sources, and equipped his home with photovoltaic solar panels that supply most his home's electrical needs. He lives in La Mirada with his wife and son.
Ruth has a broad background in the basic sciences but she specializes in the Anatomical Sciences with an emphasis on human anatomy. As she sometimes says, her specialty is people with their skin off. She also has a strong interest in the brain and teaches the Neurobiology class.
Ruth has taught many places besides Biola, among them was Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles. As a result of teaching there, she was part of the General Anatomy section of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Exam Writing Committee for five years. Ruth has also spoken to many Creation Science groups on a wide variety of topics.
Hyuna Lee had the unique privilege to live in three distinct cultures. She was born in Korea, but raised in Paraguay for 15 years as missionary kid and moved to the United States during high school. Her multicultural experience allowed her to understand students coming from diverse communities and cultures. Lee has investigated mitochondrial axonal transport using microfluidic platform, zebrafish regeneration properties, and in vivo dopamine d2 receptor studies in mice. Her desire is to foster a passion for science in the students at Biola to raise them to be influential leaders in their future scientific careers that brings countless souls to Christ. Lee is currently serving as a Christian radio co-host interviewing the lives of pastors’ and missionaries’ kids, she is on the executive committee for raising scholarships for missionary kids, and she greatly enjoys serving as a Kindergarten Pastor. Through Lee’s active history of teaching combined with years of biological research and working with diverse individuals, she is thrilled to contribute to Biola University’s vision to equip students with a strong basic science education centered on Christ.