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Associate Professor Emerita
Skepticism and scientific literacy.
Courses & Teaching
Biology for non-science majors; anatomy and physiology for nursing students; biochemistry; molecular genetics labs.
I have been teaching human anatomy and physiology as well as pathophysiology since I left UVic in 1985. I taught these courses to nursing students at Northwest Community College, Selkirk College, Okanagan College/Okanagan University College — what is now UBC Okanagan. Over my 25 years of teaching post-secondary biology, I have taught labs and lectures in many, many different courses but my heart has always been with first-year A&P. I am currently interested in how critical thinking skills affects students’ ability to learn difficult scientific concepts and their success in university in general. I write a monthly column on skepticism in the Kelowna Courier and participate in many national and international groups promoting skepticism and critical thinking.
MSc University of Victoria
In 2011, Professor Nilson was made an Advisory Fellow of the Centre for Inquiry, a national organization that promotes and advances reason, science, secularism, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor. She writes a monthly column titled “Okanagan Skeptic” in the Kelowna Daily Courier.