Biological Sciences

Associate Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 2012, Capella University
M.Ed., 1988, University of Florida
B.S.Ed., 1982, University of Florida
A.A., 1980, Edison State College

As a full-time professor and mother of four, Dr. Veld enjoys identifying teaching strategies that affect students' perception of biology to life. She is passionate about combining learning styles and current effective teaching strategies with her love for biology. She artfully blends her love for Olivet's students and the gift of life that God gave us to celebrate.

With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Dr. Veld teaches biological connections with everyday life. Courses include: general biological science, lecture and lab; anatomy and physiology labs; and environmental science and technology labs. She also serves as an advisor for biology and zoology majors.

She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Illinois Science Teachers Association, and is the faculty sponsor for the student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association.

In her leisure time, she enjoys exercising, bicycling, cooking, gardening, the arts and watching the Chicago Blackhawks win! Travel is at the top of her agenda, trumped only by the arrival of her first grandchild in July 2013.

Dr. Veld has two sons, Noah and Jonah; and two daughters, Naomi and Emma. They never never play practical jokes on anyone, without including her — it's a family rule.

Associate Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Post-doctoral studies (cardiovascular disease), The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. (Pathobiology), 2010, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. (Biology), 2002, Calvin College

Dr. Sharda brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of tumor immunology and ischemia/reperfusion injury to Olivet's Department of Biological Sciences. He currently teaches biology, medical terminology, physiology and biology research courses.

His extensive background in biological research includes seven years in tumor immunology while earning his doctoral degree in pathobiology in the field of tumor immunology and three years in cardiovascular disease as part of his post-doctoral studies.

Dr. Sharda has co-authored several publications that have been published in Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods, The Journal of Immunology, and Journal of Virology.

One of his greatest intellectual pleasures is engaging in dialog that bridges faith and the sciences. In recent years, he has also pursued his interest in nutrition and the role it plays in numerous social justice issues, ranging from economic inequity to climate change.

When not in the classroom or lab, Dr. Sharda enjoys playing sports, especially Ultimate Frisbee and tennis. You may even see him at local Ultimate pick-up games on a fairly regular basis.

He and his wife, Jori, are the parents of son, Isaiah, and daughters, Acacia and Eliana. As a dad, he loves playing, being silly and telling stories with his children.

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 2016, University of Minnesota
M.A. (Higher Education and Student Development), 2009, Taylor University
B.S., 2006, Messiah College

Dr. Rosenberger joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2016. He teaches courses in invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, vertebrate natural history and anatomy, tropical and arctic field biology (Costa Rica and Alaska), and general biological science. His area of specialty is forest entomology and conservation biology.

He has been working in higher education since 2007 and has taught courses at Taylor University, Bethel University and Wheaton College Science Station. Supervising research experiences for undergraduate students is one of his most exciting pursuits. One of his students won first place at a national meeting for their collaborative research on insect-fungal symbiosis.

He has led multiple international service-learning trips to Central America and been involved in educational programs in Belize, New Zealand and India. He lived in Belize for three years, where he directed and taught in the Creation Care program, a study abroad program focusing on integrating faith, sustainable development and ecology.

His research on the effects of new host plants on the behavior and ecophysiology of the mountain pine beetle, based in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is ongoing with researchers at the University of Minnesota and USDA Forest Service. His research has covered topics ranging from microbial symbionts of the mountain pine beetle to insect-plant chemical ecology to woodpecker foraging behavior to invasive species risk assessment. Dr. Rosenberger has presented his research at several international conferences and many regional and national meetings.

In 2015, Dr. Rosenberger won the first place President's Award at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America for his research presentation on insect cold tolerance. His research publications have focused on both forest entomology and science pedagogy in higher education. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America and Society for Conservation Biology.

Outside the classroom and office, he enjoys birding and has taken multiple trips in the United States, Central America, India, New Zealand and Argentina. He also loves reading books to his children, gardening and nature photography.

Dr. Rosenberger is married to Ashley, who has a master's degree in environmental science. They are the parents of two young boys, Isaac and Nehemiah, who study anything that lives under a rock — and would be happy to share their "research" with you!

Chair of Biological Sciences and Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Surgery Residency, 1983, Michigan State University at Grand Rapids
M.D., 1978, Indiana University School of Medicine
B.A., 1974, Indiana University at Bloomington

Dr. Michael Pyle is a board certified general surgeon who, in 2008, accepted an invitation to teach in Biology and currently serves as chair of the department. He continues to do surgery on a part-time basis and enjoys involving students on those occasions.

With the family in tow, he served the Church of the Nazarene for four years as a medical missionary to Swaziland. Recent years brought short term service in Haiti, Rwanda, Nepal, Uganda and Papua New Guinea. Since 2010 he and Nancy have taken teams of ONU nursing and pre-medical students to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea or Restoration Gateway in Uganda. Each trip combines a service project with observation time in the hospital and clinics.

Dr. Pyle established a new course in human anatomy using human donors. In addition, he developed a relationship with Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, through which students shadow medical and dental practitioners. In 2013, this program won a national award for excellence from the American Hospital Association. He also teaches medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology and biology seminar.

Dr. Pyle enjoys nurturing community partners like Riverside Medical Center. He attends a weekly conference at the hospital and enjoys an excellent relationship with the Osteopathic residency program which yearly offers mock medical school interviews to ONU students.

Through the biology club, Biophilic, he has helped establish a yearly campus bone marrow registration drive (Be The Match) and a Health Science Career Night.

Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Pyle served several years as associate pastor and later as pastoral assistant at Parkside Church of the Nazarene in Avon, Indiana. Before joining the faculty, he served as a member of the ONU Board of Trustees for five years.

He married Nancy in 1979 after they came face to face during hospital rounds. Nancy earned her R.N. degree from Ball State University in

1978. In 2011, she completed a Master in Nursing Education degree at Olivet and currently teaches in the nursing department.

The Pyles are the parents of three children, Matt, Nathan and Katie — all ONU graduates. They immensely enjoy their latest assignment as grandparents! Laura Leigh and Lauryn Elizabeth arrived in 2012. Austin Mark and Easton James joined the posse in 2014 followed by Emma Kathryn in 2016. In 2017, the ‘quiver’ population expanded with the addition of Mykena Marie and Micah Anthony!

School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 1989, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
B.S., 1984, Olivet Nazarene University

At ONU since 1995, Dr. Long teaches toxicology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and invertebrate zoology. Research projects are an integral part of most classes he teaches.

Dr. Long works with qualified juniors and seniors in Olivet's summer undergraduate research program. This is an intensive, full-time, ten-week program of research. His personal research interests include enzyme and protein chemistry, and cell biology.

Faculty sponsor for the biology club, Biophilic, Dr. Long participates with students in several community service projects each year. The club also sponsors study breaks (with pizza) and other social events for the biology majors at Olivet.

Dr. Long conducted research to determine the cellular mechanisms of lead and cadmium poisoning at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. for six years. He has numerous scientific publications from this work.

A year-round bicycle commuter, Dr. Long also enjoys computer programming, robotics, self-supported bicycle touring and playing the euphonium.

He and his wife, Meda, are the parents of three grown children. Two of them are college students majoring in zoology/biology.

School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
D.A., 1983, Idaho State University
M.S., 1982, Idaho State University
B.A., 1976, Trinity College

A professor at Olivet since 1986, Dr. Johnson studied jackrabbits as part of his M.S. degree program in zoology/ecology at Idaho State University. For his Doctor of Arts degree, also from ISU, he focused on biology and teaching at the college level.

Dr. Johnson teaches botany, ecology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science and advanced botany. He is committed to helping students learn the amazing content of biology. He also works to encourage students in their faith by showing them the handiwork of God. His goal as a professor is to develop science professionals who are well-prepared for life, work and future education.

One of Dr. Johnson's greatest joys is providing his students with hands-on experiences — natural sites in Ill. and Ind., Costa Rica, Alaska. He is also the faculty sponsor for Going Green, the student environmental club.

Along with nine other science educators from across the U.S., Dr. Johnson studied conservation biology at Tiputini Field Station in the Amazon Basin. His work produced curricular materials for science teachers in secondary education.

Dr. Johnson and his wife, Peggy, not surprisingly, are lovers of outdoor activities and they have been blessed with three sons, all dedicated to biology. In 1994, he was chosen as Olivet's Faculty Member of the Year.

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences
Ph.D. (Cell and Molecular Physiology), 2015, Loyola University Chicago
B.S. (Biochemistry), 2006, Wheaton College

Dr. Himes joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2015. He teaches courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as teaching in the Honors Program curriculum. His recent research efforts have focused on cardiac physiology, and the toxicity of hexavalent chromium. He is also interested in science policy, or how science influences public policy-making.

When he's not in the classroom or lab, you are likely to find him at concerts or sporting events at Olivet, cheering on his students. He and his wife, Sarah — who is a nurse — enjoy visiting campus with their two children, and having students over for meals.

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