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Spotlight On: James Lodolce

Spotlight On: James Lodolce

This week, the faculty spotlight is trained on James Lodolce, Senior Lecturer for the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Lodolce has co-authored Becker’s World of the Cell (10th Edition), which will be published this coming March 2021.

Becker’s World of the Cell was first written and developed by Wayne Becker, who taught cell biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 30 years. The first edition was published in 1986. The earlier editions focused on Becker’s expertise in plant biology and biochemistry. Over the years, the emphasis has shifted to animal cells and molecular biology. Since the first edition, the popularity of Becker’s World of the Cell has steadily risen to become one of the top textbooks in the field of Cell Biology, and it is widely adopted by colleges and universities across the United States. Lodolce was contacted by Pearson Publishing to submit an audition packet and was selected as co-author to work with Dr. Jeff Hardin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The 10th edition of this book has many key revisions, Lodolce says. About halfway through the revision and authoring process, Pearson went through a fundamental shift to focus on digital first. This has led the 10th edition to focus more on improvements to the e-text and improving the digital resources available to instructors.

Lodolce has worked on research as a cell biologist since his graduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he studied inflammatory processes in genetically modified mice. When he came to Loyola in 2010, he focused his career on teaching and the development of pedagogical tools to strengthen his teaching. Last year, Lodolce received the Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, which is the most prestigious teaching award that one can receive in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Dr. Lodolce’s work is one of many examples of the ways faculty research informs and deepens great teaching, and vice versa,” says Peter J. Schraeder, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “As we move the College to a more ambitious, interdisciplinary research focus, we can see how faculty research and scholarly activity foster depth and currency in our teaching, and how teaching stimulates new ideas and frames new questions that lead to further inquiry.”

Recently, Lodolce contributed to a review article on the immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Leading up to his work on Becker’s World of the Cell, he helped review several chapters in other texts and was a content expert for James Watson’s Molecular Biology of the Gene textbook.

“There are constant advances being made in the field of cell biology," Lodolce said. "Therefore, it is very easy to find new material to strengthen the quality of the text with each edition and engage the interest of students in this fascinating field.”