Scott, Kathleen M.
Professor; Director, Rutgers Science Explorer/Math and Science Learning Center
Ph.D., Yale University, 1979
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Functional Morphology of the Musculo-skeletal System,
Allometry of the Skeletal System of Ungulates, Ungulate and Carnivore Paleobiology and Evolution, Evolution of Neogene ungulate communities, Systematics of Ruminant Artiodactyls.
Mammology, Anatomy and Physiology for Non-majors "Moving Bodies", General Biology.
Memberships and Professional Service
American Society of Mammalogists, Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Rutgers College Fellows, Rutgers University Faculty Senate, NSF review panels (Curriculum Development Grants, NATO Post-Doctoral Fellowships, GK12 Program).
Kathy Scott and friends, circa 1962
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Faculty of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for Academic Year 1991/92. National Science Foundation Grants: (Institution-wide Reform Initiative), Improving Scientific Competency in Undergraduates;
(Graduate Fellows in K12): Building Learning Communities in Science and Mathematics through Educational Partnerships; (Graduate Fellows in K12): Building Learning Communities in Science and Mathematics through Educational Partnerships, Track II; Limb morphology and Paleoecology of North American Miocene Ungulates.
Academic Interests and Plans
My bachelor’s degree is from Brown University and my doctorate from Yale. I direct the Math and Science Learning Center and am Principle Investigator of the Rutgers NSF-funded Graduate Teaching Fellows program, “Building a Learning Community in Mathematics and Science through Educational Partnerships.” I serve on the New Brunswick Faculty Council (since 1991), including a term as chair and a number of terms on the Executive Committee.
I am interested in the Functional Morphology of the musculo-skeletal system in living and fossil ungulates and carnivores, especially the relationship between habitat and limb morphology and in allometry of the skeletal system of ungulates and use of allometric relationships to predict body weight in fossil ungulates.
I have also served on University Senate for more than a decade, holding a number of offices including Chair, Vice-chair, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, and currently is the Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees. I teach an introductory course, Moving Bodies, to non-science majors at Rutgers. I am also a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, where I am currently working on the muscular anatomy of the pygmy hippopotamus.