Name: Gil Jose
Occupation: Visiting assistant professor of biology
Hometown/current residence: Baltimore, Maryland by way of the Philippines. Currently reside in Madison.
You may have seen me: In the Atrium of the Science Center teaching my students self-defense techniques during their unit on muscles and the skeletal system.
What's one of your favorite classes to teach, and why? This year, I am teaching Human Biology and Emerging Diseases. I enjoy teaching both of these courses; in Human Biology, I have the opportunity to show my students how important biological concepts relate to their everyday existence. As a microbiologist by training, I have a passion for emerging diseases, particularly viruses. In Emerging Diseases, I get to teach my students about the biology of some really interesting pathogens, and then tie in those biological concepts with some of the social/political factors that can lead to the spread of disease through a population.
What are a few of your favorite things? Formula One Racing, Amazon.com, martial arts, spoken word/poetry, Philippine culture and history.
What three items go in your desert island backpack? Axe, flint, waterproof blueprints for a log canoe.
Any advice? Work smarter not harder.
What do you do in your free time? I love going to the movies and live theater. When I can, I enjoy reading books (for fun) in coffee shops as well more outdoor-type activities like hiking and fishing. On more extended breaks, I enjoy road trips and one of my goals is to drive through all of the lower 48 states.
Beatles or Stones? Neither. To name a few, I enjoy Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Al Green, Nas, Jay-Z, Wale, Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, and Christopher Wallace.
What are you most looking forward to? Working on my lectures for the spring, playing Assassin's Creed 3 over the break, and planning a road trip from Alaska to Maryland for summer 2013.