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“A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg. ” — Samuel Butler

Charles F. Austerberry

Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology and Protozoology

Ph.D. – Washington University, 1987
B.S. – Kalamazoo College, 1979

Department of Biology
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178-0103
Office: Hixson-Lied 438
Lab: Rigge Science 412
402-280-2154
cfauster@creighton.edu
Additional web site:
http://puffin.creighton.edu/Austerberry/

Courses Offered

  • BIO 211 – General Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  • BIO 362 – Cell Structure and Function
  • BIO 417/MIC 617 – Molecular Biology Lecture
  • BIO 419/MIC 619 – Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • BIO 532 – Current Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • PBP 400, 406, 507, 514, 538 – Post-Baccalaureate Program Biology
  • PHL/SRP/THL 420 – Science and Religion

Scholarly Works

Publications

Austerberry, C.F. , Witbrodt, B., and Nickla, H. 2007. General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Laboratory, 4th ed., ver. c. (Used fall 2008)

Austerberry, C.F. , Witbrodt, B., and Nickla, H. 2007. General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Laboratory, 4th ed., ver. b. (Used summer 2008)

Austerberry, C.F. , Witbrodt, B., and Nickla, H. 2007. General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Laboratory, 4th ed., ver. a. (Used fall 2007)

Austerberry, C.F., editor. 2007. Testbank questions to accompany Biological Science, 3rd ed., by Scott Freeman (San Francisco, Pearson Education Benjamin Cumming, 2008).

Austerberry, C.F. 2007. Review of Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist by Joan Roughgarden (Washington DC: Island Press, 2006). Reports of the National Center for Science Education 27(1-2): 49-50.

Austerberry, C.F., R.O. Snyder, and M.–C. Yao. 1989. Sequence microheterogeneity is generated at junctions of programmed DNA deletions in Tetrahymena thermophila. Nucleic Acids Research 17: 7263– 7272.

Austerberry, C.F., and M.-C. Yao. 1988. Sequence structure of two developmentally regulated, alternative DNA deletion junctions in Tetrahymena thermophila. Molecular and Cellular Biology 8: 3947-3950.

Articles and Opinion Editorials on Science and Religion

Austerberry, C.F. 2006. Evolution Education. Omaha World-Herald, August 20, 2006.

Austerberry, C.F. 2006. Church-State Separation. Omaha World-Herald, March 18, 2006.

Austerberry, C.F. 2006. God Can Use Chance. Lincoln Journal Star, February 6, 2006.

Austerberry, C.F. 2006. Designs on Science. (invited review), Science and Theology News, January 2, 2006.

Austerberry, C.F. 2005. Raising the Level of Evolution Education. Science and Theology News, October 14, 2005.

Austerberry, C.F. 2005. Evolving Sequel to Bryan's Last Campaign. Lincoln Journal Star, March 7, 2005.

Austerberry, C.F. 2005. Evolution Passes Test. Omaha World-Herald, February 2, 2005.

Austerberry, C.F. 2004. Human Evolution, Meaning. Omaha World-Herald, June 13, 2004.

Austerberry, C.F. 2004. On Science and Religion. Omaha World-Herald, January 8, 2004.

Austerberry, C.F. 2002. “Intelligent Design” Isn't Objective Science. Omaha World-Herald, May 23, 2002.

Austerberry, C.F. 2001. Review of “God After Darwin: Evolution and the Question of Divine Providence” (Lecture delivered February 12, 2001 by John Haught). Creighton Center for the Study of Religion and Society Newsletter, 2001.

Austerberry, C.F. 2000. Teaching Evolution while Respecting Faith in the Creator. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith 52(3) 187–189.

Austerberry, C.F. 2000. Creation and Evolution: Do Science and Religion Necessarily Clash? The Lutheran, January 2000.

Austerberry, C.F. 2000. Creation, Evolution, and Teaching in the Public Schools. Creighton Center for the Study of Religion and Society Newsletter, Spring 2000.

Austerberry, C.F. 1999. Science Class Isn't Church. Omaha World-Herald, September 5, 1999.

Austerberry, C.F. 1998. Question of Life's Origin Is Still Open to Science. Omaha World-Herald, April 22, 1998.

Presentations

Austerberry, C.F. Catholic Perspectives on Creationism, Evolution and Intelligent Design. Adult Faith Formation Lecture, St. Margaret Mary Church, Omaha, NE. September 14, 2006.

Austerberry, C.F. Are “Problems with Evolution” Evidence for Intelligent Design? Annual Darwin Day Lecture, Rationalists, Empiricists, and Skeptics of Nebraska (REASON), Omaha, NE. February 13, 2006.

Austerberry, C.F. Are “Problems with Evolution”Evidence for Intelligent Design? Annual Darwin Day Lecture, Brownville Lyceum, Brownville, NE. February 12, 2006.

Austerberry, C.F. Managing Your Inheritance: Human DNA and Genetic Engineering. Creighton Preparatory High School Honor Society, Omaha, NE. December 13, 2005

Austerberry, C.F. Evolution Education in Nebraska and the Nation. Biology Department Seminar, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE. November 2, 2005.

Austerberry, C.F. What Darwin Didn't Know: How Genetic Mutations Can Increase Complexity and Diversity. Annual Darwin Day Lecture, Rationalists, Empiricists, and Skeptics of Nebraska (REASON), Omaha, NE. February 10, 2005.

Austerberry, C.F. What Darwin Didn't Know: How Genetic Mutations Can Increase Complexity and Diversity. Annual Darwin Day Lecture, Center for the Advancement of Rational Solutions/University of Nebraska Campus Freethought Alliance, Lincoln, NE. February 12, 2004.

Austerberry, C.F. How Can the Nebraska Religious Coalition for Science Education Assist the Teaching of Evolution? 43rd Annual Fall Conference, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science, Fremont, NE. October 25, 2003.

Austerberry, C.F. The Nebraska Religious Coalition for Science Education. National Center for Science Education/University of California Museum of Paleontology Activist Summit, Berkeley, CA. May 30 - June 1, 2003.

Austerberry, C.F. The Nebraska Religious Coalition for Science Education. 113th Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 25, 2003.

Austerberry, C.F., N. Kaura, S. Kaura, J.E. Platz, S. Kaura, L.S. Bacchus, A. Desai, and V. Bansal. Species Typing of a Nacapuli Canyon Frog via Inter-Tc1 PCR. Creighton University Biology Research Colloquium, Omaha, NE. May 2, 2002

Austerberry, C.F., C.Kaura, J.E. Platz, S. Kaura, L.S. Bacchus, A. Desai, M. Vesely, and V. Bansal. PCR amplification of DNA between Tc1-like elements in anurans: effect of primer target, annealing temperature, and polymerase fidelity. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division American Association for the Advancement of Science, Omaha, NE. November 13, 2000.

Austerberry, C.F., C. Kaura, J. E. Platz, C. T. Ngo, and V. Bansal. Amplification of inter–Tc1 DNA for species identification, cladistic analysis, and population structure assessment of anurans. Great Plains States Society for Molecular Biology and Genetics, Omaha, NE. May 19, 2000.

Austerberry, C.F., C. Kaura, J. E. Platz, C.T. Ngo, V. Bansal, and C. Prepose. Amplification of inter- transposon DNA from frog toes for species identification, cladistic analysis, and population structure assessment. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Omaha, NE. November 2, 1999.

Surdell, D., C. F. Austerberry, D.H. Nichols, and B. Fritzsch. Innervation of Extrinsic Ocular Muscles in Wnt–1 Knockout Mice. 106th Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 26, 1996.

Dixon, C. and J. Westrich. Comparison of two DNA typing methods for measuring genetic relatedness in a wild population of white–footed deer mice, Peromyscus maniculatus. 106th Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 26, 1996.

Santucci, R. D., V. P. Schlueter, C. F. Austerberry, R.V. Andrews, and R. W. Belknap. Nonradioactive DNA fingerprinting of the white–footed deer mouse Peromyscus maniculatus. 104th Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 22, 1994.

Stock, T, and C.F. Austerberry. Conformational analysis of micronuclear DNA sequences from Tetrahymena thermophila. 102nd Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 10, 1992.

Austerberry, C.F., J.L. Buescher, J.J. Brunkhorst, and J.A. Klesney. A cryptic junction for regulated DNA splicing in Tetrahymena thermophila. 102nd Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 10, 1992.

Buresh, B., R.W. Belknap, C.F. Austerberry, and R.V. Andrews. DNA fingerprinting of Peromyscus maniculatus. 102nd Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 10, 1992.

Cech, D.M., C.F. Austerberry, and P. G. Hamblin. Localization of sequences responsible for apparent DNA bending in a cloned segment of micronuclear DNA from Tetrahymena thermophila. 102nd Annual Meeting, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE. April 10, 1992.

Austerberry, C.F. Genome reorganization in Tetrahymena thermophila: a review. Midwest Regional Conference on Comparative Endocrinology, Omaha, NE. May 4, 1990.

Austerberry, C.F., R. Snyder, and M.–C. Yao. Developmentally regulated DNA deletions in Tetrahymena thermophila. 41st Annual Meeting, Society of Protozoologists, Bristol, England. July 18–22, 1988.