Through his teaching, his textbook, and in his online weblog, award-winning professor Michael D. Johnson sparks the interest of today’s science-intimidated pupil by connecting basic biology to real-world issues relevant to college students’ own lives. Via a storytelling approach and extensive online support, Human Biology: Concepts and Current Issues, 7th Edition not only demystifies how the human body works but drives students to become better consumers of health and science info. Every chapter opens with Johnson’s popular “Current Issue” essays, and BlogInFocus references within the chapter direct students to his regularly-updated online blog for breaking human biology-related news.
7th Edition offers stronger student self-assessment tools with new and expanded critical thinking questions throughout every chapter and in the end-of-chapter reviews.
About the Writer
Dr. Michael D. Johnson earned his B.S. degree in Zoology from Washington State University after which he moved East to earn a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Michigan. After finishing a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School he joined the faculty of West Virginia University, where he remained for most of his career.
From 2001 to 2006 Dr. Johnson resided within the Sultanate of Oman, where he served as Founding Dean of a new medical school being built in academic partnership with West Virginia University. Following a brief interval back home at West Virginia University, in 2008 he moved to Qatar to take the position of Associate Dean for Premedical Education at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. He returned to the USA in 2011 to focus on writing and on researching subjects of interest in Human Biology.
Dr. Johnson received a number of teaching awards throughout his career, including the West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award and the Distinguished Teacher Award of the School of Medicine. He’s a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, American Physiological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.