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Meet Robin Forbes-Lorman

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, biology education research
  • Ph.D. in behavioral neuroendocrinology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. in Biology, Earlham College

Hi! I teach biology, primarily Anatomy and Physiology. I carry out behavioral neuroendocrinology research (hormones on the brain and behavior) in rats. I am particularly interested in the role of steroid hormones in social and sexual behaviors, as well as the neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin in social behaviors. I also carry out pedagogy research on how students learn. I grew up in Madison, WI and got my B.A. from Earlham College, a school about the same size as Ripon. I got my MS and PhD from UW-Madison in behavioral neuroendocrinology, did a postdoc in biology education research, then taught for two years at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington. I currently live in Ripon with my husband, two kids, two dogs, and chickens. I am a runner and hope to get back into triathlons soon (I am a 2x Ironman).


Icon for: What's your favorite topic or course to teach and why? 
Anatomy and Physiology- it's a very integrative topic that incorporates different aspects of biology, chemistry, and some physics and art. I’m always learning more!

What’s your favorite topic or course to teach and why?

Anatomy and Physiology- it’s a very integrative topic that incorporates different aspects of biology, chemistry, and some physics and art. I’m always learning more!

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An undergraduate-level medical case study, where students diagnose their own patient.

Briefly describe a favorite assignment or in-class activity.

An undergraduate-level medical case study, where students diagnose their own patient.

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Facilitating collaborative, problem-based inquiry, and experiential learning

What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer?

Facilitating collaborative, problem-based inquiry, and experiential learning


Robin Forbes-Lorman, left and Miye Aoki-Kramer '20 working in a lab

Faculty, student have paper published on BioOne.org

Associate Professor of Biology Robin Forbes-Lorman and Miye Aoki-Kramer ’20 of Seattle, Washington, had a paper published on BioOne.org, a database of research in the […]

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Julia Lilly ’20, Robin Forbes-Lorman publish biology education manuscript

Julia Lilly ’20, who is studying in Bloomington, Indiana, was the first author of “Doctor in the house: Improving undergraduate critical thinking skills through diagnosing […]

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Students gain valuable experience presenting at virtual conferences

Kiera Robe ’21 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Brianna Bembenek ’22 of Campbellsport, Wisconsin, found new opportunities during virtual conference presentations this fall. Robe is majoring […]