Curriculum Vitae/Contact Information
Moti Nissani (June 2014)
Ph.D., Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, 1975.
B.A., philosophy, psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1972.
2006-present: Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, Wayne State
1987-2006: Faculty, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Wayne State
1986-87: Faculty, Old College (1980-1987), Reno, Nevada.
1978-80: Research Fellow, Center for Developmental Biology, University of
1977-78: Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University
of South Australia.
1975-77: NIH postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Genetics, University of
1972-75: Teaching Assistant, Departments of Psychology and Biology,
University of Pittsburgh.
March 2003: Visiting Professor, Department of Zoology, Yangon
University, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar).
November 2002-February 2003: Elephant researcher, Kyet Shar, Magu, and
Myaing Hay Wun Logging Camps, Burma (Myanmar).
August-November 2002: Teaching English and conducting faculty
workshops, New Hong Hu First Middle School, 1 East Wenquan Road, Hong Hu City,
Hubei Province, 433200, People's Republic of China.
July-Sept. 2000: U.S.I.A.-sponsored American Studies specialist,
Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal (8 weeks).
1998: Visiting Professor, Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas, Santiago de
Cuba (5 weeks).
1995-96: Senior Fulbright Scholar, Central Department of English, Tribhuvan
University, Kathmandu, Nepal (10 months).
1978-79: Individual National Research Service Award (from the National
Institutes of Health--1 year).
Taught (Number of
As a Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Psychology (2) / Genetics (3) /
As a Member of a Team: Science and Religion (1) / Third World
Perspectives (1) / Development of Western Culture (1).
As a Single Instructor or as a Coordinator of a Team: Biology Today (1) /
What is Science? (2) / Changing Life on Earth (introduction to biology) (4) /
Animal and Human Nature (1) / Health Concepts and Strategies (4) / Atoms & Stars (an
introduction to astronomy, physics, and the nature of science) (7) /
Introduction to the University and its Libraries (1) / The Cold War and
American Politics (1) / Practical Mathematics: Concepts and Applications (3)
History and Concepts of Mathematics: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (5) /
Living in the Environment
(human ecology) (5) / Critical Thinking (5) / Case for Interdisciplinarity
(1) / Written Communication Skills (freshman composition) (5) / Developmental
Reading and Writing (1) / Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar (3) /
Interdisciplinary Core Seminar (4) / Senior Seminar (2) / Intermediate Reading &
Writing (4) / Media in America (2)
/ Elephants: An
Interdisciplinary Perspective (1), Senior Essay/Project (4),
Capstone Project (2), World War I as a Turning
Point (1), Senior
Seminar: Around the World in One Semester (1), Computers & Society
Graduate Courses Taught
- Interdisciplinary Core Seminar (3)
- Aging (1)
Computers & Society / Critical Reading /
Reading and Writing / Freshman
Introduction to College and Interdisciplinarity / A Historical
Introduction to Astronomy, Physics, and the Nature of Science / Around the World in
One Semester (interdisciplinary geography) / World War I
(interdisciplinary history) /
American Studies (conducted in Nepal)
Interdisciplinarity (Cuba and Nepal)
Research Methodologies (Cuba, Myanmar, Nepal)
Teaching of Science (Cuba, Myanmar, Nepal)
Teaching of English (Cuba, Nepal, China)
Refereed Journal & Book Essays
- A new
behavioral bioassay for an analysis of sexual attraction and pheromones in
insects. Journal of Experimental Zoology 192: 271-275 (1975).
- Cell lineage analysis of kynurenine producing organs in Drosophila
melanogaster. Genetical Research 26: 63-72 (1975).
- Gynandromorph analysis of some aspects of sexual behaviour of
Drosophila melanogaster. Animal Behaviour 25: 555-566 (1977).
Cell lineage analysis of germ cells of Drosophila melanogaster.
Nature 265: 729-731 (1977).
- A study of
germinal mosaicism in Drosophila melanogaster. Wilhelm Roux's Archives
of Developmental Biology 182: 203-211 (1977).
- On the
interpretation of mutagenically-induced mosaicism in Drosophila.
Genetics 86: 779-787 (1977).
- (Nissani, M. & Lipow, C.).
A method for
estimating the number of blastoderm cells which give rise to Drosophila
Theoretical and Applied Genetics 49: 3-8 (1977). (Nissani, M. & Liu, C.
Experiments with the maroon-like mutation of Drosophila
melanogaster. Genetical Research 29: 159-170 (1977).
- (Nissani, M. & Fellinger, K.). A method for studying tissue specificity of
maternally affected Drosophila mutants: mosaic analysis of
cinnamon. Developmental Biology 66: 117-127 (1978).
- (Nissani, M. Brink, N. & Nissani H.). The
site of function of the Y chromosome in Drosophila melanogaster males.
Molecular and General Genetics 165: 221-224 (1978).
experimental paradigm for the study of conceptual conservatism and change.
Psychological Reports 65: 19-24 (1989).
hands-on instructional approach to the conceptual shift aspect of scientific
discovery. Journal of College Science Teaching 19: 105-107
- A class
exercise for teaching the genetic code. The Science Teacher 56
(No. 3): 76-78 (1989).
cognitive reinterpretation of Stanley Milgram's observations on obedience to
authority. American Psychologist 45: 1384-1385 (1990).
- (Nissani, M. & Hoefler-Nissani, D. M.). Experimental
studies of belief-dependence of observations and of resistance to conceptual
change. Cognition and Instruction 9: 97-111 (1992).
historical, and ethical reflections on the Mendelian paradox.
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 37: 182-196 (1994).
- (Nissani, M., Maier, C. L. & Shifrin, N.). A guided
discovery exercise for introductory physics labs. The Physics Teacher
32: 104-107 (1994).
conservatism: an understated variable in human affairs? Social
Science Journal 31: 307-318 (1994).
- Phases of
the moon: a guided discovery activity for clarifying the nature of science.
Science Activities 31 (#3): 26-29 (1994).
plight of the obscure innovator in science. Social Studies of Science
25: 165-183 (1995).
An experiential component in teaching philosophy of science. Teaching
Philosophy 18: 147-154 (1995).
salads, and smoothies: a working definition of interdisciplinarity.
Journal of Educational Thought 29: 119-126 (1995).
conservatism in literature. Literary Studies (a Nepali journal)
15: 22-37 (1996).
flies: a guided discovery illustration of the nature of science.
American Biology Teacher 58 (#3): 168-171 (1996).
greenhouse effect: an interdisciplinary perspective. Population and
Environment: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 17: 459-489 (1996).
apprenticeship approach to writing instruction. Visible Language
30 (#3): 284-313 (1996).
- Can the
persistence of misconceptions be generalized and explained? Journal
of Thought 32 (#1): 69-76 (1997).
cheers for interdisciplinarity. Social Science Journal 34 (#2):
ecology. The Trumpeter, 14 (#3): 143-148 (1997).
coverage of the greenhouse effect, Population and Environment: A
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 21: 27-43 (1999).
taste aversion prevent bruxism? Applied Psychophysiology
and Biofeedback, 25 (#1), March 2000, 45-56.
- A bibliographical
survey of bruxism with special emphasis on non-traditional treatment
modalities. Journal of Oral Science,
43 (2): 73-83 (2001).
Theory of Mind and Insight
in Chimpanzees, Elephants, and Other Animals? Chapter 7 of: Comparative
Vertebrate Cognition. Rogers, Lesley J & Kaplan, Gisela (eds.), pp. 227-261
(January 2004). [No. 4 of Series: Developments in Primatology: Progress
and Prospects. Russell H. Tuttle, Series Editor.] Kluwer Academic / Plenum
Publishers: New York.
- (Nissani, M., Hoefler-Nissani, D. Lay, U T., & Htun, U W.)
Simultaneous Visual Discrimination in Asian Elephants. Journal of
the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 83: 15-29 (2005).
Do Asian elephants apply causal reasoning to tool use tasks? Journal
of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 31: 91-96 (2006).
- (Nissani, M., Hoefler-Nissani, D.) Absence of Mirror Self-Referential Behavior in Two Asian
Journal of Medical and Biological Sciences,
Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2006).
Do Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) Apply Causal Reasoning to
of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes,
32(1), January 2006, pages 91-96
(a summary is available
Elephant Cognition: A Review of Recent Experiments. Gajah
28 (2008), 44-52.
Do Elephants, Chimpanzees, and Dolphins Think? (Reflections on an
Unfortunate Paradigm Shift in Ethology)
A Talk Given at the 30th
International Ethological Conference, August 18, 2007, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
United States Patent 6,164,278, December 26, 2000. Taste-Based
Approach to the Prevention of Teeth Clenching and Grinding.
Lives in the Balance: The Cold War and American Politics,
1945-1991 (1992), 323 pages.
A Bird's Eye View of Contrived Terror
Backdrop of Terror
The Gladio Conspiracy
Telltale Signs of Fake Terror
History: Read it and Learn
Give me Logic or Give me Terror
Nissani, M. & Lohani, Shreedhar P. Flax-Golden Tales: An Interdisciplinary
Approach to the Teaching of English (several printings, 2009-2017), 496 pages. Kathmandu: Ekta
Books (an extensive revision of the same authors' Adventures in English,
1996). Accompanying materials include:
(with Donna Nissani). The Inner Life of Elephants:
Experiments in Myanmar and Detroit (2004).
- Documenting the unspeakable crimes of the world's controllers.
In part, these crimes consist of robbing us of the few freedoms and
possessions we have left; brutally suppressing and assassinating friends
of the biosphere and the people; controlling our every thought and
desire; provoking chaos, civil wars, and hunger the world over; and
irreversibly destroying the very physical and biological foundations of
life on earth.
- Convincing the few of us who are aware and who care that we must
focus more of our energies on the overthrow of our criminal rulers--and
far less on documenting their never-ending depravities.
- Showing that there is only
one strategy that has some chance of
overthrowing our psychopathic rulers.
- Arguing that the world's vicious, self-destructive, oligarchic
system ought to be replaced with real
The questions we face are these: How do we overthrow our rulers, that
is, the likes of David Rockefeller (above), Evelyn Rothschild, and a handful
of other monstrously conniving bankers? And, how do we replace their
vicious oligarchic system with . . .
We the People?|
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