Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CAREER OVERVIEW - updated Nov. 9, 2014

·       Science professor specializing in animal physiology
·       Nearly fifty years of teaching experience at college and graduate school levels
·       Public speaker to professional groups and the general public on science and technology
·       Creator of curricula and numerous courses in biology and other sciences for academic programs in science, technology, and medicine
·       Exceptional track record of educating professionals in science, technology, and medicine who are successfully employed in their respective fields
• Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor - School of Nurse Anesthesia
NorthShore University HealthSystem 
in cooperation with DePaul University - Department of Nursing (2000 to present)
Ravenswood Hospital (1975-2000)
Science instruction for Anesthesia Program: Physics, Biochemistry and Molecular/Cell Biology, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Excretory System, Digestive System and Intermediary Metabolism
• Teacher
Chicago Public Schools (September 2006 – June 2008)
Substitute, Kindergarten to Grade 12 – All Areas
• MCAT Instructor
Princeton Review (October 2006 – August 2007)
Biology instruction for the Medical College Admission Test
• Adjunct Professor - Nurse Practitioners Master’s Degree Program
DePaul University - Department of Nursing (1999 to 2005)
Molecular Biology, Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
• Tenured Full Professor, Director - Biological and Physical Sciences Program, and Founder and Director - Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (ENDT) Program
East-West University (1984 to 2005)
General Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroscience, Diseases of Nervous System, Genetics and Evolution, Nutrition, Reproduction & Sexuality, Introduction to Nature, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Electroneurodiagnostic Technology
DePaul University
Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Experimental Biology, Regulatory Biology, Immunology
University of Illinois
Human Physiology, Comparative and Adaptive Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Ph.D.  DePaul University 1987
• Biological Sciences / Animal Physiology
• Research in Immunology
M.S. University of Illinois 1969
• Biological Sciences / Animal Physiology
• Research in Neuroendocrinology
B.S.  University of Illinois 1965
• Teaching of Biological Sciences and General Science
• Student Teaching and Coursework for Secondary School Teacher Certification
On the Tenth Voice
• Trans Talk: Explore the Myth and Science of Sexuality (Radio interview – March 22, 2014)
Secular Events Meetup
• Intersex People:  Who Are They?  (March 23, 2013)
Argosy University – A2Z
• Intersex People:  Who Are They?  (April 13, 2013)
Sex, God, and Science Conference - Chicago
• Gender Binary and LGBTI People -Myth and Medical Malpractice (April 29, 2012)
Freethought Festival, UW-Madison
• Gender Binary and LGBTI People -Myth and Medical Malpractice (April 27, 2012)
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Changing Conversations program
• Myth and Science of Sexuality: Disordered or Just Different? (February 18, 2011)
Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
• Myth and Science of Sexuality: Disordered or Just Different? (October 10, 2010)
Center On Halsted
• Intersex Lives: Issues and Personal Stories (March 10, 2012)
• Intersex People: What You Should Know and Why You Should Care! (June 11, 2011)
• Disordered or Just Different? Myth, Science, and Sexuality (September 16, 2010)
• Science of Gender (March 13, 2010)
Center for Inquiry/Chicago
• Disordered or Just Different? Myth, Science, and  Sexuality. (First Annual Spring Conference, April 24, 2010)
• Science and Sexuality (November 9, 2008)
LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin
• Science and Sexuality (November 15th, 2009)
Gay Liberation Network CAN TV
• Ending Professional Bigotry Against Transsexual People (August 14, 2009)
Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
• Myth, Science, and Sexuality (August 5, 2010)
• Science and Sexuality (August 6, 7, 2009)
National Women’s Music Festival
• Disordered or Just Different? Myth, Science, and Sexuality (July 3, 2010)
• Science and Sexuality (July 4, 2009)
Reeling 2007 LGBT Film Fest Panel
• Discussion on sexuality issues at Chicago's Center On Halsted following local premiere of “The Gendercator" (November 21, 2007)
American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
• Cranial Nerves for Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (Conference Call Seminar – September 26, 2007)
• Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Nervous System for Nerve Conduction Studies (July 30, 2004)
• The Peripheral Nervous System and Common Compression Neuropathies (August 11, 1999)
• Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Nervous System for Nerve Conduction Velocity Testing (September 22, 1994)
Central Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
• Anatomy and Physiology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems for Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (April 22, 2004)
Southern Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
• Neuroanatomy for Evoked Potentials (Knott Lecturer, featured speaker) (April 24, 1996)
Illinois Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
• Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Nervous System for Nerve Conduction Velocity Testing (October 28, 2000)
• Anatomy and Physiology of Peripheral Nervous System (September 22, 1994)
• Cranial Nerves with Emphasis on Vestibular Function (November 12, 1993)
• Anatomy of Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (April 27, 1991)
• Brain Regions (April 15-16, 1988)
• Cranial Nerves (October 24-25, 1986)
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago Teacher's Center, College of Education
Workshops for Teacher Training
• Reproduction (May 13, 1989)
• Growth, Development and Puberty (April 1, 1989)
Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists
• The Cardiovascular System: Structure, Function, Regulation (October 10-12, 1980)
• Anesthesia and Cell Physiology (November 17-19, 1978)
• Anatomy and Physiology of Neck and Extracranial Regions (October 19-21, 1978)
• Drantz, Veronica. “The Gender Binary and LGBTI People: Religious Myth and Medical Malpractice,” Chapter 12 in Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails. Edited by John W. Loftus, Prometheus Books, 2014.
• Drantz, Veronica. "Science and Sexuality: The Biology of Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Intersexuality." (August 25, 2008 to present)
• Drantz, Veronica. “Behavioral Objectives Improve Teaching and Learning Effectiveness” in Handbook for END School Development. 2nd edition. Carroll, IA: American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists Inc., 2001.
• Drantz, Veronica. “Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Nervous System” Chapter 1 in Nerve Conduction Studies for the Technologist. Carroll, IA: American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists Inc., 1996.
• Drantz, Veronica. “Neuroanatomy for Evoked Potentials” in Evoked Potential Course Booklet. Pensacola Beach, FL: Southern Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, 1996.
• DeLise, Laura and Veronica Drantz. “Taking a Patient History” in ASET Newsletter. Carroll, IA: American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists Inc. (February 1995) 19-20. (Also published in NSSA News. Neurophysiological Sciences Society of Australia, May 1995.)
• Drantz, Veronica. “The Enumeration of Macrophages of Various Sizes and Nonspecific Esterase Activities in Rat Spleen and Peritoneal Cavity during the In Vivo Primary Humoral Response to Sheep Erythrocytes.” Ph.D. Thesis. Chicago, IL: DePaul University, 1987.
• Anderson, Richard C., Veronica E Drantz, Gerald W. Faust, and John T. Guthrie. "Population Genetics" (A BSCS Self- Instructional Program) Morristown, New Jersey: Silver Burdett Co., 1969.
• Drantz, Veronica. "The Development of Double Antibody Radioimmunoassay of Ovine Somatotrophic Hormone." M.S. Thesis. Urbana-Champaign IL: University of Illinois, 1969.
• Science Consultant
Ravenswood Hospital
Northeastern University - Chicago Teacher's Center, College of Education
• Certified Instructor of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Basic Life Support
American Heart Association
• Forensic Analytical Chemist
Chicago Police Department Criminalistics Lab
• American Association for the Advancement of Science
• American Physiological Society
• American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
• Center for Inquiry
• Chicago Council on Science and Technology
• Illinois Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
• National Association of Biology Teachers
• National Center for Science Education
• National Science Teachers Association
• International Professional of the Year (2009)
• Foremost Educators of the World (International Biographical Center – 2008)
• Who's Who of American Women (17th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 2008-2009 editions)
• Who's Who in the World (11th, 15th, 16th and 2006 editions)
• Strathmore’s Who’s Who (2005-2006)
• Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2003-2004)
• Who’s Who in America (55th, 56th, 57th, 58th and 2009 editions)
• Who's Who in American Education (3rd, 6th and 7th editions)
• Who’s Who in the Midwest (26th edition)
• Who's Who in Science and Engineering (2nd, 5th and 8th editions)
• The World Who’s Who of Women (13th and 15th editions)
• Knott Lecturer – American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists’ John Knott Educational Lecture Program (1996)
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Award (Chicago Heart Association - 1990)
At NorthShore University HealthSystem
• Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009)
At Ravenswood Hospital School of Anesthesia
• Instructor of the Year (1997)
At East-West University
• MSEIP Grant: Minorities in Science and Engineering Improvement Project (2002-2005)
(Development of ENDT Program courses in Polysomnography, Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, & Nerve Conduction Studies and acquisition of one-quarter million dollars worth of state-of-the-art equipment)
• Instructor of the Year (1986-1987)
At DePaul University
• Schmidt Academic Fellowship
• Who's Who In American Colleges and Universities
• Graduate Teaching Assistantships
• Schmidt Graduate Scholar
At University of Illinois
• National Science Foundation Fellowship
• National Science Foundation Research Assistantship
• Graduate Teaching Assistantships
• Phi Sigma National Honorary Science Society
• Phi Beta Kappa
• Graduation with High Honors
• James Scholar
• Dean's List
• University Scholar
• Alpha Lambda Delta National Honorary Society
Professional Advisory Council member - Beyond XXY, Inc.,

References available upon request

Sunday, November 30, 2008


The last glacier never touched the bucolic, rolling topography of southwest Wisconsin or its meandering Pecatonica River. What do you do for entertainment in a Wisconsin farmhouse over Thanksgiving weekend? Click on the video to find out.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Surprise Cake From Students

The Nurse Anesthetists Program is intense and I am proud to teach the students all the science that is the foundation for their professional lives. The students were celebrating the end of the first year of this three-year master's degree program.


A visit to "Orphans of the Storm" paid off with the sweetest and most beautiful female kitten there. I named her "Bella" (Latin - for "beautiful girl").


When I found her, she was so tiny that I named her Pipsqueak. Now she's a big girl and responds to "Pippy."

My Home

Solar panels on the rear rooftop heat all the water in this two-flat. Love the front porches!