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Donna Alder, M.S.

Professor Emeritus, Biology



M.S. Cell Biology
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1971
All course work completed for Ph.D., thesis research published.

B.S. Biology
Bethany Nazarene College, Bethany, OK.,1967


About Professor Alder

Donna was born in Louisiana and grew up in New Orleans which she still considers her home town. She graduated from Bethany Nazarene College, a school very much like Roberts, and married her college sweetheart, John who has been pastoring the Grace Church of the Nazarene for the past thirty something years.

They have two daughters and a son who are grown, married and have children of their own. She has five grandchildren.

Mrs. Alder is an avid fan of nature and enjoys studying local plants and ecosystems. Her most recent research included a water quality study of the Black Creek, an area tributary of the Genesee River. She is an amateur artist enjoying the media of watercolor and pastels. Her trips to Kenya, Ecuador, Jamaica, Guyana, the UK and Barbados have provided much material for this hobby.

In her free time Mrs. Alder is doing research with pastors’ wives and is hoping to contribute to the understanding these women have of their role and privilege. She also plays the keyboard and sings for her church’s music team.

Professional Affiliations

Association for Biology Laboratory Educators, (ABLE).
Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS).
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)




Donna Alder and Martin Gorovsky, “Electrophoretic Analysis of Liver and Testis Histones of the Frog, Rana pipiens”, The Journal of Cell Biology, Volume 64, 1975.

Laboratory Manuals for four Biology Courses (in house publication), Roberts Wesleyan College.


Computer Technology Grant, Roberts Wesleyan College, 1996.
Summer Research Grant, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2001.


“Biology and Chemistry Study of Black Creek” RWC and Black Creek Consortium.