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Jacob Lester  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • Doctor of Philosophy Biological Science, and the History and Philosophy of Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1979
    Dissertation: John Fiske's Philosophy of Science: The Union of Science and Religion Through the Principle of Evolution
  • Master of Science Zoology, University of Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana, 1972
    Thesis: The Distribution of Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Insecticide Residues in the Richland Catfish Farm
  • Bachelor of Arts Biological Sciences, Jacksonville, University, Jacksonville, Florida,, 1969

Teaching Experience:

  • Visiting Professor - La Salle College Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (June 2007 - July 2007)
    Continuation of the program begun by Jacob and his wife Alice in 2003, of providing English language teaching techniques to teachers of LaSalle College Bangkok, LaSalle Nakhon Sawan, and LaSalle Chantaburi [PARC Lasallian Region]
  • Visiting Professor - La Lalle College Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (June 2005 - July 2005)
    Continuation of the program begun by Jacob and Alice Lester providing English-teaching techniques for elementary through high school teachers [PARC Lasallian Region]
  • Professor - La Salle House of Studies, Sampran, Thailand, and La Salle College Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (June 2003 - July 2003)
    In both places Jacob and his wife, Alice, taught English to Postulants and to Teachers and were consultants on the future teaching of English at La Salle College Bangkok. [PARC Lasallian Region]
  • Visiting Professor - St. Joseph's Boys' Village, Genguvarpatti, Tamil Nadu, India (June 2002 - July 2002)
    Lasallian Summer Immersion 2002: construction, teaching, and visits to: LaSalle College Bangkok, Thailand; St. Pius X Boys' Town, Madurai; R.T.U. and St. Joseph's Development Trust, Tamil Nadu, India. After their work in India, Jacob and his wife Alice, (a graduate of St. Mary's College), were featured in a full-page article entitled, "Practicing the meaning of the Lasallian mission through education," in the 2003 Gael Yearbook, Volume 73, page 43. [PARC Lasallian Region]
  • Visiting Professor - Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Tangaza College, Christ the Teacher Institute, Nairobi, Kenya (June 1998 - July 1998)
    Designed a unique course entitled History and Science: Key Readings in the Physical, Chemical, and Life Sciences, which included field work in Natural History and Human Origins, concluding in a visit to the Olorgesailie Site (Homo erectus) of Louis and Mary Leakey in the Rift Valley, and to the Northern Serengeti. [REALF Lasallian Region]
  • Visiting Professor - De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (June 1990 - July 1990)
    Lectured in Biological Sciences and in the History of Science, performed self-study of the Life Sciences Curriculum (Report to the President), delivered open lecture to the academic community on current paleontology. [PARC Lasallian Region]
  • Visiting Professor - DLSU Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine, Cavite, Philippines (June 1990 - July 1990)
    Cavite, Philippines, delivered lecture series in the History of Medicine for Perspectives in Medicine Program, held workshop on anatomical innovations (particularly plastination); performed WASC-style evaluation of the Biology Program for Emilio Aguinaldo College (Report to the President). [PARC Lasallian Region]
  • Visiting Professor - Bethlehem University, West Bank, Israel (January 1987 - August 1987)
    taught courses in Comparative Anatomy and Developmental Biology, performed evaluation of the Life Sciences Curriculum, equipment, and facilities (Report to the Chancellor); served as Editorial Advisor and Moderator for the First Palestinian Ecology Conference, held in the Spring of 1987. [RELEM Lasallian Region]
  • Original Coordinator - Samuel Merritt Hospital Cooperative Nursing Program (1978 - 1979)
    1978 and 1979, (member of first Interinstitutional Council).
  • Professor - Saint Marys College of California (1976 - Present)
    School of Science since 1976 and School of Liberal Arts since 1977. [USA/TORONTO Lasallian Region]

Professional Experience:

  • Pennzoil United Co., Monroe, Louisiana (June 1970 - September 1970)
    worked in all phases of the Richland Catfish Farm
  • United States Air Force - Nuclear Ordinance (September 1960 - September 1964)


  • Faculty-Alumni Fellowship Grant - Saint Mary's College of California (2001)
    Grant Award for research into the molecular systematics of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria.
  • Faculty Development Award - (2001)
    Award for research work involving evolutionary analysis through molecular systematics.
  • Saint John Baptist de la Salle Award 2000 - Saint Mary's College of California (September 22, 2000)
    Awarded to a member of the undergraduate faculty who has demonstrated a personal committment to the students of Saint Mary's College
  • Science Family - Bethlehem University (June 1987)
    In recognition of generous services to the Palestinian People


Selected Presentations

  • Lester, Jacob and Lester, Alice
    Workshops: Teaching English in a Meaningful Way
    Jacob and Alice presented a month of workshops for the teachers of LaSalle College Bangkok, LaSalle Nakhon Sawan, and LaSalle Chantaburi. They also made an exploratory journey into Burma (Myanmar) in preparation for future workshops there.
    (July 2007)
  • Kenya Report to St. Marys College Community. Lester, Jacob
    (September 1998)
  • The Liberal Arts: A Lifes Work, Liberal Arts and the Core Curriculum. Lester, Jacob
    January Term Symposium, Saint Marys College
    (January 15, 1997)
  • Current Paleontology: The Implications of the Burgess Shale. Lester, Jacob
    De La Salle University Faculty Forum
  • Americas Health Care Revolution. Lester, Jacob
    Medical Faculty Seminar, Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine,Cavite, Luzon, Philippines
  • Medical Anatomy Faculty Workshop on Plastination. Lester, Jacob
    Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine, Cavite, Luzon, Philippines
  • Keynote Address to the Science Honors Convocation, Bethlehem University. Lester, Jacob
  • Science Faculty Workshop, Teaching Biology Through the History of Science, Bethlehem University. Lester, Jacob
  • Sabbatical Report on Higher Education on the West Bank to Saint Marys College Community. Lester, Jacob
  • Keynote Commencement Address to the Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing. Lester, Jacob
    Addressed to the 1984 graduating class


  • Lester, Jacob F. 2006. "Review of Linnaeus The Compleat Naturalist, by Wilfrid Blunt.". ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography n.s. volume 28: 746-747.
  • Lester, Jacob. 1998. "Signs of Faith". Kenyan Journal I (1): 8-9.
  • Lester, Jacob. 1990. "Americas Health Care Revolution". The Medical Journal of De La Salle University EACM 6 (2): 68-72.
  • Lester, Jacob. 1988. Higher Education on the West Bank. Educational Perspectives V (2): 26-32.
  • Lester, Jacob. 1980. Biological resources Section, L Esperance Leasehold Steamfield Development,. prepared for Union Oil Company, operating within the Geysers-Calistoga Known Geothermal Resource Area, by ECOVIEW (Nielson, et.al.).
  • Lester, Jacob. 1980. Mitigation Plan for the South Geysers Power Plant and Steam Wells on the Rorabaugh Leasehold. ECOVIEW (Nielson, et.al.).
  • Lester, Jacob. 1979. "John Fiskes Philosophy of Science: The Union of Science and Religion Through the Principle of Evolution.. Ph.D. Dissertation.
  • Lester, Jacob and Smiley, J.W. 1972. Rapid Method for Identifying Aldrin in the Presence of Sulfur by Electron Capture Gas Chromatography. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 7 (1): 43-44.
  • Lester, Jacob. 1972. The Distribution of Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Insecticide Residues in the Richland Parish Catfish Farm, Masters Thesis, University of Louisiana
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