Dr. Emily Lambert
When Dr. Emily Lambert was hired to teach Biology at BC, she was also given the opportunity to return to her roots.
March 29, 2011
Dr. Emily Lambert, who grew up in Princeton, W. Va., is the assistant professor of biology at BC.
They say that there is no place like home and for Lambert, this proves true. After attending several large schools, Lambert has decided that there is nothing like the smallness of Bluefield.
Lambert, a 2001 Princeton High School graduate, attended Concord University and received a bachelor's degree in biology. Lambert took what she learned at Concord, and went into the Biomedical Research Program at Marshall University, where she did graduate work for a year. After graduating from Marshall, she attended Virginia Tech and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences.
“My project at Virginia Tech was studying Bacillus anthracis, which is the bacteria that causes Anthrax,” said Lambert. “We were just trying to figure out a way that you could kill Anthrax quickly if it got spread out into the environment, so that people wouldn’t get sick if it was ever used as a bio-welfare weapon.”
In August 2010, Lambert began teaching at BC.
“I teach a lot of the biology classes. I teach non-majors and majors of biology, and I teach some upper level biology classes including microbiology, immunology, and genetics,” said Lambert.
The professor received a warm welcome to BC. The mysterious Secret Seven, which is a secret elite organization of pranksters who play jokes on the BC campus, came and hit Lambert’s office, filling 655 cups up with different liquids.
“They had some water, juice, and soda,” said Lambert. “I have saved my cups as a memento, and I will use them in the future somehow, but I haven’t decided what I will do with them. They serve as a daily reminder.”
Lambert’s experience is an asset to BC students. Subjects such as microbiology, immunology, and genetics are not the easiest topics to teach and require an experienced and qualified to teacher to do so.
“I think it’s important to have someone who is experienced in doing microbiology and genetics in order for them to be a good teacher,” said Lambert. “With all the research that I have done in those areas over the last few years, I definitely think it qualifies me to teach, and I hope that I do a good job teaching the subject. There are always going to be days when you’re going to have to teach something that you’re not completely familiar with, and it can be a learning process for you and your students.”
Experience isn’t the only asset the professor brings to BC; Lambert brings her youth as well. Having graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2010, it was not long ago that Lambert was a student.
“I think it’s good to have young professors--not that old professors are not good at their jobs; they’re very good at their jobs, and they have a lot of experience--but a lot of times it’s good to have a new fresh perspective on how to teach and have a teacher that’s right out of school, so that they can relate to how you feel and help you out in that sense,” said Lambert. “I think that that’s something my students benefit from, and the fact that I know how they feel and I was just there a few months ago and I can sympathize.”
Lambert feels lucky and blessed to be teaching at BC.
Before being offered an interview at BC, Lambert was getting ready to accept a teaching position at a Christian college in North Carolina.
“I was actually getting ready to call them and accept the job, when Dr. Shippey called me and asked me to come in for an interview and when I came, I got to meet some of the professors that teach here,” said Lambert. “I was already familiar with the area because I lived here my entire life, so it wasn’t a matter of whether I thought I wanted to live in this area, just a matter of whether or not I thought this would be a good school. After I talked to the vice president and all of the professors, I knew that this was exactly the type of school I wanted to be at.”
Lambert stayed true to her roots and returned to the Bluefield and Princeton area. The professor is using her job to give back.
“It just worked out very well that I got offered a job here, and I got to call the school in North Carolina and tell them thanks, but no thanks, I’m going to stick with a college from the community where I grew up in and I could give back,” said Lambert. “I had a lot of gracious professors at Concord that gave me a good education and I feel like it would be nice to give back some of what I’ve been given.”
Lambert finds the most appealing aspect about BC is its smallness.
“Small is nice,” said Lambert. “All the schools I went to had a lot of people. Concord had about 2,000 people, Marshall has about 8,000, and Virginia Tech has about 27,000, so I got to experience a lot of different class sizes and settings and teaching styles, and I knew that the small school setting was what I wanted to come back to. You can have lots of personal relationships with your students, so that you know what their strengths and weaknesses are and you can really help them capitalize on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.”
Lambert has loved science since she was a small child.
“I did my first science project in high school, on the Human Genome Project, which was about all of the genes in the entire human body,” said Lambert. “That sounds dorky, but I just liked that subject from a young age and that helped once I got into school and started to take hold of all the really hard classes.”
The professor does not spend all of her time teaching.
“I like TV, but I’m kind of the type of person that would rather spend their time doing other things,” said Lambert. “I told a lot of my students that I like to garden. I’m really enjoying the green house because I’m already starting on my plants for my garden.”
Lambert lives on a farm with her husband, dog, and cat.
“My husband is an engineer and he travels a lot, so I spend most of my free time with my dog and cat,” said Lambert. “I like to go and walk around and check out the cows, (we have a lot of cows on our farm). Most of the time, I spend my free time just spending time with my family, you know just doing things that are good, other than sitting on the couch watching TV. I don’t have a lot of time for that now, but maybe in a couple of years when I have all of these lectures made, then I can spend some more time hanging out and stuff like that.”