Introducing new staff: lab/classroom services and HR


By Gail Kuhnlein
Apr 01, 2014 Bookmark and Share

A warm EEB welcome to Daniel Klarr and Nicholas Van Dyke, the newest lab/classroom services technicians with the Program in Biology and to Amy Rice, human resources coordinator. They came on board during the fall 2013 semester.

Klarr sets up and provides service for the Introductory Biology Lab 173. Previously, he worked in Dr. George Mashour’s neuroscience lab at U-M for about a year, where he coauthored a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the physiology of the near death experience called "Surge of neurophysiological coherence and connectivity in the dying brain." In his free time Klarr likes to run and play classical guitar.

Van Dyke coordinates the Genetics and Developmental Biology labs. He manages the preparatory work associated with both courses. “My work helps facilitate students' success in their experiments and ensures an effective teaching environment for instructors and GSIs.” (graduate student instructors)

Before joining U-M, Van Dyke worked as a bartender at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery and as a math tutor at Washtenaw Community College. “I like to take camping trips around Michigan on my weekends,” Van Dyke said. He also enjoys gardening, taking care of his fish, reading and homebrewing. 

Rice fulfils the human resource needs for the EEB, and the Departments of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Chemistry. Prior to this position, Rice was an assistant vice president at  Flagstar Bank for 15 years. In her free time, she reads, cycles, gardens and swims. She lives with her husband, Rick, and son Hayden, who is five years old and in kindergarten. “He runs the household,” she said. 

(A photo of Amy Rice was not available.)