Professor of Biology
Cisco College, Abilene Campus
About Dr. Brixey
Dr. P. Jane Brixey was raised on a farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle. She graduated from Hooker High School before she moved to Kansas where she received an Associate of Science degree from Seward County Community College. Janie spent the next few years in Stillwater as she worked on her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Brixey received a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology from Auburn University in 1989. Her thesis title was “Evaluation and Calibration of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service American Woodcock Winter Habitat Suitability Index Model.” She taught biology at Tuskegee University in Alabama for five years before returning to school. Janie received a Ph.D. in Botany from Auburn University with a dissertation titled “Analysis of Heat Shock Induced Cellular Effects in Arapidopsis.”
Now Dr. Brixey teaches Microbiology to prepare students for nursing school, pharmacy school, etc. She is the faculty advisor to the Cisco College Science Club, a member of the Campus Activities Committee, and active in TCCTA (Texas Community College Teachers Association).
Dr. Brixey enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, and camping with her two sons, Seth and Logan, and their mutt, Dalila.
BIOL2421 – Microbiology for Science Majors Lecture
BIOL2421L – Microbiology for Science Majors Lab
The study of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and nonpathogenic microorganisms. Pure cultures of microorganisms grown on selected media are used in learning laboratory techniques. Includes a brief preview of food microbes, public health, and immunology. Three lecture hours and four lab hours per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1411 or approval of Chairperson.
The Cisco College Science Club was started in January 2005 for students interested in any of the sciences – biology, botany, zoology, chemistry, astronomy, pre-med, pre-vet, microbiology, etc. Dr. P. Jane Brixey is the faculty advisor. The club has monthly meetings that include a great speaker and free pizza. The speakers in the past have included:
- Dr. Mark Hitchcock – Veterinary medicine
- Dr. Charles Bloomer – Dental surgeon
- Lorie Black – Audubon Society
- Glenda Hood – Histotechnology (Tarleton State University)
- Paul Seals – Venomous Vipers of Texas (Abilene State Park)
- Paul Washburn – Rescue the Animals (SPCA)
- Joy Harsh – Education Curator (Abilene Zoo)
- Dr. Tom Lee - Mammals of Ecuador (ACU)
- Dr. Alan Landwer - Herpetology and Ecology (HSU)
- Patrick Miller- Astronomy
Annual Camp Out
Every year in April, the Science Club has their annual Camp Out at Hords Creek Lake near Coleman. They rent a large pavilion which includes a sink, stove, two large grills, bathrooms, eight sites for camper/trailers, and room for hundreds of tents. Activities include horseshoes, croquet, sand volleyball, badmitten, yard darts, Frisbee, and more. Students, faculty, and staff may bring their spouses, children, and dogs (on leashes). They must provide their own transportation and meals, except a free lunch Saturday which is catered by Big O’s Barbeque from Valera, Texas. On Saturday, there are several presentations. Usually this includes ornithologists in the morning taking them on birding walks, astronomers in the evening with their huge telescopes, wildlife biologists, game wardens, etc. Many people come out on Saturday only, but students are urged to camp the whole weekend. They can borrow a tent, sleeping bag, etc. from Dr. Brixey.