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Dr. Patricia Palavecino is a biology professor who joined the Biological Sciences Department at College of the Canyons in 2008 as an adjunct faculty member. She teaches non-major and major courses and is always committed to deliver high quality education to her students. Her students appreciate her professionalism, dedication, and enthusiasm.
 
Professor Palavecino has been involved in higher education since 1985 when she initiated her teaching career as an undergraduate teaching assistant in Animal Physiology and Bio-Physics at the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e Instituto Miguel Lillo (UNT) (Tucumán, Argentina). The following year, she got her BS in Biology with her thesis “Receptores de membrane en linfocitos de Tyto alba tuidara(Gray, 1878).”
During her uninterrupted professional career, she obtained an interim Assistant Professor position in 1991 and again in 1994 at the School of Biology (UNSa) (Salta, Argentina). In 2000, she became a tenured Assistant Professor. All of those positions were obtained by merit. Patricia was holding that position when she moved to the US with her family in November 2004. In 2009, she resigned her position when she and her family decided to permanently stay in the US.
 
Professor Palavecino has developed a consistent and gratifying teaching career and also conducted research activities in the field of herpetology that led her to obtain her doctorate degree and publish scientific papers. She is a coauthor of a book about diversity of vertebrates and habitats in Salta(Argentina) which was published in 2008. She participated in academic committees and numerous other academic activities in Argentina. To read more about her professional background click on Dr. Palavecino Curriculum Vitae.
 
While adjusting herself to a new country, culture, and language, Professor Palavecino was able to resume her teaching activities in 2006 when she was hired as an adjunct instructor at Antelope Valley College (Lancaster, CA). Since then she has not stopped learning, exploring, discovering, and compromising with a completely new academic system for her, the Community College system. She appreciates the enormous value it has for the academic future of hundreds of students who attend college every year in their path for a better future.
 
Patricia is married to a geologist who works for a mining company which was the reason why she came to the US. They have two sons, Alvaro, who obtained his Bachelor from UC Davis on June, 2014, and Rodrigo, who is a Junior College Student. Outside of her professional activities, Patricia enjoys being with her family, spending time with her friends, visiting new places and painting.
 
“Believe that your hard work, dedication and persistence will pay off; improve through continual learning and believe in your future.” ― Lorii Myers