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Jeffrey La Favre, Ph.D.,
Coordinator of Language Learning Center

Office: O'Malley Center 104
Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Telephone: (216) 397-4729
E-Mail: jlafavre@jcu.edu


  • B.A. (Biology), California State University, Los Angeles
  • M.S. (Biology), California State University, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. (Soil Microbiology), University of California, Riverside


  • 1982 - 1991      Research Microbiologist. Positions at Cornell University and CelPril Industries, Manteca, California. Research on various species of Rhizobium and Bradyrhizobium, symbiotic bacteria of agricultural significance. Also responsible for management of Rhizobium inoculant production at CelPril Industries.
  • 1992 - 1994      Consultant in Environmental Science (self-employed)
  • 1994 - June 1998      Operator of Cosmic Adventures (self-employed). Cosmic Adventures was a science education service for elementary and middle schools, concentrating on astronomy.
  • 1996 - May 1998      Technology Consultant for South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District, Lyndhurst, Ohio
  • August 1998 - Present      Coordinator of Language Learning Center, John Carroll University

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Dr. La Favre has a number of avocations including astronomy, building musical instruments, and the acoustics of bar percussion instruments (marimba, xylophone, vibes and glockenspiel). The photo above is a 5-octave marimba that Dr. La Favre constructed for his daughter, who is currently working toward a Master's in percussion performance at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, France. He has studied the acoustics and tuning of the marimba and has an extensive online publication covering tuning theory.

Dr. La Favre has been an amateur astronomer since 1985. In 1993 he constructed a small observatory in his backyard, which currently houses a 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope equipped with a computer-controlled mount and CCD imaging system. You can take a look at some of his astrophotographs at his personal web site.

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