Community Colleges Giving Students a Framework for STEM Careers
Over the coming decade, our country will need one million more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals than was originally projected. That is the conclusion of a February 2012 report, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-engage-to-excel-final_2-25-12.pdf), presented to President Obama by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The report stresses the importance of exciting early on students who are potent...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Collaborations Grow through the Introductory Biology Project
When Elena Bray-Speth, assistant professor of biology at Saint Louis University, presented her case study on the evolution of fur color in mice, little did she know that someone in the audience had developed a case on the very same topic. That person was Jim Smith, principal investigator (PI) of Evo-Ed (http://lbc.msu.edu/evo-ed), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project that currently houses four evolutionbased case studies. "Elena and I met just after her session and I showed her our cases," said Smith, who is a professor in the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Entomology at Michigan State U...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Discovering the Biology Education Research Community
When Sarah Eddy began work on her doctoral thesis, she assumed that her main contribution would relate to her field of study—behavioral ecology and the sexual selection of salamanders—but one of her more significant discoveries had nothing to do with amphibians and everything to do with what was going on in the classroom. As a graduate teaching assistant at Oregon State University, she realized how important it was to her to see students truly improve their learning. "It was in trying to figure out how to help students achieve more that I discovered education research literature," she explained. Many ...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

PULSE: Implementing Change within and among Life Science Departments
Many efforts are under way to support individual faculty-member development and course revision to achieve the outcomes described in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Vision and Change: A Call to Action (2011) report. For their contribution, staff from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) wanted to support systemic institutional change for entire departments. To that end, they formed the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) to colla...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

AIBS Study on Leading Change in Undergraduate Education
Advancing biology education has always been integral to the mission of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). As part of AIBS's long-range planning process, the Education Committee was charged with identifying how this key part of the mission could be fulfilled most effectively. The Committee met in 2011 to discuss priorities for undergraduate biology education, to consider how to leverage efforts across the biological societies, and to identify what niche AIBS is best positioned to fill. In December, the Committee made three recommendations to the Board of Directors, proposing that AIBS develop a prototype...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Networking to Boost the Skills of Graduate Teaching Assistants
When Elisabeth Schussler arrived at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (UT) she used her knowledge of evidence-based teaching practices to revise the undergraduate biology laboratory curriculum. Unfortunately, she had little control over how the curriculum was delivered. Many graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) at UT have never taught before their appointment and are neither required nor have the time to attend professional development programs. "Ineffective teaching can derail good curriculum," says Schussler, who is an assistant professor and the director of biology teaching and learning. "If you don'...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

The USDA Invests in Biology Education
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) might not come to mind when biology educators are searching for funding to support innovative projects, but the agency turns out to be a welcome partner in the field. In early 2013, the USDA joined other federal agencies and private funders in supporting the second Vision and Change in Biology Education conference. As Muquarrab Qureshi, assistant director of the USDA's Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, explained in an opening presentation, the USDA is concerned about the disparity between the high level of interest in science among younger students and the low number of coll...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

How Kindling Catches Flame: U-MD Transforming Undergrad Biology Education
At lunchtime, during a busy fall-semester day at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), a conference room is soon filled with research and teaching faculty, laboratory instructors, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and education specialists. The diverse group gathers in the Biosciences Research Building on a regular basis to focus on one thing: improving students' conceptual understanding of host–pathogen interactions. Find out more here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Meeting Undergraduate Life Science Education's Leadership Needs
To understand how to best support academic leaders who are working to improve undergraduate life science education, AIBS conducted a yearlong study, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. During the summer of 2013, AIBS interviewed administrators of 16 leadership development programs to learn about their offerings for life science faculty leaders. In the fall, AIBS conducted a followup survey, to which just over 550 individuals responded. To learn more, click here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Essential Ingredients for Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs
During Nitya Jacob's postdoctoral teaching fellowship, she conducted research with undergraduate students. From then on, the molecular biologist wanted student research to be integral to her career as an educator and scientist. When Jacob took a faculty position at Oxford College of Emory University, the 2-year school had no summer research program for students. To learn more, click here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

COPUS--Spreading the Word about Why Science Matters
What do a high school teacher, a former 76ers cheerleader, a hedge fund manager, a college professor, and a former shoe designer have in common? They all spent 3 days together at a remote field station in New Mexico, along with 20 others, working to improve the understanding of how science works, why it matters, and what scientists do. To learn more, click here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Meeting Undergraduate Life Science Education's Leadership Needs
To understand how to best support academic leaders who are working to improve undergraduate life science education, AIBS conducted a yearlong study, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. During the summer of 2013, AIBS interviewed administrators of 16 leadership development programs to learn about their offerings for life science faculty leaders. In the fall, AIBS conducted a followup survey, to which just over 550 individuals responded. To learn more, click here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - July 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

PULSE: Implementing Change within and among Life Science Departments
Many efforts are under way to support individual faculty-member development and course revision to achieve the outcomes described in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Vision and Change: A Call to Action (2011) report. For their contribution, staff from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) wanted to support systemic institutional change for entire departments. To that end, they formed the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) to colla...
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

AIBS Study on Leading Change in Undergraduate Education
Advancing biology education has always been integral to the mission of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). As part of AIBS's long-range planning process, the Education Committee was charged with identifying how this key part of the mission could be fulfilled most effectively. The Committee met in 2011 to discuss priorities for undergraduate biology education, to consider how to leverage efforts across the biological societies, and to identify what niche AIBS is best positioned to fill. In December, the Committee made three recommendations to the Board of Directors, proposing that AIBS develop a prototype...
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Networking to Boost the Skills of Graduate Teaching Assistants
When Elisabeth Schussler arrived at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (UT) she used her knowledge of evidence-based teaching practices to revise the undergraduate biology laboratory curriculum. Unfortunately, she had little control over how the curriculum was delivered. Many graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) at UT have never taught before their appointment and are neither required nor have the time to attend professional development programs. "Ineffective teaching can derail good curriculum," says Schussler, who is an assistant professor and the director of biology teaching and learning. "If you don'...
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

The USDA Invests in Biology Education
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) might not come to mind when biology educators are searching for funding to support innovative projects, but the agency turns out to be a welcome partner in the field. In early 2013, the USDA joined other federal agencies and private funders in supporting the second Vision and Change in Biology Education conference. As Muquarrab Qureshi, assistant director of the USDA's Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, explained in an opening presentation, the USDA is concerned about the disparity between the high level of interest in science among younger students and the low number of coll...
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

How Kindling Catches Flame: U-MD Transforming Undergrad Biology Education
At lunchtime, during a busy fall-semester day at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), a conference room is soon filled with research and teaching faculty, laboratory instructors, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and education specialists. The diverse group gathers in the Biosciences Research Building on a regular basis to focus on one thing: improving students' conceptual understanding of host–pathogen interactions. Find out more here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Meeting Undergraduate Life Science Education's Leadership Needs
To understand how to best support academic leaders who are working to improve undergraduate life science education, AIBS conducted a yearlong study, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. During the summer of 2013, AIBS interviewed administrators of 16 leadership development programs to learn about their offerings for life science faculty leaders. In the fall, AIBS conducted a followup survey, to which just over 550 individuals responded. To learn more, click here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Essential Ingredients for Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs
During Nitya Jacob's postdoctoral teaching fellowship, she conducted research with undergraduate students. From then on, the molecular biologist wanted student research to be integral to her career as an educator and scientist. When Jacob took a faculty position at Oxford College of Emory University, the 2-year school had no summer research program for students. To learn more, click here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

COPUS--Spreading the Word about Why Science Matters
What do a high school teacher, a former 76ers cheerleader, a hedge fund manager, a college professor, and a former shoe designer have in common? They all spent 3 days together at a remote field station in New Mexico, along with 20 others, working to improve the understanding of how science works, why it matters, and what scientists do. To learn more, click here.       (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 21, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

The USDA Invests in Biology Education
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) might not come to mind when biology educators are searching for funding to support innovative projects, but the agency turns out to be a welcome partner in the... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - January 11, 2014 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Networking to Boost the Skills of Graduate Teaching Assistants
When Elisabeth Schussler arrived at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (UT) she used her knowledge of evidence-based teaching practices to revise the undergraduate biology laboratory curriculum.... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - October 10, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

AIBS Study on Leading Change in Undergraduate Education
Advancing biology education has always been integral to the mission of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). As part of AIBS's long-range planning process, the Education... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - July 28, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Mobile Learning Anytime, Anywhere
Pssst, do you want a free iPod? Sure, but what's the catch? You must use it to learn! Some educational institutions are taking the leap to mobile learning (m-learning) by giving out free iPods.... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Forging a 21st Century Model for Undergraduate Research
Not all biology students get to experience scientific research firsthand, but the National Genomics Research Initiative (NGRI) is working to change that, says its director, Tuajuanda Jordan.... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Expanding the Understanding of Evolution
Originally designed for K-12 teachers, the Understanding Evolution (UE) Web site is a onestop shop for all of a teacher's evolution education needs. AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Upgrading Undergraduate Biology Education
On many campuses throughout the country, undergraduate biology education is in serious need of an upgrade. During the past few decades, the body of biological knowledge has grown exponentially, and... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Teaching Biology for a Sustainable Future
Students at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can now take an innovative biology course in which an integrated, interdisciplinary, problem-based approach is used—one that the scientific... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Motivating Tomorrow's Biologists
"How do you make the biology we teach as exciting as the biology that we do?" was the challenging question posed by V. Celeste Carter to participants at the National Academy of Sciences... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Making Biology Relevant to Undergraduates
Terry R. McGuire always assumed that his students understood the relevance of their biology coursework to their lives outside the classroom, and he expected their grades to fall along a normal bell... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Community Colleges Giving Students a Framework for STEM Careers
Over the coming decade, our country will need one million more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals than was originally projected. That is the conclusion of a... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Collaborations Grow through the Introductory Biology Project
When Elena Bray-Speth, assistant professor of biology at Saint Louis University, presented her case study on the evolution of fur color in mice, little did she know that someone in the audience had... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Discovering the Biology Education Research Community
When Sarah Eddy began work on her doctoral thesis, she assumed that her main contribution would relate to her field of study—behavioral ecology and the sexual selection of salamanders—but... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

PULSE: Implementing Change within and among Life Science Departments
Many efforts are under way to support individual faculty-member development and course revision to achieve the outcomes described in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's... AIBS has moved to a better RSS delivery service! Unfortunately, you need to take one small step to update your subscription by visiting: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/EyeOnEducation. If you would prefer to change your subscription to our e-newsletter, please visit: http://www.aibs.org/mailing-lists/aibsmlsu.html. Update your subscription now to continue to receive the latest news from AIBS! (Source: Eye on Education)
Source: Eye on Education - June 26, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

PULSE: Implementing Change within and among Life Science Departments
Many efforts are under way to support individual faculty-member development and course revision to achieve the outcomes described in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Vision and Change: A Call to Action (2011) report. For their contribution, staff from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) wanted to support systemic institutional change for entire departments. To that end, they formed the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) to colla...
Source: Eye on Education - April 15, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Update: Have BIO2010 Goals Been Achieved?
Leaders in biology education are celebrating the progress made since the publication of BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. The landmark report, published in 2003 by the National Research Council (NRC), called on institutions of higher education to revamp both the curricula and teaching methods in the life sciences to meet the challenges of the 21st century. BIO2010 urged much deeper connections between the biological sciences and mathematics, the physical sciences, and computer science. In addition, the report called on faculty to move out of the lecture hall and into the field a...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Mobile Learning Anytime, Anywhere
Pssst, do you want a free iPod? Sure, but what's the catch? You must use it to learn! Some educational institutions are taking the leap to mobile learning (m-learning) by giving out free iPods. For example, Abilene Christian University gave iPods or iPhones to freshman students and developed 15 Web applications specifically for the mobile devices. Free iPod Touches were handed out to newly hired math and science teachers at a technology training workshop at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Duke University's Digital Initiative program lends iPods to students and staff, or sells them at about a third of the market pri...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Forging a 21st Century Model for Undergraduate Research
Not all biology students get to experience scientific research firsthand, but the National Genomics Research Initiative (NGRI) is working to change that, says its director, Tuajuanda Jordan. "The goal is to support educators and improve the number and quality of 21st century scientists," Jordan says. The NGRI is the first initiative to spring from Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) new Science Education Alliance (SEA). At present, a competitive application process determines which institutions become part of NGRI. The goal is to make the experience readily available to all who are interested within the nex...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Expanding the Understanding of Evolution
Originally designed for K–12 teachers, the Understanding Evolution (UE) Web site (www.understandingevolution.org) is a onestop shop for all of a teacher's evolution education needs, with lesson plans, teaching tips, lists of common evolution misconceptions, and much more. However, during the past five years, the UE project team learned that another group of educators uses it, too. "It became clear to us that there was a significant number of undergraduate faculty using it," says Judy Scotchmoor, assistant director of Education and Public Programs at the University of California Museum of Paleontology. So, s...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Upgrading Undergraduate Biology Education
On many campuses throughout the country, undergraduate biology education is in serious need of an upgrade. During the past few decades, the body of biological knowledge has grown exponentially, and as a research endeavor, the practice of biology has evolved. Education research has also made great strides, revealing many new insights into how students learn and producing effective teaching strategies. But the practice of undergraduate biology education does not reflect these advances. For many students, biology continues to be a laundry list of topics, countless new words and diagrams to memorize, and cookbook experiments t...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Teaching Biology for a Sustainable Future
This report also states the need to prepare future biologists to work collaboratively "to address complex and increasingly interdisciplinary problems." Many of these problems, such as those caused by climate change, the lack of a sustainable food supply, or reliance on nonrenewable energies, stem from years of shortsighted practices that will negatively affect future generations' quality of life. Sustainable solutions must take into account environmental, economic, and social implications, says David Hassenzahl, founding dean and professor at Chatham University's School of Sustainability and the Environment in P...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Motivating Tomorrow's Biologists
"How do you make the biology we teach as exciting as the biology that we do?" was the challenging question posed by V. Celeste Carter to participants at the National Academy of Sciences convocation, "Thinking Evolutionarily: Evolution Education across the Life Sciences," held in October. Carter, program director at the National Science Foundation, and others at the convocation discussed the converging efforts to improve biology education, to better motivate students, and to integrate evolution across learning experiences. Simply regurgitating the biological knowledge generated by the scientific communi...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Making Biology Relevant to Undergraduates
Terry R. McGuire always assumed that his students understood the relevance of their biology coursework to their lives outside the classroom, and he expected their grades to fall along a normal bell curve. But when he returned from a professional development experience in 2002, his life as a professor was forever changed. McGuire, who teaches genetics at Rutgers University, had attended a Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER; www.sencer.net) Summer Institute. On his return, he began to make small shifts in his teaching approach, sharing course-relevant current events and assigning "...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Community Colleges Giving Students a Framework for STEM Careers
Over the coming decade, our country will need one million more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals than was originally projected. That is the conclusion of a February 2012 report, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-engage-to-excel-final_2-25-12.pdf), presented to President Obama by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The report stresses the importance of exciting early on students who are potent...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Collaborations Grow through the Introductory Biology Project
When Elena Bray-Speth, assistant professor of biology at Saint Louis University, presented her case study on the evolution of fur color in mice, little did she know that someone in the audience had developed a case on the very same topic. That person was Jim Smith, principal investigator (PI) of Evo-Ed (http://lbc.msu.edu/evo-ed), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project that currently houses four evolutionbased case studies. "Elena and I met just after her session and I showed her our cases," said Smith, who is a professor in the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Entomology at Michigan State U...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

Discovering the Biology Education Research Community
When Sarah Eddy began work on her doctoral thesis, she assumed that her main contribution would relate to her field of study—behavioral ecology and the sexual selection of salamanders—but one of her more significant discoveries had nothing to do with amphibians and everything to do with what was going on in the classroom. As a graduate teaching assistant at Oregon State University, she realized how important it was to her to see students truly improve their learning. "It was in trying to figure out how to help students achieve more that I discovered education research literature," she explained. Many ...
Source: Eye on Education - February 12, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: BioScience Source Type: news

A Second CHANCE
How do you change the way science is taught? You might start by giving teachers a second chance—or CHANCE, in this instance. Jacqueline McLaughlin, assistant professor of biology at Penn State University, is doing just that through an innovative professional development program called CHANCE, or Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences. CHANCE exposes participants—in-service and preservice high school teachers—to the way scientists think and work by involving them in research projects in the field. The program’s two weeks of fieldwork, carried out in Costa Rica, coupled with the...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: Samantha J. Katz Source Type: news

Creating a New Breed of Biology Education Researchers
Introductory undergraduate biology courses often fail to truly engage students in the subject matter, a problem that sometimes causes students to switch out of biology majors. The tra­ditional, lecture-only curriculum has already been shunned in middle-school and high-school science classrooms, but this lesson structure persists in the postsecondary domain. Although some professors are using innovative teaching methods in college biology classrooms, they may lack the knowledge, skills, and support to research other promising learning methods, write up their findings, and create a culture on their campuses that emphasiz...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: Brian Stagg Source Type: news

Digital Games: Learning through Play
The Horizon Report, the go-to guide for emerging educational technology published by the New Media Consortium (www.nmc.org/horizon), projected in 2005 that educational gaming would become a significant learning tool within two or three years. The 2008 report identifies game play as one of the seven metatrends that continue to affect pedagogy, evolving to include virtual worlds, augmented reality, and massive multiplayer modes. Yet there are still those who consider electronic games mindless entertainment that fails to confer academic benefits. Eric Klopfer, winner of the 2008 AIBS Education Award, directs the Scheller Teac...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: Oksana Hlodan Source Type: news

A Dynamic Alternative to the Scientific Method
Open a biology textbook to the table of contents and you will undoubtedly see a chapter devoted to the scientific process. Typically, this is presented as a four- or five-step "scientific method," a recipe that all must follow if scientific experimentation is to generate irrefutable results. These steps may be adequate for a science report, but, explains Judy Scotchmoor at the University of California's Museum of Paleontology, it is not really how scientists do their work. Scotchmoor and a team of natural scientists, social scientists, philosophers, and educators developed a Web site called Understanding Science...
Source: Eye on Education - January 23, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: Susan Musante Source Type: news