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National Academies Name Biology Teaching Fellows and Mentors
WASHINGTON -- The National Academies have bestowed the title of Education Fellow in the Life Sciences to 42 educators around the country who successfully completed a summer institute aimed at fostering innovative approaches to teaching undergraduate biology.
The fellows are members of teams from 19 research-intensive colleges and universities who were selected to attend the summer institute based on the teams' ideas for enhancing undergraduate biology education and a commitment by their universities to support teaching innovations. Teams also were chosen based on their willingness to collaborate on the development of "teachable units" -- curriculum packages encompassing up to a week of classes and laboratory activities on a specific topic -- and their pledge to implement at least one of the units in the courses they teach this year. Admission to the summer institute was highly competitive.
The institute grew out of a recommendation in a 2003 report issued by the National Academies' National Research Council titled Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, which called for changes in the way college students are taught biology. The report noted that undergraduate biology education was failing to keep pace with revolutionary advances in biomedical research that require those working in the field to have a good understanding of other scientific disciplines -- such as math and computer sciences -- and urged instructors to integrate other subjects into their biology classes. Bio2010 also called for faculty development opportunities to improve the interdisciplinary knowledge and teaching capabilities of biology professors.
The 2005 summer institute focused on how to improve large introductory biology courses. Besides developing the teachable units, participants at the institute discussed how to encourage colleagues and graduate teaching assistants to adopt new teaching practices, how to engage nonbiology majors and increase student participation in large lectures, and how to properly assess student learning. Participants will become part of a growing network of summer institute alumni, and some will be recruited as mentors for future institutes.
In addition to the fellows, the Academies also named 20 Education Mentors in the Life Sciences. The recipients of this title were speakers, facilitators, or organizers at the institute, and will continue to serve as mentors to participants for at least the next academic year.
The 2005 National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology was held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Major funding for the institute was provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, along with support from the host university and the National Academies. Information about applying for next summer's institute is available at <http://www.AcademiesSummerInstitute.org>. A roster of the fellows and mentors follows.
National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology 2005 Participant Teams
City College of the City University of New York Sally Hoskins, Professor of Biology Ross H. Nehm, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Department of Biology
Cornell University Kuei-chiu Chen, Director of Introductory Biology Laboratory Thomas G. Owens, Associate Professor of Plant Biology
Dartmouth College F. Jon Kull, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Roger D. Sloboda, Ira Allen Eastman Professor of Biological Sciences
George Washington University Robert P. Donaldson, R.L. Weintraub Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences Jane E. Ferguson, Laboratory Coordinator for Introductory Biology
Georgia State University Laura Carruth, Assistant Professor of Biology Therese Poole, Lecturer and Undergraduate Director, Department of Biology
Iowa State University Diane Bassham, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Jim Colbert, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Warren D. Dolphin, University Professor; Coordinator, Undergraduate Interdepartmental Biology Louisiana State University Christopher Gregg, Instructor of Biological Sciences Joseph F. Siebenaller, Professor of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University Mary Celeste Reese, Instructor of Biological Sciences Giselle Thibaudeau, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Emily Gay Williamson, Instructor of Biological Sciences
New York University Kristin Gunsalus, Research Assistant Professor of Biology David A. Scicchitano, Associate Professor of Biology Mark L. Siegal, Assistant Professor of Biology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Diana Martin, Director, General Biology Program, Division of Life Sciences Gregg Transue, Director, Biology Gateway Program, Division of Life Sciences; Associate Director, Math & Science Learning Center
University of Alabama Kim A. Caldwell, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Juan Lopez-Bautista, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Arizona Kathleen Dixon, Professor and Head, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Lisa K. Elfring, Senior Lecturer on Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Biology Educator Joceline Lega, Associate Professor of Mathematics
University of California, Davis Kenneth G. Burtis, Professor of Genetics; Associate Dean of Biological Sciences; Interim Dean, College of Biological Sciences Susan L. Keen, Lecturer on Evolution and Ecology; Academic Coordinator II
University of California, Los Angeles Debra B. Pires, Academic Coordinator, Life Sciences Core Curriculum Robert Simons, Chairman, Life Sciences Core Curriculum; Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Hawaii at Manoa Steven Robinow, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Zoology Athula Wikramanayake, Associate Professor of Zoology
University of Kansas Mark E. Mort, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Assistant Curator, National History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center James A. Orr, Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Michigan Josepha P. Kurdziel, Lecturer III and Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Laura J. Olsen, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Research and Facilities, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
University of Wisconsin–Madison Brian Manske, Assistant Faculty Associate, Department of Zoology
University of Wyoming Patricia J.S. Colberg, Associate Professor of Zoology and Physiology Brent E. Ewers, Assistant Professor of Botany Mark E. Lyford, Director, Biology Program
National Academies Education Mentors in the Life Sciences 2005-2006
Facilitators, instructors, and organizers are named as Mentors to recognize their role in mentoring Institute participants as well as their history of involvement in improving undergraduate education.
American Society for Microbiology Amy Chang, Director, Education Department
Case Western Reserve University Nancy DiIulio, Instructor of Biology; 2004 Summer Institute participant
Clark Atlanta University Ishrat Khan, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Louisiana State University Michelle Withers, Instructor of Biological Sciences; 2004 Summer Institute participant
Michigan State University Diane Ebert-May, Professor of Plant Biology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Michael Hanna, Associate Professor of Biology; 2004 Summer Institute participant
Research Corporation James M. Gentile, President
Texas Tech University Lauren Gollahon, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; 2004 Summer Institute participant
University of California, Berkeley Robert J. Full, Professor of Integrative Biology; Chancellor's Professor
University of Colorado–Boulder Jennifer K. Knight, Instructor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; 2004 Summer Institute participant William B. Wood (NAS), Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
University of Massachusetts–Amherst Randy Phillis, Associate Professor of Biology
University of Michigan Daniel J. Klionsky, Abram Sager Collegiate Professor of Life Sciences; Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and Department of Biological Chemistry; Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute; NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar
University of Minnesota Robin Wright, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, College of Biological Sciences; Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
University of Washington Clarissa Dirks, Lecturer in Biology; Coordinator, UW/HHMI Programs in Science; 2004 Summer Institute participant
University of Wisconsin–Madison Jo Handelsman, Professor of Plant Biology; HHMI Professor; Director, Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching Sarah Miller Lauffer, Co-Director, Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching Christine Pfund, Co-Director, Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching; Associate Director, DELTA: Integrating Research, Teaching, and Learning Millard Susman, Professor Emeritus of Genetics; Vice President of Sciences, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Lillian Tong, Undergraduate Education Coordinator and Director of Faculty/Staff Programs, Center for Biology Education