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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education

Silvertree Hotel, Snowmass Village, Colorado August 12-14, 2001

EXPERTISE OF WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

Julian Adams is a professor of biology at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. His research is on evolution of microorganisms and population genetics in microorganisms and humans. He has held visiting appointments at universities in Brazil and Germany. In 1996 he received a Faculty Recognition Award from Michigan and was appointed chair of its Department of Biology. He serves as associate editor for the journals Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genetica and was chair of the 1997 Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Population Biology. At Michigan, he has been involved in the development of the university’s Life Sciences Initiative. He received his PhD degree from the University of California at Davis.

Ann Burgess is a distinguished senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the director of the Biology Core Curriculum, a four-semester intercollege honors program that provides students with a broad, rigorous introduction to biology and allows them subsequently to specialize in any field of biological science. She teaches the first two laboratory courses in the sequence and has a particular interest in laboratory projects that involve undergraduates in the process of science, including effectively

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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communicating their ideas with peers. She worked with the faculty team that teaches the final semester of the sequence to change it from a lecture-based course to one based on cooperative learning. She is active in several UW-Madison and national efforts to improve science education, including the BioQUEST Consortium and the National Institute for Science Education’s College Level One team.

A. Malcolm Campbell is an associate professor of biology at Davidson College in North Carolina. He recently completed a sabbatical position at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He is the founder and director of the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching and is the author of Discovering Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics, the first genomics textbook. He is also the co-editor in chief of the journal Cell Biology Education.

Denice Denton is dean of the College of Engineering and a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was co-director of the NSF National Institute for Science Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the 1995-1996 academic year. She has taught a course called Ways of Knowing, designed to provide first-year students with a learning experience in a small class environment.

Mike Doyle is vice president of Research Corporation and professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona. He has also been a member of the faculty at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has been active with ACS, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. He has served on several NSF panels on undergraduate education and research and NRC committees on undergraduate science education and career paths for graduates in the physical sciences and mathematics. He is the recipient of numerous awards for research and education, including the George C. Pimentel Award for Chemical Education.

Billy Joe Evans is a professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring for his work on undergraduate and graduate programs to enhance minority participation in science. Evans received the Catalyst Award for Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching from the Chemical Manufacturers Association and the American Chemical Society National Award for encouraging disadvantaged youth to pursue

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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careers in the chemical sciences. He also serves on the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Lou Gross is director of the Institute for Environmental Modeling and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and professor of mathematics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has organized two NSF-sponsored workshops on quantitative curriculum development for life science students. In 1999 he taught an NSF Chautauqua Course entitled Life Science Education: Preparing Fearless Biologists. At Tennessee he teaches courses on Mathematical Ecology, Mathematical Modeling and Evolutionary Theory, and Basic Concepts in Ecology.

Keith Howard is an associate professor of biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his PhD in plant pathology from Ohio State University. He teaches laboratories and lectures in plant biology and is active in Project Kaleidoscope.

John Jungck is Mead Chair of the Sciences and professor of biology at Beloit College. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fulbright Professor to Thailand, and a member of NRC’s Committee on Undergraduate Science Education (2002-2005). He is PI and co-founder of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. Over the past 16 years, he and his colleagues at other institutions have been leading the effort to build The BioQUEST Library, a collection of computer-based tools, simulations, databases, and textual materials that support collaborative, open-ended investigations in biology. He is chair of the education committee of the Society for Mathematical Biology, serves on the education committee of the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and is on the editorial board of Cell Biology Education, which is published by the American Society of Cell Biologists. His research is in mathematical molecular evolution and computational biology (bioinformatics), and their application to teaching and learning biology.

Priscilla Laws is professor of physics at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As part of the Workshop Physics Project that she initiated in 1986, she has developed curricular materials, apparatus, and computer-based software and hardware for students at the high school and college levels. She has received awards for software design and curriculum innovation in the sciences from many organizations. She recently directed a ma-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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jor NSF-funded project that involves PIs at five institutions in a quest to promote activity-based physics teaching.

Jerry R. Mohrig is Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor in the Natural Sciences and professor of chemistry at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Actively involved in science education reform for many years, he has served leadership roles with the American Chemical Society, Project Kaleidoscope, and Council on Undergraduate Research. Jerry has co-authored two textbooks, Experimental Organic Chemistry and Chemistry in Perspective, in addition to many articles on organic chemistry and chemical education. He has been recognized for excellence in the teaching of chemistry by the James Flack Norris Award of the American Chemical Society and the Catalyst Award of the Chemical Manufacturers Association.

Jeanne Narum is the founding director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an informal national alliance taking a leadership role in efforts to strengthen learning of undergraduates in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Through a coordinated series of workshops, national meetings, and print and electronic publications, PKAL presents the work of individuals and institutions having positive impact in attracting students into the study of STEM fields and in motivating them to persist and succeed. The intent of PKAL activities is to encourage the widespread adaptation of such programs that work and support those taking the lead in reform. Nearly 800 colleges and universities have been involved in PKAL since its beginning in 1989. Narum is the project director for PKAL grants from the National Science Foundation (EHR/DUE), FIPSE (U.S. Department of Education), the Exxon Mobil Foundation, and the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Fred Rudolph is Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University. He also serves as executive director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice. He has developed a number of educational initiatives particularly in the K-12 area and in undergraduate and graduate curriculum reform. He has been program director for grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for undergraduate biological science initiatives and various educational grants from NSF and NIH and from other foundations.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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Patricia Soochan received bachelor and master of science degrees from George Washington University in 1977 and 1981. In 1994 she joined the undergraduate science education program at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where she is now a program officer engaged in all aspects of competition and award management from system design to policy development. In 1982 she became a biochemist at Bethesda Research Labs, later to be known as Life Technologies. Her work included conducting biotechnology workshops in France and Brazil. In 1987 she became a senior information specialist at Social and Scientific Systems, a consultant to the National Cancer Institute. There she worked with physicians in preparing reports of investigational cancer therapies. In 1991 she joined the National Science Foundation as a science assistant/biologist involved in grants management in the cell biology program.

Millard Susman is a professor emeritus in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Medical School and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continues to serve as the unofficial director of UW’s Center for Biology Education, a campus-wide organization dedicated to the innovation and enhancement of biology education in years K-16 and beyond. He is one of the founders of UW’s BioCore curriculum and is active in the development of new teaching materials, both print and computer-based. He serves on numerous university committees and is currently working on a project with the NRC to create a summer institute for undergraduate biology education.

Sheldon Wettack is vice president and dean of faculty and professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. His initial academic appointment was in the chemistry department at Hope College, where he mentored about 30 undergraduates with support from a variety of individual research grants. His administrative work began when he was appointed dean for the natural sciences at Hope. He has served at the University of Richmond as arts and sciences dean and as president of Wabash College. He moved to Harvey Mudd in 1993. He is currently the project director of Harvey Mudd’s NSF-AIRE grant and of the Claremont Colleges’ technology grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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AGENDA OF THE WORKSHOP

Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education Silvertree Hotel, Snowmass Village, Colorado August 12-14, 2001

Sunday, August 12

6:45 pm

Welcome and Overview of Bio2010

Lubert Stryer

8:00 pm

Goals of the Workshop

Sharon Long

Monday, August 13

8:30 am

Interdisciplinary Courses and Labs, Session I

Denice Denton and Keith Howard (Chairs)

Quantitative Life Sciences Education: Some Lessons from a Ten-year Effort

Lou Gross

Workshop Physics

Priscilla Laws

Interdisciplinary Labs

Sheldon Wettack

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

John Jungck

11:00 am

Challenges of Interdisciplinary Education

Jim Gentile

1:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Courses and Labs, Session II

Fred Rudolph and Billy Joe Evans (Chairs)

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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ChemLinks

Jerry Mohrig

BioCore

Ann Burgess

Undergraduate Research Project: Life Sciences Initiative

Julian Adams

GCAT: Genomics Consortium for Active Teaching

Malcolm Campbell

Symbiosis: An Interdisciplinary Science Seminar

Millard Susman

7:00 pm

Dinner, followed by Discussion of Topics Seating by Assigned Discussion Groups

Topic 1: Interdisciplinary Courses and Labs

Led by Jeanne Narum

Topic 2: Research Experiences and Independent Projects

Led by Mike Doyle

Topic 3: The Web and Other Shared Resources

Led by Patricia Soochan

Tuesday, August 14

9:00 am

Presentation and Discussion of Reports from the Dinner Groups

Led by Jeanne Narum, Mike Doyle, and Patricia Soochan

11:00 am

Group Writing of Workshop Findings and Recommendations

Led by Sharon Long and Jim Gentile

1:45 pm

Adjournment

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education." National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10497.
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Biological sciences have been revolutionized, not only in the way research is conducted -- with the introduction of techniques such as recombinant DNA and digital technology -- but also in how research findings are communicated among professionals and to the public. Yet, the undergraduate programs that train biology researchers remain much the same as they were before these fundamental changes came on the scene.

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