PULSE: Transforming Life Sciences Education

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About Vision & Change in Undergraduate Life Science Education

see PULSE NEWS for announcements, events, and other V&C related activities

Departmental Change Webinars

Three webinars of interest to change agents have been run PULSE Regional Networks, two  by the Northwest PULSE Community of Practice and one by the New England Region.:

1. Carol Pollock, Jenny McFarland, and Mary Pat Wenderoth presented a webinar on Concept Inventories:


2. A link to a discussion about lessons learned in instituting Dynamic Governance (DG) in department discussions:


DG is a mechanism for promoting effective, organizational interaction and change via inclusive, open communication practices.

3. Semester-Long, Inquiry-based Lab in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Biology Course - Larissa Williams, Bates College

NABT Conference Session Submissions

NABT is now accepting session proposals for the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference being held November 9 - 12 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. 

Proposals for education sessions are being accepted at http://www.nabt.org/submissions/nabt2017 until 11:59pm EDT on Friday, March 31st. 

Calls for conference submissions like poster sessions and papers for the research symposium will be announced in the coming months.

Announcing . . . the 2017 Summer Institutes!

Faculty and future faculty are invited to apply to attend a 2017 Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching. Accepted participants will learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning through the principles of scientific teaching: active learning, assessment and inclusive teaching. Participants will have opportunities to engage in interactive sessions, work in small groups with a trained facilitator, and present instructional materials for feedback and review. Here are the dates for each region: 
June 5-10: Northstar             June 19 – 23: California      June 20 – 23: Northwest
June 25 – 29: Northeast       July 17 – 21: Gulf Coast       July 24 – 28: Midwest
We encourage participants to apply to the Summer Institute that best matches their home institution type & geographic area, but welcome applications to an alternative site due to scheduling or travel constraints. Applications will be made available in early March and are due throughout April 2017. See  the  website for details.


The PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics, Version 1.0: A Valid and Equitable Tool to Measure Transformation of Life Sciences Departments at All Institution Types

 See PULSE NEWS for more information.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number #1345033




If you are an undergraduate life science educator, department chair, or administrator, we invite you to join PULSE and make your department a model of Vision and Change in undergraduate life science education!


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