The PULSE Vision and Change fellows met in June at the HHMI conference center in Maryland. We shared project updates and considered next steps. We were privileged to meet with a panel representing diverse organizations and societies that have advanced life science education, and they shared their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
The fellows decided to continue the project beyond the first year. Towards that goal, we are writing grants. The good news thus far: (i) NSF has awarded funding to continue development of the Vision and Change rubrics. (ii) The Northwest PULSE meeting is scheduled for October 4-6, 2013.
We plan to work collaboratively with the broader PULSE community to establish a more enduring organizational structure. This will include liaison relationships with diverse professional organizations. PULSE fellows will continue to help build regional networks that support department-level reforms. The PULSE community is developing ambassadors programs, creating online resources for faculty and for workshops, refining rubrics to guide department-level reforms, and raising awareness of calls for change, and celebrating and helping to connect the people who are making it happen.
We're looking forward to the AAAS Vision and Change Conference August 28-30. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of the great things that you and our other colleagues are doing -- finding innovative ways to inspire, encourage, and inform scholarly change.
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