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Raising the PULSE

Members: 42
Latest Activity: Feb 21

At Raising the PULSE:

Our initiative in the Raising the PULSE working group is to excite, inform and inspire! We want to excite you about transforming Undergraduate Life Science Education.  Positive change to teaching and learning is possible, and well within your reach. These changes will benefit your students, your department, and ultimately, your school.

We will make information about the Vision and Change, and other initiatives, accessible. We will help you recognize the relevance of the Vision and Change initiative and its power to increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning at your institution. We also want to applaud and share your departmental techniques and the stories of  your successful transformations!

Our Goals are to:

  1. Get the word out about the Vision and Change Call to Action initiatives,
  2. To tie together the work of the PULSE working groups,
  3. To keep you informed of new initiatives, events and ideas and,
  4. To give you a platform to make sure your voices, input and successes are heard.

The PULSE working Groups:

  1. Raising the PULSE – This group is devoted to raising awareness of Vision and Change, celebrating the good work already underway around the country, and inspiring other departments to embrace the challenge.
  2. Taking the PULSE – This group is devoted to helping departments/institutional use existing assessment evidence and is designing new tools to evaluate progress in departmental institutional efforts to implement Vision and Change.
  3. Faculty Networks – A group devoted to building regional and national faculty networks and disseminating a blend of new and existing resources for faculty development.
  4. V & C Ambassadors – A group devoted to recruiting and training PULSE members to work as departmental V&C facilitators through departmental visits.

On behalf of the Raising the PULSE working group, we would like to thank you for your hard work and invite you to join us in transforming Life Science Education across the U.S.

Discussion Forum

Ideas for stories to post on the PULSE Local Impact Map

Started by William B. Davis. Last reply by Kathryn G. Miller Nov 30, 2013. 2 Replies

As a follow up to today's webinar, the Raising the PULSE group wants to hear from you about stories or information you would like to share with the community.  Help us map out the spread of Vision…Continue

Feedback on Documentary Project discussed during the RtP webinar

Started by William B. Davis Mar 8, 2013. 0 Replies

The Raising the PULSE group would like to receive feedback from the PULSE community about our idea for a Vision and Change documentary series.   Two questions we would ask everyone:1.  What would you…Continue

RtP: January update

Started by Judy Awong-Taylor. Last reply by Judy Awong-Taylor Jan 7, 2013. 2 Replies

Over the past month, you have heard from the Leadership Fellows' working groups and what each group is doing. We have asked the PULSE Community many questions, but now RtP would like to know what…Continue

What Raises your PULSE?

Started by Melanie J. Lee-Brown Nov 29, 2012. 0 Replies

Do you have student, faculty and/or institutional stories of Life Science education transformation using V&C initiatives? Would you like to be an inspiration to others?  We would like to collect…Continue

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Anjali Misra replied to David Marcey's discussion Call for Active Learning Resources in the group Transforming the Traditional Lecture
"Hi David, I have been using process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) biology activities in my classes for almost a year now. These activities foster the peer learning environment in the class and I have observed dramatic improvement in…"
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Anjali Misra joined David Marcey's group
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Transforming the Traditional Lecture

This group is for anyone interested in brainstorming methods to convert traditional lectures to arenas of inquiry where active learning takes place. See More
Sunday
Anil Kumar Challa replied to David Marcey's discussion Ambassador Interest in the group Spreading the PULSE
"Anil Kumar Challa Department of Genetics University of Alabama at Birmingham 660 KAUL 720 20th Street South Birmingham, AL 35294 Office: (205) 934 7212"
Sunday
Ana Maria Barral joined Edwin Vázquez's group
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Transforming the laboratory exercises into research experiences

At UPR-Cayey we are trying to substitute the traditional recipe-type laboratory exercises with research projects that have the elements of scientific inquiry.  One idea is to identify and define two or three semester-long research projects that are easy to do in terms of cost-effectiveness, materials, etc. Students would work in groups of 4-5 and present their results in a seminar at the end of the semester.  There would be lab meetings, article discussions, etc.We plan to pilot-test this idea with two lab sections (approx. 16 students each) of General Biology I next year (2013).  Among the challenges we may face are how to scale-up, the nature of the projects, integration with the lecture, and assessment, among others.Any ideas, comments and suggestions are welcome.  See More
Saturday

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Akif Uzman liked Ana Maria Barral's discussion Yale's Small World Initiative: looking for partners
Saturday

Leadership Fellow
David Marcey replied to Ana Maria Barral's discussion Yale's Small World Initiative: looking for partners in the group Southwest PULSErs
"Thanks, Anna Maria! I will pass this on to our Microbiologist and Intro lab director. David "
Saturday
Ana Maria Barral added a discussion to the group Southwest PULSErs
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Yale's Small World Initiative: looking for partners

Dear SW PULSE members,One of the VC recommendations is to increase student participation in research, especially for undergraduates. In 2013 Yale launched the Small World Initiative (SWI), where students collect soil samples and isolate antibiotic producing bacteria. The framework can be adapted not only for a microbiology course, but also molecular biology and general biology.In its 2nd year of implementation, only us (National University) and CSU Humboldt (this summer, not started yet) are partners in California. Pilot results indicate the framework can be adapted to a number of course setups and schedules. Yale provides lab manual material (which can be adapted), protocols, as well as free sequencing of PCR products for partners.Yale has held 2 onsite trainings, but I think the future will be more e-training and direct regional networking. Our school has implemented SWI in Costa Mesa and San Diego. I am looking for faculty in the region interested in becoming involved, as the…See More
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Anil Kumar Challa posted a status
Friday
Anil Kumar Challa joined Nitya Jacob's group
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Spreading the PULSE

Welcome PULSE Community Members! We Want You! ... to serve as ambassadors that will spread V&C nationally. If you are familiar with V&C reforms, literature that supports the implementation of such reforms, and share a passion for spreading the word at a national level, you are an ideal candidate for serving as a PULSE V&C Ambassador.The “Spreading the Pulse” working group is focused on building multiple teams of PULSE Ambassadors (visitation teams) equipped with a V&C reform toolkit (see "Toolkit" discussion, below).  The role of the Ambassadors will be to meet with biology and life science  departments to encourage them to adopt the principles and recommendations of the “Vision and Change” report. The toolkit will include resources, references, strategic planning templates, and other items. We are…See More
Friday
Profile IconKristopher Wright and Anil Kumar Challa joined PULSE
Thursday
Anil Kumar Challa joined David Marcey's group
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Transforming the Traditional Lecture

This group is for anyone interested in brainstorming methods to convert traditional lectures to arenas of inquiry where active learning takes place. See More
Thursday
Anil Kumar Challa joined Edwin Vázquez's group
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Transforming the laboratory exercises into research experiences

At UPR-Cayey we are trying to substitute the traditional recipe-type laboratory exercises with research projects that have the elements of scientific inquiry.  One idea is to identify and define two or three semester-long research projects that are easy to do in terms of cost-effectiveness, materials, etc. Students would work in groups of 4-5 and present their results in a seminar at the end of the semester.  There would be lab meetings, article discussions, etc.We plan to pilot-test this idea with two lab sections (approx. 16 students each) of General Biology I next year (2013).  Among the challenges we may face are how to scale-up, the nature of the projects, integration with the lecture, and assessment, among others.Any ideas, comments and suggestions are welcome.  See More
Thursday
Profile IconMichael E Moore and Nancy L Pencoe joined PULSE
Wednesday
Patrick Raymond Clark joined Kathryn G. Miller's group
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Midwest-Great Plains Regional Network

The MWGP Network plans to foster change in UG Life Sciences education throughout the 12 state region.  this map shows PULSE members in this region, with Yellow presenting members from research universities; Red, regional/ comprehensive universities; Blue, liberal arts colleges; Purple, 2 year colleges; Green, other.See More
Jul 22
Patrick Raymond Clark is now a member of PULSE
Jul 22
Karen Myhr liked Kathryn G. Miller's group Midwest-Great Plains Regional Network
Jul 21

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