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Southwest PULSErs


This group is intended as a networking site for PULSE community members from the US Southwest and Hawaii. Please add ideas for regional conferences, let your regional colleagues know about your PULSE-related activities, etc. If you would like to be contacted in the future in order to get involved in specific initiatives, please fill out the recruitment form. If you know of someone who isn't yet a member of this group, please feel free to invite them.

Location: Southwestern United States
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Yale's Small World Initiative: looking for partners

Started by Ana Maria Barral. Last reply by David Marcey on Saturday. 1 Reply

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…Continue

PULSE Vision and Change Rubrics and Survey

Started by Akif Uzman. Last reply by David Ribble Jun 16. 1 Reply

Hello SW PULSE Community members!  Have you considered doing a self-assessment of your department for the V&C Certification pilot program?  Our Certification group is looking to collect data on…Continue

% of Students passing intro bio

Started by David Marcey. Last reply by David Marcey May 13. 1 Reply

Comment by Jean Maines: Greetings fellow pulsers. Quick question--do you know the approximate % of students who pass (a-c) freshman biology for science majors at your institution? Anyone know where…Continue

AAAS Pacific Division Conference

Started by David Marcey. Last reply by Bradley C. Hyman Apr 16. 5 Replies

If you are interested in getting together for a pre- AAAS Pacific Division meeting in June (17-20) in Riverside, CA, please indicate by replying to this discussion. Be sure to leave your contact info…Continue

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Comment by David Marcey on May 13, 2014 at 2:23pm

@Jean Maines - I've moved your query to a discussion on this page, where threaded responses are easier to follow, OK?

Comment by Jean Maines on May 8, 2014 at 6:35pm
Greetings fellow pulses. Quick question--do you know the approximate % of students who pass (a-c) freshman biology for science majors at your institution? Anyone know where to find this data nationally?

Thanks for any help you can provide!
Jean

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Comment by Marcy Osgood on March 19, 2014 at 5:39pm

Hi Brian and David; great to hear from you, and to have your support!

Is there anything that you could suggest as a way to pull in more of the PULSE community in the Southwest? Would a reminder of the resources available (Ambassador Visits, On-lineWorkshops and the ToolKit) be useful? We are planning a SW PULSE Workshop for next Spring, but that is a long way away (and we will have to get funding).

Any ideas are welcome!

marcy

Comment by Brian R. Shmaefsky on March 17, 2014 at 12:52pm

I will be glad to help in any way and promote our activities through the Society for College Science Teachers and the National Association of Biology Teachers. 

Comment by David Ribble on March 17, 2014 at 12:37pm

I look forward to helping out in any way I can!

David


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Comment by Marcy Osgood on March 16, 2014 at 12:37pm

Hi everyone! I am very excited that the Southwest group is now a reality. After a brief 2 days to catch up on sleep I am now re-energized, and ready to think about all that we can do in our region.

marcy

 
 
 

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Southwest PULSErs

Please share this group with others This group is intended as a networking site for PULSE community members from the US Southwest and Hawaii. Please add ideas for regional conferences, let your regional colleagues know about your PULSE-related activities, etc. If you would like to be contacted in the future in order to get involved in specific initiatives, please fill out the recruitment form. If you know of someone who isn't yet a member of this group, please feel free to invite them.See More
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"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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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
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David Marcey replied to Ana Maria Barral's discussion Yale's Small World Initiative: looking for partners in 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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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
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Transforming the Traditional Lecture

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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
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