Upcoming Presentations about PULSE or by PULSE Fellows



ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) July 27-30 Denver, Co

Sharon Gusky, Karen Klyczek and Heather Seitz Friday, July 28   3:15 pm – 4:55 pm Three consecutive sessions on PULSE 

Gordon Conference July 9-14 Stonehill College, Easton,MA

National Trends and Reports that Inform UBER Research and Practice

Discussion Leader: Gita Bangera (Bellevue College, USA)

Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University, USA)
"Talk Matters: Classroom Characteristics that May Mediate Student Inclusion, Engagement, and Learning"

Ellen Goldey (Florida Atlantic University, USA) "Beyond Content: Setting Priorities for Department-Wide Reform"

PAST Presentations

PULSE Fellows Delivered Biology-Focused Plenary Sessions and Workshops at 2016 SENCER Summer Institute submitted by  Kyle Simmons, SENCER’s Faculty Development Events Manager kyle.simmons@ncsce.net 

 SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) applies the science of learning to the learning of science, all to expand civic capacity. Primarily grounded in higher education, SENCER courses and programs connect STEM content to critical local, national, and global challenges. Students and faculty report that the SENCER approach makes science more real, accessible, "useful," and civically important.  One way of putting the SENCER ideals into action is through our faculty development efforts. The SENCER Summer Institutes represent the cornerstones of SENCER's faculty development and academic reform program. They feature a rich mix of plenaries, workshops, and concurrent sessions that focus not only on what students should learn, but how that learning might be accomplished.

The 2016 SENCER Summer Institute (SSI) was hosted by Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois from July 28th - August 1, 2016. We wanted to take a moment to highlight the contributions of members of the PULSE community to our program.

 Dr. April Hill, professor and chair of biology at the University of Richmond, gave a plenary address titled "SENCER, Transforming STEM for Majors, and It's About Time, Too." The address will focus on how April works to transform the STEM experience for students with integrated, interdisciplinary, and inclusive courses that focus on real-world problems, authentic research, and research-based pedagogies. April uses these methods to enhance courses for first-year students as well as science majors.

 Dr. Alix Dowling Fink, dean of the Cormier Honors College and associate professor of biology at Longwood University, closed the Institute. She reflected on the insights and lessons learned during her many years of participation in the SENCER national community of transformation and how that participation has shaped her work on general education and the biology major at her institution, and catalyzed collaborations with informal education institutions.

 Dr. Ellen Goldey, professor of biology at Wofford college, did several workshops and learning sessions at the Institute. In addition to her annual workshop on designing courses for SENCER, she partnered with Dr. Hill on a workshop, “Transforming Introductory Biology.” The workshop focused on how first-year students are introduced to primary literature, authentic open-ended research, written and oral communication (through the development of professional research posters), effective teamwork, and reflective writing.


Announcing the PALM Network Spring 2016 Fellows

The Genetics Society of America, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the American Society of Plant Biologists take an active and collaborative role in the Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) Network. The NSF-funded PALM project funds one-on-one, long-term mentorships for faculty or postdocs new to the effective biology education approaches outlined in the Vision and Change recommendations. PALM Fellows work with their Mentors to develop, use and evaluate evidence-based active learning strategies in their own classroom. Fellows also will disseminate their new resources in their own professional networks as well as via societies' outlets, including GSA PREP, the CourseSource Genetics course, and education events at The Allied Genetics Conference. The longer term goal is for Fellows to catalyze enduring change that will positively influence the teaching culture at their institution.

Four out of six faculty in the inaugural, Spring '16 cohort of PALM Fellows/Mentors are PULSE members! See http://genestogenomes.org/announcing-the-palm-network-spring-2016-fellows/ for more information.

To learn more about the PALM Network and how to become a PALM Fellow, Mentor, or Network Partner, please see http://www.ascb.org/PALM/.



PULSE Pilot Certification [Recognition] Results have been announced in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education! 


PULSE at Inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Biology Undergraduate Education

held at Bates College, July 12 - 17, 2015

Two Posters Presented


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