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Grinnell College
Professor of Biology
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Liberal Arts College
What is your main area of focus or research?
Formation of sensory structures during development in vertebrate embryos. I have longtime interests in undergraduate biology education as a member of CUR, from attending several PKAL events, and education sessions at ASCB meetings. I am currently serving as a rotating Program Director at NSF in the Division of Biological Infrastructure.
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Member of the PULSE Steering Committee

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At 2:10pm on August 12, 2012,
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Karen Aguirre

After reading Ellen Goldey's comment, I went to Grinnell Biology's webpage and looked at the first year program, and its follow-up. It sounds very much like something I've been thinking about proposing to my faculty at Coastal Carolina University. We're losing more first year students than we're comfortable with, and also have a problem with a math prerequisite we've placed on our intro course that is keeping the majority of our majors out of ALL bio courses until their sophomore year. I think engaging the students by having them actually doing science 'from the get-go', and teaching them some directly-relevant math within an experimental context might be the very thing we need.
I'm interested to know of any other institutions trying approaches similar to Grinnell's, and any place for a report or other consideration of what your experience has been so far.

Karen Aguirre

At 10:18am on August 1, 2012, Richard Triemer said…


Thanks for the information.  I will look into this.  Perhaps it is the kind of thing that we could do among the Big Ten Universities since we already have several consortia among these institutions.


At 9:37am on July 26, 2012,
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Ellen S. Goldey

Thank you Chuck. 

It will be interesting to see if PULSE can create a venue for collaborative efforts to apply for this funding.  I would certainly be interested in developing a southeastern network -- and/or a liberal arts colleges network.

I am very interested in the good work that Grinnell has been doing in first year biology, for example, and it would be great to create opportunities to share and learn from each other.


Best wishes,




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