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Home of the Biology Education Research Learning Community (BERG-LC) @ University of Washington.

Create new methods for teaching Biology that will be adopted by faculty around the world,
Produce research based teaching methods.
Develop hypotheses concerning student learning in Biology that are testable.
Create guidelines for conducting rigorous biology education research.
Provide a forum to discuss effective teaching methods.
Create a network of faculty, grad students and post-docs across the UW tri-campuses to facilitate collaborations on grants and studies.
Create a certificate program in college science pedagogy for graduate students. This will serve as a pilot for a National Certification program by AAAS or HHMI.
Create mentored teaching opportunities for graduate students.
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SABER web site ( Society for the Advancement of Biology Education)
WINTER 2016 3:39-4:30 in HCK 320

Jan 8-Jake Cooper & Hannah Jordt
Jan 15- John Webster- Creation of, support for, and grading of writing assignments with an eye to implicit bias.
- John is Director of UW Writing Center
Jan 22-Jake Cooper & Hannah Jordt- what the literature tells us about writing assignments
Jan 29-Brian Buchwitz
Feb 5- Jonathon Calede
Feb 12- Brianna Blaser- DO-IT program at UW
Feb 19- Jessica McAbee
Feb 26-Becca Price- student motivation
Mar 4- Martha Groom- Critical thinking project
Mar 11
AUTUMN 2015-3:30- 4:20 in HCK 320
Theme: Instructional methods

Oct-9- Mary Pat Wenderoth: Team Based Learning
Oct-16- Hannah Jordt: TBD
Oct 23- Cynthia Stanich: Effective student study skills and how to help students learn them
Oct 30- Joya Mukerji: CUREs ( large scale Undergraduate research efforts associated with course)
Nov 6-Jennifer Doherty: Ambitious Teaching Methods
Ambitious Science Teaching- started in K-12, now being used in higher ed
Nov 13- No BERG this week as there is an AACU-PKAL meeting in town.
Nov 20- Andreas Madlung- Univ. Puget Sound
Nov 27- Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 4- Pamela Pape-Lindstron, Everett Community College, NSF-PULSE fellow, will discuss PULSE rubrics.
Dec 11-Jenny McFarland- Edmonds Community College
- group quizzes and exams - use of IF-AT forms
SPRING 2015-3:30- 4:20 in HCK 320

Theme for Spring-- faculty development
April 3- no meeting first week of classes
April 10- Becca Price- the STEP program at UW (post-doc faculty development program)
April 17- Ben Wiggins
Scientific Teaching Taxonomy- CBE-LSE March 2015
April 24-Meredith Bache-Wiig-
Trisha Vickrey,Kaitlyn Rosploch, Reihaneh Rahmanian,Matthew Pilarz,andMarilyne Stains Research-Based Implementation of Peer Instruction: A Literature Review CBE Life Sci EducMarch 2, 201514:es3;doi:10.1187/cbe.14-11-0198

May 1-Jennifer Doherty- The DQC model of faculty development
May 8- Mary Pat Wenderoth- will discuss PORTAAL- a classroom observation tool to assess level of and guide incorporation of evidence based teaching in your classroom
May15-CANCELLED- please plan to attend Undergrad Research Symposium in Mary Gates Hall- it is quite an impressive event.
May 22-Jonathon Calede- will do a practice teaching for Biol 354.
May 29-Angela Katsuyama- TBD
June 5-Alaina Garland- TBD

WINTER 2015-
3:30- 4:20 in HCK 320
Jan 9-Hannah Chapin - Threshold concepts on teaching
Jan 16-Stacy Alvares- review of an assessment method she implemented in her course.
Jan 23-Sarah Eddy- Diversity issues in the classroom- "Being a Solo"
Jan 30-Anna Davis-Jane Muhich, David Yeager: Productive Persistence- a Carnegie Foundation project at Seattle Central Community College
Feb 6- Max Sizemore- Desirable Difficulties
Feb 13- Linda Martin Morriss- Using the active learning classrooms in Odegaard.
Feb 20- Mary Pat Wenderoth will lead a workshop on ways to implement Cog Sci findings into the classroom.
Mar 6-Elaine Klein- will present her dissertation work
Mar 13- Becca Price - EvoCI tool
Autumn 2014
Fridays 3:30-4:30 in HCK 320.
Journal club-
Oct. 3-Mary Pat Wenderoth- PNAS paper on Meta-analysis of Active Learning in STEM
Oct 10-Ben Wiggins- Two papers from JRST 2014: Core Teaching Practices (Kloser) and Challenges of STEM Reform (Talanquer)
Oct 17-Sarah Eddy-Identifying Key Features of Effective Active Learning: The Effects of Writing and Peer Discussion
CBE—Life Sciences Education Vol. 13, 469–477, Fall 2014
Oct 24-Jennifer Loertscher- Seattle Univ.- Threshold Concept paper in CBE-LSE
Oct 31-Jenny McFarland- Interweaving vs. Blocking as study strategies for students
Nov. 7-Cancelled
Nov. 14-Greg Crowther- article on plaigarism: The discussion would focus mostly on unintentional plagiarism, i.e., inadequate attribution by students. We could read the folowing paper for context:
Nov. 21-Patricia Martinkova- will talk about use of Item Response Theory (IRT) in biology education research- when to use, how to interpret results.
Nov. 28- Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 5- Frieda Taub- Closed Eco System

no session during Summer- see you in the Fall
SPRING 2014-Friday 3:30-4:30 pm Hitchcock 320-
Back to journal clubs. Pick an article from CBE or another journal and present to group.

April 4- Becca and Tammy will present journal club on classroom observation tools
last name A-M please read COPUS
last name N-Z please read DoP
Dimensions of Practice (DoP)- Turpen and FInkelstein, Physics
look particularly at the appendix for the instrument
Teaching Practice Survey-Carl Weiman
April 11- Karen Thickman from Carnegie Mellon will present on authentic research courses she created.
April 18- finish observation tools
Aprll 25-cancelled
May 2- no BERG meeting- NW BIO meeting at Bellevue college
May 9- Michael Bindschadler- what the field of neuroscience can tell us about learning and memory.
May 16- Matt Hora- University of Wisconsin- faculty development project
May 23- Memorial Day weekend- no meeting
May 30-Sara Brownell
June 6- Ben Wiggins
WINTER 2014-Friday 3:30-4:30 pm Hitchcock 320-

theme for Winter: Evidence Based best practices in the classroom
For each topic the goals are the following:
1. find 3-4 papers presenting evidence that teaching strategy improves student performance or retention
2. identify the components of each teaching strategy to help other use the strategy appropriately.
3. possibly identify some of the underlying cognitive science associated with the strategy
4. where might a person go to get training or find more resources
5. Is this happening on our campus or nearby- so we can see what it looks like

Jan 10- "High Structure in the intro biology classroom"-- MP Wenderoth
1) Freeman, S., D. Haak, and M.P. Wenderoth. 2011. Increased Course Structure Reduces Fail Rates in Introductory Biology. CBE Life Science Education 10 (2):175-186
2) Freeman,S., E. O’Connor, J. W. Parks, M. Cunningham, D. Hurley, D. Haak, C. Dirks, M.P. Wenderoth. 2007. Prescribed Active Learning Increases Performance in Introductory Biology. CBE Life Sciences Education 6(2): 132–139
3) Borrego, M, M.Prince, C. Henderson, J. Froyd. Fidelity of Implementation of Research Based Instructional Strategies (RBIS) in Engineering Science Courses. Journal of Engineering Education.
Jan 17-Follow-up on week 1
Jan 24-Follow up to week 1
Jan 31- Alison Crowe- use of Cooperative Learning in class
Feb 7- Sara Brownell & Gita B. Course-based research experience for undergraduates
Feb 14- Dan Grunspan- social networks in education
Feb 21- cancelled
Feb 28-Hannah Chapin- peer instruction
Mar 7-Sarah Eddy- MOderate structure course at UNC-Chapel Hill in mixed majors course
Mar 14- VIew actual videos of High structure format
- discussion of elements and challenges
1. Scott Freeman teaching Biol 180
2.another Biol 180 class with Scott
3. videos of Eric Mazur giving talks on Turning lectures into Learning
4. another Eric Mazur video
5. video of Robin Wright using their new active learning classroom
6. video of use of clickers in upper division courses
topic options
writing to learn- Jeremy Davis
Just in time teaching
Case based studies
Peer Instruction ( Eric Mazur's work)
CREATE and Figure Facts
authentic research in the classroom lab setting
Service learning
AUTUMN 2013- Friday 3:30-4:30 pm Hitchcock 320- new time and location

Oct 4-Becca Price- Preliminary results from her project onNatural Selection Misconceptions found in Microbiology texts

Oct 11-Ben Wiggins- Journal Club-
Working Paper 19406 http://www.nber.org/papers/w19406
2) How CanWe Improve Problem Solving in UndergraduateBiology? Applying Lessons from 30 Years of PhysicsEducation Research-A.-M. Hoskinson,M. D. Caballero,and J. K. KnightCBE—Life Sciences EducationVol. 12, 153–161, Summer 2013

Oct 18-Sarah Eddy and Sara Brownell--preliminary results from their project:Is there a Gender Gap in Biology course scores?

Oct 25-Greg Crowthers--Journal Club- "Figure Facts"- CBE-LSE12(1):39-46

Nov 1-Jenny McFarland, Sara Brownell, MP Wenderoth-Report out on regional PULSE meeting held in Seattle Oct 4, 2013

Nov 8-Brian Buchwitz- Journal Club- TBD

Nov 15-Stacy Alvares- Journal Club-Online Information Searching Strategies Inventory (OISSI) as a way to examine how student's seek out information on the web.
Science DIrectVolume 53, Issue 2, September 2009, Pages 473–483

Nov 22-Karen Petersen- Journal Club-Articulating Scientific Reasoning Improves StudentLearning in an Undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology Course by Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz CBE-LSE 2009

Nov 29- Thanksgiving

Dec 6 - Sara Brownell will present the curricular framework- BioMap-based on Vision and Change core concepts that she has been developing for the BIology department.

SPRING 2013 Friday 4-5 pm Hitchcock 343- NOTE new LOCATION!!!
Theme for this quarter - From Theory to Practice

The list of people who are willing to Open their classroom to visitors is located at the BOTTOM of the navigation bar to the left.

April 5- MPW will start. Will discuss use of "Ask, Don't Tell", "Talk to Your Neighbor", Blooming Exams. highlighting the exam key
April 12-Karen Petersen-lecture exercises from 400 level courses
April 16- Tuesday- UW SOTL symposium
April 19-Hannah Chapin
April 26- Jenny McFarland-- "Worked Examples"
May 3- Sara Brownell- will discuss concept of Learning Progressions
May 10-Jenny McFarland- Using active learning during office hours.
May 17- Undergrad Research Symposium- MGH-
May 24- Stacy Alvares-
May 31-Sarah Eddy - Identity in the college science classroom
I have e-mailed Sarah's presentation and references to BERG list serv
June 7-- Anna Davis
WINTER 2013 Friday 4-5 pm Hitchcock 218- NOTE new time!!!

Jan 11-Becca Price will present the work she recently published in Science.
"How We Got Here: An Inquiry-Based Activity About Human Evolution"-
Science 21 December 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6114 pp. 1554-1555

Jan 18-Alison Crowe - paper in CBE by Peggy Brickman on the science literacy test:

Jan 25-Becca Price will lead discussion on format of professional talks on active learning

Feb 1- Report from the NSF TUES mtg in DC ( Alison, Jennifer, Pam, Gita, MP)
Feb 8- Elaine Klein- TBD
Feb 15- Sara Brownell-
Feb 22- PULSE fellows will present
Feb 25 2:30-3:30- Inside the Undergraduate Teaching Experience
---The University of Washington's Growth in Faculty Teaching Study (GIFTS)
--Book release-
Walker-Ames room- 2nd floor of Kane Hall.
March 1- _____________ (this could be you!)
Abstract for UW SOTL symposium DUE: more information and submit abstracts her
[UW SOTL- April 16 2-4:30 in HUB]
March 8- Simina Popa to present her Huckaby Fellowship
March 15- Ben Wiggins-a faculty development workshop
Jenny found a Science Literacy group at U of O that holds weekly journal clubs. It has some nice references that people may be interested in reading. They are associated with the Teaching Effectiveness Program at Oregon.

AUTUMN 2012 Friday 3-4 pm Hitchcock 218

Oct. 5-- Update on SABER meeting, scheduling of Autumn
Oct 12- Jenny McFarland will lead discussion about PULSE
Oct 12-14 SACNAS meeting in Seattle
Oct 16- TUESDAY_ SPECIAL session- Meeting with Dr. Louise Mead ( she is speaker at SACNAS)- 1 pm mtg
Oct 19-no BERG on Friday because we met with Louise Mead on Tuesday
Oct 22- Scott Freeman's seminar (video recording)
Oct 26- Gita Bangera- faculty at Bellevue College will tell us about her new NSF grant.
Nov 2- Mary Pat Wenderoth- Threshold Concepts
Nov 9- Ben Wiggins- Biol 200 project
Nov 16-Rachel Wade (physics faculty at EdCC will discuss "Feeling Different: An Examination of Underrepresented Minority Community College Students’ Major Persistence Intentions Through the Lens of STEM Identity"
Nov 23- Holiday
Nov 30-Greg Crowthers- discuss his NSF-AISI grant
Dec 7-Karen Petersen- Citizen Science

Meetings: Friday 4-5 pm Hitchcock 218

April 6- Eric Chudler- Teaching Neuroscience to Diverse Audiences
Eric's web site- quite a gold mine! ( 26 people)

April 13- Group read of Redesign of a Large Introductory Biology Course. C. Ueckert et al. 2011. CBE- Life Science Education
please read the article and come prepared to contribute to the group discussion. ( 7 people)

APRIL 17-TUESDAY-UW Symposium on Teaching and Learning 2-4:30 in Kane Walker Ames room on UW Seattle campus

April 20- Alison Crowe and Ben Wiggins- will present the TUES I grant they are submitting in May 2012.

April 27-Ben WIgins & Mandy Schivell- POGIL workshop for NWBIO

April 28 & 29- NWBIO at Everett Community College- registration is reasonable and it is a great networking opportunity.

May 4- Becca P- grant ideas

May 11-Siobhan Mangus, give a practice talk for the UR symposium. Her talk title is "I select you naturally: how an upper division textbook may unintentionally reinforce naïve conceptions about evolution."

May 18- (MG Undergrad research symposium)- no BERG

May 25- Brian B. Journal club:
Writing-to-Learn in Undergraduate Science Education: A Community-Based, Conceptually Driven Approach"
& "The Utility of Writing Assignments in Undergraduate Bioscience"
March issue of CBE--Life Sciences- 2012.

June 1-Alexa Tullis and Andreas Madlung from the U. of Puget Sound biology department are interested in developing a study on the incorporation of primary literature into undergrad courses and would like to run research design by BERG.

Winter 2012
Meetings: Wednesday 4-5 pm Hitchcock 218
Jan 11- Lara: Practice talk for job interview (research and teaching)
Jan 18- CANCELLED due to SNOW- will be rescheduled: Becca: Genetic drift concept inventory
Jan 25- Greg & Alison: CREATE journal club
Feb 1-
Becca: Genetic drift concept inventory
Feb 8- Ben and Hannah:Lit review on Peer TAs/ Learning Assistants
Feb 15-Mary Pat - Bloom workshop- bring your exam questions.
Feb 22-
Blooming Workshop part 2- bring your exam questions

Feb 29-Mary Pat- "What Cognitive Research Tells Us About Engaging Today's Undergraduate Students"

March 7- Bryan White- journal club (article from CBE Dec issue) and some research idea

Spring 2012
Martha Groom- Discuss a study she is doing on science process skills

Autumn 2011
Meetings in HCK 218
Friday 3-4 pm

Oct 7- set agenda for Fall, meeting updates
19 members present
Oct 14- Scott Freeman- Climate Change exercise
Oct 21- Ben - discuss possible topics for his dissertation in Science Ed.
Oct 28-Alison and Mary Pat- recap of IS-SOTL meeting
Sally Hoskins- CREATE for reading the primary literature
New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability
glogster- on-line posters
Creative Commons
Nov 4- Planning Session for Best practices topic for winter ( topic, literature, videotaping, etc)
Nov 11- Veteran's Day
Nov 18- Karen- Use of Concept Mapping to assess student learning
Nov 25- Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 2- Karen P. Review of Clicker literature
Dec 8-11- NSTA meeting in Seattle at Convention Center
Dec 9-Jenny Mc.- update on Concept Assessment in Physiology project.


Meetings in HCK 218- map to HCK
Wednesday 9-10 am

April 6- Anna Davis
Teaching Anatomy and Physiology at the Community College: Status Quo, Opportunities, and Research Questions revealed through development of an Open Course Library A&P course.

April 13- Carol Pollack from UBC & Joan Sharpe from Simon Frasier Univ. -
Speaking about the First year program in BIology at UBC and SF and how they used Blooming Biology Tool to assess thier first yer program. They will also tell us about the 6 concept inventories their group is producing.

April 19- UW SOTL from 2-4:30 in Kane Hall

Thursday April 20- 9am Jennifer Loertscher, Seattle U
"Development and Implementation of Biochemistry assessment instrument."
Jenny's slides are posted at the very bottom of this page
Northwest Regional POGIL meeting this summer in Oregon

April 27
-Cristy Walcher- Experimental Design component of GATEWAY project.

April 29 - May 1- NWBIO at Yakima Community College. A great place to present your BER results and build partnerships with community college faculty.

May 4- Greg Crowthers- will discuss the NSF TUES I grant they plan to submit May 20 2011

May 11- Linda Martin-Morris-
will discuss the Diversity Scholars program that she is involved with on cmpus

Tuesday May 17 4pm -- Julie Libarkin Seminar in Biology

May 18- Julie Libarkin
will talk to BERG

May 25- Lara Shamieh from UW Pathology Dept-
would like feedback on her Senior Seminar format

June 1
- Michael Fleming ?


July 29-31- SABER national meeting- Minneapolis

Meetings in HCK 344
times alternate between 9am and 4 pm

Jan 12-- 4pm- Becca - attitude survey
Jan 19- 9 am-
Michelle - Lexical Analysis and the Genetic Concept Assessment

Jan 26 - 4pm- Karen- poster she presented at SICB

Feb 2- 9 am- MPW- Testing Effect

Feb 9- 4pm- Brian B. Diversity in education

Feb 16 - 9 am- Maureen- A curriculum and database that guide students in developing and testing hypotheses in genetics.

Feb 23 - SPECIAL TIME_9am Dr. Charles Ofria (Biology seminar speaker- one of the architects of the AVIDA evolution computer program

Mar 2- 9am- Michelle S.- Statistical analysis of Genetic Concept Inventory responses.

Mar 9- 4pm- Jennie McFarland - present the Experimental Biology (EB) Poster on BERG as Learning Community
Upcoming Deadlines

March 8th- submit abstracts to UW SOTL symposium held April 19 2-4:30 in Kane Hall.

April 29 - May 1- NWBIO at Yakima Community College. A great place to present your BER results and build partnerships with community college faculty.
Possible topics
ask Jennifer Loertscher from SU to give a talk.
Journals in which to publish
invite Phil Bell from School of Ed to talk
invite Paula Heron from Physics Education Group on campus
what are funding opportunities
how to do curricular assessment
PEERS- an ADVANCE/CELT program at UW
IRB approval



Welcome back to the 2010-2011 academic year and another great year for Biology Education Research.

Meeting: 9-10 Thursdays in HCK 446

Oct 7 - Set the agenda for the quarter.
LInk to SABER web site.

Oct 14- Becca Price- UW Bothell- Discussion of Lawson Reasoning Test and different types of Nature of Science (NOS) surveys
handouts- PriceBERG below
handouts- two levels below
science article on student reasoning- ( see Science mag 2009)
article on student understanding of age of earth and evolution ( see cotner below)

Oct 21- Bloom workshop-- creating higher order free response and MCQ
Biology in Bloom: Implementing Bloom’s Taxonomy to Enhance Student Learning in Biology
Crowe, A., C. Dirks & M.P. Wenderoth
CBE- Life Science Education Vol. 7, 368–381, Winter 2008

Oct 28- Linda Martin-Morris & Mandi Schivell UW Seattle, Biology- POGIL activities for Biology

Nov. 4- Brian Buchwitz- UW Seattle- HHMI- Using primary literature to help students think like a scientist

Tuesday Nov. 9- Scott Freeman- UW Seattle, Promotion talk at Biology dept Seminar- Physics (PAA 102)

Nov 11- Veteran's Day ( Armistice Day)

Nov 18- Karen Chan- UW Seattle, Fisheries- Use of simulations in the classroom and NOS surveys

Nov. 25- Happy Thanksgiving


Dec 2- Linda Martin-Morris--Structuring assignments to maximize team work in groups

Dec 9- Scott Freeman, Alison Crowe, Mary Pat Wenderoth-UW Seattle, Biology- Update on the Biology 180 Second Generation research project.

SPRING 2010-- 9 am meeting - HCK 344

May 17- Teaching Tips Round table-- bring an idea that worked well in the classroom to share with your colleagues-- this will be a very practical session.

May 24-- Jenny McFarland from Edmonds CC will present an update on CABII ( Conceptual Assessment in Biology)
This is a NSF funded initiative that continues to develop a body of work on what are the key concepts in Biology and how best to assess them. article of interest.

May 31- Memorial Day
-- NO meeting

June 1- last meeting of Spring
Past SPRING meetings
April 5- UW SOTL abstracts- teaching innovations of BERG members
Jackie White and Mike presented the Tree of Life project that their Biol 490 course ( Telling Science Stories- Jen Reusink and Doug Ewing) created for the Biology 180 class diversity unit. The projects incorporates plants from the teaching collection of the Greenhouse and helps students gain a deeper appreciation of the evolution of plants. Students were required to fill out a survey after completing the Tree of Life project and Jackie and Mike presented an overview of these results. They will be presenting their work at the UW Teaching and Learning symposium on April 20 from 2-4:30 at the HUB.

April 12- Becca Price from Bothell will present the work she submitted to UW Teaching and Learning Symposium.
"Performing evolution: an artistic exploration of natural selection and the scientific method"

April 19-Brian Buchwitz will present some of the work he is doing with the HHMI Biology Scholar students ( freshman)
The Undergraduate Research Experience: A Developmental Approach to Program Design for Research-Intensive Universities
Brian J. Buchwitz and Barbara T. Wakimoto Department of Biology, University of Washington
Undergraduate research programs at colleges and universities vary widely in structure, criteria used to select participants, and type and duration of program support. Our aim is to design a program that is best suited for students and faculty mentors at large, research-intensive universities. Here we describe the design and assessment of the University of Washington-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Integrative Research Internship Program (UW-HHMI IRIP). The UW-HHMI IRIP differs substantially from the more common summer-only undergraduate research programs in its intentionally developmental and integrative approach. Key features include: selection of a diverse cohort of students who have had little or no previous research experience; a required seminar course to facilitate introduction to research culture and broaden students appreciation of different types of research fields in biology; and an extended period of support that includes part-time research for two academic quarters preceding full-time research in summer. To assess our program, we are using two national surveys, the Survey of Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE II) and the Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment survey (URSSA) which report gains as perceived by the undergraduate researchers. We show that UW-HHMI IRIP participants report higher than average learning gains in 20 of the 21 areas measured by SURE II. To compare student gains as evaluated by faculty mentors, we are testing a new mentor survey developed through a collaboration between our HHMI program and those at Montana State University, Oregon State University, and University of Montana. Overall, our results indicate that the UW-HHMI IRIP is providing beginning undergraduate researchers with meaningful research experience and encouraging retention in research for at least one additional academic year.

April 26-Ursula Valdez- will discuss her Teaching and Learning Symposium poster.

"Partnering Students with Field Researchers as an Alternative for Hands-on Opportunities in a Class-based Tropical Ecology Course"
Opportunities for hands-on learning experiences are limited in class-based ecology courses for undergraduates. However, using field-based connections and student creativity it was possible to generate high motivation and engagement in a tropical ecology course. This is the follow-up on a project I started as a Huckabay teaching fellow in 2009. My Huckabay project focus was to design a tropical ecology course with components of active and participatory learning, as well as with the incorporation of student participation in real field-based research even if not in the field. In Summer 2009 I taught BIOL 497 Tropical Ecology and I applied innovative approaches to engage students in the topic. I offered a diversity of activities oriented to full participation of students during lectures and student-led discussions. Students learned basic principles of tropical ecology, and also developed in-class activities based on topics and readings assigned. In addition, students worked in research projects in partnership with researchers based in the field at the time. Two students and their field-based partner shared ideas, developed hypothesis and with data collected in the field answered research questions. Students explored on the community structure, behavior and parental relationships of birds in Ecuador and Peru, analyzed primate survey data in the Amazonian rainforest, elaborated molt schedules for birds in the tropical Andes and evaluated effects of urbanization on wildlife in Colombia. Besides working on scientific reports, students also communicated their findings in creative ways and targeting general public (through puppet shows, games, designing children books and others). I conducted assessments of student knowledge pre-and-post course sessions, as well as I received formal feedback from students by the middle of the quarter that was timely incorporated to improve the efficiency of the educational approach. Course reviews were highly positive, and BIO 497 will be offered again in summer 2010

May 3 -Kimberly Sheldon will have a further discussion about the work she presented at UW Teaching and Learning Symposium:
"Integrated Interdisciplinary, International, Inter-Institutional Education: An Evaluation of the IGERT Program for Training Graduate Students"
Global environmental challenges transcend disciplinary, institutional, and political boundaries. Future environmental leaders must be trained accordingly. To be effective, they will need to collaborate successfully with an interdisciplinary, culturally and institutionally diverse group of colleagues. Traditional graduate school programs in the sciences, however, are not designed with this in mind. To address these limitations, the National Science Foundation (NSF) developed the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). Each IGERT program must integrate research across disciplines and institutions, and promote an international perspective. Despite this mandate, many IGERT programs fail. The IGERT program at the University of Washington titled Multinational Collaborations to Challenges in the Environment (MCCE) systematically and rigorously integrated interdisciplinary, international, and inter-institutional training. MCCE brought together students from traditionally unrelated disciplines who worked across institutional boundaries and were required to collaborate abroad during their second year of funding. Here, using the MCCE IGERT model of education as a case study, we show how integrated approaches to graduate education enhanced students' abilities to address multifaceted environmental challenges.

May 10- Antonio Lazcano- Departmental seminar speaker on Tuesday
Abstract: The heterotrophic origin of life proposed by Oparin and Haldane in
the 1920’s was part of a Darwinian framework that assumed that living
organisms were the historical outcome of a gradual transformation of
lifeless matter. This idea was strongly opposed by the geneticist H. J.
Muller, who argued that single genes or DNA molecules represented primordial
living systems. Their debates represent not only contrasting views of the
nature of life itself, but also major ideological discussions that reached a
surprising intensity in the years following the 1953 Miller experiment,
which demonstrated the ease with which organic compounds could be
synthesized under putative primitive conditions. During the years following
the Miller experiment, attempts to understand the origin of life were shaped
scientifically by the development of molecular biology and, in
socio-political terms, by the atmosphere created by Cold War tensions.

May 17- Teaching Tips Round table--
bring an idea that worked well in the classroom to share with your colleagues-- this will be a very practical session.

May 24-- looking for a volunteer to present.

May 31- Memorial Day

Feb 22- 9 am meeting - HCK 344
grant opportunities
meeting dates for Spring
open classrooms for Spring
**** we have posted (below) a list of grants and projects that BERG members are involved with.
IF you would like to get involved with any of these efforts please contact Mary Pat Wenderoth or Scott Freeman

March 1- 9am meeting 9am
undergraduate students working with Scott Freeman would like to present a study they are developing. They would like BERG's feedback and critique.
there are two papers by Cohen posted below that will serve as background for this project

March 8- 9 am meeting
Scott Freeman gave an overview of a newly-funded NSF CCLI grant awarded to BERG members to compare the effectiveness of different active learning strategies in helping students master difficult concepts in evolutionary biology
Mary Pat and David Haak discussed their on-going project looking at the role of metacognition in student performance. See papers by Kember posted below.
We also had a discussion about the use of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). See papers below.

October 15 3-4 pm -- Alison Crowe and Patty Montano will discuss the study workshop they developed for Biol 200 ( use of Bloom's and metacognition)

November 19, 3-4 pm - Alison Crowe and Mary Pat Wenderoth will report on what they learned at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning ( IS-SOTL) held in Bloomington , IN Oct 22-25, 2009. ( 650 in attendance)

Monday July 13 at 10 am -- Scott will present ideas for "experiments in education"--HHMI
Thursday August 13 at 10 am-- Clarissa Dirks ( The Evergreen State College) and Mary Pat will talk about Science Process Skills survey and results
Thursday Sept 10
at 4pm-- Michael Fleming will discuss what he learned about ecology education at the ESA meeting

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