Ben Zwickl Recognized for Physics Education Research Paper Ben Zwickl, Assistant Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was recognized as a finalist for "Best Paper" in the 2013 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings for his paper "Development and results from a survey on students' views of experiements in lab classes and research." Papers were chosen for their quality of research, clarity, and anticipated impact on the Physics Education Research Community.
Dina Newman and Kate Wright Invited to the Biology Education Research Conference Dina Newman and Kate Wright were among 25 in their field to be invited to the University of Colorado Denver to share their findings at a Nov. 8 networking meeting. They joined fellow biology education researchers to discuss approaches that promote learning in introductory biology classes. Resources shared at the meeting, including reading lists, activities, assessments, and other materials, will be compiled on a website that will also offer guidance on future projects.
The IMPRESS program Rochester Institute of Technology has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to bring research-based metacognitive activities into the STEM curricula, with eyes on enhancing student performance. The program, open to all RIT STEM majors, includes a focus on deaf/hard-of-hearing and first-generation college students. Project IMPRESS (Integrating Metacognitive Practices and Research to Ensure Student Success) includes summer learning experiences, new courses on metacognitive approaches to STEM learning, and integration with the RIT Learning Assistant Program. The program will be directed by Scott Franklin (Physics, SMERC member) and Elizabeth Hane (Biology). (09/2013)
Genetics Education Research Grant Dina Newman and Kate Wright have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Society of Human Genetics to fund their project "Development and Evaluation of an Assessment Tool for Central Dogma Conceptual Understanding." (09/2013)
Dina Newman's biology education research was featured in RIT's Athenaeum, published February 14, 2013. The article, titled "Biologist focuses on transforming students into scientists," illustrates her most recent CBE Life Science Education paper and her work looking into discrepancies between textbook illustrations of essential basic biology concepts and student comprehension. Read full story here.(02/2013)
Scott Franklin receives Provost Mentoring Grant SMERC member Scott Franklin was awarded a $2,000 Provost Mentoring Grant for his proposal "Bringing Assessment to the Classroom: Pre-tenure faculty development on test-writing and classroom assessment." This project will introduce pre-tenure COS faculty to Bloom's taxonomy of scientific thinking and invite them to consider their own assessments through the lens of higher-order thinking skills. These exercises will allow faculty to modify their assessments in order to increase the complexity of their exams, thus better matching their course goals. The money will be used to bring in four external speakers - 1 each from math, biology, chemistry, and physics - to give seminars, lead workshops, and meet 1-on-1 with faculty to discuss classroom practice and assessment. (01/2013)
Tom Kim and Kate Wright receive Provost Mentoring Grant SMERC members Tom Kim and Kate Wright received a Provost Mentoring Grant. They will be holding a symposium focused on the current expectations for publication in peer-reviewed DBER journals. To obtain authoritative information about the types of works, rigor, breadth, and methodologies, they will be inviting the editors of the major DBER journals to serve as panelists for the symposium. Examples of such journals are Journal of Chemical Education, CBE-Life Sciences Education, and Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. (01/2013)