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Dina Newman

Associate Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Co-Director of MBER

585-475-4482
Office Location
Office Mailing Address
Gosnell Hall 84 Lomb Memorial Dr Rochester, NY 14623

Dina Newman

Associate Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Co-Director of MBER

Education

BS, Cornell University; MS, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Bio

For more information please visit the Molecular Biology Education Research (MBER) group website.

585-475-4482

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BIOL-495
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory or field work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
BIOL-798
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed, graduate level tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum.
BIOL-321
3 Credits
Introduction to the principles of inheritance; the study of genes and chromosomes at molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels.
BIOL-498
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their final two years of study.
BIOL-301
1 - 4 Credits
This course allows students to assist in a class or laboratory for which they have previously earned credit. The student will assist the instructor in the operation of the course. Assistance by the student may include fielding questions, helping in workshops, and assisting in review sessions. In the case of labs, students may also be asked to help with supervising safety practices, waste manifestation, and instrumentation.
BIOL-599
3 Credits
This course is intended for students with significant research experience to work closely with their faculty mentors to prepare a manuscript for publication or write a proposal for external funding. Students will devote significant time to writing, revision and peer review. A submission-quality manuscript or proposal is expected at the end of the semester.
BIOL-298
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their first three years of study.
BIOL-295
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their first three years of study.
BIOL-412
3 Credits
The course provides an overview of concepts and applications in human genetics. Topics include classical and complex mechanisms of inheritance, the human genome, human origins & evolution, forensic applications, personalized medicine, and ethical issues.
BIOL-121
4 Credits
This course serves as an introduction to molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, developmental biology, and evolutionary biology. Topics will include: a study of the basic principles of modern cellular biology, including cell structure and function; the chemical basis and functions of life, including enzyme systems and gene expression; and both the processes and patterns of the organismal development (ontogeny) and the evolution of life on Earth (phylogeny). Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of basic cellular, molecular, developmental, and evolutionary biology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for microscopy and biotechnology, and improve ability to make, record and interpret observations.

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Journal Paper
Wright, L. Kate, et al. "Arrows in Biology: Lack of Clarity and Consistency Points to Confusion for Learners." CBE - Life Sciences Education 17. 1 (2018): ar6, 1-13. Web.
Newman, Dina L., et al. "A Community-Building Framework for Collaborative Research Coordination across the Education and Biology Research Disciplines." CBE - Life Sciences Education 17. 2 (2018): es2, 1-10. Web.
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Physical Models Can Provide Superior Learning Opportunities Beyond the Benefits of Active Engagement." Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 46. 5 (2018): 435-444. Print.
Donahue, Callie J., et al. "A Close-up Look at PCR." CourseSource. (2018): in press. Web.
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Development of the Central Dogma Concept Inventory (CDCI) Assessment Tool." CBE - Life Sciences Education 15. 2 (2016): ar9. Web.
Wright, L. Kate, et al. "Web-based Interactive Video Vignettes Create a Personalized Active Learning Classroom for Introducing Big Ideas in Introductory Biology." Bioscene 42. 2 (2016): 32-43. Print.
Wright, Kate L., J. Nick Fisk, and Dina L. Newman. "DNA → RNA: What Do Students Think the Arrow Means?" CBE-Life Sciences Education 13. 2 (2014): 338-348. Print.
Wright, L. Kate and Dina L. Newman. "A PCR-based Laboratory Exercise that Increases Student Understanding of Central Dogma Concepts." Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 14. 1 (2013): 93-100. Print.
Wright, L. Kate, et al. "Online Reading Informs Classroom Instruction and Promotes Collaborative Learning." Journal of College Science Teaching 43. 2 (2013): 44-53. Print.
Newman, Dina L., Christina M. Catavero, and L. Kate Wright. "Students Fail to Transfer Knowledge of Chromosome Structure to Topics Pertaining to Cell Division." CBE-Life Sciences Education 11. Winter (2012): 1-12. Print.
Wright, L.K. and D.L. Newman. "Interactive Modeling Lesson Increases Student Understanding of Ploidy During Meiosis." Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 39. 5 (2011): 344-351. Print.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Magelhaes, Rita Margarida Quinones de, et al. "Inclusive Excellence: A Three-Pronged Approach to Increasing Diversity and Retention in Science." Proceedings of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, July27-29, 2018, Minneapolis, MN. Ed. Mary Pat Wenderoth. Minneapolis, MN: n.p..
Dy, Grace Elizabeth C., L. Kate Wright, and Dina L. Newman. "Visual Representations of Meiosis in Biology Textbooks Fail to Provide Important Conceptual Information." Proceedings of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, July27-29, 2018, Minneapolis, MN. Ed. Mary Pat Wenderoth. Minneapolis, MN: n.p..
Newman, Dina L., et al. "How is Meiosis Taught in High School?" Proceedings of the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, October 16-20, 2018, San Diego, CA. Ed. Bruce R. Korf. San Diego, CA: n.p..
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Fostering Inclusivity and Equity: a Three-Strand Approach for Research, Classroom and Community." Proceedings of the 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference. Ed. Kelly Mack. Atlanta, GA: AAC&U.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Wright, L. Kate and Dina L. Newman. "High School Teacher Conceptions and Lessons about Meiosis Reveal a Critical gap in Molecular level Knowledge." Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Annual Meeting. Society for the Advancemen tof Education Research. Minneapolis, MN. 29 Jul. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Gardner, Stephanie, et al. "Development and Testing of Competencies for Experimentation in Biology." Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Annual Meeting. Society for the Advancemen tof Education Research. Minneapolis, MN. 29 Jul. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L. and L. Kate Wright. "How to Get More Out of Conceptual Assessment Data." Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Annual Meeting. Society for the Advancemen tof Education Research. Minneapolis, MN. 29 Jul. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Gauging the Impact of Organic Chemistry REActivities at a Four-Year and a Two-Year Institution." Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. American Chemical Society. South Bend, IN. 2 Aug. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop." American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting. American Society of Human Genetics. San Diego, CA. 17 Oct. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Collison, Christina Goudreau, et al. "Reformed Experimental Activities (REActivities): Rethinking How We Deliver an Organic Chemistry Lab." Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. American Chemical Society. South Bend, IN. 30 Jul. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Gardner, Stephanie, et al. "Development and Testing of Assessments for Measuring Experimentation Competence in Biology." Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research Annual Meeting. Society for the Advancemen tof Education Research. Minneapolis, MN. 27 Jul. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Cardenas, Jordan J., et al. "Arrows in Biology Drawings: Missing the Point of the Figure." 6th Annual Meeting. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research. Minneapolis, MN. 16 Jul. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Wright, L. Kate and Dina L. Newman. "Development of a New Theoretical Framework and its Application to Learning Meiosis." 6th Annual Meeting. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research. Minneapolis, MN. 16 Jul. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Cardinale, Jean, et al. "The Effectiveness of Interactive Video Vignettes to Address Introductory Studentsï¾’ Common Biological Misconceptions and Promote Learning of Core Biology Concepts." Envisioning the Future of STEM Undergraduate Education. National Science Foundation. Washington, DC. 27 Apr. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Interactive Video Vignettes: A Tool for Teaching and Insight into Student Thinking." Envisioning the Future of STEM Undergraduate Education. National Science Foundation. Waxhington, DC. 27 Apr. 2016. Conference Presentation.
DeOca, Kayla, et al. "DNA Sequence is the Key to Understanding Meiosis." National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 30th Annual Meeting. Council on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, NC. 7 Apr. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L. and Ricki Lewis. "Teaching Foundational Concepts in Genetics Through Primary Literature." Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop. American Society of Human Genetics. Baltimore, MD. 6 Oct. 2015. Lecture.
Cardenas, Jordan, et al. "Arrows, Arrows, Everywhere in Biology Drawings." Fall Paper Session. Rochester Academy of Science. Canandaigua, NY. 7 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Jasmi, Jasrina Mohd, et al. "Evidence of Student Learning with Interactive Video Vignettes in Biology." Fall Paper Session. Rochester Academy of Science. Canandaigua, NY. 7 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Fisk, J. Nick, et al. "Analysis of Results from the Central Dogma Concept Inventory." Fall Paper Session. Rochester Academy of Science. Canandaigua, NY. 7 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Teaching Meiosis Brings Together Concepts from Four Different Areas." 65th Annual Meeting. American Society of Human Genetics. Baltimore, NY. 9 Oct. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Stark, Louisa, Dina L. Newman, and Joseph Devaney. "Ethical Decision Making Frameworks in the Classroom." Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop. American Society of Human Genetics. San Diego, CA. 25 Oct. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L. and Adam Hott. "What is a Gene?" Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop. American Society of Human Genetics. Boston, MA. 22 Oct. 2013. Lecture.
Zimmer, Erin, Bethany Bowling, and Dina L. Newman. "Linking Basic Concepts to Whole Exome Sequencing Content." Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop. American Society of Human Genetics. San Francisco, CA. 6 Nov. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L. "Assessing Course Curricula." PKAL Upstate NY Regional Network Meeting. Project Kaleidoscope. Rochester, NY. 20 Jan. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Newman, Dina L. and Ricki Lewis. "How NOT to Write Multiple Choice Questions." Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop. American Society of Human Genetics. Palais Des Congres De Montreal, Montreal, Canada. 11 Oct. 2011. Lecture.
Newman, Dina L. "Do your Students Really Know What a Chromosome is?" Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop. American Society of Human Genetics. Palais Des Congres De Montreal, Montreal, Canada. 11 Oct. 2011. Lecture.
Published Conference Proceedings
Newman, Dina L., et al. "Lessons Learned from the First Year Implementation of a Two-Track, Reformed Introductory Biology Course." Proceedings of the National Association of Biology Teachers Research Symposium. Ed. Teddie Phillipson-Mower. Atlanta, GA: The National Association of Biology Teachers, 2013. Web.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Newman, Dina L. CSI Debunked: The Truth about Fingerprints. By Jeffrey Nick Fisk, et al. 4 May 2013. Imagine RIT, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Newman, Dina. What is in Your Genes? By Carolina Alexander Rodriguez, et al. 5 May 2012. Imagine RIT, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Newman, Dina L. Is It In Your Genes? By Dina L. Newman, et al. 5 May 2011. Imagine RIT, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.