December 09, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Hartley Conference Room
Mitchell Earth Sciences, 397 Panama Mall, Stanford CA, 94305
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Opportunities and tension points associated with integrating teaching and research

VPTL Talk co-sponsored by WISE Ventures and the Department of Biology


Sara Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while researching ways to improve biology education. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at Stanford and worked in Dr. Larry Steinman's neuroimmunology lab. Concurrently with her Ph.D. in Biology, she earned a M.A. in Education from the Stanford School of Education, working with Dr. Rich Shavelson. She initially started working on education research projects as part of a redesign of introductory lab courses in the Department of Biology at Stanford. She completed postdoctoral training in biology education research with Dr. Kimberly Tanner at San Francisco State University and Dr. Scott Freeman and Dr. Alison Crowe at the University of Washington. Now as an Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, she uses both qualitative and quantitative data to better understand how undergraduate biology students learn and how instructors can develop more effective ways to teach.

Brownell's interests in undergraduate biology education are broad, but her current work focuses on three main avenues. She is investigating the impact of undergraduate research experiences on students, specifically students enrolled in course-based research experiences. She is developing a programmatic assessment for biology majors that focuses on the core concepts of biology. She is also exploring issues related to access and equity in undergraduate biology, specifically the experiences of women, religious students, and LGBTQIA students.

December 9th, 2016 at 12:00 PM, Hartley Conference Room, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building. Lunch to be provided.

Join us for a reception from 1:30 - 2:00, followed by a second talk at 2:00 PM:
Hidden inequities in active learning classrooms: How groups of students are differentially impacted by active learning