Category: STEM Education

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HHMI Grant to Support Student Success in STEM

June 8, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has just announced that Washington University is one of 24 institutions that will receive  a $1 million grant to support student success in STEM, as a part of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative. The Washington University initiative will be led by Regina F. Frey (the Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry; co-director […]

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STEM FIT Symposium on Teaching and Learning in STEM

June 2, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Pinned / STEM Education

The inaugural STEM FIT Symposium: Conversations on Teaching and Learning in STEM took place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. At this regional symposium, STEM faculty discussed their recent pedagogical innovations and best practices in integrating evidence-based teaching in STEM. The symposium began with a plenary by Mark McDaniel, PhD, Professor, Psychological […]

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POGIL Takes Center Stage at Presidential Debate

November 4, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

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Thanks to a keen-eyed student who works in CIRCLE, Vitoria Gaboardi (2019), we have proof that POGIL is central to democratic STEM education! Reprinted from the fall edition of the POGIL newsletter: Where in the World is the POGIL Water Bottle?   The POGIL water bottle made an appearance at the second presidential debate at Washington University in […]

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Highlights from STEM FIT 2016

June 29, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

STEM Education

Faculty from 8 colleges and universities in 13 STEM disciplines all came together to learn about evidence-based teaching during STEM FIT 2016. This faculty institute on teaching focused on strategies for incorporating active learning into the STEM classroom to improve student learning and strategies for creating a more inclusive STEM classroom. Faculty discussed and tried […]

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Introducing Shawn Nordell

June 14, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

STEM Education

The Teaching Center is excited to welcome Shawn Nordell, Senior Associate Director for Faculty Programs. Shawn joins us from a recent appointment at the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University. Prior to Brown, Shawn spent 16 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University, where she […]

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Catalysts for Change 2016

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Catalysts For Change Turns Six Years (And Going Strong)

April 29, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

STEM Education

“Catalysts for Change” just passed its sixth year of providing exciting STEM programming for St. Louis-area girls. The idea for “Catalysts” was sparked students in the “Women in Science” Focus course. Together with Gina Frey (Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry Department, and Executive Director of The Teaching Center) and Barbara Baumgartner (Senior Lecturer, Women, […]

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Discourse Study on PLTL Published

March 1, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Evidence-Based Strategies / Research on Teaching and Learning / STEM Education

Do you ever wonder what your students are talking about during group work? We know that collaborative learning contexts lead to better learning outcomes, but the mechanism behind how this works is not clearly understood. A newly published study by Michelle Repice and Gina Frey, from The Teaching Center, and their colleagues, analyzes how chemistry […]

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AAU STEM Education Initiative Network Conference

October 26, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

STEM Education

More than 100 faculty from 36 AAU-member universities convened at Washington University October 13–14, 2015 to discuss their efforts in improving undergraduate STEM education. The two-day event, co-sponsored by the American Association of Universities and The Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), provided the chance for focused dialogue on transforming courses […]

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