Call for Applications for Gordon Research Conference and Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Seminar

February 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Applications are now being accepted for the Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Gordon Research Conference (GRC). The GRS is a 2-day conference (June 22-23, 2019) specifically for early-career scientists that directly precedes the GRC (June 23-28, 2019), both held at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. GRS participants are strongly encouraged to also […]

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Day of Discovery, Dialogue & Action 2019

February 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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As part of Washington University’s ongoing commitment to furthering campus efforts around diversity and inclusion, the university will again host the annual Day of Discovery, Dialogue & Action next week. The theme of this year’s event is “Dialogues Across Difference.” The event begins with a keynote address on Tuesday, February 19 from Irshad Manji. Discussions, engagement […]

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A Model for Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Learning

February 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Integrating Active Learning /

“To develop coursework that mirrors the world beyond campus, faculty members must climb out of their disciplinary silos and engage in open-ended exploration alongside their students,” writes reporter Beth McMurtrie in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story looks at JMU X-Labs, a four-year-old program at James Madison University that combines […]

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Establishing True Engagement in Class Discussion

February 7, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Discussion is one of the most common ways for teachers to engage students in the classroom, but all too often, college students engage in “civil attention” rather than real attention, writes Jay R. Howard, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in a recent Faculty Focus article. Civil attention is […]

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Six Ways to Engage Your Students in the Day of Discovery, Dialogue & Action 2019

February 6, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

1) Encourage your students to attend events designed for them: Dine & Dialogue with Engaged Citizens & Community Leaders Monday Feb. 18 6:00-8:30pm Discover & Dialogue The Color of Medicine Screening & Panel Wednesday Feb. 20 6:00-8:30pm https://voices.wustl.edu/student-engagement-events/ 2) Invite your students to participate in community-wide events: See the program for detailed information: https://voices.wustl.edu/discovery-dialogue-2019/ 3) […]

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Tips for Creating Inclusive Lab Environments

January 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

“Diversity without inclusion is an empty gesture,” writes David Asai, senior director for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in a recent Nature article. In the op-ed, Asai writes about his own experience as a faculty member learning how to create more inclusive lab environments. Earlier in his career, Asai reluctantly attended a required […]

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English Literature Professor Highlights Technology in the Humanities

January 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“I want students to go away from my classes with a more capacious understanding of what it might mean to be a lower-case ‘c’ critic of literature,” said Melanie Micir, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis. Micir teachers undergraduate and graduate courses at the university on modern and […]

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How to Leverage the Rhythms of the Semester

January 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Research on Teaching and Learning

Attitudes and emotions change throughout the semester, according to research from Mann and colleagues and Duffy & Jones. A recent article in Faculty Focus examines those “rhythms” and provides tips on how faculty can leverage changes to improve their teaching. For example, many faculty and students approach the beginning of the semester with positive attitudes […]

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15th Annual Postdoc Symposium to Host Wash U Provost Holden Thorpe

January 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Postdoc Symposium is an annual opportunity to recognize and showcase the important contributions of postdocs to the university’s research and teaching mission. This event is sponsored by the WashU Postdoc Society, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. This year’s keynote speaker is Holden Thorpe, Ph.D., Provost and […]

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Integrating Active Learning into Lectures

January 22, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

Lecture has become a fraught topic in teaching recently, with some higher education professionals and research suggesting that active learning is a better approach than lecturing. However, lecture can work well in certain cases, especially when a mix of teaching practices are utilized in the classroom, David Gooblar, a lecturer in the rhetoric department at […]

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