Biology Faculty Members Hens, Lamb & Powell Named National Academies Education Fellows
UNCG Biology faculty members Mark Hens, Ellen Lamb, and Margaret Powell have been named National Academies Education Fellows in the Life Sciences for the 2008-2009 academic year.
They participated in the 2008 Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology, sponsored jointly by the National Academy of Science and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
During the week-long conference, held at The Fluno Center for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, they joined a group of fifty-one faculty from twenty-two prominent research universities for intensive discussion and development of scientific teaching strategies. As stated on the National Academy website, the goal of the Summer Institute is to transform biology education at research universities by improving classroom education and attracting more diverse students to research. They undertake to train a new generation of faculty by introducing them to a scientific approach to teaching that reflects the way researchers function. The target group is comprised of both new and experienced instructors who teach courses that include introductory or survey biology, introductory molecular biology/genetics, and introductory ecology/evolution courses with high enrollments.