Dr. Deborah Fox one of 16 scholars chosen for national biology program

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 9:45am

Washington, D.C. — Spring Hill College associate professor of biology Dr. Deborah Fox is one of 16 exemplary biologists who have been chosen to participate in the 2012 Research Residency of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)/National Science Foundation (NSF) Biology Scholars Program.

As a national leadership initiative that seeks to improve undergraduate biology education based on evidence of student learning, the Biology Scholars Program has brought together more than 150 Scholars to create and disseminate examples of scholarship in teaching in biology.

The yearlong research residency offers scholars an opportunity to design a project to investigate student learning; understand methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data on student learning; and identify appropriate venues for publishing results.

“Each year, the number of applications keeps growing and the quality of the applicants is outstanding,” said Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, a facilitator of the residency and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Kingsborough Community College. “Many of the participants are already examining their teaching and their students’ learning in a systematic and reflective way. As they become engaged in their residencies, they become part of the growing community of biology education researchers that support one another in an effort to reform classroom practice."