Monday, June 27, 2016
Delaware Valley University
600 E. Butler Ave.
Doylestown, PA 18901

Norman Willett PhD Memorial Lecture
(Link to more information about Dr. Willett)

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Ades Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Penn State University 

Integrating Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum

There is a fundamental disconnect between the traditional approach to science education and the way science functions as a discipline. Science education has focused on lecture courses emphasizing facts, and laboratory courses in which students practice techniques. The scientific method of asking interesting questions, formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, and analyzing data, is difficult to convey in this format. Because science pervades nearly every aspect of modern society, it is imperative that we educate students in the theory and techniques of science and in the practice of primary research and its applications. We have developed a two course progression that couples classroom learning with primary research and integrates students into the research community starting in their freshman year. The ASM Biology Scholars program was an invaluable resource in helping us integrate effective teaching strategies to maximize student learning in these courses. I will share my experiences implementing the courses and my journey to the active classroom.

About Dr. Ades

Dr. Ades is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University. She is an award-winning teacher who has been involved in developing new courses that bring research into the classroom. Her research program focuses on understanding the how Gram-negative bacteria respond to stress in the cell envelope and leveraging that knowledge for novel antibiotic discovery. Dr. Ades is an alumna of the ASM Biology Scholars Research and Assessment Residencies in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She also serves as a mentor for the ASM Assessment Course on Measuring Student Learning and the new ASM Biology Scholars Teaching with Data: Course Based Undergraduate Research program.  Her research interests focus on Signal transduction and antibiotic induced stress responses in bacteria.Student Talks

Mendel Hall
Reception,  5-6pm
Keynote Speaker, 6-7pm