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Ebert-May D., Brewer, C.A., and Allred, S. (1997). Innovation in Large Lectures -- Teaching for Active Learning. Bioscience 47(9): 601-607.

Ebert-May, D., Hodder, J. , Williams, K., and Luckie, D. (2004). "Pathways to Scientific Teaching." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(6):323.

Ebert-May, D., Williams, K., Luckie, D., and Hodder, J. (2004). "Climate Change: Confronting Student Ideas." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(6):324-325.

Ebert-May, D. "Applying Principles of Learning: From Assessment to Research," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004):

Elgin, Sarah C.R. "Bringing Research into the Classroom in the Life Sciences," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004):

Full, Robert J. " The Reciprocal Relationships Among Research, Teaching, and Learning," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Pathways to Scientific Teaching, access (

Hammer, S. "Enhancing Biological Understanding Through Undergraduate Field Research." The Journal of General Education 50 (3), 192-201. 2001.

Handelsman, J., Ebert-May, D., Beichner, R., Bruns, P., Chang, A., DeHaan, R., Gentile, Lauffer S., Stewart, J., Tilghman, S.M., and Wood, W.B. (2004). "Scientific Teaching." Science 304 (5670): 521-522.

Hodder, J., Ebert-May, D., Williams, K., and Luckie, D. (2004). "Marine Pathology: Revealing the Ocean's Etiology to Earthbound Students." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(7):383-384.

Hoy, Ron. "Acknowledging Sound Knowledge," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Klymkowsky, Michael, Garvin-Doxas, Kathy, and Zeilik, Michael. (2003). "Bioliteracy and Teaching Efficacy: What Biologists Can Learn from Physicists." Cell Biology Education, 2, 155-161.

Jones, Elizabeth. "Teaching and Learning in an Age of Technology: The Development of a Genetics Cognitive Tutor," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov.2004):

Lopatto, D. (2004) "Survey of undergraduate research experiences (SURE): First findings." Cell Biology, Ed. 3, 270-277

Pukkila, Patricia J. (2003). "Introducing Student Inquiry in Large Introductory Genetics Classes." Genetics Education: Innovation in Teaching and Learning Genetics (ed. Miriam E. Zolan).

Stearns, Tim. "Science education in the US: Training the next generation," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Williams, K. S., Ebert-May, D., Luckie, D., and Hodder, J. (2004). "Ecological Controversy: Analysis to Synthesis." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(10):546-547.

Wood, W.B. (2003). "Advanced High School Biology in a Era of Rapid Change: A Summary of the Biology Panel Report from the NRC Committee on Programs for Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in American High Schools." Cell Biology Education, 1, 123-127.

Web Sites and Survey Courses

Klymkowsky, Michael, University of Colorado at Boulder: A collection of content information about introductory courses in the biological sciences.

Developmental Biology Course, University of Colorado at Boulder: Web site provides a format for introducing reading and analysis of primary scientific literature into a large lecture course.

Six-Star Science: The American Physiological Society offers a community archive of "learning objects," or instructional materials, for teaching science to K-12 students and physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The site also solicits contributions, which are reviewed by a committee before inclusion on the archive.

Course and Curricular Innovation

Research Explorations in Genomics, Washington University in St. Louis: A research-based course for upper-level students.

Studying the Genetic Basis of Disease Using Web-Based Bioinformatics Tools, Washington University in St. Louis: A computer-based research lab developed to provide an investigatory experience within a lecture course, to create a format for group work, and to introduce students to web-based bioinformatics tools and databases.

Undergraduate Quantitative Biology, University of California, Davis: A portal for the quantitative biology program which includes information on their intercollegiate minor in quantitative biology and bioinformatics, upper and lower division math and biology courses, and research opportunities. The "Modeling in Biology" course introduces students to quantitative approaches to biology using the software package Mathcad. The web site includes example Mathcad modules.

Stanford Biology 54: Instruction in basic lab techniques and design of independent projects for undergraduate biology and pre-med majors. It is part of the Stanford pre-grad program:


Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology course website, University of Colorado at Boulder:


National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Biology

Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST2), led by Dr. Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University.

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