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DIBS Faculty Mentoring Network

Data in Introductory Biological Sciences

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Do you want your introductory biology students to think and act like scientists? Are you trying to accomplish the goals of Vision & Change? Are you interested in using data in your introductory biology course to develop quantitative reasoning and real-world problem-solving skills? Apply now to join us for the Spring 2020 DIBS/Integrating Concepts in Biology/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN).


Participants in this FMN will focus on how to use a data-driven approach found in the Integrating Concepts in Biology (ICB) text in undergraduate introductory life science courses that we call DIBS (Data in Introductory Biological Sciences). We envision two types of participants: those who want support in adopting ICB, and those who are interested in exploring the DIBS approach in their existing introductory biology course, using selected ICB cases. Accepted applicants will implement 1 or more ICB case studies and author their own case study focusing on the data, the quantitative skills behind the data, or the real-world implications of the science.  While doing this, they will participate in virtual sessions held every other week to collaborate with and support others in the network and receive mentoring.


Applications are due 2 December 2019.

Space is limited, and the network is launching soon, so apply now!


Description: The three authors of ICB (Chris Paradise, Malcolm Campbell, and Laurie Heyer; are joining forces with QUBES ( to work with faculty who are interested in adapting and implementing selected cases from a wide range of topics from introductory biology. In addition to cases based on data from the primary literature, ICB offers companion BioMath Explorations (BMEs) and Ethical, Legal, Social Implications (ELSIs). Participating educators are encouraged to adopt a DIBS approach throughout their introductory biology course. The authors/mentors are available to collaborate on syllabus design prior to the start of the FMN.


Dates & Location:

The virtual kick-off will be held in mid-Jan, 2020 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2020 semester.


How to Apply:

Applications are due 2 December 2019. You can follow this link to view the application form. Accepted applicants will be notified by 9 December (~week after due date). Space is limited, only 15 participants will be selected.


Commitment and Benefits of Participation:

To qualify, participants must be willing to incorporate the selected materials into at least two class periods (or equivalent) in an introductory biology course during the Spring 2020 semester. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules.

**Access to teaching modules - participants will incorporate at least two of the selected case studies in Spring 2020 classes. Those who wish to implement a DIBS approach for their entire course may adopt the appropriate half of the ICB text. The authors/mentors are available to collaborate on syllabus design prior to the start of the FMN.

**Online support throughout the process of implementing new materials in your course.  Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks

**Recognition as a 2020 DIBS Scholar upon completion of all network requirements.


More Information and Questions:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Chris Paradise at