Miranda Chen (DBERsit PD Committee): Miranda was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where she earned her B.Sc. with Honors in Biology, minoring in Environmental Studies at York University. At the end of her undergrad, thinking she wanted to be a conservation manager of some sort, Miranda sought out her M.Sc. with Dr. Sapna Sharma, examining the impacts of projected climate change on the distributions of cisco, an important forage prey fish. Though becoming an ecological modeler was a lot of fun, Miranda found her passion in teaching, mentoring, and working with people. Two weeks after defending her M.Sc., she packed up and moved south to work with Dr. Beth Schussler in science education research. Miranda is currently interested in investigating what contributes to teaching and research anxiety in Biology Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). Outside of work, you can find Miranda volunteering with her local Catholic Church, planning for her winter wedding, or fawning over pictures of her goddaughter, Indiana. email@example.com
Amy Kulesza (DBERsit Funding Committee): Amy grew up near Annapolis, Maryland, and earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of Maryland. After working with various institutions as a Research Technician in Aquatic Ecology, she earned her M.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University, studying the impact of invasive plant species on macroinvertebrate communities of Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve. Amy has worked for the past 11 years in the Center for Life Sciences Education at OSU as a Course Coordinator for Majors Biology classes, and recently became the Biology Research Specialist in the Center. She is also a PhD candidate in the Quantitative, Research, Evaluation, and Measurement department in OSU's College of Education, and hopes to defend her dissertation next spring. She is interested in applying strong quantitative research methodology to biology education research questions, particularly in program evaluation. Amy loves mountain biking, biking with her dog, and going on adventures with her husband. Kulesza.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Joyner (DBERsit Funding Committee): Jessica is a postdoctoral researcher at City University of New York. She earned her doctorate degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and a Biology bachelor's degree from the Florida State University. Through integrating public health and environmental health, Jessica navigates the process of communicating science to diverse audiences. She manages the Authentic Research Experience in Microbiology program, encouraging students to broaden their perspective of their urban environment to include microbiota. Her pedagogical research is focused on the impact of course-based research experiences on student attitudes toward science. In hopes to address perceived barriers for course-based research, she is now developing open educational resources for faculty and students about how to plan, execute, analyze, and interpret microbiome research. She is also involved in community outreach through beach clean-ups, community science events with World Science Festival, and volunteering with her church's pre-K Sunday School. To balance the city life, Jessica loves being outdoors, even learned how to snowboard to embrace the winter weather, and traveling abroad with her husband.
Michael Moore (SABER Steering Committee): Michael serves as the Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow in STEM for the Academy for Teaching and Learning and as a Lecturer in the Department of Biology at Baylor University. He is a co-founder, coordinator, and instructor for the Baylor Learning Assistant (BLAST) program. A native Hoosier, Michael is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, earning his Ph.D in Integrative Biology. Michael's research focuses on student motivations and behaviors during active learning instruction in undergraduate biology courses. He mentors undergraduates in biology education research and works with STEM disciplines across Baylor to adapt, develop, and implement ways to promote evidence-supported improvement and overall excellence in their teaching. He is also very active at the national level in advocating for postdoctoral and graduate student professional development and in promoting inclusion and diversity in STEM. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, hiking, exploring, and cooking. Michael_E_Moore@baylor.edu
Brie Tripp (DBERsit PD Committee): Brie is obtaining her PhD in biology education research at Portland State University. Her background is in biomedical sciences, B.S. from California State University, Stanislaus. She had the amazing opportunity to spend part of her undergraduate studies in Australia, studying genetics and stem cell tissue engineering. Brie's current research focuses on faculty and undergraduate students' conceptualization of the interdisciplinary nature of science - what interdisciplinarity in science means, ways to operationalize it, how to apply it, and best practices for assessing it in the classroom. Her hope is that she can amplify the importance of interdisciplinary science in ways that promote diversity in STEM and foster collaborative and communicative efforts across disciplines. Brie is a current board member on the Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the Scientific Research Honor Society and a lead Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Center of Teaching and Innovation. In addition, she currently teaches anatomy and physiology labs at PSU, as well as an undergraduate cadaver dissection course. In her spare time, you can find Brie traversing mountain-tops with her pup, climbing new terrain, and exploring hidden parts of nature. email@example.com
Joelyn de Lima (DBERsit Media Committee): Born and brought up in Goa, India, Joelyn now splits her time between Copenhagen, Denmark and Lansing, Michigan. She got her Bachelor of Science (Zoology with Biotechnology), Master of Science (Marine Science) and Bachelor of Education degrees from Goa University. At present, Joelyn is a Ph.D candidate at Michigan State University. She is interested in figuring out how context affects student reasoning. She is an advisor to the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services at MSU. At heart Joelyn is a passionate adventurer and explorer! firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Andrews (DBERsit Media Committee): Sarah is currently a Research Associate in the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado Boulder. She got her B.S. in microbiology from Clemson University and her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire. As a graduate student she got her first taste of education-based research when helping her advisor, Dr. Serita Frey, to transform her introductory soil science course from a traditional structure to a "studio" structure where the lecture and lab were combined and integrated with collaborative active learning activities. In her first post-doc (at UNH), she worked with Dr. Melissa Aikens exploring undergraduate biology students' attitudes toward the use of math in their biology courses. She has since (temporarily?) transitioned into institutional change research and is working on the Teaching Quality Framework (TQF) Initiative at CU Boulder - a project that seeks to improve the way college-level teaching is evaluated for purposes of merit, tenure, and promotion. Through this action research project she help facilitates small working groups within multiple departments across CU as they work to make concrete improvements to their departmental teaching evaluation process and/or the tools they use to evaluate teaching. Her current research interests include comparing the process of change across departments from different disciplinary domains and documenting the impact of the Teaching Quality Framework initiative. Sarah loves to cook and bake, especially decadent cupcakes! Sarah.Andrewsemail@example.com