The Media Subcommittee works to promote awareness of DBER Scholars-in-Training (DBER-SiT) and to provide a channel of communication among DBER-SiT members.

Toward this end, the subcommittee will:

  • Maintain and update the website regularly
  • Highlight and promote the activities of other DBER-SiT committees and members-at-large
  • Create and distribute regular newsletters
  • Provide access to resources for DBER-SiT members
  • Host a discussion board
  • Maintain a presence on social media


Here are the current Media Subcommittee members:

Joelyn de Lima

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! 


Sarah Andrews

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!


Kate Parsley

Kate Parsley received her B.S. in Biology from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and her M.S. in Biology from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Memphis in Tennessee where she studies under Dr. Jaime Sabel, investigating the use of classroom scaffolds as a way to decrease plant blindness and increase botanical literacy in undergraduate biology students.
Email: ; Twitter: @KathrynP9210; Favorite Twitter Hashtag: fightplantblindness


Sreyasi Biswas

Sreyasi Biswas received her Ph.D in Evolutionary Biology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After completing her PhD, she has now transitioned into the field of Discipline Based Education Research. She is currently working in the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University, Miami, where she works with STEM faculty to help and assist them in transforming their traditional lecture-based classrooms into more evidence-based active learning environments..
Email:; Twitter: @SreyasiBiswas; Website: