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Keynote Speaker

Karen Cangialosi

Karen Cangialosi is Coordinator of Faculty Enrichment and Professor of Biology at Keene State College. She also serves as the KSC Open Education Faculty Fellow where she facilitates an Open Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community, and is co-leader of KSC Open, a Domain of One’s Own campus project.  Dr. Cangialosi spearheaded a movement to replace traditional textbooks with OER and other freely available resources for almost all KSC biology courses; and she incorporates methods of Open Pedagogy in all of her own courses.  Because she believes that scientific investigation, like education, should be transparent, widely collaborative and designed to serve the public, she is working on integrating the principles and practices of Open Science into the undergraduate biology curriculum. She also runs a coral reef monitoring program in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and a research program on the behavioral ecology of spiders in Keene, NH.   More info can be found at Karen’s website:


Funding Panelists

Rachel Wray

Rachel Wray is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Bates. As such she works closely with college administration and faculty to identify, solicit, and steward foundations and corporate donors in support of institutional projects and priorities of the college. Prior to joining the Bates team in 2015, she worked at The Jackson Laboratory as the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Mark Pauley

Mark Pauley received a B.S in chemistry from the University of Florida, an M.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He is a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, where he works on the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE), Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship, and NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) programs. He is also a co-lead on the Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) program, a joint program between the Divisions of Undergraduate Education and Biological Infrastructure. His teaching and research interests center around bioinformatics and bioinformatics education.

Elizabeth Pope

Elizabeth Pope is Program Associate at the Davis Educational Foundation in Yarmouth, Maine, which supports the undergraduate programs of colleges and universities throughout New England. Previously, she was a librarian and archivist at Columbia University and at the National Archives' New York City branch
Margaret Imber  

Krystie Wilfong

Krystie Wilfong is the Associate College Librarian for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications at Bates College. With experience in both the publishing and library world she is an advocate for the awareness and support of Open Access on campus. Ladd Library tries to ease the burden of textbook cost for our students by collecting all required course textbooks for reserves, but our philosophy is that Open Educational Resources are a true way to provide an equitable classroom.  Krystie is also a member of the SCORE-UBE Steering Committee


SCORE-UBE RCN steering committee

Carrie Diaz Eaton

Carrie Diaz Eaton is an Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies at Bates.  She leads the INQUIRE Lab, which tackles projects at the interface of interdisciplinary STEM education, faculty support and development, networks for social change, and digital spaces.  She runs a research program in undergraduate interdisciplinary mathematics education and is the QUBES Director of Partnerships (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis). She is also the project director for Math Mamas project.  Carrie Diaz Eaton currently also serves as the Chair for the Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics for the Mathematical Association of America [MAA], on the Editorial board of PRIMUS, and is an MAA Values Leader. She has also served as the past Program Chair and Electronic Communications Chair of BIO SIGMAA, as Education Subgroup Chair for the Society of Mathematical Biology, and for the editorial board for Letters in Biomathematics.

Dr. Diaz Eaton is also a proud 1st generation Latinx. Her father is from Peru. She is also a mother. Dr. Diaz Eaton values the complex interplay at intersection of her identities, professional activitism in STEM education, and her research. 

Kaitlin Bonner

Kaitlin Bonner is an Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. She is the PI, with Co-PIs Dr. Kristine Grayson, Dr. Arietta Fleming-Davies, and Dr. X. Ben Wu, on the NSF-funded RCN-UBE: Designing an Infrastructure and Sustainable Learning Community for Integrating Data-Centric Teaching Resources in Undergraduate Biology Education. Dr. Bonner is a population geneticist with a focus on molecular ecology and parasitology, and has extensive background and interest in the development of open education modules and teaching with ecological data in her own undergraduate courses.

Jason Douma

Jason Douma is in his 22nd year at the University of Sioux Falls, where he serves as Professor of Mathematics and Associate Vice President for Institutional Research.  Like many faculty at small institutions, he enjoys teaching a wide range of courses, and particularly delights in opportunities to connect mathematical thought to problems and ideas from other disciplines.  Jason serves on the MAA Congress and the (MAA) Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, and is past chair of the MAA’s Subcommittee on Mathematics Across the Disciplines.  He is also the managing director of the Math Modeling Hub, an online community designed to serve as a space for collaboration and a repository of resources related to math modeling education.

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith's program engages undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and university faculty in research on teaching and learning. She collaborates with researchers at several institutions, which strengthens the research questions we can ask and the generalizability of the results. Together they work on the following questions:

1) What are the origins of student conceptual difficulties in biology and how can instructors support students in overcoming these difficulties?

2) What aspects of peer discussion make it an effective learning tool?       

3) What factors influence instructors’ decisions about teaching?

Dr. Smith is also the Editor-in-Chief of CourseSource. CourseSource is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes teaching resources that have been developed with evidence-based pedagogical techniques. The articles are linked to learning goals developed by life science professional societies. 

Jeremy Wojdak

Jeremy Wojdak is an ecologist at Radford University. He works with faculty to identify effective approaches for teaching quantitative biology.


Krystie Wilfong see above