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Lisa Corwin

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Tuesday, July 28th

12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

Failing (in order) to succeed: Exploring how students cope with science failures in research-based courses

Dr. Lisa Corwin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is lead PI of the Research in Ecology and Evolution Education for Action and Change (RE3ACH) Lab. Her research interests include investigations of how research-based laboratory learning increases students ability to cope with scientific challenge and failure, tolerance of ambiguity, and scientific civic engagement. She is also keenly interested in supporting community college faculty in their own biology education research endeavors.  Prior to coming to CU Boulder, Dr. Corwin received a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis where she studied cottonwood ecophysiology in connection with maintaining riparian buffer zones around critical agricultural waterways. She then worked with Erin Dolan's group at the University of Georgia, Athens and the University of Texas at Austin to characterize and study the effects of course-based undergraduate research experiences. Dr. Corwin is passionate about inclusion and equity and hopes to contribute to a resilient, diverse, and persistent scientific workforce through her work in biology education. 

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Derek Braun

derek braun

Tuesday, August 4th

12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

Mentoring of Deaf Students In Undergraduate Research Experiences: Research and Recommendations

Derek C. Braun, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Mathematics at Gallaudet University.

As a graduate student, Dr. Braun was a NIH National Service Research Award (NRSA) fellow. His graduate research at the University of Maryland was on the genetics of lipooligosaccharide antigenic variation in the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. After graduation from the University of Maryland, Dr. Braun worked at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, from 2002 through 2006, where he studied signal transduction pathways important in cancer and pain. Dr. Braun was awarded a provisional patent for developing a fluorescent recombinant biotechnology tool for high-throughput screening of potential anticancer drugs.

In 2006, Dr. Braun designed and began directing the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Gallaudet's first biological research laboratory. Undergraduate students and summer interns perform research in the laboratory alongside deaf faculty.

As a result of working with students in his lab, Dr. Braun, along with Cara Gormally and M. Diane Clark began a fruitful collaboration identifying the variables important for effective mentoring of deaf students in undergraduate research experiences.

As one of the very few Deaf geneticists in the world, Dr. Braun was interviewed and featured in "Scientists with disabilities: Access in all areas" in Nature, "Science in Sign Language" in ASBMB Today, and in All in the Mind, a radio show by Australian Broadcasting Corp. He also presented at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013.

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