I am the Director of BioQUEST. I earned my Bachelors at the University of California San Diego, in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. A high point of my undergraduate career was studying abroad at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia for a year. I earned my PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona, where I worked on RNA processing. After a short stint in industry at a start up biotech company, I moved into education. I have been fortunate to have a variety of experiences including teaching high school, as well as at a small college, an R1 and a community college. I ran a McNair Program at Concord College in West Virginia, and worked for BCSC before taking a position at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). After many seven years at NESCent, I took a position in future faculty development at the University of Wisconsin, which I left in 2015 to focus on developing BioQUEST as a non-profit organization. I am also a member of the Leadership Team for QUBES, and BioQUEST provides an administrative home for the QUBES project. Recently I have enjoyed teaching as an adjunct at Montgomery College.
My areas of interest in science education are evolution, nature of science and quantitative reasoning. Currently, Vedham Karpakakunjaram and I are PIs on the NSF RCN-UBE project, Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges (https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/qbcc). This project brings together a community of mathematics and biology faculty at two year institutions to develop Open Education Resources for teaching quantitative skills in a biology context. I am also working with Hayley Orndorf and Drew Hasley on the BioQUEST UDL Intiative. This project is focusing on bringing Universal Design for Learning practices to higher education. I am also involved several projects around evolution education and I serve as co-chair of the Society for the Study of Evolution Education Committee and work with EvoKE, a European evolution education group.
For the BIOME Institute:
I attend the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Life Discovery Conference (LDC), the Evolution Conference, and EvoKE conference.
I have experience in evolution education, quantitative biology education, and curriculum development.
I will be working behind the scenes to support the community during the Institute.
Twitter handle: @kpjenkins5
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