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A Scientist Spotlight Featuring Dr. Danielle Brown

Author(s): Merrie Renee Richardson

Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College

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A Scientist Spotlight-style assignment designed to introduce students to themes of quantitative biology, field research, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. Includes Teaching Notes, sample assignments, and link to video interview.


Born out of a desire to incorporate diversity, inclusion, and equity themes into undergraduate biology, as well as quantitative biology literacy skills, this lesson plan was composed within a Faculty Mentoring Network that grew out of a Fall Working Group following the Summer 2020 BIOME Institute. The goals of this activity are to demonstrate that science is a dynamic, diverse, and challenging process, and that scientists include individuals who may be counterstereotypical to many students’ perceptions. Students will be surveyed on their perceptions of science and who does science, following prompts from Schinske et al. (2016), and assigned to read all or selected portions of an original paper by Dr. Danielle Brown et al. Students will be asked to interpret a figure from that paper among other content-based questions. Students will then view a recorded interview with Dr. Brown, who explains the figure, before revisiting the same prompts from Schinske et al. (2016) they were asked to respond to earlier, and writing a short reflection.

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