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Synthetic genomics: a new venture to dissect genome fundamentals and engineer new functions

A nice overview of the field of synthetic genomics with a focus on future projects and the rationale for engaging in these studies.

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What is synthetic genomics anyway?

A terrific introduction to the synthesis and modification of genomes, the subfield of synthetic biology known as synthetic genomics.

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A brief history of synthetic biology

A great introduction to the history and development of the field with discussions of some of the milestone achievements.

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Foundations for Engineering Biology

An older review (2005), but still a great gentle introduction to the engineering principles that make synthetic biology distinct from other realms of biology.

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Community College Instructors' Perceptions of Constraints and Affordance Related to Teaching Quantitative Biology Skills and Concepts

A report on the survey done by the NIMBioS QB@CC Working Group.  Authored by Lisa Corwin, Stacey Kiser, Sondra LoRe, Jillian Miller and Melissa Aikens.

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Whistling Vivaldi: How stereotypes affect us and what we can do - Claude Steele

This book discusses the phenomenon of stereotype threat. It is defined as the contingency experienced by the awareness of a stereotype associated with one’s identity. This awareness research shows can result in decreased academic performance. The author includes in the later chapters very clear suggestions on teaching strategies to reduce the potential of ST in the classroom.This book discusses the phenomenon of stereotype threat. It is defined as the contingency experienced by the awareness of a stereotype associated with one’s identity. This awareness research shows can result in decreased academic performance. The author includes in the later chapters very clear suggestions on teaching strategies to reduce the potential of ST in the classroom.

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Unprofessional peer reviews disproportionately harm underrepresented groups in STEM

Unprofessional peer reviews disproportionately harm underrepresented groups in STEM

Background

Peer reviewed research is paramount to the advancement of science. Ideally, the peer review process is an unbiased, fair assessment of the scientific merit and credibility of a study; however, well-documented biases arise in all methods of peer review. Systemic biases have been shown to directly impact the outcomes of peer review, yet little is known about the downstream impacts of unprofessional reviewer comments that are shared with authors.

Methods

In an anonymous survey of international participants in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, we investigated the pervasiveness and author perceptions of long-term implications of receiving of unprofessional comments. Specifically, we assessed authors' perceptions of scientific aptitude, productivity, and career trajectory after receiving an unprofessional peer review.

Results

We show that survey respondents across four intersecting categories of gender and race/ethnicity received unprofessional peer review comments equally. However, traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields were most likely to perceive negative impacts on scientific aptitude, productivity, and career advancement after receiving an unprofessional peer review.

Discussion

Studies show that a negative perception of aptitude leads to lowered self-confidence, short-term disruptions in success and productivity and delays in career advancement. Therefore, our results indicate that unprofessional reviews likely have and will continue to perpetuate the gap in STEM fields for traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences.

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Chapter 17: Regression

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Assistant Professor of Biology (Biochemistry), SUNY Geneseo

State University of New York at Geneseo Biology Department invites applications for a tenure track Biologist (Biochemist) at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2020. The duties of the position include teaching courses at the undergraduate level, conducting research involving undergraduate students, advising students, and providing service to the department and college.

Duties include:
- Teaching a course in biochemistry as well as other biology courses
- Maintaining a research program in biochemistry that engages undergraduate students
- Academic advising
- Service to the college and community

Our priority is teaching excellence. We seek someone with a strong commitment to teaching in a liberal arts setting and who is prepared to teach both introductory courses and advanced courses in their area of expertise. A commitment to working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds is essential.

Required Qualifications: The candidate must have a PhD in a relevant discipline conferred by the time of appointment and must be qualified to teach an undergraduate course in biochemistry and additional lecture and lab courses for Biology, Neuroscience and Biochemistry majors. The candidate must have a demonstrated interest in teaching. The candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a research program in biochemistry that engages undergraduate students and can be carried out at an undergraduate institution. The candidate will be expected to maintain research productivity sufficient to publish in peer-reviewed journals and to submit grants.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should have experience in teaching courses and laboratories in biology and/or biochemistry. Candidates should have relevant research publications and postdoctoral research experience in biochemistry.

The successful candidate will also have demonstrated a commitment to fostering an inclusive working/teaching environment. In addition, the successful candidate will have demonstrated a commitment and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department missions.

To apply, submit an online faculty application at https://jobs.geneseo.edu Applicants must upload a cover letter, a teaching portfolio with evidence of teaching effectiveness, a statement of research plans that would involve undergraduates, and a CV. In addition, applicants should be prepared to supply contact information (email address) for three references.

Review of completed applications will begin upon receipt. To be guaranteed consideration, applications must be completed by January 1, 2020.

If using Interfolio to submit letters of reference, please follow the special instructions at this link: https://www.interfolio.com/dossier/

SUNY Geneseo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our full non-discrimination statement, see: http://www.geneseo.edu/affirmativeaction.

All applicants are subject to drug and criminal background checks. See our full Background Investigation Statement at http://www.geneseo.edu/hr/employment.

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Desmos Graphing Calculator

Desmos produces tools that make math accessible. Their graphing calculator is compatible with screen readers, and includes audible representations of graphs. 

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Accessibility Toolkit

The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students.

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Needed Math

Employers, instructors of technical subjects, and mathematics educators who participated in a three-day conference on January 12-15, 2018, concluded that students’ mathematical competence should be strengthened by enhancing their ability to solve problems found in real-world contexts. The Needed Math Conference,..focused on bringing to light how mathematics education might better reflect the concepts and skills that are prerequisites for postsecondary education technical programs ... 

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Ancient Vegetables and Fruits, with photos

This document provides links to research articles and creative commons licensed images of some ancient vegetables and fruits.   It was the basis for the display referenced in the case "A curious display."

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UDL Chromosome Worksheet

Activity that explores implicit knowledge, alt-text, and long descriptions using images of chromosomes as example content.  This was used to help teachers see how images could be helpful in diagnosing misconceptions as well as the teachers' own implicit knowledge.  Images are Creative Commons licensed and can be modified for educational uses. 

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A Curious Display

Case study introducing GMOs

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RAND Corp. Evaluation of the NSDL

Digital Resources for STEM Educators and Recommendations for Cyberlearning Initiatives

Results from the National Science Foundation Digital Library/Distributed Learning Program Evaluation

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OER efficacy research articles.

  • Clinton, V. & Khan, S. (2019). Efficacy of open textbook adoption on learning performance and course withdrawal rates: A meta-analysis. AERA Open, 5(3): 1-20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858419872212 

  • Feldstein, A., Martin, M., Hudson, A., Warren, K., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D.   (2012). Open textbooks and increased student access and outcomes. European Journal of Open, Distance and E- Learning, 2  (online, http://www.eurodl.org/?p=archives&year=2012&halfyear=2&article&article=533)

  • Fischer, L., Hilton, J., Robinson, J., & Wiley, D. (2015). A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of postsecondary students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 27(3), 159.

  • Hilton, J., & Laman, C. (2012). Case study: One college's use of an open psychology textbook. Open Learning, 27(3), 265.

  • Martin, M. T., Belikov, O. M., Hilton, J., Wiley, D., & Fischer, L. (2017).   Analysis of student and faculty perceptions of textbook costs in higher education. Open Praxis, 9(1), 79.

  • Pawlyshyn, N., Braddlee, Casper, L., & Miller, H. (2013). Adopting OER: A case study of cross- institutional collaboration and innovation. EDUCAUSE Review, November.(online, https://er.educause.edu/articles/2013/11/adopting-oer-a-case-study-of-crossinstitutional-collaboration-and-innovation)

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Non-profit umbrella organizations

Tide Foundation is an example of a non-profit umbrella organization that provides centralized services (HR, insurance, etc) to other organizations.  

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FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperability, resuable

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FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperability, resuable

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FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperability, resuable

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FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperability, resuable

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nsdl final report

NSDL final report

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nsdl final report

NSDL final report

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