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Ambassadors for 21st Century Biology Education

Faculty in the AAAS BEN Scholars Program are building expertise in the use of digital resources for teaching biology—and passing those tools on to colleagues nationwide.

The scholars program and the rich BEN Portal of digital biology education resources are changing classrooms in fundamental ways. The Scholars Program is administered jointly by AAAS, the American Physiological Society, and the American Society for Microbiology.

The third class of BEN Scholars and the growth of the BEN Portal resources reflect an evolution away from blackboards and even from textbooks. Taking their place are new, more engaging education resources: from Wikipedia and YouTube to the sort of open-source online courses offered by MIT and Stanford, and the vast National Science Digital Library.

The 34 BEN Scholars for 2012 are among the college and university science instructors who are embracing the change. As BEN Scholars, they learn how to tap the riches of digital libraries to transform the classroom—and how to reach out to colleagues who might also be interested.

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NSF Advance Technology Education (ATE) Program

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. A secondary goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on applied research relating to technician education. Visit the ATE Program page on the NSF website for details about the program.

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning. It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. It also supports projects that further the work of the program itself, for example, synthesis and dissemination of findings across the program. The program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects. Visit the TUES Program page on the NSF website for details about the program.

NSF Research Coordination Networks-Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (Division of Undergraduate Education) announced a new request to support networks that will catalyze positive changes in biology undergraduate education. Application of new technologies to enhance pedagogy, increased use of inquiry based learning, enhancement of curricula with ideas from the frontiers of science, and building research into curricula to motivate the next generation of scientists all may benefit from increased collaboration among those who develop and offer undergraduate biology curricula. Research Coordination Networks Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) will provide opportunities to join biology and education researchers and practitioners in networks that enhance the exchange of ideas and innovative practices. Visit the RCN-UBE Program page on the NSF website for details about the program.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements. Visit the REU Program page on the NSF website for details about the program.



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