Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, professor and interim chair of the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology, has been named by the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program as one of 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows. The fellows will identify and consider how to eliminate barriers to the systemic changes that are needed to improve undergraduate life sciences education.
The PULSE program is a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. The effort is supporting a yearlong program in which Vision and Change Leadership Fellows consider and then recommend models for improving undergraduate life sciences education. “The fellows represent a diverse group of extremely capable faculty,” said Judith Verbeke of NSF. “They bring a variety of experiences that will inform the development of an implementation framework that will transform undergraduate education in the life sciences.” These post-secondary life sciences faculty members were competitively selected by an expert panel for their experience in catalyzing reform in undergraduate biology education. More