BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists

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Biological sciences have been revolutionized, not only in the way research is conducted -- with the introduction of techniques such as recombinant DNA and digital technology -- but also in how research findings are communicated among professionals and to the public. Yet, the undergraduate programs that train biology researchers remain much the same as they were before these fundamental changes came on the scene.

This new volume provides a blueprint for bringing undergraduate ...

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Overview

Biological sciences have been revolutionized, not only in the way research is conducted -- with the introduction of techniques such as recombinant DNA and digital technology -- but also in how research findings are communicated among professionals and to the public. Yet, the undergraduate programs that train biology researchers remain much the same as they were before these fundamental changes came on the scene.

This new volume provides a blueprint for bringing undergraduate biology education up to the speed of today’s research fast track. It includes recommendations for teaching the next generation of life science investigators, through:

  • Building a strong interdisciplinary curriculum that includes physical science, information technology, and mathematics.
  • Eliminating the administrative and financial barriers to cross-departmental collaboration.
  • Evaluating the impact of medical college admissions testing on undergraduate biology education.
  • Creating early opportunities for independent research.
  • Designing meaningful laboratory experiences into the curriculum.

The committee presents a dozen brief case studies of exemplary programs at leading institutions and lists many resources for biology educators. This volume will be important to biology faculty, administrators, practitioners, professional societies, research and education funders, and the biotechnology industry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309085359
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 10
2 A New Biology Curriculum 27
3 Instructional Materials and Approaches for Interdisciplinary Teaching 60
4 Engaging Students with Interdisciplinary and Project-Based Laboratories 75
5 Enabling Undergraduates to Experience the Excitement of Biology 87
6 Implementation 101
References 117
App. A Charge to the Committee 123
App. B Biographical Information on Committee Members 125
App. C Membership of the Panels and Workshops 130
App. D Chemistry Panel Summary 132
App. E Physics and Engineering Panel Summary 152
App. F Mathematics and Computer Science Panel Summary 163
App. G Workshop on Innovative Undergraduate Biology Education 176
Index 183
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