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The Biophysicist Webinar Series

This series consists of five webinars to take place monthly from February to June 2021, initiated and sponsored by the Editors of The Biophysicist and the Biophysical Society’s Education Committee. The series seeks to help attendees to become more effective in their teaching of biophysics, while valuing diversity and equity among students with different backgrounds. The later Webinars will also discuss research-based approaches to teaching biophysics and introduce the participants to the field of educational research, with particular application to biophysics. Each event will last 90 minutes, featuring a 30-minute talk by a guest speaker followed by breakout groups and discussion involving the participants and the speaker.

There is no fee to attend; however, you must register separately for each webinar. A Zoom link to the webinar will be sent to all registrants in advance.

Monday, February 8, 2021

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM USA Eastern
Webinar 1: Introduction: Better Teaching and Its Impact

This Introduction to the Series will preview future topics and will be accessible to a broad audience – attendees with any level of experience teaching or studying education are welcome. The guest speaker will be Penny Beuning, co-author of the book Teach Better, Save Time, and Have More Fun: A Guide to Teaching and Mentoring in Science, a handbook for successfully integrating effective teaching and mentoring into your research career. The webinar will be hosted by Andrew Feig of The Biophysicist’s Editorial Board.

Penny Beuning – Northeastern University
Co-Author, Teach Better, Save Time, and Have More Fun: A Guide to Teaching and Mentoring in Science

Andrew Feig – Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Editor, The Biophysicist

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Monday, March 8, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM USA Eastern
Webinar 2:
Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve Your Teaching — Developing Inter-institutional Research Opportunities in Biophysics during the COVID Era

The second webinar in the series will focus on the design and execution of successful research experiences for undergraduates and high school students during the pandemic. The guest speaker will be Constance (Connie) J. Jeffery, who established an online inter-institutional collaboration to study the sequences, structures, and functions of moonlighting proteins. The proteins included human ACE2, which is a carboxypeptidase enzyme that moonlights as a chaperone of the BoAT transporter. The SARS-CoV2 virus uses ACE2 to bind to and infect cells. Also, Connie has been a lead contributor to education and training grants submitted to NSF and NIH. The webinar will be hosted by Tugba Ozturk, a member of the Biophysical Society Education Committee.

Constance J. Jeffery – University of Illinois at Chicago, Biological Sciences Department
Tugba Ozturk – Washington University; Member, Biophysical Society Education Committee

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Monday, April 12, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM USA Eastern
Webinar 3:
Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve Your Teaching – Designing Assessments

The third webinar in the series will focus on designing assessment tools. The guest speaker will be Dawn Meredith, developer of curricular materials for the reform of the introductory physics course for life science students and seed contributor to the Living Physics Portal (https://www.livingphysicsportal.org/).The webinar will be hosted by Patricia Soto, a member of both The Biophysicist Editorial Board and the Biophysical Society Education Committee.

Dawn Meredith – University of New Hampshire, Physics Department

Patricia Soto – Creighton University; Editor, The Biophysicist; Member, Biophysical Society Education Committee

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM USA Eastern
Webinar 4:
Designing Syllabi to Guide the First Day of Class and Craft an Inclusive Classroom

The fourth webinar will concentrate on approaches to creating a syllabus and preparing for a new semester. Syllabi come in many forms, ranging from formal documents that are essentially learning contracts to graphic syllabi that emphasize values and learning goals over content coverage. This panel discussion will focus on the use of syllabi and other first day activities to set the tone for the semester, bringing together a concerted and self-consistent message that articulates the instructor’s approach and course goals. The panelists represent a variety of different institutions and teaching styles, but all aim to create an inclusive environment in which to learn biophysics. The panel discussion (approximately 30 minutes) will be followed by open discussion by the audience and a response by two “consumers” of learning. 

Moderator

Andrew Feig – Research Corporation for Science Advancement; Editor, The Biophysicist

Panelists

Gundula Bosch – Johns Hopkins University; Editor, The Biophysicist

Linda Columbus – University of Virginia; Member, Biophysical Society Publications Committee

Phil Nelson – University of Pennsylvania; Editor, The Biophysicist

Patricia Soto – Creighton University; Editor, The Biophysicist

Respondents

Tugba Ozturk – Washington University; Member, Biophysical Society Education Committee

Luis Octavio Romero – University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Member, Biophysical Society Education Committee

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