Gary Larkin Seminar

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Friday, May 3, 2019 -

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Cunningham Hall and Integrated Sciences Building
Multiple Locations


This seminar series honors the memory of Dr. Gary Larkin and is supported by his generous bequest to the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University.

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Speaker: Robin Wright

Dr. Robin Wright is an “indoor” biologist who shifted her attention from single celled organisms to STEM students. At the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, she has served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and founding chair of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include understanding how students develop scientific identities as biologists, how this identity affects retention and graduation, and the role of active learning classrooms in supporting student learning. Her education research and development efforts have been funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program for Undergraduate Education and the NSF. She was a founding member of the leadership team that designed the Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching, and for more than a dozen years, assisted in mentoring participants and helping them develop scientific teaching skills. Dr. Wright currently serves as the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, whose mission is to promote excellence in undergraduate STEM education for all students through improving curriculum, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, and the diversity of students and faculty.

Robin Wright

Event Schedule:

12pm– 1pm | Room 13 Cunningham Hall
Gary Larkin Seminar

Future-proofing the University: Using Science to Design a Higher Education Experience that Technology Can’t Replace

As we look ahead to the future, colleges and Universities can rightfully feel affinity with taxi-drivers facing off with the foreseeable rise in autonomous vehicles. How will technology and on-line learning change our work?  Who will get ahead in this new environment? Who will be left behind? In this interactive seminar, we’ll explore some of the challenges and opportunities that higher education faces today. Then we’ll consider how scientific teaching can ensure that colleges and universities with living, accessible educators can continue to be relevant into any imaginable future. 

2pm–4pm | 190 Integrated Sciences Building Timken Active Learning Classroom

Scientific Teaching in Action

In this workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to apply scientific teaching principles to a problem in your own teaching.  (So come with an issue in mind that you want to work on.) We’ll explore a variety of approaches that might be used to create a relevant, student-centered environment. You’ll then have time to consult with colleagues and with the speaker about how you might solve your problem.At the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to provide your own answer to the question: “What do I do (as an educator) when the robots do everything?”

No registration required for the event.

This is a collaborative effort between the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Teaching and Learning.