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The mission of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning is to discover, adapt, apply, and disseminate innovative strategies that transform biology education. You are now viewing a collection of news, features and opportuntities for and about BTL.

A Physiologist, Come Full Circle

Sarah Malmquist returns to her CBS roots, this time as a faculty member.

Sarah Malmquist

Sarah Malmquist’s ventures in higher education stretch from foggy mornings of Seattle to busy evenings on Long Island. But last semester, the often seemingly endless winters of Minnesota called her back to her roots.

RECITE-ing Science, Across Cultures

Sehoya Cotner joins effort to expand climate change research and science communication for students across international boundaries.

Sehoya Cotner in Svalbard

Sehoya Cotner poses with a polar bear crossing sign in Svalbard, Norway.

Fast Forward

EDU-STEM Network Launches

Participants from higher education institutions across the country recently met at the U of M to discuss future directions for research.

Cissy Ballen and Sehoya Cotner

Sehoya Cotner and Cissy Ballen

Minding the Gap

Taking an evidence-based approach to making STEM more inclusive.

Sehoya Cotner, Cissy Ballen and undergraduates

Women make up about 60 percent of biology undergraduates in the United States, but only 36 percent of assistant professors and 18 percent of full professors.

BTL Seminar with Dr. Julia Svoboda Gouvea

Julia Svoboda GouveaCome to the April BTL research seminar led by featured speaker Dr. Julia Svoboda Gouvea of Tufts University. Dr. Svoboda Gouvea will lead a session on hybrid labs that integrate experiments and computer simulations to support reasoning about biological systems.

2017 Foundations of Biology Poster Sessions

Students present in Biology 3004

Hear about the hands-on research experiences of CBS undergraduates at the spring 2017 Biology 3004 poster sessions. Students will talk about their research and findings from group projects done in the course. The poster sessions this spring include:

Retiring Rankings

When it comes to teaching the tree of life, a new study finds that descent with modification is the way to go.

During evolution units, the phrase, “King Phillip Came Over For Good Soup,” echoes from introductory biology classrooms. Instructors use this mnemonic device to drive home the levels of taxonomic classification — kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species.

Biology Undergraduate TA for Fall 2017

The Department of Biology Teaching and Learning has approximately 15 open positions of Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Biology 1001,1003 or 1009 in the Fall 2017 semester.  The essential qualifications for these positions are advanced undergraduate standing (junior or senior carrying at least six credits) and completion of at least Biol 2002 (or equivalent).  Successful candidates typically have more experience in biology through additional coursework, jobs, or research.

Cotner Featured on 'Explore with Sven'

Sehoya Cotner, associate professor in the department of Biology Teaching and Learning was recently featured on KARE 11.

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard recently took a trip to the Galápagos Islands for his KARE 11 feature "Explore with Sven." Sehoya Cotner helped explain the unique biology of the Galápagos when he returned!

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