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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.

Sehoya Cotner, Lorelei Patrick featured in world's northern-most newspaper

This summer, BTL associate professor Sehoya Cotner and postdoctoral associate Lorelei Patrick were part of a group of ecologists involved in a science communication project on climate change. During this project, ecologists conducted a data "blitz" in order to track vegetation changes in Longyearbyen, Norway. Additionally, they asked residents of the town a series of questions regarding their perceptions of climate change.

Getting to Know David Kirkpatrick

Longtime faculty member steps into role as department head of Biology Teaching and Learning, and offers his insights on BTL’s efforts in education research.

David Kirkpatrick

After serving as interim, David Kirkpatrick was recently named head of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning.

A Physiologist, Come Full Circle

Sarah Malmquist returns to her College of Biological Sciences roots, this time as a faculty member.

Sarah Malmquist

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

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: