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Upcoming Presentations

June 15, 2016

Pre-Clinical Education Building
STILE Classroom 115
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


IEE and the Center for Innovation in Graduate Biomedical Education are honored to welcome

Robin L. Wright, PhD


Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
University of Minnesota

Topic: Applying the Biology of Learning to Increase Student Engagement and Learning

Robin Wright earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University.  After postdoctoral training at UC, Berkeley, she was on the faculty of the University of Washington (Zoology Department) for nearly 13 years.  She moved to Minnesota in 2003, where she served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and is currently the Head of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, and professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development. 

Prior to focusing exclusively on undergraduate education, her lab used genetic, cell biological, ecological, and evolutionary approaches to explore cold adaptation.  In addition, her laboratory was well known as a great place for undergraduates to pursue research.  Over the past 26 years, she has mentored nearly 100 undergraduate researchers.  Dr. Wright has experience teaching both large and small classes, including freshman seminars, large introductory biology courses, and skill-oriented courses for honors students.  She helped to develop and co-teaches the Nature of Life program and has been a leader in development of Foundations of Biology, an innovative, team-based introductory biology course for biological sciences majors.  She leads HHMI- and NSF-supported initiatives to deliver discovery-based research experience for the thousands of majors and non-majors who take biology classes in the College of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Wright has served on the Education Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology and was as chair of the Education Committee for the Genetics Society of America.  In addition, she was a senior editor of the Journal, Life Science Education and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new biology curriculum journal called CourseSource.  She is a member of the Executive Committee for the HHMI/National Academies of Science-sponsored Summer Institute on Biology Education and the National Academies Scientific Teaching Alliances.  She has been named as a National Academies Biology Education Mentor for the past 14 years.  She was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 and was recognized by the Genetics Society of America with the Elizabeth Jones Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Read more about Dr. Wright here

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