A Johns Hopkins biologist has been selected by the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences, or PULSE, as one its new Vision and Change Leadership Fellows, a group charged with spending a year identifying and recommending ways to improve undergraduate life sciences education.
Joel Schildbach, a biology professor and director of undergraduate studies in the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is one of 40 faculty members selected by PULSE, a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.
"It's an honor to be selected and in the company of some of the real leaders of this nationwide effort. I am especially pleased by what I see as an endorsement by PULSE of our ongoing efforts to improve how we educate Hopkins undergraduates," Schildbach says.
At Johns Hopkins, Schildbach is on the faculty steering committee for the Gateway Sciences Initiative, a yearlong universitywide effort to promote wider adoption of successful teaching techniques already in use and to encourage the development of innovative new approaches to learning. In addition, he is director of the NSF-funded JHU BioREU summer undergraduate research program, which is designed to provide an intensive, mentored research experience for undergraduates, especially those attending institutions with limited reseach opportunities.
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