KWC workshop attracts professors from seven states

By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00 am

Fifty-five college and university professors from seven states will be in Owensboro on Saturday, attending an American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Regional Workshop.


Paula Dehn, KWC's vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college, said professors will be coming from across Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan.


In 2010, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology received a National Science Foundation grant for a five-year initiative that focused on "network-building to create and disseminate assessment tools for the foundational core knowledge and skills required for biochemistry and molecular biology degrees and to promote student-centered teaching approaches," according to the society's website.


The idea, Dehn said, is to develop material for each of the professors to use in their classrooms to help students "get it better."


The society's website says, "The project also will build a network of faculty interested in adopting validated, student-centered teaching approaches by bringing together individuals with expertise in concept inventory development, education research, process skills and assessment."


Trevor Anderson, an associate professor of chemical education and a leader of the Visualization in Biochemistry Education Research Group at Purdue University, will be the keynote speaker.


Sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Keith Lawrence, 691-7301,


Courtesy Messenger-Inquirer

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