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Biology Faculty, Staff to Serve on CHS and University Organizations

First Row: Derek Johnson, Jennifer Olson, Fernando Tenjo, Alvin bryant. Second Row: Gerron Scott, Carmen Rodriguez, Carolina Yáber. Third Row: Jonathan Moore, Will moran, Maria Rivera, Sarah Golding.
First Row: Derek Johnson, Jennifer Olson, Fernando Tenjo, Alvin Bryant.
Second Row: Gerron Scott, Carmen Rodriguez, Carolina Yáber.
Third Row: Jonathan Moore, Will moran, Maria Rivera, Sarah Golding.

Several members of the VCU Biology community will serve on university and college organizations for Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2019 – Summer 2020).

Carolina Yáber was elected to be Secretary for Faculty Council of the College of Humanities and Sciences.  Carolina is an assistant professor in VCU Biology.

Gerron Scott was elected to serve as Vice-Chair for the University Academic Advising Board.  Gerron is an undergraduate academic adviser for the biology major.

Jonathan Moore was elected to serve on University Council as a member of the Faculty Caucus from the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Carmen Rodriguez Hernandez and Jennifer Olson will continue their terms on VCU Faculty Senate as representatives for the College of Humanities and Sciences.  Carmen is an associate professor for VCU Biology and Jennifer is an instructor for VCU Biology.

Additionally, Carmen has been elected to serve as President of the Faculty Senate of Virginia and will continue her role as VCU’s representative therein.

Will Moran was elected for a third annual term as President of Staff Council for the College of Humanities and Sciences.  Will is the Office Manager and Webmaster for VCU Biology.

Derek Johnson and Fernando Tenjo-Fernandez will continue to serve on the VCU ADVANCE-IT initiative to diversify VCU faculty across various intersecting identities in STEM fields and beyond.  Derek is the Chair of VCU Biology and Fernando is the Interim Associate Chair.

Sarah Golding is continuing her appointment on the President’s award committee and will serve on the REAL council as the representative from the College of Humanities and Sciences following her appointment as Co-Chair of the REAL taskforce.  Sarah is an instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Research in VCU Biology as well as Special Assistant for Experiential Learning in the Office of the Dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Alvin Bryant will continue his role as Mentor Chair for the University Academic Advising Board.  Alvin is an Assistant Director for Undergraduate Advising in VCU Biology.

Maria Rivera was elected to serve as the Corresponding Secretary of the VCU Faculty Senate following her term as Senate representative which ended with this academic year.  Maria is an associate professor in VCU Biology.

The Biology Department is thrilled and privileged to have such qualified and passionate members of its community serving in so many important and varied roles.

Biology Faculty Receive Course Redesign Grant to Lower Educational Costs for Students

Dianne Jennings and Jonathan Moore
Dianne Jennings (left) and Jonathan Moore (right)

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) recently awarded Dianne Jennings and Jonathan Moore a Course Redesign Grant for $27,797.00 to create open educational resources for BIOL 152 Introduction to Biological Sciences II.  With this grant, Jennings and Moore will be able to provide extremely affordable educational content to students for a course which is required for a B.S. in Biology at VCU.

Dianne Jennings is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology.

Jonathan Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology.

3 Biology Faculty to Develop Open Educational Resources for Biology Core Course

From the left, Ching-Yu Huang, Dianne Jennings, and Jonathan Moore

VCU Biology congratulates Instructors Ching-Yu Huang (pictured, left) & Jonathan Moore (pictured, right), and Associate Professor Dianne Jennings (pictured, center) for being granted an Affordable Course Content Award for their proposal, “Adopting and developing free open education resources for BIOL 151.”

Huang, Jennings, and Moore were awarded a total of $18,717 to develop lesson plans for BIOL 151 Introduction to Biological Sciences I that would rely on open educational resources which would be free to students as an alternative to traditional textbook-based options.  The award money will contribute to additional time and resources spent creating, implementing, and reviewing changes to the way BIOL 151 is conducted.  The successful implementation of this proposal is estimated to save each student an average of $237 which would amount to total savings of $308,555 for the student population in a semester (based on estimated enrollments and textbook costs for Fall 2018).

BIOL 151 Introduction to Biological Sciences I is the first of two sequential courses in the biology department that all students pursuing a major or minor in biology are required to complete and that serves as a collateral requirement for numerous other areas of study at VCU.

Summer Studies Faculty Read RateMyProfessor Reviews

Instructor Jonathan Moore reads RateMyProfessor reviews to promote Summer Studies at VCU.
Instructor Jonathan Moore reads RateMyProfessor reviews to promote Summer Studies at VCU.

Jonathan Moore, an Instructor in VCU Biology was among several faculty teaching summer courses this year who read RateMyProfessor reviews.  Moore will teach introduction to biological sciences II, ecology, a capstone seminar on animal behavior, and a new lab on animal behavior during this summer semester.

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Biology Faculty Contribute to Study on Student Understanding of Evolution

 

Dianne Jennings and Jonathan Moore

Dianne Jennings (Associate Professor) and Jonathan Moore (Instructor) attended an Avida-Active Lens workshop prior to the 2018 academic year to receive training on a unique platform for delivering a curriculum of evolution to students.  They have created unique modules for in-class and online activities that students in their BIOL 151 and BIOL 152 courses will complete over the course of the 2018 academic year.

The data from these activities will help to develop effective teaching techniques for curricula in evolution that will benefit future biology students across the country.  Avida-ED, an application developed and deployed by Michigan State University, will be utilized by Jennings and Moore as a part of their participation in the study.  Learn more about Avida-ED here.

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