Tag: Spring 2019

Biology TRIO Student Featured in VCU News

Kamyar Sharifi looks back fondly on his first VCU experience — RAM CAMP — and the leadership skills it fostered. "I still remember when we participated in the challenge discovery program and climbed up the ropes. We were scared, but we trusted each other to finish it." (Photo by Allen Jones, University Marketing.)
Kamyar Sharifi looks back fondly on his first VCU experience — RAM CAMP — and the leadership skills it fostered. “I still remember when we participated in the challenge discovery program and climbed up the ropes. We were scared, but we trusted each other to finish it.” (Photo by Allen Jones, University Marketing.)

VCU News recently featured Kamyar Sharifi, a recent graduate from VCU Biology, in an article about the TRiO student support program.

Read the full article, “On the brink of graduation, students from VCU’s TRIO program reflect on their pasts and look ahead to the future” at VCU News.

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.

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