Register Now to be a Presenter in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase

If you are engaged in a federally-funded project to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, STEM invite you to submit a video and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public during an interactive week long event.

Videos will address:

  • Strategies to broaden participation & increase access for all
  • Research informing STEM and CS teaching and learning
  • Challenges and strategies in the implementation of STEM + CS programs
  • Measuring impact of innovative programs
  • Partnerships fostering innovation

Those who wish to present need to register by February 19th.

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UCLA Instructors and Students Presents Education Research at SABER West 2019

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABERI, holds an annual west coast regional conference for education researcher in biology. UCLA was well represented at this year’s conference at UC Irvine, January 19th – 20th, with presentations by:

Jeffrey Maloy – Spoke on the use of interesting but educationally irrelevant anecdotes in flipped classrooms
Rachel Kennison – Presented a poster on the impact of LS 110, Career Exploration in the Life Sciences
Natalie Rotstein (Undergraduate) – Presented a poster on electrophysiology measurement and sense-making in introductory physics for life sciences laboratories.
Dhiraj Nallapothula, Selina Han, and Carlos Herrera (Undergraduates) – Presented a poster on enhancing motivational predictors of retention in the life sciences.
Photo: (Left to right) Marc Levis-Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Maloy, Selina Han, Dhiraj Nallapothula, Jen Berden-Lozano, and Carlos Herrera stand in front of a poster with results of their mindset intervention being employed in introductory life sciences classes at UCLA.

UCLA Life Sciences Core Welcomes Beth Lazazzara as New Chair

Professor Beth Lazazzera, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG), has accepted the position of Chair for the Life Sciences Core. Beth has extensive experience in curriculum development, teaching pedagogy, and administration that will provide an excellent foundation for the position. Her position is effective July 1, 2019, and she will be vice chair of the LS Core working with the current chair, Professor Frank Laski, effective April 1, to help with the transition. The LS Core recognizes Professor Frank Laski’s ten years of dedicated and exemplary leadership as chair of the LS Core, leading to significant pedagogical and administrative advancements in the LS Core program.

Beth Lazazzera received her Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT. She arrived at UCLA in 1999 and joined MIMG.  She has participated in numerous instructional activities at UCLA and has taught the “Introduction to Microbiology”, MIMG101, course since 2001. This course has grown to ~300 enrollments per quarter, and she has been proactive in applying new pedagogical strategies to improve the education experience of her students. She has been participating in workshops offered by the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) since its inception and was a Scientific Teaching Fellow at the Mobile Summer Institute at UCLA.  She also participated in the committee that led to the successful restructuring of the LS 1-4 series to the new LS 7 series within the LS Core. Beyond her teaching at UCLA, she concurrently spent 5 years as one of the lead instructors for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Advanced Bacterial Genetics Course. Dr. Lazazzera is currently the Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education in MIMG and is a past-Chair of the Academic Senate Undergraduate Council.

Welcome, Beth!

CEILS is hiring! Program Representative position available to support and coordinate the SoCal Regional Collaborative

The Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences is hiring a Regional Coordinator (Program Rep II). The Regional Coordinator will fulfill the goals identified by the NSF INCLUDES Alliance: Aspire – A National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty. Responsibilities include working to build communication channels that strengthen professional relationships among Southern California’s 2- and 4- year institutions, coordinating the launch of a regional internship program for graduate students and other working professionals interested in teaching at a community college, and providing general administrative and logistical support for these outreach efforts.

Learn more about the SoCal collaborative and view the job posting here:

In Memoriam: Jenessa Shapiro

Jenessa Shapiro, Associate Professor with appointments in UCLA’s Psychology Department and the Anderson School of Management, and an expert in stereotype threat, discrimination and prejudices, died Dec. 6 after a long illness. She was 38.

Shapiro was an award-winning scholar of stereotype threat and prejudice in intergroup relations and she had a reputation as a rigorous and creative researcher. She sought to understand prejudice and discrimination from the perspective of those who hold them as well as those targeted by them. It was not easy work, as she often conducted research within hard-to-recruit populations, including women in traditionally male-dominated fields and underserved minority populations. We here in CEILS were privileged to work with Professor Shapiro and appreciate her expert contributions to our workshops for faculty and graduate student teaching assistants. Our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. We are grateful for the positive impact she made during her time with us.

Learn more about Janessa’s work and impact from UCLA newsroom.

CEILS Senior Associate Director and CEILS Affiliates Receive Physics & Astronomy Department Teaching Awards

Shanna Shaked, CEILS Senior Associate Director and lecturer in Physics received a teaching award for her work revising and teaching Physics 5B.

Ian McLean, faculty in Physics and Astronomy who serves as the Chair of CEILS Advisory Board, received an award for Physics 5C.

Josh Samani, CEILS Instructional Consultant and Lecturer PSOE received an award for Physics 5A along with the prestigious “Teacher of the Year Award” for his work and in recognition of his scholarship in pedagogy, service to the department, and his role providing the backbone of the new Physics 5 series from its introduction in Fall 2017.

Shanna, Ian, and Josh were among several faculty awarded for their teaching efforts in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2018 – congratulations to all!

Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis Online Professional Development Opportunities

Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project offers an online platform to facilitate faculty professional development and sharing open educational resources for teaching quantitative skills. QUBES offer professional development opportunities called Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMNs). FMNs are semester-long professional development opportunities designed to engage you with other faculty to enhance your teaching.
This Spring 2019, QUBES are offering four different FMNs! The options are:

AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative: Matrix of Summative Evaluation of Teaching Strategies

AAU is aware that there is a large body of literature on how people learn as well as a number of valid ways for faculty members to engage in formative assessment of their teaching. AAU has created a matrix that is intended to capture strategies campuses are using to incorporate evidence beyond student course evaluation in the summative evaluation of faculty members’ teaching (e.g., promotion and tenure, and annual/merit reviews).
AAU is continuously developing the matrix and considers it a living document. If you are aware of an effort not included in this list and would like to add it, please visit As a critical lever for change, AAU is intentionally working to highlight these strategies. They are also engaged with national projects focused on this topic.
The matrix can be found online by following this link.

The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network is Now Accepting Applications for the Next Cohort of PALM Fellows and their Mentors.

PALM Fellows Will:
  • Gain mentorship from leaders in undergraduate biology teaching and learning
  • Learn best practices in teaching and in assessing active learning
  • Create an original teaching module that engages students in active learning
  • Join a community of scientists dedicated to active teaching and learning, and share ideas and support
  • Participate in Fellow-mentor journal clubs, meetings, and networking opportunities
  • Obtain invaluable career development for faculty careers
More information about the program and application materials are here.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education – Program Funds Deadline

The RCN-UBE program funds the creation of networks of researchers, educators, and other stakeholders that improve undergraduate biology. Among other things, awards can be used to build community, develop standards, address interdisciplinary topics, and minimize duplication of efforts. The theme of an RCN-UBE proposal can be any topic likely to improve undergraduate biology education.

Full awards: up to $500K, five years
Incubator awards: up to $75K, one year

A list of recent awards can be found at the program summary.

Informational webinars:

  • 12:00 p.m. ET, 9 November 2018 (Friday)
  • 4:00 p.m. ET, 13 November 2018 (Tuesday)

Register for a webinar here. Connection information is on the registration page.

Proposal deadline: 22 January 2019