The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is pleased to announce the selection of Erin Dolan, Ph.D., of the University of Georgia, Marcy Kelly, Ph.D., of Pace University, Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz, Ph.D., of Youngstown State University, and Elisa Stone, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, to lead the ASM/NSF Biology Scholars Program Transitions Residency. The Biology Scholars Program is a national leadership initiative established in 2008 to improve student learning in the lab or classroom and sustain reform efforts in undergraduate biology education. To date, more than 160 Scholars have created and disseminated examples of scholarship of teaching in biology through the program. These examples have been made possible through the program’s independent, but intertwined, virtual residency programs — the Assessment, Research, and Transitions Residencies.
The yearlong Transitions Residency offers its Scholars an opportunity to “transition” from conducting scholarly work in student learning to begin the steps necessary for publication in biology and/or science education venues. “Scholars will have opportunities to (i) organize their data to support claims about teaching and learning, (ii) identify relevant literature to help situate their work, and (iii) develop a plan and timeline for writing and submitting a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal,” says Dolan.
Transitions Scholars begin their residencies with the intensive From Science Education Research to Publication Institute held each July in Washington, D.C., and throughout the residency experience, they receive close mentoring from Dolan, Kelly, Krontiris-Litowitz, and Stone. As editors of leading biology education journals, e.g., CBE-Life Sciences Education, the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, and Advances in Physiology Education, they are well prepared to help Scholars navigate the researching and publishing process, including identifying appropriate venues for publication.
The Biology Scholars Program was developed with the support of the National Science Foundation under grant number DUE-1022542 and sponsored by ASM. In addition, several life science professional societies partner with and contribute expertise to the program; these include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Physiological Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Cell Biology, American Society of Human Genetics, American Society of Plant Biologists, Ecological Society of America, Genetics Society of America, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, and Society of Toxicology.
The next Transitions Residency begins with the 2013 From Science Education Research to Publication Institute scheduled for July. Applications will be accepted through February 1. Learn more at http://www.biologyscholars.org.