SEPAL Post-Doctoral Fellows

Sarah Pickett

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

 

About Me

I come from a small town in Vermont but left for big city life, attending NYU in New York City for my undergraduate degree in biology and the University of Washington in Seattle for my PhD in Neuroscience. While studying at UW, I researched sensory cells of the zebrafish lateral line system – called hair cells – that allow fish to sense water flow. My interest in biology education developed while engaging in science outreach and taking coursework focused on evidence-based teaching. Through these new experiences, my passion for science evolved beyond the lab into a desire to make science accessible to everyone. I strive to be a compelling ambassador of my discipline and to support fellow members of the scientific community to do the same. In my free time, I enjoy choral singing, exploring the natural and urban sights of the Bay Area, and catching up with family and friends.

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Research Interest: 

I am ecstatic to continue working with the SEPAL team after briefly joining the group as a UW Graduate Discovery Fellow. I am interested in exploring tools to promote reflective teaching practice and the influence of instructor language on student learning experiences. I will also continue investigating intuitive thinking within the context of formal biology education, asking whether instructional language influences intuitive thinking and student misconceptions about antibiotic resistance.

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Advice for others: 

Knowing what she knows now she would tell her younger self and others that do a bit of exploring. Sarah always liked science, especially Biology. She always planned her course selection, and extracurricular activities to be mostly science focused. She writes “Biology is fascinating, but there are plenty of other interesting and important topics to learn and think about. Plus, you never know when you’ll find something new that inspires you” She encourages others to seek out other courses. Also, she like many around the globe faced the option of giving up, and switching career paths. Yet, she relied heavily on her community for encouragement in times of frustration or stress.

Maurina Aranda 

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

About Me

Maurina grew up in a small town named Hillsdale in Michigan. She would soon attend Alma University where she spent her undergraduate years. Upon graduation she would soon head to Indiana where she attended Purdue University. Maurina like the rest of here truly enjoys Biology. She could talk about cells all day long. She wants to share her passion and knowledge, both of those things combined led her to a career in Biology education.

Research Interests: 

She is interested in investigating how students learn about science and what they know about Biology (particularly Cellular Biology), and use this evidence to develop models of student learning. Maurina also wants to promote equity and diversity in the sciences; and understand how improving these practices via curriculum or pedagogy, can aid student learning while helping them construct their identity as a scientist within the field of Biology.

Advice for others: 

She would recommend not working so much, and having more fun. She too would say travel, and do this often. Exploring this world is something which exposes you to many new things. You immerse yourself in culture. One other thing, would be to surround yourself with diverse people. Like many students, she too faced challenges. She kept on going. She was glad to have not only her family, but her friends as reminders of motivation and encouragement.