Archive for December, 2015

SEPAL Research Publication with BS Biology Student (Reggi), MS Biology Graduate Student Alumnus (Schinske), Postdoctoral Fellow (Seidel), and two Faculty (Tanner and Burrus) authors Beyond the Biology: A Systematic Investigation of Noncontent Instructor Talk in an Introductory Biology Course

Shannon B. Seidel, Amanda L. Reggi, Jeffrey N. Schinske, Laura W. Burrus, and Kimberly D. Tanner
CBE Life Sci Educ December 1, 2015 14:ar43; doi:10.1187/cbe.15-03-0049
We define a new construct termed Instructor Talk that may be a key mechanism for effectively implementing active learning and that may contribute to minimizing student resistance and stereotype threat, while building instructor immediacy. We used a mixed-methods approach and analyzed more than 600 instructor quotes. Presented here is a novel framework revealing the emergent categories and subcategories of the framework as well as examples of Instructor Talk.

SEPAL authors 4 of Top 10 Most Read 2015 CBE: Life Sciences Education Articles

Kimberly Tanner and SEPAL colleagues authored 4 of the top ten most read articles in CBE: Life Sciences Education during 2015, including the top three articles and a total of >51,000 downloads.

Kimberly Tanner selected as new PULSE Fellow

Kimberly Tanner has been selected as a new PULSE – Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education. PULSE is a national group of Fellows and Community Members working to foster life science department transformation by developing strategies to incorporate the recommendations of the 2011 national report, Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action. Information about the work accomplished by the PULSE Fellows and the PULSE Community to date can be found at

Kimberly Tanner invited to be on faculty at 2016 Latin American School in Buenos Aires

Kimberly Tanner was invited to be on the faculty of the 6th Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 2016, which will foster a new generation of rigorous researchers with broad knowledge in neuroscience and able to operate at the interface between education and science.

Kimberly Tanner invited to give Keynote at 2016 Teaching Professor Conference

Kimberly Tanner was invited to deliver the opening keynote at the Teaching Professor Conference in June 2016 in Washington, D. C.