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Alumnus Featured in Article on Changing Pedagogy

SEPAL Postdoc Alumnus Sara Brownell, now at Arizona State University, is featured in a recent ASMBMB Today article titled “Changing pedagogy for changing students.” Sara shares her memories from the SEPAL Scientific Teaching Institute and how she has refocused her teaching to address equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Click here to read the full article.

Amazing work, Sara!

SEPAL at ACS Fall 2023

Greetings from the Moscone Center here in San Francisco!

SEPAL was present at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2023 Meeting to present the Scientist Spotlights Initiative to the chemistry community. SEPAL Program Coordinator Lucy Luong was there in-person to represent and showcase Scientist Spotlights research led by Maurina Aranda, Dax Ovid, Jeff Schinske, and Kimberly Tanner.

Way to go, Lucy!

SEPAL Grad Student Elleanor Completes Master’s Thesis Presentation

Round of applause for SEPAL graduate student Elleanor Pangilinan on presenting her completed Master’s Thesis: “Investigating How Biology Faculty of Color Integrate Their Social Identity Into Their Professional Work.” Elleanor has officially earned her master’s degree at SFSU!

Congratulations, Elleanor!

SEPAL Grad Student Katie Completes Master’s Thesis Presentation

Round of applause for SEPAL graduate student Katherine (Katie) White on presenting her completed Master’s Thesis: “Investigating Student Memories of Stories Used to Teach Science.” Katie has officially earned her master’s degree at SFSU!

Congratulations, Katie!

SEPAL Grad Student Francisco Completes Master’s Thesis Presentation

Round of applause for SEPAL graduate student Francisco Sanchez-Vasquez on presenting his completed Master’s Thesis: “Investigating Undergraduate Biology Student Leader Perceptions About How Biology Instructors Promote Inclusion.” Francisco has officially earned his master’s degree at SFSU!

Congratulations, Francisco!

SEPAL Grad Student Lucia Completes Master’s Thesis Presentation

Round of applause for SEPAL graduate student Lucia Hau on presenting her completed Master’s Thesis: “Investigating the Experiences of Southeast Asian Biology Majors at SFSU.” Lucia has officially earned her master’s degree at SFSU!

Congratulations, Lucia!

SEPAL Postdoc Accepts New Position at UCLA

SEPAL Postdoc, Andrea Burton, has accepted a position as a lecturer in the Life Sciences Core Education Department at UCLA! She will be co-instructing Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology. She is also really excited to be contributing to assessment and course material development for these courses.

Congratulations, Andrea!

SEPAL Student Accepts Position in SFSU’s Biology Graduate Program

Current SEPAL Resource Center Student Assistant, Cell & Molecular Biology Major, and LEADS & PALS Alumnus, Laura Galvan has officially accepted a position in the MS Biology Graduate Program at SFSU! Laura will obtain her master’s degree working in the Riggs Lab and will be funded by the NSF STF Center for Cellular Construction Graduate Scholar Award.

Congratulations, Laura!

New Scientist Spotlights Paper Published

Congratulations to Dax Ovid, L’vannah Abrams, Tess Carlson, Mark Dieter, Paulos Flores, David Frischer, Jolie Goolish, Michelle La-Fevre Bernt, Amber Lancaster, Christopher Lipski, Joshua Vargas Luna, Lucy M. C. Luong, Marlene Mullin, Mia Janelle Newman, Carolina Quintero, Julie Reis, Freja Robinson, Allison James Ross, Hilary Simon, Gianne Souza, Jess Taylor, Katherine E. Ward, Yvonne Lever White, Emily Witkop, Christine Yang, Aliza Zenilman, Eddie Zhang, Jeffrey N. Schinske, and Kimberly D. Tanner on their incredible, collaborative work leading to a new publication in CBE-Life Sciences Education!

Their research assessed the impact of Scientist Spotlights on high school students’ relatability to scientists, stereotypes about people who do science, and science identity.

To learn more about this, you can read “Scientist Spotlights in Secondary Schools: Student Shifts in Multiple Measures Related to Science Identity after Receiving Written Assignments” here!

Alumnus Accepts Position at WestEd

SEPAL MS Alumnus, Dianna Cazarez, has accepted a position at WestEd—an education non-profit. Dianna currently works as a Research Assistant on the Research and Evaluation team in the Science and Engineering division. She is happy to be one of the few Latinas on her team!

Congratulations, Dianna!