Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Biology

Disciplines & Programs

  • Situation: The curriculum of this biology department was incoherent.

  • Linking departmental and institutional mission: The Morehouse Experience
    - J.K. Haynes, David Packard Professor & Dean of Science & Mathematics - Morehouse College
    Building a strong department from the foundation of a solid vision that drives all planning and assessment is the key to the success of the biology department at Morehouse College.

  • Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists
    This National Research Council publication outlines the rationale for and approaches to transforming undergraduate biology departments to more directly reflect changes in how science is practiced.

  • Making connections: To, from, and within the mathematical community
    - David Bressoud, Professor & Chair of Mathematics & Computer Science - Macalester College
    - Lynn Arthur Steen, Professor of Mathematics - St. Olaf College
    Authors describe the wide range of activities and publications within the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) that emphasize three broader categories of connections important to their community:

    • connections to and from other disciplines
    • connections within the mathematical sciences
    • connections to the needs of students served by mathematics departments, majors and non-majors.

  • Results from the 2003-04 MAA PKAL Biomath Survey
    - Debbie Hydorn, Associate Professor & Chair of Mathematics - Mary Washington College
    PKAL and MAA have collaborated over the past several months to identify programs integrating the life sciences and the mathematical sciences. This is an ongoing project, and further examples of interesting programs are sought.

  • Bio2010 - Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists
    "Biological concepts and models are becoming more quantitative, and biological research has become critically dependent on concepts and methods drawn from other scientific disciplines. The connections between the biological sciences and the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science are rapidly becoming deeper and more extensive. The ways that scientists communicate, interact, and collaborate are undergoing equally rapid and dramatic transformations..."