Bradford C. Lister
Professor of Biology, Director of Anderson Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Brad Lister is Research Professor of Biology and Director of the Anderson Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. As director of the Anderson Center, an internationally recognized incubator for curriculum reform, Brad works with leaders throughout higher education, K-12, and industry, to create scaleable, economical methods for improving the accessibility and effectiveness of education. At the Anderson Center, Brad directs several interdisciplinary research projects that integrate cognitive science with classroom practice. Under grants from AT&T, General Electric, and the National Science Foundation, the Anderson Center is analyzing the effects of learning styles on student performance, the impact of ubiquitous computing on resident undergraduate education, and the transfer of learning between foundational and higher level courses in math, science, and engineering. Besides conducting basic research on education, Brad has also developed and taught a number of courses that emphasize hands-on, experiential learning including Dynamic Ecology, Biostatistics, and Modeling Complex Systems. Based on his work at the Anderson Center, he created the Next Generation Studio model for interactive learning. Next Generation Studio (NGS) courses combine the proven benefits of interactive teaching with the power and flexibility of online learning. Brad is currently developing content for Biology: An Interactive Exploration, a novel NGS-based learning system that aims to create a long overdue revolution in life sciences education, and Next Generation Studio Calculus.