I teach, what's your superpower? ccr fyi 2013

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I teach, what's your superpower? ccr fyi 2013

  1. 1. I Teach What’s your Super power? Karobi Moitra, PhD CBL Professor of Molecular Biology Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) Department of Biology Trinity Washington University Washington DC 20017
  2. 2. Trinity Washington University: DC’s Best Kept Secret CAS - Traditional Women’s College Catholic University Trinity Washington University
  3. 3. How did I get to Trinity? 2008 1999 Fall 2012 2003 8098 miles and 13 years later…. I reached Trinity
  4. 4. Trinity Washington University: DC’s Best Kept Secret CAS - Traditional Women’s College Unique demographic Catholic University Trinity Washington University
  5. 5. Teaching experience…..
  6. 6. Developing a Teaching Portfolio •  Teaching philosophy statement •  Teaching strategies •  Teaching evaluations •  Teaching interests •  Courses taught •  Certifications •  Teaching Excellence Awards •  Websites and links Slideshare, You tube etc.
  7. 7. •  Introduced myself •  Talked about a model syllabus •  Handed out the syllabus •  Talked about a text book •  Handed out the book •  Talked about my teaching strategies •  Teaching demo
  8. 8. My teaching demo……….
  9. 9. Teaching, Research, Service and Collegiality
  10. 10. Research Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor •  Start-up funding from the Henry Luce Foundation •  Lab space •  Funding to employ students •  Collaboration with PXE International •  Collaboration with the NCI
  11. 11. •  Organized a workshop on genome annotation •  Plan to incorporate microbial genome annotation into undergraduate research projects and the undergraduate genetics curriculum
  12. 12. Teaching BIOL 103 Critical Thinking About Disease BIOL 241 Introductory Genetics BIOL 241 Introductory Genetics Lab BIOL 341 Cell and Molecular Biology BIOL 341 Cell and Mol Biology Lab BIOL 451 Evolution 6 courses/ yr ~ 150 classes/ yr Lectures- 1hr 15mins, Labs 3hrs Exempted for the first year 6-7 students / yr
  13. 13. BIOL 451: Evolution students presenting their projects
  14. 14. BIOL 451: Evolution students presenting their projects
  15. 15. Teaching Strategies in the Sciences The Ancient Art of Story-Telling
  16. 16. LECTURES STORY-TELLING PBL GROUP PROBLEM SOLVING CASE STUDIES DISCUSSION MULTIMEDIA LEARNING MULTIMEDIA TEACHING • PPT PRESENTTIONS • DESIGNING A WEBSITE PAPER CRITIQUE INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES USED IN BIOL 241 FUN GENETICS JEOPARDY FUN MOVIES • YOU TUBE VIDEOS • DVD’S WRITING • TERM PAPER • CASE STUDIES • EXAMS • QUIZZES
  17. 17. LECTURES STORY-TELLING
  18. 18. Biology 241: Introductory Genetics Syllabus The Monk who liked to garden: Introduction to Mendel’s laws of Inheritance. The students will be introduced to Mendel’s Laws and their application in genetics. The Search for the Holy Grail: Photo 51 and the double helix I. The engaging story of the race to the discovery of DNA structure. In this module the students will learn: The principles of X-ray crystallography, structure and function of DNA, and the scientists involved in elucidating DNA structure. Students will also be introduced to the flow of genetic information (the central dogma of molecular biology). Tears of the Cheetah: A story of genetic diversity. The students will follow the exciting journey of scientists into Africa to understand why the cheetahs are an endangered species and which facet of their genetic make-up led them to this untimely fate. DNA detectives: A whale of a tale. The students become detectives as they follow the story of scientists tracking down the illegal hunting of whales in Japan using modern molecular biology techniques. In this module students will learn about the biology of whales, PCR technology and DNA sequencin g . The Lion Plague: Students will be introduced to the genetics of retroviruses, HIV/FIV, evolutionary patterns in FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), viral interference, CDV(canine distemper virus) and detection of viral infection with PCR technology. The Panda Roots The phylogenic origin of the Panda will be covered in this class. The students will learn the basics of phylogenetic tree building and molecular evolutionary approaches for solving phylogenetic histories. The Way We Were Students will be introduced to the human genome project, SNP’s, genome mapping and its benefits for society. Genetic Guardians The students will learn the genetics and epidemiology of the AIDS virus and how measuring genotype frequency & allele frequencies in patients can uncover genes/mutations associated with disease/ disease resistance (in this case CCR5-delta32 mutation mediating HIV resistance) . A Silver Bullet The students will learn the genetic basis of metabolic disease and the concepts of gene therapy. The PXE story Continuing on the theme of metabolic disease the students will be introduced to the genetic/metabolic disease Pseudoxanthoma elasticum and will learn how to experimentally design a genetic study and the successes and pitfalls associated with scientific research. The Story of Us This class will acquaint the students with the epic journey of the human race as we set out to answer long-standing questions of where humans came from, how we migrated and when we arrived in such places as Europe and North America. We will trace the migration of human beings from our earliest homes in Africa to the farthest reaches of the globe and in doing so will discover that what makes us different from each other is mostly cultural and less genet i c .
  19. 19. successful Storytellers will tell you…
  20. 20. It’s not always about what you say: It’s how you say it
  21. 21. Where do You start? Information overload!
  22. 22. Look for your story
  23. 23. The story of us: the incredible journey of man I read the entire book and condensed it into a 45 min lecture
  24. 24. Step 1: Build the framework for your story
  25. 25. Like this:
  26. 26. Step2: Add your Content
  27. 27. And you have the perfect storyline…….
  28. 28. Storytelling in the sciences 101: Deconstructing the storytelling process
  29. 29. 10. Have fun! 1. Find your story, frame your concept & engage the audience 2. Add an element of mystery 9. Apply the concepts in the form of activities 3. Let the students solve the mystery 8. Have a strong take-home message 7. Make opportunities for discussion 4. Incorporate audio-visual content 6. Integrate scientific content 5. Emphasize that people are as important As their science
  30. 30. Contact information: Karobi Moitra, Ph.D Clare Boothe Luce Asst. Professor of Molecular Biology Trinity Washington University CAS, Science 203 125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017 Email: MoitraK@trinitydc.edu Phone: 202-884-9225 (Office)

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