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Abstract Title: Toward Better Physics Labs for Future Biologists: A NEXUS/Physics Lab Curriculum
Abstract: UMd-PERG's NEXUS/Physics for Life Sciences laboratory curriculum, piloted in 2012-2013 in small test classes, has been implemented in large-enrollment environments at UMD in 2013-2014.  These labs address physical issues at biological scales using microscopy, image and video analysis, electrophoresis, and spectroscopy in an open, non-protocol-driven environment.  We have collected a wealth of data (surveys, video analysis, etc.) that enables us to get a sense of the students' responses to this curriculum in a large-enrollment environment and with teaching assistants 'new' to the labs.  In this poster, we will provide a broad overview of what we have learned and a comparison of our large-enrollment results to the results from our pilot study, published in the recent AJP special issue on the intersection between biology and physics (May 2014).  Special emphasis will be placed on successes and challenges accompanying this scaling-up.  (This work is supported by funding from HHMI and the NSF.)
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kimberly Moore
University of Maryland, College Park
4917 Hollywood Rd.
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (240)413-9663
and Co-Presenter(s)
J. Giannini, K. Nordstrom, W. Losert