AIBS is dedicated to improving biological science literacy at all levels of formal and informal education so that the public is able to make decisions informed by the biological sciences, particularly through an understanding of the process and nature of science and how biology informs societal issues. AIBS works with organizations in biology and across the scientific community to advance knowledge about issues and best practices to improve public understanding of science.
As a result of our work:
- A team of 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows were selected through a peer-review process in part facilitated by AIBS to move institutional reform efforts forward at the departmental level through the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) initiative.
- Over 450 biology and life sciences department leaders provided information about ways in which AIBS can support them as they improve teaching and learning within their departments. These survey results are being used to inform the work of the AIBS Education Committee through the AIBS Faculty Leadership Development Study, which is an extension of the fall 2012 Undergraduate Biology Department Leadership Survey.
- Our Eye on Education articles in BioScience describe successful programs, current issues, and new reports and recommendations in biology education.
- Through our participation in Sustainability Improves Student Learning in STEM, biology educators are aware of the value of increasing students' understanding about real-world issues and connecting these topics to the concept of sustainability.
- Faculty, education researchers, representatives from scientific societies and others invested in improving the undergraduate introductory biology experience have come together through the Introductory Biology Project
- The general public has access to information that connects biology research with societal issues, increasing their ability to make informed decisions through ActionBioscience.org
- The Understanding Evolution website has new teaching and learning resources for the undergraduate community.
- Over 800 biology teachers and faculty have received updates from prominent evolutionary biologists that increases their ability to engage students in studying evolutionary biology from the NESCent Evolution Symposium and Teaching Workshop.
AIBS partners and collaborates in the following biology education initiatives:
Recent reports that are accelerating biology education reform at the precollege and college levels:
AIBS recognizes excellence in education:
AIBS provides information about career options:
Careers in Biology
and connect to information found on our member society websites about more specific career choices.