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Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education: PULSE

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) was awarded a grant (DBI-1241293) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help facilitate a peer-review process to select the Vision and Change Leadership Fellows. The project, jointly funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, is part of continuing efforts to implement Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. The work of the Fellows is expected to make significant contributions to an unprecedented transformation of the undergraduate biology education community's understanding of institutional barriers to change and of strategies for overcoming them.

In 2013, AIBS worked with the collaborating organizations in the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) initiative: [NSF, the National Institutes of Health-NIGMS (NIH-NIGMS), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the PULSE working partner, Knowinnovation (KI)] to support the work of the PULSE Leadership Fellows as they worked towards their the goal of catalyzing systemic change in undergraduate life science education.

In 2014, AIBS is now working to raise awareness of and encourage participation in this project among the community by supporting the efforts of two of their working groups:

  • The "Raising the PULSE" working group of PULSE Vision & Change Leadership Fellows seeks to promote their work to the broader undergraduate biology education community and to encourage participation in their efforts to reach out to life science departments across the US to effect curricular and educational transformation.
  • The Southeastern Regional PULSE Fellows seek to inspire and support teams from college and university life science departments to improve student learning and faculty efficacy. This goal will be accomplished through a series of annual institutes that will provide focused time for strategic planning to align programs with the national calls for reform of undergraduate life sciences education.
If you are interested in learning more and participating in these or other PULSE initiatives, visit the PULSE project website at http://pulsecommunity.org and join the community.