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Interdisciplinary undergraduate education: Bio2010, curriculum reform and why ecologists should pay attention Louis J. Gross Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics University of Tennessee
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Bio2010:Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists Released September 2002 by National Research Council, funded by NIH, HHMI Recommendations focus on interdisciplinary needs in carrying out research in biology Explicit curricula suggested that enhance physics, chemistry and quantitative training Numerous reports, workshops, papers have appeared fostered by this
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Bio2010 Misinterpreted? B. Alberts Science 28 November 2003; 302 : 1504 (in Letters) Educating Future Scientists. N. S. Sung, J. I. Gordon, G. D. Rose, E. D. Getzoff, S. J. Kron, D. Mumford, J. N. Onuchic, N. F. Scherer, D. L. Sumners, and N. J. Kopell. Science 12 September 2003; 301 : 1485 (in Policy Forum) Introductory Science and Mathematics Education for 21st-Century Biologists. W. Bialek and D. Botstein. Science 6 February 2004; 303 : 788-790 (in Viewpoint) Council on Undergraduate Research "BIO 2010" and its effect on the science curriculum at primarily undergraduate institutions: A Survey. www.cur.org/survey/bio2010.asp Meeting the Challenges in Emerging Areas: Education Across the Biological, Mathematical, and Computer Sciences www.maa.org/mtc/ The Interface of Mathematics and Biology: Cell Biology Education Vol. 3 Number 2 Summer 2004 Interdisciplinarity and the Undergraduate Biology Curriculum: Finding a Balance. L. J. Gross Intuition and Innumercy R. Brent New Math for Biology Is the Old New Math. R Hoy
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Organizational Responses to Bio2010 National Academy of Sciences has sponsored Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Biology NIH has linked with NSF and several mathematics organizations to produce a report on “Meeting the Challenges in Emerging Areas:Education Across the Biological, Mathematical, and Computer Sciences” NSF has funded an Overview of Research University Efforts to Strengthen Connections in the Undergraduate Curriculum between the Biological and Quantitative Sciences NIH has requested proposals to develop a web-based curriculum supplement for use in undergraduate general biology classes for science majors which encourages students to utilize mathematics, computational and physical science methods in solving biological problems (expected cost: $1-3M).
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Bio2010: Unintended Consequences? Elaine Hoagland. BioScience 54: 381 -2. May 2004 “Bio2010 and recent upswings in funding to support a biomedical undergraduate curriculum have accelerated recent historical trends to produce: The perception that biomedicine is the only modern and important area in biology The loss of organismal and environmental courses, of faculty expertise in these areas, and of opportunities for students to become organismal or environmental biologists.”
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