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College biology faculty named Leadership Fellows
Date:9/7/2012

WASHINGTON, DC The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program announced today that it has selected 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows. The fellows will identify and consider how to eliminate barriers to the systemic changes that are needed to improve undergraduate life sciences education.

The PULSE program is a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The effort is supporting a yearlong program in which Vision and Change Leadership Fellows consider and then recommend models for improving undergraduate life sciences education.

"The fellows represent a diverse group of extremely capable faculty," said Judith Verbeke of NSF. "They bring a variety of experiences that will inform the development of an implementation framework that will transform undergraduate education in the life sciences."

These post-secondary life sciences faculty members were competitively selected by an expert panel for their experience in catalyzing reform in undergraduate biology education.

After evaluating more than 250 applications, the PULSE steering committee selected the fellows announced today. These individuals come from 24 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and represent research universities, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive/regional universities, and two-year colleges.

"We are very excited about the work on which the fellows are about to embark," said Clifton A. Poodry of NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences. "The PULSE program will help move life sciences education forward."

"The strong response we received to the call for applications reflects broad consensus in the community that change is needed," said HHMI's Cynthia Bauerle. The way biology is taught needs to change in order to spark student interest in science and prepare them to answer challenging 21st century
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Contact: Dr. Robert Gropp
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American Institute of Biological Sciences
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