Plenaries

VBC Kick-off

Intro: Kick-off to VBC 2020

 Join Live  June 29, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Session link (available June 29)

Presenters

Janice DeCosmo
Associate Vice Provost for UR
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
University of Washington
CUR Immediate Past-President (effective 6/28/2020)

Silvia Ronco
Senior Program Director
Research Corporation for Science Advancement
CUR President (effective 6/28/2020)


Lindsay Currie
Executive Officer
Council on Undergraduate Research

Jay Akridge
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity
Purdue University

Overview

Join us for the an introduction to CUR's 2020 Virtual Biennial Conference, led by CUR Executive Officer, Lindsay Currie. Immediately after the VBC kick-off, please join us for a keynote session from James Hewlett. More information below.



James Hewlett
James Hewlett | Finger Lakes Community College

VBC 2020 Keynote: James Hewlett

 Takes place immediately following VBC Kick-off

Keynote Speaker

James Hewlett
Director of Undergraduate Research
Professor of Biology
Finger Lakes Community College

Overview

According to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), more than 11 million students attended a community college in 2018. This accounts for approximately 40% of all U.S. Undergraduates. For 14 years, the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) has been working to expand opportunities for community college students to engage in research experiences as part of their undergraduate education. CCURI began with a single faculty member and two independent study students at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY and has grown into a network of more than 120 institutions. Each year, CCURI supports approximately 3,000 students at these institutional partners as they engage in mentored research experiences as part of their curriculum and degree programs. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to explore the barriers and opportunities that community colleges experience as they work to broaden participation in undergraduate research experiences. With more than a decade of data collected from the CCURI network, the picture of how a community college can sustain an undergraduate research program has been coming into focus.

Biography

Professor James Hewlett is a graduate of Bucknell University (B.S. in Biology) and the University of Connecticut (M.S. in Oceanography). After graduating from the University of Connecticut, he entered a doctoral training program within the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Rochester where he worked on adenoviral vectors for gene therapy. He currently serves as Professor of Biology and the Director of Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY.  In addition to teaching, he serves as the Executive Director of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) – a National $5.85M NSF funded program under the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program.  He serves on the Executive Team of the InnovATEBIO NSF-ATE National Biotechnology Center and is the President and CEO of STEMsolutions, LLC, a New York based consulting firm specialized in developing customized higher education solutions to STEM curriculum reform efforts. 

Professor Hewlett serves on the Editorial Board of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University of Buffalo. He serves on the Editorial Board of The American Society of Cell Biology’s CBE Life Sciences Education journal, and the Advisory Board for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET). He is a member of the Steering Committees for the University of Georgia’s RCN-UBE Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Network (CUREnet), and the NSF RCN program on Equity and Diversity in Undergraduate STEM at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, Professor Hewlett was appointed to a Committee of the National Academies Board on Science Education to participate in a study that will help inform policy makers and funding agencies on best practices for strengthening the undergraduate research experience at our Nation’s higher educational institutions. He is the recipient of the 2005 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Professor Hewlett is the author of numerous publications and curriculum materials.  He recently served as Lead Editor and Author for Pearson Education's Mastering A&P Case Study portfolio. He led the production of 14 novel teaching cases for use on the Mastering A&P platform. The team included Pearson acquisitions and project management, five SME authors, and two textbook authors. Professor Hewlett has served on numerous scientific panels within the National Science Foundation, including the Advanced Technological Education (ATE), Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI), Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program Centers (STEP Centers), and Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB).  

Professor Hewlett’s educational and scientific research interests include the use of the Case Study Method of teaching science, and the employment of problem-based learning strategies to connect student research to classroom theory. His scientific research interests include the study of molecular indicators of stress in corals and the use of biomarkers for the early detection of symbiotic breakdown, the employment of non-invasive DNA-based mark and recapture methods in eastern red-tail hawk, North American black bear, and New York River Otter population studies, and the study of macro-level indicators of stress in tropical coral reef ecosystems.

He currently lives in Webster, NY with his wife Sandy and two daughters, Jessica and Anna.




  

Ellan Spero
Ellan Spero | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Inclusive and Socially-directed Science and Technology Research as Pedagogy Across Disciplines

 Ellan Spero  June 30, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Session Link (Available June 30)

Presenter

Ellan Spero
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography

Ellan Spero is a historian of science and technology and an educator and instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an academic entrepreneur, serving as co-founder, chief curriculum officer, and lead instructor at Station1, a nonprofit higher education institution focused on a new inclusive and cross-disciplinary model of socially-directed science and technology education, research, and innovation. Dr. Spero’s research focuses on the ways that people envision human progress through the systems, institutions, objectives, and narratives that they create. As a historian working at the intersection of technology, business, and higher education, Dr. Spero’s research explores narratives of progress, systems of production, academic-industrial ecosystems, and interactions between humans and material infrastructures. 

Dr. Spero is a member of numerous international working groups and has presented at the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), the Business History Conference, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S),  the European Economic History Association, and specialty conferences on World’s Expos, academic-entrepreneurship, and maintenance and innovation. Dr. Spero is a member of a research collaboration on railroads in historical context and “technological landscape” in the Tua Valley in Portugal. Most recently, she is a recipient of the Linda Hall Library Fellowship focused on Chemurgy, and has previously received fellowships from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Science History Institute), and Hagley Museum and Library.  She is currently the co-editor of a book project on history of materials science, and co-editor of special journal issue of ACS Biomaterials on bioinspired materials. At Station1, Dr. Spero has led the development of cross-disciplinary curriculum on socially-directed science and technology and is a co-lead on three grant-funded pedagogical initiatives which focus on social responsibility, inclusive innovation, and thoughtful development of science and technology.  Spero was recently a visiting scientist at the Smart Living Lab at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Fribourg, Switzerland, and prior a joint researcher between MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). 

Dr. Spero holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society. Spero also has a B.S. and M.S. from Cornell University in Fiber Science and Apparel Design, and a M.A from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Museum Studies and Textile Conservation.





VBC Kick-off

Intro: Closing of VBC 2020

 Join Live  July 1, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Session Link (Available July 1)

Closing Presenters

Lindsay Currie
Executive Officer
Council on Undergraduate Research

Overview

Join us for the closing of CUR's 2020 Virtual Biennial Conference, led by CUR Executive Officer, Lindsay Currie. Immediately after the VBC closing, please join us for a discussion panel on the impact of COVID-19 on undergraduate research.



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Closing: Undergraduate Research during covid and times of disruption

 Takes place immediately following VBC closing

Presenters

Jeffrey M. Osborn (Panelist)
Provost-Elect and Vice President for Academic Affairs (effective July 1, 2020)
Dean of the School of Science
Professor of Biology
The College of New Jersey

Janice DeCosmo
Associate Vice Provost for UR
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
University of Washington
CUR Immediate Past-President (effective 6/28/2020)

Charles (BillY) Gunnels (Panelist)
Director, Office of Undergraduate Scholarship
Director, FGCU’s Quality Enhancement Plan
Associate Professor in Biological Sciences
Florida Gulf Coast University

Yash Jain (Panelist)
Co-founder, Co-CEO
ForagerOne, LLC
Translational Researcher in Cancer Epigenetics & Ophthalmology

Ansh Bhammar (Moderator)
Co-founder, Co-CEO
ForagerOne, LLC
Researcher & Innovation Expert
Special Forces Neurosurgery Collaborative

Overview

This panel will dive into the shifts, trends, and disruptions that will shape undergraduate research during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. A diverse panel, from university leaders to technology experts, will weigh in and candidly share their perspectives and insights. At the end of the session, audience members can expect to walk away equipped with an extensive understanding of how the priorities of higher education institutions are changing and how faculty, mentors, and administrators can adapt to maintain the relevance of UR and initiatives pertaining thereto during times of disruption.