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Professor Bob Sheehy Awarded NSF Grant


The SUMS4BIO project, a collaboration between the Biology and Math departments at Radford University, spawned a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Networks – Undergraduate Biology Education grant (RCN-UBE grant). Bob Sheehy along with Co-PI’s Drew LaMar (William and Mary), Carrie Diaz Eaton (Unity College) and DorothyBelle Poli and Anil Shende (Roanoke College) received this $50,000 grant to fund an “incubator project” with the goal of creating a central online hub for biologists and mathematicians to collaborate to improve students’ understanding of quantitative reasoning.  While online resources such as repositories of classroom materials exist to help instructors modify their curricula, there is no central location where instructors on both sides of the aisle (biology and mathematics) can come together to work on interdisciplinary teaching. QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis) will be a streamlined educational repository with a direct link to a Facebook-like social interface, which would allow individuals to discuss different teaching materials, pedagogies and philosophies in an efficient manner.

Feb 11, 2014
Karen Powers