Avida-ED

Well I just completed the Avida-ED workshop in Seattle. Avida-ED is pretty sweet. Groups from many different institutions learned the software and shared their proposed implementation plan. Everyone had creative ideas for how the tool can be used to improve their teaching. I’ll be using it in my evolution course (BIOL 3010) at DU with the help of Whitley, my partner in crime. DU was well represented with Mayra and Gabby rounding out the crew. Avida-ED hosts 2 workshops per year and I highly encourage everyone to apply!

Step 1: submission

So I decided it’s time to celebrate all parts of the lengthy arduous publication process. Here are the big 4 in my opinion:

  1. Submitting
  2. Finding out it is accepted with revisions
  3. Finding out that your revisions are adequate and it’s accepted for real
  4. Seeing it in print

Today, I’m celebrating step 1!

I’ve been working with two talented undergrads since March to publish a teaching resource that we developed. It introduces natural selection, adaptation, inheritance, and mutation to students in grades 3-5 using an interactive game. I’m very proud of the product and hope that we can get it out to teachers. Fingers crossed!

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Lab mates pretended to be 3rd graders and tested the activity in April.

More than anything, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Lindsay Todd and Lisa Keim on this project. They are bright, hard-working, creative, and great at communication. This collaboration has truly been a joy, and I can’t wait to see what they do after graduation, which is tomorrow :-).

Cricket research!

My stellar undergraduate Kallie Feldhaus received a PinS award from DU to fund her summer research. We’ll be looking at the effects of noise pollution and density on female search costs in crickets.

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The lovely Claudia Hallagan has been showing us the animal-husbandry ropes.

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The talented Gabby Gurule-Small has been teaching us how to run phonotaxis trials!

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We’re so excited to get our project underway!

Femme in STEM

Nothing like a bunch of brilliant and enthusiastic middle-school scientists to inspire…

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A few weeks ago I got to volunteer at a really amazing event called Femme in STEM. One of my colleagues, the amazing Faith Lierheimer, founded the event. Whitley Lehto and Gabby Gurule-Small put together a lovely evolution activity about animal communication that included live termites. They are SO little! And they follow the smell of bic pens–who knew?!

 

Girl power at DU!

So I started a postdoc September 2016 at the University of Denver. The fall was crazy–moving and wrapping up at CSU. In 2017, I started teaching and got to know my lab mates, fellow IRISE postdocs, and mentors. I just want to take a moment to brag about how amazing everyone is. Here are some pictures from a cocktail party I hosted this weekend:

I have the greatest mentors that anyone could imagine. Robin Tinghitella and Shannon Murphy are amazing role models, collaborators, and cheerleaders.

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Both Robin’s lab and Shannon’s lab have adopted me. Each is comprised exclusively of brilliant, creative, and capable female graduate students. (Robin’s lab pictured here)

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Finally, fellow IRISE postdocs Angel and Pranietha are lovely and supportive women scholars.

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Who run the world? Girls!
Who run the world? Girls!
Who run this motha? Girls!
Who run this motha? Girls!
–Beyonce

FRSES 2017

The Bella Romero crew rocked this year. They presented a great poster with a fascinating question at this year’s Front Range Student Ecology Symposium. We also toured some labs at CSU in a blizzard and had a great time! *pictures*

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3 papers accepted!

Some papers were excepted! I’ve never published in The American Biology Teacher and now 3 are in the queue! So excited to share all of this work and very proud of all the hard-working co-authors. I’m not sure when they’ll come out so stay tuned. Congrats all around!

3. Kane EA, Broder ED, Warnock AC, Butler CM, Judish AL, Angeloni LM, Ghalambor CK (In press) Small fish, big questions: inquiry kits for teaching evolution. The American Biology Teacher.

2. Braude S, Margulis S, Broder ED (In pressThe study of animal behavior provides valuable opportunities for original science fair projects: recommendations from the Animal Behavior Society Education Committee. The American Biology Teacher.

1. Broder EDAngeloni LM, Simmons S, Warren S, Knudson KD, Ghalambor CK (In press) Authentic science with live organisms can improve evolution education. The American Biology Teacher.

Practice makes perfect

My colleague at DU, Claudia Hallagan, came with me to Bella Romero to be a practice judge. All of the students in the Science Club got to practice presenting our poster and answering Claudia’s tough questions.

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Article out!

We made the cover of Animal Conservation this month! We used Trinidadian guppies in a mesocosm experiment to test the effects of divergent immigrants on population fitness. Our original article and response letter can be found in the issue.

It’s a pleasure to work with such a great team- John AK, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Lisa Angeloni, Emily Ruell, and Chris Funk.

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