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The State of Interdisciplinary Science Education in the 21st Century”, Dr. Sarah Gretton,
Start Date: 11/15/2018Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Date: 11/15/2018End Time: 11:10 AM
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Dr. Sara Gretton, University of Leicester, Public Lecture “The State of Interdisciplinary Science Education in the 21st Century”

November 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:10 pm

Lessons learned from an integrated undergraduate science education

It is an interesting contradiction that despite increasing shifts towards interdisciplinarity across scientific research, the typical curricula of undergraduate science degrees are based around the Victorian science classifications.  The University of Leicester (UK) established an integrated undergraduate science programme in 2004, with a mission to develop interdisciplinary scientists with core scientific skills such as problem-solving, data analysis and critical thinking. This talk will reflect on over a decade of experience in research-based learning, focusing on the framework we used to structure the programme, examples of interdisciplinary teaching from our curriculum and analysis of the outcomes of this approach.

Dr Sarah Gretton, is a teaching-focused academic at the University of Leicester, UK. Her background is in infectious disease, specifically the cellular biology of Hepatitis C virus. She  joined the Centre for Excellence in Teaching in Genetics at the University of Leicester in 2010 and started working for the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science in that same year. She initiated the Research Theme of Teaching and Learning in the College of Science and Engineering in 2014 and became Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and the Natural Sciences programme in 2015. Under her leadership the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science reached the finals of the UK’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016, and went on to win the award in 2017.  Sarah was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2014,  and was both a finalist for HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year and won the University of Leicester’s Teaching Excellence award in 2017. She has worked on a number of education projects including the Virtual Genetics Education Centre, SWIFT (Second World Immersive Future Teaching) but her main interest lies in developing undergraduate skills through the use of authentic assessment.
Dr Sarah Gretton

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