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April 11, 2013



Get great teaching ideas from distinguished graduate educators on April 16

By Thomas Gould

Get great teaching ideas from great teaching experts.

Sometimes it's a great idea to sit and listen to those acclaimed by their university to be experts, especially in a field like graduate education. They have knowledge based on experience and know what works and what doesn’t. Graduate education is at the core of any university and is key to K-State attaining its 2025 goals.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in 166 Justin Hall, Sue Brown and Walter Dodds will not only share some of their in-class methods that led them to be named distinguished graduate educators, but answer your questions regarding how you can improve your graduate and undergraduate education techniques.

If you intend to attend, please contact Thomas Gould at tgould@k-state.edu.

Brown is nationally recognized for her research in gene regulatory networks, using segmentation in the red flour beetle, as well as genomics and bioinformatics. She teaches introductory genetics, and a course in bioinformatics. She is director of the KINBRE Bioinformatics Core, a statewide research network, and is a founding member of the i5k, an international initiative to sequence 5,000 insect genomes. She also teaches yoga at noon.

Dodds has studied the effects of nitrogen contamination in stream waters and the effects stream drying and flooding have on the habitat and the species that live there.

He has more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed literature, including the top journals like Nature and Science. He also is author of four books, including "Humanity's Footprint: Momentum, Impact and Our Global Environment." He is coordinator of aquatic and hydrological research at the Konza Prairie Biological Station, and a co-principal investigator on the Long-Term Ecological Research Grant, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The New Faculty Institute is a universitywide program to introduce newly hired faculty to our missions of teaching, research and service, and to facilitate their success at K-State. It is part of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, 215 Fairchild Hall, 785-532-7828, catl@k-state.edu.

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