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Featured TA of the Week: Christine Georgakakos

Meet BIOG 1500’s new Teaching Assistant

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Ithaca, NY?

Atlanta, GA. I have lived in Ithaca since 2011.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?

I am part of the Soil and Water Lab in BEE. Most recently I’ve been working on a novel water tracer with a DNA base. Article can be read online with first author Helen Dahlke, 2015.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail!

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Proactive Pedagogy

Proactive Pedagogy

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.14.02 PM“Praised for its innovative components of active learning, the course has been described as “the experimental foundation for our entire major in biological sciences,” and has become a model now used by other universities around the country.” – CALS Tumblr

The Investigative Biology staff have engineered a new approach to teaching foundational biology. The impact the course has made on academic structure has has a countrywide presence. The CALS Tumblr details how this new, adaptive approach to pedagogy has made the course increasingly popular since its overhaul in 2010.

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Press, Presentations, & Awards

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 2.00.29 PMDuring November of 2013, Cornell University honored staff and faculty for exceptional performance in the categories listed under the university guidelines “Skills for Success”. The Investigative Biology team were honored for success in the category of Adaptability. The full article can be read here.

In that same month, Dr. Sarvary was one of the presenting speakers at the Academic Technologies symposium. He presented an e-portfolio describing the usage of Panopto technology in the Investigative Biology lectures. Over 75 professors attended the technology fair and the full article on all the technology presented can be found via the Cornell Daily Sun.

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Staff Attends EdTech Day

Staff Attends EdTech Day

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KC Ryan, Assistant Laboratory Coordinator, and Dr. Mark Sarvary, Laboratory Director attended the 2015 EdTech Day at Ithaca College. This event features faculty and staff demonstrating how they are making use of educational technology. Our staff got to sample a variety of educational technology, including but not limited to the video game software OculusRift, as well as adaptive note-taking tech. The Investigative Biology staff continues to attend this event on a yearly basis.

www.ithaca.edu/edtechday

 

 

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Celebrating a Super Student!

Celebrating a Super Student

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Eliana Jacobson (2016) is one of our dedicated undergraduate TA’s. She worked closely both with Dr. Sarvary and our Course Coordinator Irena Horvatt to engage our students in science through social media via our Twitter feed “live from lab” sections. You can check out her profile here. She was a huge asset to the Investigative Biology team, and we are very proud!