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Featured TA of the Week: Juana Muñoz Ucros

Catching up with Juana, TA to sections 411 and 423

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

I’m from Colombia, and have lived in Ithaca 3 years.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?
I work on understanding the interactions between plant roots and soil microbes. Here’s a link to our lab website: https://bauerlelab.wordpress.com/juana-munoz-ucros/

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I’m a certified safari guide in South Africa.

 

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Featured TA of the Week: Angela Possinger

Say hello to section 401 and 415’s Angela Possinger

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

I’m originally from Berkley, Massachusetts, a very small town (no stoplights!) in Southeastern Mass. I’ve lived in Ithaca for about 4 years.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I have a collection of tacky mugs; my favorites are from the Royal Wedding and Neustchhwanstein Castle in Germany.

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

For my Ph.D. research, I study how organic matter and minerals in soil interact to keep carbon stable, ultimately improving soil quality and mitigating climate change. I have two (mostly unrelated) papers published for my undergraduate and MS research: You can read them here  and here.

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Featured TA of the Week: Ethan Degner

Meet Ethan Degner, Sections 403 and 410

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

I’m from a small town in Minnesota, nestled within a sea of corn and soybeans with the occasional lake.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

 I have grapheme-color synesthesia, which means letters and numbers all show up in technicolor in my head.

 

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

I study mosquito sex. I published a paper on females that mate more than once (check it out here ) and a review paper on mosquito sperm (yes, mosquitoes have sperm, and they’re pretty cool. Check it out here).

                                                       

 

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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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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