Life Sciences (Departments of Botany, Microbiology & Immunology, Zoology)

CWSEI Dept. Director: Patricia Schulte, George Spiegelman (emeritus)
STLFs: Megan Barker, Malin Hansen, Lisa McDonnell, Martha Mullally, Laura Weir
            Emeritus: Amanda Banet, Bridgette Clarkston, Tamara Kelly, Jared Taylor, Harald Yurk
Faculty (instructors teaching targeted courses): K. Smith, G. Spiegelman, G. Bradfield, W. Goodey, R. Turkington, M. O’Connor, E. Hammill, P. Kalas, S. Chowrira, P. Schulte, P. Kalas, J. Klenz, G. Haughn, D. Altshuler, D. Moerman, C. Berezowsky, A. O’Neill, W. Tetzlaff, S. Ellis, S. Graham, M. Berbee, G. Bole, J. Whitton, D. Srivastava, P. Tortell. M. Hawkes, C. Douglas, E. Hinze, M. Graves, J. Brodie
Faculty (others involved in working groups, committees, or ad-hoc support): G. Bole, C. Pollack, A. O’Neal, K. Nomme, B. Couch
Skylight Affiliate: Gulnur Birol (emeritus)
Students and Postdocs: T. Deane, E. Jeffrey, R. Oh, M. Tseng, N. Wang, P. van Stolk


The Life Sciences Program (Depts. of Zoology, Botany, and Microbiology & Immunology) received its first funding from CWSEI in 2007. The funding was renewed and extended in 2011 with four new STLFs starting in late 2011 and early 2012. The new funding will allow STLFs to work with all second year core courses in the newly designed and implemented Biology Program at UBC. Two additional STLFs were hired in 2013, in conjunction with the Flexible Learning Initiative project for two first-year core courses. We are currently implementing interactive activities and peer discussion in second year core courses as well as some first and third year courses. Some examples of these are: clicker questions with peer discussion, worksheets, case studies, learning activities, and invention activities. We have also implemented learning goals and pre-reading assignments in most courses we are working on. In addition, conceptual inventories in information transfer and community and population ecology have been developed and are used to evaluate the effectiveness of various class activities.