Many labbers are presenting research at this year's virtual SABER conference! Check us out (all central time)!

>Jul 10, 3pm, Sara Berk, Context matters: variation in psychosocial factors across three institution types

>Jul 17, 12pm, Cissy & Ash Zemenick (who is starting as a postdoc in the lab in October), A scientist like me: demographic analysis of biology textbooks reveals both progress and long-term lags

>Jul 24, 12pm, Emily Driessen, Demystifying the Meaning of Active Learning in Undergraduate Biology Education

>Jul 31, 12:20pm, Jeremiah HenningHidden identities shape student perceptions of active learning environments 

We're excited to welcome new graduate students Ísada Claudio Ford (from University of Puerto Rico) and Todd Lamb (from Auburn U) to the lab in the fall!

Press coverage of new research on representation in undergraduate biology textbooks featured in BBC news, IFLScience, Newsweek, Royal Society Blog, News18, COSAM today

Ballen lab featured in EDU-STEM's monthly spotlight: Breaking down barriers in biology.

Our latest paper in CBE-Life Sciences Education, led by Stepfanie Aguillon and Gregor Siegmund, was featured in the Cornell Chronicle!

Driessen created a website - check it out --> https://emilydriessen.weebly.com

Emily Driessen delivered a webinar at University of South Alabama's Conference on Teaching and Learning on her research about demystifying active learning in biology education research. Check out the recording here. Nice job Emily!


EDU-STEM launches in Las Vegas! The network coordinates and researches evidence-based classroom experiences across biology curricula. For more information, check out the website for our network here

Ballen receives NSF-funded Equity & Diversity in Undergraduate STEM (EDU-STEM) Research Coordination Network grant to coordinate and conduct research on STEM equity!

November was an exciting month for visitors! Dr. Katelyn Cooper from University of Central Florida and Dr. Shima Salehi from Stanford University came and discussed qualitative and quantitative approaches to studying equity in biology.

Ballen's research featured in an article published in Cornell's Ezra Magazine shows that students benefit from elements of active learning, and this in turn positively affects learning and student performance.

Emily Driessen selected to receive the Carlock Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research in Biology Education from the Association of the College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE). Congrats Emily!


Ballen selected to receive the Totten Geoscience Education Research Award at the 2019 Geological Society of America annual conference.


Ballen lead author on paper quantifying equitable student

participation in STEM:  The Times Higher Education, Cornell

Chronicle, UMN NewsScience daily, Inside higher ed



Ballen featured in Auburn University’s COSAM Faculty Focus.


Ballen lead author on paper showing the impact of class size on performance gaps in STEM: Inside Higher ED, The Chronicle of Higher Ed, University of Minnesota - TC news.


CUREs for nonmajors paper featured as Science Editor's Choice

Active learning enhances diversity in undergraduate science: 

Cornell chronicle, University of Minnesota- TC news, Featured in 

Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences Innovative Approaches to



Ballen receives NSF-funded Equity and Diversity in STEM Research Coordination Network incubator grant. Launches in October: MN Daily, University of Minnesota CBS news.

Paper published with Shima Salehi and Sehoya Cotner on the effects of test anxiety on performance: Stanford news, Quartz, Inside Higher Ed, Naturejobs


Gender in Norway: STUDVESTBergens Tidende.


Ballen & Sehoya Cotner featured in University of Minnesota’s

 Spring 2017 BIO magazine.

Ballen publishes with Harry Greene about ‘Walking and Talking the

Tree of Life’: Phys.org, Science Newsline, EurekAlert! Science News

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