Lab members Todd Lamb and Cissy Ballen featured in Science DailyResearch network aims to improve learning outcomes for students underrepresented in STEM. Oct 19, 2020.


Lab members Emily Driessen and Cissy Ballen in COSAM News! How students relate to scientists impacts student retention: A $1 million NSF funds a study to examine data literacy instruction with direct connection to STEM. See the full story here. Oct 13, 2020.

Emily Driessen on panel discussing her paper on overcoming challenges for students in the COVID era. Oct 7, 2020.


The first virtual Introduction to Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) special topics graduate course kicked off on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020! 

The Ballen lab and the Weber lab at Michigan State were awarded a 5-year collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (IUSE) to develop biology materials with humanized and diverse scientist role models - and research those impacts! Excited to welcome postdoc Ash Zemenick, founder of Project Biodiversify, to the lab!

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!

Awesome opportunity alert!  Postdoc position at University of South Alabama to work with Jeremiah Henning, in collaboration with Ballen and psychologist Shane Bierma from Louisiana State University. Posted Aug 7, 2020.

Many labbers are presenting research at this year's virtual July 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, 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


Jeremiah Henning and Ballen invited to co-present a plenary talk at the annual EDU-STEM meeting on July 22nd2020, entitled Addressing intersectionality in Biology Education Research: the power of collaborative networks. 

Press coverage of new research on representation in undergraduate biology textbooks featured in BBC news, Science Magazine news in brief, Washington Post, IFLScience, Newsweek, Royal Society Blog, COSAM todayScienceNews

Jul 8, 2020 Sara Odom delivered an excellent thesis defense presentation, and passed her final oral exam. Congrats Sara!

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

May 12, 2020 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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