New education network led by Willamette will work to improve biology education

Marlene Moore, Willamette University's new College of Liberal Arts dean, brings a $50,000 National Science Foundation grant to campus that will form a network among Oregon colleges to improve undergraduate biology education.

The grant will form the Willamette Valley Biological Education Network, coordinated by Willamette biology Professor Barbara Stebbins-Boaz.

The network — which also includes Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific University, Western Oregon University, Mt. Hood Community College and the University of Portland — will develop a sustainable pedagogical community to engage faculty in professional development activities that improve undergraduate biology education.

The NSF grant, through the Research Coordination Networks in Biological Sciences Program, is awarded to innovative programs that develop networking strategies among science faculty.

For more about faculty grants and awards, visit the Office for Faculty Research and Resources.