The PALM Network Spring 2016 Fellows

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Inaugural class sets high standards for a growing program.

Mentoring Matters

Our Society takes an active and collaborative role in the Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) Network. PALM funds one-on-one, long-term mentorships for faculty or postdocs new to the effective biology education approaches outlined in the Vision and Change recommendations. PALM Fellows work with mentors to develop, use and evaluate evidence-based active learning strategies in their own classroom. Fellows also will disseminate their new resources in their own professional networks as well as via our Society’s resource and event options including ASPB outreach events, partner journal CourseSource, and Plantae, the emerging digital ecosystem for plant science powered by ASPB. The longer term goal is for PALM Fellows to catalyze enduring change that will positively influence the teaching culture at their institution.

The Spring 2016 Class features fellows affiliated with our network partners. For the next round of fellowships ASPB affiliates (and others) can apply here starting May 15, 2016.

Congratulations to the Spring 2016 Class of PALM Fellows!

Mentee: Christopher L. Baker, PhD Baker_headshot
Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow
Institution: The Jackson Laboratory

smith_teachingshotMentor: Michelle K. Smith, PhD
Position: Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Maine

Project:  Using real-time response questions in small-group, active learning exercises to assess and enhance student understanding of meiotic recombination and its critical role in the process of evolution


Lee_headshotMentee: Teresa W. Lee, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral IRACDA Fellow
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine

schmeichel_headshotMentor: Karen L. Schmeichel, PhD
Position: Associate Professor
Institution: Oglethorpe University

Project:  Using the model roundworm C. elegans, students will conduct authentic research and generate data investigating how epigenetic information is inherited through generations


levi_headshotMentee: Stephanie Levi, PhD
Position: Adjunct Professor
Institution: Oakton Community College & Northeastern Illinois University

marcey_headshotMentor: David J. Marcey, PhD
Position: Fletcher Jones Professor of Developmental Biology
Institution: California Lutheran University

Project:  Using the Online Macromolecular Museum, case studies, and a new assessment tool to engage students in hands-on learning about the biology of Sickle Cell Anemia


The Future of PALM is in Your Hands

To learn more about the PALM Network and how to become a PALM Fellow, Mentor, or Network Partner, please see

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