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2012 Symposium on Teaching Excellence in the Sciences

About the 2012 Symposium

On Friday, January 20, 2012, the University held its first institution-wide Symposium on Teaching Excellence in the Sciences to advance the Gateway Sciences Initiative. The Symposium was designed to demonstrate the University’s commitment to promoting significant improvement in gateway science education, inspire the faculty, students, and staff of Johns Hopkins to participate in this endeavor, and disseminate new ideas for enhancing gateway science education at Hopkins.

Webcasts of the Keynote Lectures are now available. To view the video, audio, and slides (if available) of the keynote lecturers, please click on the titles in the schedule below.

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GSI 2012 Symposium Schedule




Ronald J. Daniels, J.D., Ph.D., President, The Johns Hopkins University
Lloyd B. Minor, M.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University


Keynote # 1  “National Trends in the Transformation of STEM Education”
Jo Handelsman, PhD, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, School of Medicine, Yale University




Keynote # 2 "Integrated Introductory Science Curriculum for Undergraduates at Princeton"
David Botstein, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University 


Student Panel on Gateway Science Courses: The View from the Trenches


Lunch and Poster Session


Keynote # 3 "Confessions of a Converted Lecturer"
Eric Mazur, PhD, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University


Brainstorming Sessions

a) Reforming pre-med culture and learning
b) Employing active and diverse educational methods in GSCs
c) Role of GSCs in encouraging STEM career choices
d) Using new technologies to enhance learning




Keynote # 4  “Culture Change at UMBC: The Meyerhoff Scholars Program and First-Year Science Course Redesign”
Freeman Hrabowski, PhD, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Meyerhoff Scholars Program founder


Closing Remarks
Lloyd B. Minor, M.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University