Dr. Ann Aguanno, Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences, organized and hosted the first of a new series of faculty development workshops called Catalyst Conversations for Undergraduate Educators on March 3, 2018. The workshop, held at Montclair State University and funded by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) comprised a series of brief chalkboard talks focusing on a simple class activity or pedagogy approach, followed by general discussion. The workshop participants were faculty from a variety of small colleges and mid-size to large universities, mainly from the east coast of the US. Participants explored the use of primary literature in the classroom, innovative approaches to lab activities, strategies for teaching core concepts, and the use of computational and bioinformatics sources as teaching tools.
Dr. Aguanno is a director and steering committee member of the ASBMB Student Chapters, an organization devoted to building a national community of undergraduate students and faculty members in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. She organized and ran the workshop with three colleagues from the Student Chapters organization.