Taproot S6E3: Classroom Cosplay: Applying Creative and Scientific Approaches to Teaching

In this episode, we speak with Jennifer Robison, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Manchester University in Indiana. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, her Master’s degree from the University of Delaware and her PhD from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. For her thesis, she studied how thermal stress impact gene expression and physiology in soybean. After getting her PhD, she moved directly to a faculty position, just in time to get her feet wet before the pandemic hit.

We discuss Jen’s paper, “Using a Student-Generated Mock Magazine Issue to Improve Students’ Awareness of Diverse Scientists”, which was published in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education in 2020. We discuss the importance of approaching our teaching as scientifically and quantitatively as we approach our research. Jen describes the many important (and amusing!) ways she engaged students during pandemic-related remote instruction and the philosophies she’ll be carrying forward as we return to in-person instruction.

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Paper: Jennifer Robison. J Microbiol Biol Educ. (2020). 21:21/3/75. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33384763/

Blog post: https://jenniferrobison.weebly.com/blog/covid-pivot-turned-me-into-the-cosplay-professor


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The Taproot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications in plant biology are created. In each episode, co-hosts Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter take a paper from the literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of its authors.

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