Scholarship & Creative Work
Biological Sciences Department
January 2011—Jim is serving on the Vilas Park Waterfowl Management Advisory Committee, which is working with a consultant hired through a grant to the Madison-Dane County Public Health Department to develop a plan for reducing the number of geese in Vilas Park. Many people consider the number of both resident and migratory geese in Vilas Park to be a nuisance, and nutrients and bacteria from goose feces contributes to unsafe swimming conditions in the lake.
December 2010—Jim was invited to present at the Madison Bioneers Conference on November 14, 2009; paper presented entitled "Watershed Bioneering."
Nicole published two papers based on her continuing research with tungara frogs: "Calling strategies of male túngara frogs in response to dynamic playback," Behavior, June 5, 2009; and “Treatment with arginine vasotocin alters mating calls and decreases call attractiveness in male túngara frogs," General and Comparative Endocrinology, June 28, 2009.
October 2011—Kelley Grorud has been selected as a 2011 BEN Scholar.
The BEN Scholars Program is one of the grassroots outreach activities of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Biological Sciences Pathway. BEN Scholars are given support to promote the use of digital libraries and inquiry-based learning in higher education biological sciences lecture and laboratory courses, as well as research training programs.
BEN Scholars receive (1) training in leadership and effective use of digital libraries, (2) resources to use in their own classrooms and to share with colleagues through presentations, workshops, and one-on-one mentoring, (3) integration into the BEN Scholars Network, (4) recognition from BEN collaborators, and (5) travel support, as well as a small stipend.
BEN Scholars are leaders in biological sciences teaching and learning, with a passion for improving undergraduate education. BEN Scholars conduct outreach activities for biological sciences faculty on their campuses, throughout their region, and nationally through professional societies.
More information about the BEN Scholars Program can be found here.
May 2011—Kelley Grorud received the Underkofler Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.
May 2009—Kelley led a 60 minute workshop titled, "Get 'em Moving!: Multiple Methods for Teaching Muscle A&P" at the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) Conference in Baltimore, MD in May 2009.
This workshop looked at various ways to teach the same content (related to muscle physiology), and included teaching techniques for multiple learning styles (VARK). It was attended by more than 60 HAPS members.