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BRAINS Storming: New Ideas for STEM Education
MRIC 2014/15

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BRAINS Storming: New Ideas for STEM Education

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Whitewater Room, Idaho Commons

Patricia Hartzell

Professor of Biological Sciences


Last year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded a $1.2 million, five-year grant to the Biosciences Retention and Academic Innovation Network for Students (BRAINS) at the University of Idaho. Its goal is to attract and retaining more students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The BRAINS program has introduced a new curriculum to first-year and sophomore-level laboratory classes, with an initial focus on water-quality issues in Idaho. Prof. Hartzell, who directs the project with co-director Melinda Hamilton, will give an overview of the goals, strategies and student response to the program so far.


Patricia “Trish” Hartzell became enthralled with microbes and microbiology as a student in California. After completing her B.S. in microbiology at California State University, Long Beach, she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, she spent four years on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prof Hartzell came to the University of Idaho in 1994. She was chair of the UI’s Faculty Senate in 2013-2014.

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