published March 6, 2013

Dr. Natalie Kuldell to Join NCSCE as Visiting Scientist

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Natalie Kuldell, a principal investigator of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) and instructor in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will serve as Visiting Scientist for Academic Year 2013-14. SynBERC is an NSF-supported partnership of UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford, Harvard, MIT and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. Natalie serves as associate education director for SynBERC.

Dr. Kuldell develops discovery-based curricula drawn from the current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. The BioBuilder Education Foundation (TBEF), which Dr. Kuldell leads, grew out of the development of classroom modules that replicate existing, relevant scientific experiments, creating mechanisms for students to contribute to the global knowledge base of the properties being tested. TBEF puts current research into the hands of teachers and students, through the training and certification of teachers, and the implementation of the BioBuilder curriculum in the classroom setting.

During her time as a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Kuldell will contribute her expertise to SENCER collaborations with secondary schools, offer a session on synthetic biology at the Summer Institute, and share her work and thoughts on improving STEM education with our community.

SENCER Visiting Scholars generally serve for a semester or a year and are designated by their major professional identification, such as "SENCER Visiting Scientist," or "SENCER Visiting Mathematician." Past Visiting Scholars include Dr. Cynthia Kaus of Metropolitan State University, Dr. Sherryl Broverman of Duke University, Dr. Garon Smith of the University of Montana, Dr. Marion Field Fass of Beloit College, and Dr. Dennis Lehman of Harold Washington College. As mentioned in a recent eNews, Dr. Robert Franco of Kapi'olani Community College is serving as a visiting scholar this year. Bob will be making presentations on his work linking SENCER, Campus Compact and the NSF EPSCoR program at next week's Washington Symposium.