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The Teagle Report on BMB Education

In November 2006, ASBMB received a grant from the Teagle Foundation to examine undergraduate programs in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) and evaluate the success of their graduates.

The Society first published a recommended undergraduate curriculum 16 years ago, and has modified it in recent years to emphasize skills rather than coursework. In spite of publishing these goals, ASBMB had never systematically asked departments how these skills are imparted or what outcomes were expected if they were put into practice. A Working Group of ASBMB members developed a plan to consider how the skills and competencies of the recommended curriculum are incorporated into programs at a range of institutions, and also the broader question of what BMB contributes to a liberal education. They employed surveys, interviews, and open discussion at our national meeting to address these questions.

Download the Teagle Report.

Working Group Members:

Adele J. Wolfson, Chair
Associate Dean of the College
Schow Professor in the Physical and Natural Sciences
Wellesley College

Robert A. Copeland
Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer
EpiZyme, Inc.

Trevor R. Anderson
Head, Science Education Research Group
Associate Professor in Biochemistry
University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg), South Africa

Barbara Gordon
Executive Officer
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

J. Ellis Bell
Professor of Chemistry
University of Richmond

Nicole Kresge
Editor, ASBMB Today
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Judith S. Bond
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Penn State College of Medicine

Peter A. Rubinstein
Professor of Biochemistry
University of Iowa Carter College of Medicine

Rodney Boyer
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Hope College