September 2010

Making Undergraduate Science Education a Priority at ASBMB

UAN students from College of the Holy Cross use Harry Potter as a teaching tool at their annual science outreach event.

Over the past two years, the UAN funded a pilot program to engage high school teachers and students in research. Four UAN faculty members were funded through this program: J. Ellis Bell, Joseph Provost, Todd Weaver and myself. Because of this program, we all have incorporated 7-12 research opportunities into our grant applications, and we are beginning to make an even broader impact on K-12 science education in our communities.


The UAN also publishes a newsletter six times a year. Enzymatic highlights the activities of various chapters and showcases faculty and student involvement and achievements around the country. It also routinely includes science outreach articles, undergraduate reviews of interesting web entries and a feature called “JBC in the Classroom,” in which contributors explain how they use Journal of Biological Chemistry articles as teaching tools. To submit articles for publication in Enzymatic, contact Marilee Benore at

As fall approaches, regional UAN directors will be gathering for a retreat during which many of the UAN initiatives and programs are created, revamped and improved. If you have ideas on how to increase undergraduate faculty and student participation within the society, please send them to me or Weiyi Zhao (

Neena Grover ( is an associate professor of biochemistry and chairwoman of chemistry and biochemistry at Colorado College.


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