Former Fellows (funded by NSF Award No. 1432804)

Jeff Maloy

2017-2018

Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow, Department of Life Sciences Core Education

Jeffrey Maloy, Ph.D., was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Discipline-based education research at University of California, Los Angeles, from 2017-2018. Jeff obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. His dissertation research focused on mechanisms of pathogenesis and host innate immune response to the intracellular pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei.

In his postdoctoral position, Jeff conducted education research, developed curricula, and co-taught biology courses in the Life Sciences Core Education Department. His research was concentrated in two areas. (1) How video content delivery to undergraduate students in a “flipped classroom” format impacts motivational predictors of student achievement and persistence in STEM majors. (2) The development of of mindset interventions to improve self-efficacy, motivation, and metacognition in undergraduate students.

Jeff has one publication resulting from his postdoctoral research and a second under review for publication as follows:

  1. Maloy J, Fries L, Laski F, and Ramirez G (2019) Seductive details in the flipped classroom: the impact of interesting but educationally irrelevant information on student learning and motivation.  CBE-Life Sciences Education 18(3): ar42: 1-10.
  2. Nallapothula D, Lozano JB, Han S, Herrera C, Sayson HW, Levis-Fitzgerald M, and Maloy J (under review) M-LoCUS: A scalable intervention enhances growth mindset and internal locus of control in undergraduate students in STEM. Submitted to the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE).

Jeff is now a full-time Academic Administrator for the LS Core, with responsibilities in teaching and assessment for the introductory life sciences core curriculum (LS7A-C).

Jane Shevtsov

2015-2018

Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow, Department of Life Sciences Core Education

Jane Shevtsov, Ph.D., was a Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences Core Education from 2015-2018. She graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a major in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and a minor in Geography. Along the way, she went from being math-phobic to having a strong interest in mathematical ecology. She pursued this interest as a graduate student at the University of Georgia, where she studied ecological networks. Upon earning her Ph.D. in 2012, she started working at UCLA, developing material for the course that became LS30 (Mathematics for Life Scientists). As a DBER Fellow, she continued working on curriculum development, co-authoring the following textbook:

Garfinkel A, Shevtsov J, and Guo Y (2017) Modeling Life: the Mathematics of Biological Systems, New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Her DBER research interests included the effect of student study strategies and life challenges on achievement, study design and data analysis for education research, and new ways to help students develop mathematical thinking skills and confidence.

Jane is now a full-time Academic Administrator for the LS Core, with responsibilities in teaching in the life sciences math curriculum (LS20, LS30, LS40), administering the computational laboratories associated with LS30, and overseeing the Learning Assistants (LA) program supporting LS30 students.

Liz Roth-Johnson

2015-2017

Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow, Department of Life Sciences Core Education

Elizabeth Roth-Johnson, Ph.D., was a Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences Core Education from 2015-2017. Liz completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UCLA and her B.A. degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Music at UC Berkeley. She has extensive research experience in the field of cell biology in which she has applied techniques in biochemistry, microscopy, and genetics to studying protein trafficking in yeast (as an undergraduate) and the cytoskeleton’s role in fruit fly egg development (as a graduate student). Her teaching interests are similarly varied, as she taught both molecular biology to science majors (LS XL 3) and introductory food science to non-science majors (PHYSCI 7) prior to beginning her DBER postdoctoral fellowship. Liz has also developed a keen interest in science writing and informal science education. As a graduate student, she worked with UCLA’s science outreach program Science & Food, and co-founded the K-8 science and engineering outreach program BEAM at UCLA. Shortly after graduating, she then spent a summer working as a science reporter at KQED through the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Program.

Through her education research as a DBER postdoc, Liz was was dedicated to improving undergraduate education through incorporation of active learning strategies and quantitative reasoning into UCLA’s large-enrollment life sciences courses. Long term, she was interested in fostering collaborations with community partners to incorporate service learning and other high-impact practices into introductory level science courses.

Liz is now a Scientific Communications Manager at ChromaDex.

Nadia Sellami

2015-2017

Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow, Department of Life Sciences Core Education

Nadia Sellami, Ph.D., was a Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences Core Education from 2015-2017. Nadia earned her M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with second major in Human Genetics from the University of Kiel, Germany, and her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from UCLA. During her M.S. thesis, she studied the role of DNA methylation in Hodgkin Lymphoma. Her Ph.D. research focused on the role of DNA replication and repair pathways in the generation and maintenance of stem cells. Before starting her postdoctoral fellowship, Nadia worked as a management consultant advising biotech companies on strategy and marketing.

As part of her teaching activities as a DBER postdoctoral fellow, Nadia created and tested evidence-based teaching methods such as active learning modules and flipped classrooms. Her research as a DBER fellow focused on the effectiveness and impact of active learning in molecular biology higher education.  She has two publications resulting from her postdoc:

  1. Sellami N, Shaked S, Laski FA, Eagan MK, Sanders ER (2017) Implementation of a Learning Assistant program improves student performance on higher order assessments. CBE-Life Science Education 16: ar62, 1-10.
  2. Sellami N, Morris JA, Vemu S (2016) I Scream for Ice Cream: Lactase Persistence in Humans. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science:  http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=876&id=876

Nadia is now an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education and the Associate Director for the Academic Support Program in the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.