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.