What Does Teaching Sound Like? Introducing DART – Decibel Analysis for Research in Teaching – A New Tool for Systematically Analyzing Teaching Practices across Instructors and Institutions
Dr. Kimberly Tanner is a tenured Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. She directs SEPAL – the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which is focused on understanding how people learn science, especially biology. Her research in biology education holds the promises of revealing insights into preconceptions and misconceptions in biology that can guide strategies for curriculum improvement and teaching reform. Trained as a research neurobiologist, Dr. Tanner has been nationally and internationally recognized for both her research and her teaching in biology, including receiving the 2012 National Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teachers and the 2017 Bruce Alberts Science Education Award from the American Society for Cell Biology.
Mike Wong is a Research Associate at the Center for Computing for Life Sciences (CCLS) at San Francisco State University. He has held this position for over a decade, assisting faculty in research and advising graduate students. He earned a BS in Biochemistry from UC Davis and an MS in Computer Science at SFSU under Dr. Dragutin Petković, who is the director of CCLS. Previously Mike was a Computer and Software Engineer at Agilent Technologies, formerly Hewlett-Packard, building Optical Spectrum Analyzers and CAD Library automation and management systems. Mike was a Pharmacy Technician for nearly a decade, working at a small family pharmacy in Potrero Hill, in his native city of San Francisco.