News

April 28, 2018

Congratulations Abby on graduating from FIU with a B.S. in chemistry!

April 6, 2018

Dr. Underwood, Laura, Brittney, and Alex presented a poster titled “Development of assessments for student understanding of core ideas in introductory biology” at the 2nd Annual Faculty Innovations for Student Success Showcase at FIU.

March 17-22, 2018

 

 

 

 

Dr. Underwood, Alex, and Abby attended the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Underwood presented a talk titled “Investigating the impact of an alternative general chemistry curriculum among diverse classroom environments”.

Alex presented a talk titled “Investigating the impact of using transformed curriculum materials on structure-property relationships in a traditional general chemistry course”. She also presented two posters: “Development of assessments for student understanding of core ideas in introductory biology” and “Improving student understanding of intermolecular forces with transformed curricula materials”.

Abby presented a poster titled “Investigating how undergraduate general chemistry students interpret and explain everyday phenomena”.

March 8, 2018

Congratulations Alex who received the Spring 2018 CIBA Young Scientist Travel Award to support her trip to the ACS national meeting to present research.

March 1, 2018

Dr. Underwood and colleagues published “Energy connections and misconnections across chemistry and biology” in CBE-Life Sciences Education.

February 26, 2018

Dr. Underwood is presenting a talk titled “Using student understanding of structure-property relationships as evidence to drive instructional changes within the general chemistry curriculum” at Emory University.

February 23, 2018

Dr. Underwood is presenting a three-dimensional learning assessment protocol workshop at Emory University.

February 9, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Underwood and colleagues whose publication “Adapting assessment tasks to support three-dimensional learning” was selected as Editor’s Choice in Science Magazine.

January 30, 2018

The Underwood research group welcomes Laura Santiago to the group as a new undergraduate working on the project of investigating how students connect their chemistry and biology knowledge.

January 19-21, 2018

Alex attended the ACS Leadership Development Workshop in Dallas, Texas through the Younger Chemist Leadership Development Award she received.

January 15, 2018

The Underwood research group welcomes Daniel Padron to the group as a new undergraduate working on the project of investigating the use of 3D-LAP questions on assessments.

December 18, 2017

Congratulations to Mashood for accepting a faculty member position at the Homi Bhadha Centre for Science Education at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India.

December 13, 2017

The Underwood research group welcomes Brittney Pardinas to the group as a new undergraduate working on the project of investigating how students connect their chemistry and biology knowledge.

December 12, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Underwood and colleagues on having “Adapting assessment tasks to support three-dimensional learning” published and be chosen at Editor’s Choice in the Journal of Chemical Education.

December 9, 2017

The Underwood group and Dr. Justin Carmel had a wonderful First Annual Chemistry Education Holiday Party.

November 8, 2017

Dr. Underwood presented Gabi’s and Alex’s new research findings at SERMACS regional ACS meeting titled “A tale of using evidence to inform instructional transformation: An investigation into student understanding of structure-property relationships”.

November 3, 2017

Dr. Underwood gave a great talk to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at University of North Carolina Wilmington titled “Using student understanding of structure-property relationships as evidence to drive instructional changes”.

August 21, 2017

Happy first day of classes for the Fall 2017 semester!

What did your viewing of the eclipse look like today?

August 1, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Sonia Underwood for being awarded a collaborative $300,000 NSF grant to begin working on a project with Michigan State University to develop three-dimensional learning (core ideas, scientific practices, and crosscutting concepts) introductory biology assessment questions focused on chemistry core ideas to investigate how students are connecting their chemistry and biology knowledge.

August 1, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Sonia Underwood and Dr. Justin Carmel for being awarded a collaborative $2 million NSF grant to continue working with Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, and Kansas State University on investigating the impact of curricula transformation. As part of this grant we will continue examining the impact of three-dimensional learning (core ideas, scientific practices, and crosscutting concepts) as an approach on helping adoption and implementation of instructional teaching practices.

August 1, 2017

The Underwood research group welcomes Dr. Alex Kararo as a new post-doc in the group on the project of assessing the impact of curriculum transformations. Alex graduated from Purdue University in August 2017 with a PhD in Chemistry Education under the advisement of  Dr. Gabriela Weaver and Dr. George Bodner.

May 2017

The Underwood research group welcomes Gabi Gadia to the group as a new undergraduate working on the project of assessing the impact of curriculum transformations.

April 27, 2017

The spring semester has come to an end. It has been a great year of teaching general chemistry. Thank you to all my Learning Assistants and students as everyone has worked so hard this academic year.

April 25, 2017

Congratulations to Rachel for receiving 1st place at the 14th Annual Adelphi Research Conference for her 2016 REU research. (http://aurc.adelphi.edu/award-winners/2017-award-winners/)

April 19, 2017

Congratulations to Abby for receiving the 2017 Zaida C. Morales-Martínez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award for her dedication to her classes, teaching, and research. (https://sish.fiu.edu/news/2017/2017-scholarships-awarded-to-sish-undergraduates/)

 

April 5, 2017

Rachel Colvin gave an outstanding presentation at ACS in San Francisco titled “Making predictions and constructing explanations: An investigation into introductory chemistry students’ understanding of structure-property relationships.

March 16, 2017

Dr. Underwood and colleagues published “Core ideas and topics: Building up or drilling down?” in the Journal of Chemical Education.

February 1, 2017 

The Underwood research group welcomes Dr. Mashood Kalarattu Kandiyil to the group as a new post-doc working on the project of investigating how student reason about everyday phenomena.

 

September 8, 2016

Dr. Underwood and colleagues published “Characterizing college science assessments: The three-dimensional learning assessment protocol” in PLOS One.

August 11, 2016

Dr. Underwood and colleagues published “Investigating students’ reasoning about acid-base reactions” in the Journal of Chemical Education.

July 20-21, 2016

Dr. Underwood and colleagues presented the paper “Developing an empirically grounded framework to assess interdisciplinarity of student explanations of everyday phenomena”  at the Physics Education Research Conference.

February 5, 2016

The Second Annual STEMposium was such a success. A full day filled with breakfast at President Rosenberg’s house, a keynote presentation from Joan Ferrini-Mundy (the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Education and Human Resources), a Q&A faculty discussion panel, as well as a poster session.

February 2, 2016

Dr. Underwood and colleagues published “When do students recognize relationships between molecular structure and properties? A longitudinal comparison of the impact of traditional and transformed curricula” in Chemistry Education Research and Practice.