Past Events

Thursday, April 7, 2011
“Women and Spatial Analysis”
Stephanie Pfirman, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College
Christian Rojas, Department of Chemistry, Barnard College
This session focused on the teaching and learning of spatial analysis skills in a variety of courses.  We presented the challenge our students face when learning or conceptualizing spatial analytical content, which provided insight on spatial activities that either enhance or reduce the cognitive ability to rotate or shift images mentally.  Recommendations on how to address these issues were discussed. 

Articles of Interest:

Liben, L. S., Kastens, K. A., & Christensen, A. (2011). Spatial Foundations of Science Education: The Illustrative Case of Instruction on Introductory Geological Concepts.  Cognition and Instruction, 29(1), 1-43. 

Neubauer, A. C., Bergner, S., & Schatz, M. (2010). Two- vs. Three-Dimensional Presentation of Mental Rotation Tasks: Sex Differences and Effects of Training on Performance and Brain Activation. Intelligence, 38(5): 529-539

Thursday, January 27, 2011
“AAUW Recommendations to Attract and Retain Female Students”
Stephanie Pfirman, Department of Environmental Sciences
Faculty discussed the recent in-depth American report, “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” This report, published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), profiled eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers that continue to block women’s participation and progress into the STEM fields.  Included were specific recommendations for those teaching STEM to girls and women.  Full report can be found:

Thursday, November 4, 2010
“TC/BC Bridge Program: Preparing Teacher Leaders in Math and Science”
Lee Bell, Maria Rivera Maulucci, and Lisa Edstrom, Education Program, Barnard College
Dr. Felicia Moore, Department of Science Education, Teachers College
Faculty from the Barnard Education Program and from Teachers College described a new collaborative grant project between Barnard and Teachers College to develop a pipeline for math/science teacher leaders for New York City public schools.  Teacher-Leader Fellows from Barnard would receive certification through the Education Program and continue on to Teachers College for a Master’s Degree. One goal of the project is to develop teacher leaders who can strengthen math/science curriculum and mentor colleagues in the schools where they teach.  Students will have opportunities to work with BC and TC faculty on in-service, research and community outreach programs as they develop teaching and leadership skills. Feedback and suggestions on ways to recruit students and strengthen the proposed program were discussed with colleagues in the Departments of Math, Science and Psychology.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
“Lessons Learned: Modifying the Original UMKC Supplemental Instruction Model for the Barnard Community” 
Maria Minino and Brianna DeSantis, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Please visit for additional information about Supplemental Instruction at Barnard.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
"Strategies for Increasing the Recruitment and Retention of under-represented minorities in the Sciences"  
In the summer of 2009, a team from Barnard College (Jacob Alexander, Jessica Goldstein, and Maria Minino) attended a Mellon 23 sponsored workshop addressing recruitment and retention of under-represented minorities in the sciences at selective liberal arts colleges.  Jessica Goldstein (Biological Sciences) facilitated a discussion about specific strategies that were learned for increasing participation of under-represented minorities in the sciences on an individual, departmental, and institutional level.
April 28, 2009
"Probability and Pedagogy: Decision Making in the College Classroom"
Daniel L. Goroff, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Professor of Mathematics and Economics, Harvey Mudd College
April 8, 2009
“Programs to Improve the Performance of Underachieving Minority Students"
Freeman H. Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland-Baltimore County 
March 11, 2009
Alison Cook-Sather, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI) at Bryn Mawr College
Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms: The Teaching and Learning Initiative at Bryn Mawr College
Alison Cook-Sather will facilitate a discussion of the opportunities afforded faculty members at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges to work with one another and with undergraduate students positioned in the role of pedagogical consultant to develop effective and engaging classroom practices. She will describe the TLI and share faculty perspectives on what they have gotten out of their participation, one of the student consultants will describe her own and other students' experiences of the work, and the group will have an opportunity to discuss findings of an initial report produced by participants in the TLI regarding how to create more culturally responsive classrooms.
November 14, 2008
Paul Hertz, Department of Biological Sciences, Barnard College
"How to Manage Your Grant: A post-award luncheon presentation"  
As PI for the multi-million dollar Hughes Science Pipeline Project, Paul Hertz has developed great strategies for effective grant management.  At the meeting, he will share his expertise and answer any questions faculty may have regarding the administration of their own grants. Sponsored by the Barnard College Office of Institutional Support and the Office of the Provost.  
October 8, 2008
Dr. Karen E.S. Phillips, Hunter College, CUNY
"Using a Combined Lecture/Workshop Model to Improve Student Agency as Learners of Organic Chemistry"
April 16, 2008
Maria Rivera Maulucci, Barnard College Education Program
"Where's the Love? The Affective Nature of Teaching Science"
April 7, 2008
Kimberly Kastens, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, CU
"What problems are we trying to solve through use of data, simulations and visualizations in (Geo)science education?. . . and how Research on Learning can help"
December 4, 2007
Blackboard, Chalk and Chat—The High Art of Low Tech Teaching
Patricia Stokes, Department of Psychology
November 12, 2007 
ADVANCE Workshop on "Women, Minorities and Interdisciplinarity: Transforming the Research Enterprise: Co-sponsored by Barnard College and the Social Science Research Council, the workshop will examine the connections between gender, ethnicity, race, and the interdisciplinary research agenda. 
Special Event:  Howard Gardner, “Interdisciplinarity: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown" 
November 8, 2007
Stephanie Pfirman, Department of Environmental Science
Tips for Maximizing Research Productivity and Impact
October 22, 2007
Stephanie Pfirman, Department of Environmental Science
"Putting Upper Limits on Teaching? COACH and ADVANCE Surveys, University of Michigan CRLT Advice"
May 2-4, 2007 
ADVANCE presents the University of Michigan CRLT Players @ Barnard/Columbia
"Mentoring Faculty, Managing Classroom Discussion, Handling Department Administration"
April 30, 2007 
Sonny Ago, Dean of Multicultural Affairs
"Issues and Concerns of Non-Majority Students"
April 17, 2007 
Maxine Weisgrau, Department of Anthropology
Will Simpkins, Office of Career Development
"Using Co-curricular Experiences to Enhance Learning"
April 2, 2007  
Rajiv Sethi, Department of Economics
"Inequality, Segregation, and Academic Achievement"
March 20, 2007 
Maria Rivera, Barnard College Education Program
Ryan Kelsey, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning
"Assessing Student Learning"
March 5, 2007 
Stephen Peverly, Program in Psychology & Education, Teachers College
"Instruction-Based Assessment "
February 20, 2007 
Elizabeth Boylan, Provost 
"PKAL Science for All Students Leadership Initiative"
February 5, 2007 
Lisa Son, Department of Psychology
"Pedagogy for Long-term Learning"
May 1, 2006
Krynn Lukacs, Department of Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College
"Peer-Led Instruction"
April 17, 2006  
John Glendinning, Department of Biology, Barnard College
"Clickers in the Classroom: Are They Useful or Just Another Gimmick?"
March 31, 2006  
Steve Loomis, Professor of Biology, Connecticut College
"Designing an Active Learning Module"
March 3, 2006
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Department of Psychology, Yale University 
"Out of the Laboratory and into the University: Applications of Identity and Stereotype Threat Processes"
February 10, 2006  
Jo  Handelsman, Howard Hughes Medical institute Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Scientific Teaching at Work in the College Classroom"
December 12, 2005
Planning Meeting (open to community)
November 28, 2005 
Maria S. Rivera, Assistant Professor of Education, Barnard College
"Inclusive Teaching in Science and Mathematics: Exploring Stances and Strategies"
November 10, 2005
Catherine Good, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Barnard College
"Increasing Females' Achievement and Representation in Mathematics"
October 31, 2005  
Dorothy Denburg, Dean of the College, Barnard College
"Issues of Campus Climate and Performance Gaps for Students from Underrepresented Groups"
October 10, 2005  
Wendy Newstetter, Director of Learning Sciences Research in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology 
"Creating Cognitive Apprenticeships for Undergraduate Learning"