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Taking a Biologist to Lunch
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:15 PM -1:35 PM
  Author: Dawn Meredith, University of New Hampshire
  Co-Author(s): Jessica A. Bolker , James Vesenka , Christopher W Shubert , Gertrud L. Kraut
  Abstract: It is often suggested that instructors of algebra-based introductory physics courses take a biologist to lunch, with the goal of finding out what a practicing biologist needs to know about physics. We sat down with faculty from several different life sciences at our institution to find out what physics their students need: a microbiologist, a zoologist, a kinesiologist, a physiologist, and a geneticist. We will share what we learned from these articulation cross-disciplinary conversations. One need expressed by biology faculty was for physics problems that have significant biology context and content; we have developed problems to address this need. A second need is for lecture modules from our IPLS course that biology instructors can use to refresh students' memories of specific physics content. This enables the students to apply those physics principles in specific biological contexts and build upon what they learned in the IPLS course.
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