2019 Keynote Presenters
Dr. Sara Brownell is a neuroscientist turned discipline-based education researcher. She received her Ph.D. in Biology and her M.A. in Education, both from Stanford University. She is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, and her research aims to improve undergraduate biology education with a emphasis on promoting diversity and inclusion.
Brownell explores how student social identities and characteristics (e.g., gender, religious identity, LGBTQ+ identity, mental health) influence their experiences in undergraduate research and in large-enrollment active learning courses. She has received the highest university-level teaching awards at both Stanford University as a graduate student and at Arizona State University as a faculty member.
Brownell is currently participating in numerous national efforts to improve biology education, including serving on the committee that helps create the AP Biology exam. Her research has earned her the 2018 National Association of Biology Teachers Biology Education Research Award and has been featured in a variety of news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, BBC, and Scientific American.
Dr. Heidi Elmendorf has been at Georgetown University since 1999 as a faculty member in the Department of Biology.
Elmendorf has spent her research career in the field of global health, studying parasitic diseases that primarily affect some of the world’s most underprivileged peoples. She has long been committed to increasing a greater breadth of opportunities in the sciences for a greater diversity of students.
Dr. Randall Bass has been at Georgetown University since 1991 as a faculty member in the Department of English. He is currently Vice Provost for Education for the Main Campus of Georgetown.
Bass has been working at the intersections of technology, innovation and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years. He has been focused his whole career on the improvement of student learning, especially in new learning environments that respond to the changing conditions of our era.