Last year, the SSE Education and Outreach Committee awarded the T.H. Huxley Award to Dr. Katie Grogan and colleagues Dr. Teresa W. Lee and Dr. Justine Liepkalns, who developed an educational activity for teaching evolutionary mechanisms. Winners of this award are provided with support to present on behalf of the Society for the Study of Evolution at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Continue reading to hear more from Dr. Grogan.
“My colleagues and I won the 2018 T. H. Huxley award from SSE for a student-centered, active learning approach we developed and published using sticky notes to teach evolutionary mechanisms of natural selection, gene flow, population bottlenecks, and genetic drift. Through the generous SSE sponsorship, I was able to present this activity at the 2018 annual National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Conference. The NABT conference, held this year in San Diego, CA in early November, brings together hundreds of biology teachers who teach in K-12 and college classrooms across the USA. During my hands-on workshop, nearly 60 teachers performed the activity and more reported interest in using the activity in their classrooms. Thanks to SSE, we were able to generate enthusiasm among biology teachers for the activity and recruit participants to help us test its effectiveness in the future.”