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Regassa completes residency program for teachers of microbiology

Georgia Southern University faculty member Laura Regassa was among 16 scientists from around the country to complete a yearlong residency program that is designed to improve student learning in the microbiological sciences.

An assistant professor in the Department of Biology, Regassa completed the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Scholars-in-Residence Program.

The program brings together outstanding faculty who are committed to investigating and documenting significant issues and challenges in the teaching of microbiology.

Regassa’s research interests include bacteriology and molecular biology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

The Scholars-in-Residence Program began in July 2005 with a four-day institute on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the ASM headquarters in Washington, D.C. It culminated in May 2006 with the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators in Orlando, Fla.

The program seeks to develop a cadre of leading teacher-scholars, enhance the professional development of microbiology faculty, and support a community of scholarly work.

Throughout the program, the participants developed their understanding of teaching and learning science in college classrooms. They assessed the effectiveness of various approaches, including writing to learn, service learning, highlighting relevancy through case studies, and inquiry based laboratories.

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