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The Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES) in the College of Natural Sciences aims to catalyze, support, and showcase innovative, evidence-based undergraduate science education. TIDES was proposed in the CNS 2013 Strategic Plan (as the Texas Center for Science Discovery) as a way to continue and enhance the college's leading role in STEM education. With advisement from a cross-disciplinary group of faculty known for both their scientific and teaching accomplishments, TIDES is taking a three-pronged approach to achieve this mission: student programs, faculty programs, and education research and evaluation.

For Students: TIDES is fostering student programs that focus on experiential and engaged learning. The Institute's exemplar program, the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) matches 900+ students with their desired research projects each year. During the spring semester, these students work with faculty principal investigators and postdoctoral-level research educators to do cutting-edge science, mathematics, and technology research from discovering antibiotics to securing computer systems to understanding processes at work in stars. In order to expand research offerings to many more transfer and upper division students, TIDES has established a sister program to FRI, called the Accelerated Research Initiative. FRI and ARI students can showcase their work at the Undergraduate Research Forum and can continue research in the summer with support from introductory or advanced fellowships. TIDES is also conducting a landscape assessment as part of a plan to provide more industry and entrepreneurial learning opportunities for students.

For Current and Future Faculty: TIDES offers teaching development programs for current and future science and mathematics faculty. TIDES has developed a plan for a mentored teaching program for postdoctoral associates, which is now under consideration for extramural funding. TIDES hosts a monthly scientific teaching workshop series, and summer scientific teaching institutes for current and incoming faculty. TIDES is providing national-level leadership on research teaching by hosting working meetings of national groups of educators who are replicating FRI-like programs and developing their own research courses through which students learn to think like scientists and make contributions that have impact outside the classroom. These teaching development programs are complemented by a teaching resources portal, which features effective teaching strategies accompanied how-to advice and data showing efficacy.

Education Research and Evaluation: Systematically collecting and analyzing data to know what students are learning is a critical element of excellent teaching. TIDES staff work with CNS faculty to examine their students' learning, test new teaching strategies, and identify the right assessment tools. TIDES staff also consult and collaborate on evaluating the efficacy and impact of undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral STEM education programs. TIDES education research staff conduct internally and externally funded studies of science teaching and learning in higher education. The following are active areas of investigation in TIDES:

  • Undergraduate outcomes of participating in research courses
  • Mentoring of undergraduate life science researchers 
  • Undergraduate access to science research opportunities
  • Undergraduate attitudes toward quantitative disciplines

TIDES is also conducting several education studies aimed at documenting the impacts of CNS undergraduate programs and understanding the causal mechanisms underlying effective programs, such as the FRI.

ANSLYN, ERIC V
Eric V Anslyn
Professor
Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry | Distinguished Teaching Professor

512-471-0068
NHB 5.114A
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Arasappan, Dhivya
Dhivya Arasappan
Assistant Professor of Practice, Research Scientist
Dhivya joined the GSAF team in 2008 and primarily deals with analysis of Next-gen sequencing data.
Bagchi, Dia
Dia N Bagchi
Assistant Professor of Practice
BARRICK, JEFFREY E
Jeffrey E Barrick
Associate Professor
Microbial experimental evolution and synthetic biology
512-471-3247
MBB 1.436
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Beckham, Josh
Josh T Beckham
Associate Professor of Practice
512-471-5022
PAI
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BROWNING, KAREN S
Karen S Browning
Professor
Mechanism And Regulation Of Eukaryotic Protein Synthesis. My research focuses on the initiation of protein synthesis in higher plants.
512-471-4562
NMS 5.120
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Cameron Devitt, Susan E
Susan E Cameron
Assistant Professor of Practice
Research Educator for Biodiversity Stream, Freshman Research Initiative
512-471-5504
PAT 121C
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Campitelli, Brandon
Brandon Campitelli
STEM Instruction Consultant
Assistant Professor of Instruction | STEM Instructional Consultant | Experiential Learning Coordinator
512-232-8346
PAI
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CLARK, GREGORY B
Gregory B Clark
Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Research Scientist
512-471-1074
BIO 6
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CROOKS, RICHARD M
Richard M Crooks
Professor
The Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry (Materials Chemistry)

512-475-8674
NHB 5.112A
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DANIELS, MARK L
Mark L Daniels
Professor of Practice
The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Fellow

512-232-5767
RLM 10.114
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DE LOZANNE, ARTURO
Arturo De Lozanne
Associate Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor

512-232-6100
PAT 241
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DePue, Lauren
Lauren J Depue Ward
Assistant Professor of Practice
512-232-3556
WEL 2.114
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Duncan, Juliana
Juliana R Duncan
Assistant Professor of Practice
Dylla, Tony
Anthony G Dylla
Assistant Professor of Practice
512-471-3127
PAI 3.04Q
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ELLINGTON, ANDREW
Andrew Ellington
Professor
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Regents Chair in Molecular Biology | Wilson M. and Kathryn Fraser Research Professorship in Biochemistry

512-232-3424
MBB 3.424
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Engelman, Shelly
Shelly Engelman
STEM Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator
512-232-6280
PAI 3.04H
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Fast, Walter
Walter L Fast
Professor, Division Head - Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
William I. Dismukes Fellowship in Pharmacy

512-232-4000
BME 6.202D
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Finkelstein, Keely
Keely D Finkelstein
Assistant Professor of Instruction, STEM Instruction Consultant
Education & Curriculum Design efforts in TIDES, Asst. Prof. of Instruction Astronomy, research in galaxy evolution & star formation studies.
512-471-3339
PAI
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Gonzales, Lynda
Lynda K Gonzales
Director I
Director for Student Programs
512-232-8345
PAI
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Gonzalez, Tony
Antonio Gonzalez III
Associate Professor of Practice
512-471-3553
PAI
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Hawkes, Christine V
Christine V Hawkes
Adjunct Professor
Plant-microbe interactions, community ecology, ecosystem ecology
HENKELMAN, GRAEME A
Graeme A Henkelman
Professor, Core Faculty
George W. Watt Centennial Professorship

512-471-4179
WEL 3.426
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HOFMANN, JOHANN
Hans Hofmann
Professor
Neuromolecular and genomic basis of social behavior and its evolution
512-475-6754
PAT 319
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Ilardi, Elizabeth A
Elizabeth Ilardi
Assistant Professor of Practice
IYER, VISHWANATH R
Vishy Iyer
Professor, Professor of Oncology
512-232-7833
MBB 3.212A
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JOLLY, CHRISTOPHER A
Chris Jolly
Associate Professor - NTR Graduate Chair
512-471-7290
DPI 2.818
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JONES, RICHARD A
512-471-1706
WEL 4.414
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JUENGER, THOMAS E
Thomas E Juenger
Professor
C. L. Lundell Chair of Systematic Botany

512-232-5751
PAT
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LLOYD, ALAN M
Alan M Lloyd
Professor, Associate Director (Academic)
512-471-3530
NMS 5.122
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MacKrell, Albert
Albert J MacKrell
Assistant Professor of Practice
Al has directed the VIM stream since 2006, exploring the interactions between macromolecuales that control gene expression.
512-471-7321
BIO
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MARCOTTE, EDWARD M
Edward M Marcotte
Professor
Mr. and Mrs. Corbin J. Robertson, Sr. Regents Chair in Molecular Biology #1

512-232-3919
MBB
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MARKERT, JOHN T
John T Markert
Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor

Magnetism and superconductivity in oxides and heavy fermion systems; high temperature superconductivity
512-471-1039
RLM 13.314
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MARTIN, STEPHEN F
Stephen F Martin
Professor
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Regents Chair in Chemistry

512-471-3915
WEL 5.416
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Metola, Pedro
Pedro Metola
Clinical Assistant Professor
MIIKKULAINEN, RISTO P
Risto P Miikkulainen
Professor
Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Natural Computation
512-471-7316
GDC 3.826
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MISHLER, DENNIS M
Dennis M Mishler
Assistant Professor of Practice
512-471-0486
NHB
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MONTGOMERY, MICHAEL H
Mike Montgomery
Assistant Professor of Practice, Research Scientist
Asteroseismology of white dwarfs and other stars; stellar convection, crystallization, and evolution; theory/measurement of line profiles
512-471-3451
RLM 16.232
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Moran, Nancy
Nancy A Moran
Professor
Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Chair

Insect and bacterial genomics and evolution, Symbiosis
512-232-5701
NMS 4.232A
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Nava, Suzette
Suzette E Nava
Event Coordinator
512-232-3586
PAI
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Palmer, Gregory
Gregory C Palmer

Research Educator for the Antibiotics Freshman Research Initiative stream, where students isolate antibiotic-producing soil bacteria
PATTERSON, KRISTIN D
Kristin D Patterson
Associate Professor of Instruction, STEM Instruction Consultant
POTEET, MARY F
Mary F Poteet
Assistant Professor of Practice, Research Fellow
512-471-5209
EPS 2.112D
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Que, Emily
Emily Que
Assistant Professor
512-471-4490
WEL 4.156A
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Ramsey, Mary E
Mary E Ramsey
Assistant Professor of Practice
512-232-6243
PAT 511
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Rane, Ashay
Ashay S Rane
Graduate Research Assistant
My research devises defenses against computer security attacks. I am also the Research Educator for the System Security FRI stream.
512-471-7316
GDC
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REICHLER, STUART A
Stuart A Reichler
Associate Professor of Practice
Instructor- Scientific Inquiry Across the Disciplines; Program Coordinator- Scientific Inquiry Across the Disciplines; Waller Creek Research
512-471-1074
PAI
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Riedel, Timothy
Timothy E Riedel
Assistant Professor of Practice
ROUX, STANLEY J JR
Stanley J Roux Jr
Research Integrity Officer, Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor

512-232-6388
FAC 426
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Sandy, Moriah
Moriah M Sandy
Assistant Professor of Practice