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SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Pictured in back, center, lecturer James Zimmerman, professor of nuclear chemistry and associate director of the Research Academy on University Learning at Montclair State University, speaks to participants of a Professional Development Workshop for science faculty, graduate students and select undergraduates July 24 in Beckham Hall. This is the first in a series of workshops that teach professional development skills to Wesleyan graduate and advanced undergraduates to enhance the quality of teaching conducted in the science departments at Wesleyan.

Anthony Davis, a chemistry graduate student, takes notes at the workshop. Davis works with Albert Fry, the E.B. Nye Professor of Chemistry.
From left, visiting faculty member Kraig Steffen, molecular biology and biochemistry graduate student Jie Zhai, and chemistry BA/MA student Peter Lambert ‘08, collaborate on an exercise. The development workshop aims to further the retention of life science students across ethnic backgrounds and the future performance of graduates as academy members.
Albert Fry, the E.B. Nye Professor of Chemistry; Doug Allen, assistant facilities manager in chemistry; and Philip Bolton, chair and professor of chemistry, share ideas at the workshop. This year’s participants were primarily scientists, however coordinators are planning to expand the professional development workshop in future years to be more inclusive of students and faculty in other disciplines.
Andrea DePetris '10 and Claude Moise '09 voice their opinions on what makes an ideal instructor.
Michael Singer, assistant professor of biology, discusses effective teaching at the day-long event. Financial support for the workshop was provided by the Chemistry Department, the Hughes Program, and the Center for Faculty Career Development. Erika Taylor, assistant professor of chemistry, coordinated the workshop. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)