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November 18th, 2019

I have made it back from NABT 2019 in Chicago and it was such a great experience! NABT has been one of my favorite conferences since I started going a few years ago. I am very excited to share that all three posters I contributed to won an award! My poster on the validity and reliability of the Plant Blindness Index and Botanical Literacy Inventory won 3rd place in the Graduate Biology Education Research poster competition. However, I am actually even more excited about the fact that the undergraduate I’m working with on plant blindness in textbooks received first place in the Undergraduate Biology Education Research poster competition! She did such a great job presenting and I’m very happy that she won this award during her first-ever NABT conference and poster competition. Lastly, my friend and colleague won first place in the Graduate Biology Education Research poster competition! She is such a hard worker and deserves this recognition more than I could ever possibly explain. Such an eventful and fun conference.

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Oh and I almost forgot: I am officially a Ph.D. candidate as of Wednesday, November 13th! I am very happy to have cleared this particular milestone and ready to begin dissertating as soon as I can.

November 8th, 2019

Well, a lot is happening here very quickly! First of all my PI, Dr. Jaime Sabel, is recruiting a Ph.D. student to join our lab. You can read more about this position here, and you can read about our research group here. I will also be defending my prospectus next Wednesday to become a PhD candidate, so I’m very excited about that! And finally, I will be an author on three posters being presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference next week: one about the development process of two instruments I am creating for my dissertation, one about a project that an undergrad and I worked on evaluating undergraduate intro biology textbooks based upon their use of plant and animal images, and one about pre-service teachers and their explorations of biodiversity in their environment. We actually leave for the conference the day after I defend my prospectus! If you’d like to learn more about our lab, or if you’d like to know what it’s like to work with Dr. Sabel, please feel free to reach out via the contact tab!

July 27th, 2019

I had a fantastic time presenting at the Society for Advancement in Biology Education Research! SABER is possibly my favorite conference to attend as I always get such great interest and input for my work from the people who attend my presentations. This time I gave a talk, which I was very excited to do as there were not many talk slots available and we had a record high attendance! I’ll share a picture below.

I’m also excited to announce that my latest publication with some colleagues (Austin Leone, Sara Salisbury, Zach Nolen, Jenn Idema, Katherine Stefanik, and Kristy Daniel) is available on the Bioscene website! You can find it here. It’s not very related to my usual work, but it was a publication that came from a group project that I worked on with them during my Master’s degree at Texas State University, and I am so happy that it finally got published! I was primarily responsible for the theoretical framework, but it was definitely a group effort to get this done and to publication!

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April 4th, 2019

Unfortunately, due to coming down with a terrible head cold, I was not able to present at the Association for Southeastern Biologists. I was so looking forward to it! But luckily my fantastic advisor was nice enough to present my research for me, and she said it went very well and that we had a few very good questions.

 

March 1st, 2019

I just got back from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual conference. It was an amazing experience to present alongside so many amazing researchers! I had some great conversations and look forward to coming back!

 

February 14th, 2019

The Tennessee STEM Education conference went fantastic! I presented a talk about my recent work with causal maps in a Botany classroom and had so many great questions from the crowd! It was very exciting to see what all of our neighbors here in Tennessee are up to.

 

November 15th, 2018

I just got back a few days ago from NABT 2018 and had a fantastic time! It was so great to see so many excellent research projects!

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September 4th, 2018

I have been accepted to present my research at the National Association of Biology Teachers conference on November 8th in San Diego, California. I really enjoy NABT as there are so many great people to talk to and so many wonderful teachers to learn from! Maybe I’ll meet some new people this year!

July 30th, 2018

This past weekend at SABER I presented a poster on my research so far. It was a very productive and enlightening conference! I’m so glad I went!

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April 19th, 2018

I just found out that I have been selected to attend the FEW-Nexus conference in Washington, D.C.! It will be May 22-23 and I will be presenting a poster about my research.

The FEW-Nexus is a conference where faculty and grad students who study areas within the Food Energy and Water fields share their work and come together to create a national collaborative for Food Energy and Water systems education (NC-FEW)!

It should be a very interesting and transformative collaboration!