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Weekly Lunch Discussions

Weekly lunch discussions expand knowledge of discipline-based science education research and can include:

  • faculty members discussing practical issues involving implementation and assessment of innovative curricula in their classes
  • group discussions of papers from discipline-based science education research with a focus on practical issues in adaptation and implementation at Pitt 
  • workshops led by faculty members who conduct science education research
  • informal discussions to foster close collaboration and sharing of ideas among the faculty engaged in scholarship of teaching and learning in the natural sciences.
  • discussions between faculty and graduate students to promote synergy.

The weekly lunch discussions have been occurring since mid-may 2014. Below, we provide more information on the lunches organized so far (topic and paper discussed, discussion participants and a summary of the issues discussed). 

June 21, 2022: Effortful deliberate practice in the classroom: learning vs feeling of learning

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Louis Deslauriers (Harvard University)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

June 6, 2022: ECoach is associated with (modest) gains in expected grades in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at Pitt

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Jessica Wandelt (Biology), Dr. Jennifer Ganger (Psychology), and Dr. Kitty Liu (Chemistry)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

May 23, 2022: Supporting student research with a methods course

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Adrienne Traxler (Wright State University)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

May 9, 2022: Designing Effective and Engaging Online Learning Experiences

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Zhongzhou Chen (UCF)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

April 18, 2022: Ecological Belonging Interventions

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Jeremy Levy (Physics) and Dr. Kevin Binning (Psychology)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

April 11, 2022: Equity and Inclusion in Science Courses.

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Chandralekha Singh, Yangqiuting Li, Sonja Cwik, and Ly Malespina (Physics)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

April 4, 2022: Engaging student scientists to promote inquiry based scientific skills

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Walter Carson (Biological Sciences)
  • This discussion was held online

March 28, 2022: Instructor Talk Moves and Student Reasoning in Undergraduate STEM Classrooms

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Abdi Warfa (University of Minnesota)
  • This discussion was held online

March 21, 2022: Integrating a Mindfulness Resource in a Large Undergraduate STEM Course

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Brian Galla (School of Education)
  • This discussion was held online

March 14, 2022: Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics for Women

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Zahra Hazari (FIU)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

February 28, 2022: Measuring Mindset

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Lisa Limeri (Texas Tech)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

February 21, 2022: Storytelling in Cell Biology

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Kirill Kiselyov (Biological Sciences)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

February 14, 2022: Backchannel for In-Class Questions and Student Belonging

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Perry Samson (University of Michigan)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

February 7, 2022: Physician Workforce Diversity

  • Discussion Leaders:  Dr. John Burkhardt (University of Michigan)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

January 31, 2022: Identifying and lessening challenges for students with anxiety and depression

  • Discussion Leaders:  Katelyn Cooper (Arizona State University)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

January 24, 2022: Research Methods for Psychology: Flipping, Grading, and Cheating

  • Discussion Leaders:  Ben Rottman (Psychology)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

January 10, 2022: Preparing for a New Semester

  • Discussion Leaders:  Chandralekha Singh (Physics)
  • Video
  • This discussion was held online

If you are looking for Lunch Discussions from previous years, you can find them at the following links: