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Secrets of Science

Biology Special Topics:
Secrets of Science: From the Lab to the Popular Media

Biology 375 (check course guide for section number)

A 2-credit course for first-year students, meets the CALS first-year seminar requirement

What's the science behind that latest story on Facebook?  Did you wonder if it was accurate?

Learn how to evaluate the scientific findings you encounter in real life in this small, discussion-based seminar. You'll explore the science behind biology research in the popular press and come to understand more about the overall process of doing science.  You'll also get to meet researchers in person and learn about their lives and the work they do. 

Improve your analytical skills, gain confidence as a scientific thinker, and become a more informed consumer of the science in your life—useful skills for any major or career goal! 

Chris Trimby

Director of Teaching Fellows Program and Exploring Biology Course
Contact Info

(608) 265-0850

Location

Room 118B

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

My work at WISCIENCE focuses on helping graduate students and post-docs in the sciences develop their teaching skills. I teach courses, lead workshops, and mentor Scientific Teaching Fellows during their first independent teaching experiences.

I grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and did my undergrad work not too far from here, at Northern Illinois University, before going on to earn my Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Kentucky in 2011. I realized fairly quickly that I didn’t enjoy doing bench research, but I was fortunate enough to be in a department that supported graduate students to develop skills and interests in teaching.

Despite my training, however, my first full-time teaching position—as a lecturer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology—felt akin to being tossed in the deep end of the pool. Luckily, I had fantastic cohort of new lecturer peers in my department, and we were able to learn and grow together to become better educators.

Now I help arm future educators with the tools to be successful from day one of their teaching careers. Having experienced first-hand how vital it can be to have a peer group to work with, I strive to help  aspiring faculty develop that same sense of community support around their teaching.