Nancy Maria Aguilar-roca

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Lecturer PSOE, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2000, Marine Biology
B.A., Occidental College, Biology

Phone: (949) 824-3632

University of California, Irvine
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Biology Education Research, Comparative Physiology, Marine Science
Academic Distinctions
National Academies Education Fellow (2012-13)
Research Abstract
My primary education research is focused on the development and assessment of inquiry based modules for upper-division physiology labs. In addition to curriculum design, I am working with other laboratory instructors to develop a graduate TA training program that is specific to teaching laboratories. My second area of research is the use active teaching techniques in large introductory biology lectures (>400 students/section). Although ideas for active teaching are abundant, few have been experimentally tested in an ecologically relevant setting. One specific strategy that I am pursuing is the use of a hybrid class format (i.e. some course content is converted into an online activity) in order to incorporate problem solving and critical thinking exercises into class time.
Aguilar-Roca, N.M., Williams, A. and O’Dowd, D.K.. (In Press). The impact of laptop-free zones on student attitudes and performance. Computers and Education.
Williams, A., Aguilar-Roca, N.M.*, Tsai, M., Wong, M., Beaupré, M., and O’Dowd, D.K. (2011). Assessment of learning gains associated with independent exam analysis in introductory biology. CBE-Life Sciences Education. 11: 346-356.
* = contributed equally with the first author
Moravec, M., Williams, A., Aguilar-Roca, N.M. and O'Dowd, D.K. (2010) Learn before lecture: a strategy that can increase learning outcomes in large introductory biology courses. Cell Biology Education. 9(4): 473-481
O'Dowd, D.K. and Aguilar-Roca, N.M. (2009) Garage Demos: Using physical models to illustrate dynamic aspects of microscopic biological processes. Cell Biology Education. 8: 112-122.
Aguilar-Roca, N.M., Williams, A., Warrior, R, and O'Dowd, D.K. (2009) Two minute training in class significantly increases the use of professional formatting in student to faculty email correspondence. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 3 (1): online
Professional Societies
American Physiological Society
Soc. Adv. Chicanos & Native Am. in Science
Soc. Adv. Biology Education Research
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