General

Last Name

Westenberg

First Name

David

Department or Program Name

Department of Biological Sciences

Institution Name

Missouri University of Science and Technology

PO box or mailstop

400 W. 11th St.

City

Rolla

State

MO

Country

US

Postal Code

65409-1120

URL

http://www.mst.edu/~djwesten

Residency

Residency Attended

2007-2008 Scholars-in-Residence

Institution

Teaching

Primary student type

Undergraduate students – biology majors, Undergraduate students – other STEM majors not listed above

Introductory courses

Genetics, Microbiology

Advanced courses

Pathogenic Microbiology – Biology majors (some MS students)
Microbial Genetics – Biology majors (some MS students)
Microbial metabolism – Biology majors (some MS students)
Biological Design and Innovation – Biology and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering majors

Professional Affiliations

Research

Research question, hypotheses

The “flipped” laboratory – Does presenting laboratory lectures and demonstrations outside the laboratory increase student preparation and confidence?
Science education and quantitative literacy – Can integrated science and math education improve middle school test scores?
Scientific literacy in the microbiology classroom – How do students gather and assess information on microbial diversity?
Introducing Design Thinking into a Biological Design and Innovation Course – Does introduction of design thinking and innovation exercises increase the creativity of undergraduate biology student project proposals?

Research type

How students think and feel about a learning experience (satisfaction, reaction), How students improve or increase their skills OR decrease unwanted behaviors based on a learning experience (performance, behaviors, actions)

Impact of Research

Overall Experience