Jamie Foster

Jamie S. Foster

Assistant Professor of Microbiology at University of Florida

Location:
2015 North Jefferson Street, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
HQ Phone:
(904) 588-1800

General Information

Experience

Position In Science - Rising Sun Productions

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science - Florida Museum of Natural History

Education

Ph. D.

Recent News  

Astrobiology Students Use Art to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

A scientist goes about his or her work using many of the same skills, says microbiologist Jamie Foster.
Foster, who teaches astrobiology at the University of Florida, is trying to figure out how to help her undergraduate students think more critically about the information with which they are presented. For her, a simple answer is starting with a description of an artist's illustration of a scientific concept. Foster encourages her students to apply this type of thinking everywhere - to papers they read, to news reports they hear and even to Foster's lectures. "They are now getting to the age where they really need to build their critical thinking skills," she said. The next part of the course involves evaluating artwork, because it is common for people to be exposed to art through galleries, online illustrations and many other means. She asks the students to write down any questions that occur to them as they see an image. Over time, Foster encourages the students to ask fewer questions describing the images and more questions asking what the images signified, and where more information can be found. "Sometimes informational questions are very important," she said. "But my goal is to help them figure out what kind of questions they are asking, and how to make them more analytical." 'Push them out of their comfort zone' Foster has taught the course for nine years; the paper is based on three years of work (2010-2012). She discovered that in the first year the exercise was implemented, the students reported that a single class was not enough time to evaluate the artwork properly. She broke the work into two classes the next year with greater success, she said. In future years, Foster said she hopes to use other methods to track progress besides the student's own self-perceptions. Although the study itself received no funding, part of the work that Foster does as a microbiologist is funded by the Exobiology & Evolutionary Biology element of the NASA Astrobiology Program. She presented her research from that program in the class, along with other scientists' work.

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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/A_hot_start_to_the_origin_of_life_999.html

A scientist goes about his or her work using many of the same skills, says microbiologist Jamie Foster.
Foster, who teaches astrobiology at the University of Florida, is trying to figure out how to help her undergraduate students think more critically about the inf ... read more

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