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Nancy Pelaez
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Dr. Nancy Pelaez is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Science with a courtesy appointment in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a B.S. in Biology summa cum laude from Tulane University, a k-12 California teaching credential in both Life Science and Physical Science from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from Indiana University School of Medicine as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow. Pelaez is currently PI of the NSF-funded project, “Advancing Competence in Experimentation – Biology (ACE-Bio) Network," is Co-PI of NSF#1661124 “Exploring Biological Evidence,” and has served as External Evaluator of several NSF-funded projects, including the “Diagnostic Question Clusters (DQC)” project to diagnose student misconceptions in biology, and the “Faculty Developers Network for Undergraduate Biology Education (FDN-UBE).” Pelaez was the Fulbright-University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Vienna Visiting Professor in 2015. With more than 40 refereed publications in the field, Pelaez is now Convener of the Biology Education Area (BEA), which was established as one of six research focus area in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue.

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