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Jay Labov

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BIO

Jay Labov is Senior Advisor for Education and Communication for the National Research Council's Center for Education. He divides his time between the Center for Education and the National Academies' Office of Communications. In this capacity, Dr. Labov leads an institution-wide effort to leverage the National Academies' work in education by helping to make more deliberate connections between the work of the Center for Education, the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the program units of the National Research Council. He is the principal liaison on education activities between the program units of the National Academies and its Office of Communications, with the goal of enhancing communication with outside stakeholders about the Academies' work in education and the public's understanding of science and technology. He also has been the study director for several NRC reports, Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (2003); Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools (2002); Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium (2000); Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (1999); Serving the Needs of Pre-College Science and Mathematics Education: Impact of a Digital National Library on Teacher Education and Practice (1999); and Developing a Digital National Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education (1998). He has been Director of the Center's Committee on Undergraduate Science Education and oversees the National Academy of Science's efforts to improve the teaching of evolution in the public schools. Prior to assuming his position at the NRC Dr. Labov was a member of the biology faculty for 18 years at Colby College in Waterville Maine. 

EXPERTISE

Biological sciences (physiology, behavior, evolution, neurobiology, ecology)
Science education policy for grades K-16. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Nurturing and Sustaining Effective Programs in Science Education for Grades K-8:Building a Village in California: Summary of a Convocation (National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, 2009). Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12739.>State Science & Technology Policy Advice: Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges. Report from a National Convocation. (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, 2008). Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12160.

Science, Evolution, and Creationism (National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine (2008). Available at http://nap.edu/sec.>Enhancing Professional Development of Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology, Report of a Workshop. (2007). Available at http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11995.
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Linking Mandatory Professional Development With High Quality Teaching and Learning: Proceedings and Transcripts (2006). Available at
http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11518.

Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. (2003). Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10024.html.

Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools. (2002). This report consists of the study committee's report and four reports from disciplinary panels in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It served as the basis for the restructuring of Advanced Placement science courses that is now being undertaken by the College Board. Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10129.html.

Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium. (2000). Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/9832.html.

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology. (1999). Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/6453.html
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Serving the Needs of Pre-College Science and Mathematics Education: Impact of a Digital National Library on Teacher Education and Practice. Proceedings from a National Research Council Workshop (1999). Available at
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/9584.html.

Developing a Digital National Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education. (1997). Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/5952.html.

Labov, J.B., Singer, S.R., George, M.D., Schweingruber, H.A., and Hilton, M.L. (2009). Effective Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education. Part 1: Examining the Evidence. CBE Life Sciences Education. 8(3): 157-161.

Labov, J.B. and Huddleston, N.F. (2009).Integrating Policy and Decision Making into Undergraduate Science Education. Invited reflections on paper by Labov and Huddleston (2008). Annals of Research in Engineering Education 4(3). http://www.areeonline.org/?id=8198.>Pfund, C., Miller, S. Brenner, K., Bruns, P., Chang, A., Ebert-May, D., Fagen, A., Gentile, J., Gossens, S. Khan, I., Labov, J.B., Pribbenow, C.M., Tong, L., Wright, R., Wood, W.B., and Handelsman, J. A (2009). Summer Institute to Improve Biology Education at Research Universities. Science. 324: 470-471. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/324/5926/470>Labov, J.B. and Huddleston, N.F. (2008). From the National Academies: Integrating Policy- and Decision-making into Undergraduate STEM Education. CBE Life Sciences Education. 7(4): 347-352

Chow, I. and Labov, J.B. (2008). From the National Academies: Working Together to Address Challenges to the Teaching of Evolution. CBE Life Sciences Education, 7(3): 279-283.

Labov, J.B. and Pope, B.K. (2008). From the National Academies. Listening to Our Audiences: The Design and Evolution of Science, Evolution, and Creationism. CBE Life Sciences Education 7(1): 20-24.

Labov, J.B. (2007). The Intersection of STEM Assessment, Accountability, and Education Policy: A "Gathering Storm" for Higher Education? In: Deeds, D. and Callen, B (eds.). "Proceedings of a National STEM Assessment Conference: Washington, DC, October 2006. Jointly Sponsored by Drury University and the National Science Foundation. Springfield, MO: Drury University. Pages 3-9.

Jurkowski, A., Reid, A.H., and Labov, J.B. (2007). From the National Academies. Metagenomics: A Call for Bringing a New Science into the Classroom (While It's Still New). CBE Life Sciences Education 6(4): 260-265.

Fagen, A.P. and Labov, J.B. (2007). From the National Academies: Understanding Interventions that Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers: Major Questions and Appropriate Methods. CBE Life Sciences Education. 6(3): 187-189.

Fagen, A. P., Schoen, R., and Labov, J.B. (2007). From the National Academies: Leadership Summit to Effect Change in Teaching and Learning: Undergraduate Education in Agriculture. CBE Life Sciences Education 6(1): 25-26.

Labov, J.B. (2006). From the National Academies: National and State Standards in Science and Their Potential Influence on Undergraduate Science Education. CBE Life Sciences Education. 5(4): 204-209.

Labov, J.B. (2006). Overview of National and State Learning Standards in Science. Marine Technology Society Journal. 39(4): 13-17.

Labov, J.B. (2006). From the National Academies: Three Recent Reports on Improving Science Education. CBE Life Science Education 5(1): 12-18. Available at http://www.lifescied.org/cgi/content/full/5/1/12.
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Labov, J.B. (2006). Overview of National and State Learning Standards in Science. Marine Technology Society Journal. 39(4): 15-19.

Labov, J.B. (2005). From the National Academies: Ongoing Challenges to Evolution Education: Resources and Activities of the National Academies. Cell Biology Education 4(4): 269-272.

Labov, J.B. (2005). "Learning about the Nature of Science and Scientific Evidence to Understand Evolution." In: Evolutionary Science and Society: Educating a New Generation, Joel Cracraft and Rodger Bybee. Washington, DC: American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Labov, J.B. (2005). From the National Academies: A Tribute to the Science Education Legacy of National Academy of Sciences President Bruce Alberts. Cell Biology Education. 4(3): 185-188.

Labov, J.B. (2005). From the National Academies: Medical School Admissions Requirements and Undergraduate Science Education. Cell Biology Education. 4(1): 7-9.