Bob Pelayo has recently been PI or Co-PI on three successful grant proposals. He's the lead PI on BioCalculus Preparation, Engagement, and Application (BioCalc PEA) Program ($1.4M.) He's a Co-PI, with lead PI Babak Shahbaba in UCI’s Statistics & Computer Science departments, on Data Science Corps Funding for Internships & New Curricula ($1.5M) and as Co-PI with Alessandra Pantano on Teacher Noticing for Intro to Proof Courses ($300,000).

BioCalculus Preparation, Engagement, and Application (BioCalc PEA)

Program

This $1.4M grant, funded by the California Learning Lab, will re-imagine

the BioCalculus course sequences at three partnering universities: UC

Irvine, CSU Fullerton, and Fresno State. Led by UC Irvine and with Bob

Pelayo serving as Principal Investigator, this three-campus partnership

serves to tackle the problem of content disconnect between these

Calculus courses and Biology content/coursework. The main deliverable

will be a complete course package for active learning engagement in the

BioCalculus course sequence, which will be freely available to students.

Furthermore, preparation programs like a summer academy and first-year

experiences will develop porto-calculus skills with roots in biological

settings. Lastly, applications in upper-division Biology courses will be

developed to utilize Calculus skills in the domain field. More info can

be found at: https://ps.uci.edu/news/2424.

Data Science Corps Funding for Internships & New Curricula

This $1.5M National Science Foundation grant will provide internship

opportunities, workforce training, and curricular development at three

partnering campuses: UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, and Cypress College.

This program is spearheaded by Dr. Babak Shahbaba in UCI’s Statistics

& Computer Science departments and has Bob Pelayo as Co-Principal

Investigator. At UCI, this grant will fund several Data Science Fellow

positions, which will provide workforce skill training, connections to

employment opportunities, and summer internships. Furthermore, several

new Data Science courses will be developed at the three universities,

including a Machine Learning course housed within the UCI Mathematics

department. More info can be found at: https://ps.uci.edu/news/2476

Teacher Noticing for Intro to Proof Courses

The $300,000 NSF grant, entitled Noticing in Mathematics for Student

Success (NiMS^2) will investigate the efficacy of teacher noticing in UC

Irvine’s Math 13 (Intro to Abstract Math) course. This course is

spearheaded by Dr. Rossella Santagata of UCI’s School of Education,

with Alessandra Pantano and Bob Pelayo serving as Co-PIs.

Traditionally, these intro to proof courses are difficult transition

periods for math majors, with students uncomfortable with the shift from

computational math to proof-based math. This grant will study the use

of teacher noticing, a video-annotation curriculum technique that allows

for more responsive teaching practices. Instructional teams

(instructors, graduate teaching assistants, and undergraduate learning

assistants) will be trained in this pedagogical practice and will

collect data after its implementation. Furthermore, the grant will

produce an active-based learning curriculum for UCI Math’s Math 13

course that will be freely available to students. For more information,

see: http://education.uci.edu/santagata_nsf.html