Mark Akos Sarvary

Mark Akos Sarvary
Cornell University | CU · Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

Ph.D.

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Introduction
I live at the intersection of education research and science communication. As an educator and science communicator, my goal is to explore more effective ways to engage my audience, establish trust and get a dialogue going with students, fellow scientists, and the publics. I am the founder and the academic advisor of the Science Communication and Public Engagement undergraduate minor (SCoPE) and I direct the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories at Cornell University.
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August 2011 - present
Cornell University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Investigative Biology (BioG1500) Disturbance ecology (BioG1250) Wikipedia editing for Biologists
August 2011 - May 2012
Ithaca College
Position
  • Adjunct Lecturer and Laboratory instructor in Biology
April 2011 - September 2011
Cornell University
Position
  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (29)
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The Investigative Biology Course at Cornell University is designed for biology majors to provide lab experience with emphasis on processes of scientific investigation and students gain expertise in scientific methods and instrumentation. The course modules follow the “crawl, walk, run” approach to develop the capacity of students to solve increasin...
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1. To improve the monitoring of the invasive European woodwasp, both sexes of Sirex noctilio were studied in a walk-in wind tunnel.We evaluated three trap types: unbaited traps, traps baited with a three-component pheromone lure and traps baited with a commercial Sirex kairomone lure and ultraviolet light. 2. When no lure was present, the black int...
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Measuring natural enemy (NE) inflicted mortality presents a serious challenge in managed habitats, such as apple orchards, where the crop-plant is frequently treated with a wide range of insecticides. Toxic residues keep natural populations of pests at too low levels to sample and prevent the use of techniques in which laboratory reared insects are...
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Natural enemy (NE) inflicted mortality of the obliquebanded leafroller, Choristoneura rosaceana (Harris), was compared in apple orchards treated with reduced-risk and conventional insecticides and in adjacent unsprayed wild habitats. We hypothesized that NE inflicted mortality would be greater in plots treated with reduced-risk insecticides and in...
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Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) is an invasive herbivore that poses a serious risk to Opuntia cacti in North America. Knowledge of the flight behavior of the cactus moth is crucial for a better understanding of natural dispersal, and for both monitoring and control. We used computer-linked flight mills to investigate diel flig...
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ABSTRACT Biology laboratory courses with hands-on activities faced many challenges when switched to online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The transition back to in-person instruction presents an opportunity to redesign courses with greater student input. Undergraduates in an ∼350-student laboratory course were surveyed about their prefer...
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Classroom observation tools are used to evaluate teaching and learning activities, and to provide constructive feedback to instructors. To help instructors with selecting a suitable tool based on their needs and available resources, in this study, a group of observers assessed lectures of an introductory biology course using three, broadly cited cl...
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Addressing common student questions in introductory STEM courses early in the term is one way that instructors can ensure that their students have all been presented with information about how to succeed in their courses. However, categorizing student questions and identifying evidence-based resources to address student questions takes time, and in...
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Enrollment in courses taught remotely in higher education has been on the rise, with a recent surge in response to a global pandemic. While adapting this form of teaching, instructors familiar with traditional face-to-face methods are now met with a new set of challenges, including students not turning on their cameras during synchronous class meet...
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Introducing undergraduates to the peer-review process helps them understand how scientific evidence is evaluated and communicated. In a large biology course, technical writing was taught through mock peer-review. Students learned to critique original research through a multistep framework, calibrating their assessment skills with class standards. W...
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https://www.teachingprofessor.com/topics/online-learning/teaching-strategies-techniques/the-value-of-undergraduate-teaching-assistants-in-synchronous-online-learning-environments-10-steps-that-can-make-a-positive-change/ Transforming an in-person course to an online teaching and learning environment is always challenging, especially if the course...
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Transforming an in-person course to an online teaching and learning environment is always challenging, especially if the course has a laboratory or studio component. As two co-instructors of a large introductory inquiry-based biology laboratory course with nearly 400 students enrolled, we faced such a challenge when our university switched to onlin...
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Undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs) are known to provide benefits to the students they teach, but there have been few studies examining how UTAs themselves benefit from the experience and how the graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) that they assist benefit. We have developed and are continually improving a teaching assistant program for underg...
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Large introduction to neuroscience classes and small science cafés have the same goal: bridging the gap between the presenter and the audience to convey the information while being engaging. Early classroom response systems became the cornerstone of flipped and engaged learning. These "clickers" helped turn lectures into dialogues, allowing the pre...
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In an undergraduate introductory biology laboratory course, we used a summative assessment to directly test the learning objective that students will be able to apply course material to increasingly novel and complex situations. Using a factorial framework, we developed multiple true–false questions to fall along axes of novelty and complexity, whi...
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Download the case: http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=884&id=884 Although Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium is a fundamental part of introductory biology classes, students often have difficulty understanding its implications. This interrupted case study places students in the role of small teams who are conducting prelim...
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Active learning methods have broken out of small lab rooms and into large lecture courses. Instructors who wish to avoid being the " sage on the stage " and instead would rather flip the classroom by turning lectures into dialogues need to adopt methods that engage large groups of students. This is easier being said than done, and therefore there a...
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The invasive woodwasp Sirex noctilio Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) is obligately associated with the symbiotic white rot fungus Amylostereum areolatum (Chaillet ex Fries) Boidin (Basidiomycota: Amylosteraceae), and shows positive chemotaxis to volatiles emitted by this symbiont. After introduction to North America, S. noctilio was collected ca...
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This laboratory module gives students hands-on experience with mutation and selection in bacteria. An initial classwide project prepares students to design separate group projects. During the first two weeks students observe de novo streptomycin-resistance mutations in Serratia marcescens and compare classwide mutation patterns with those found in...
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Induced plant responses to herbivory are essential for plant resistance. Adaptation to abiotic conditions and to different herbivore pressure can affect induced plant responses. We observed altitudinal differences in herbivory in the wild tomato plant, Solanum peruvianum. Solanum peruvianum is native to the western slopes of the Peruvian Andes and...
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Environmental conditions during egg and larval development may influence the dispersal ability of insect pests, thus requiring seasonal adjustment of control strategies. We studied the longest single flight, total distance flown, and the number of flights initiated by wild Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) to determine whether t...

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