UW-River Falls Biology Professor Named a Vision and Change Leadership Fellow

Oct. 8, 2012--Karen Klyczek, professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been selected to serve as a Vision and Change Leadership Fellow with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program. The PULSE program is a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The effort is supporting a yearlong program in which Vision and Change Leadership Fellows consider and then recommend models for improving undergraduate life sciences education. 

"The fellows represent a diverse group of extremely capable faculty," said Judith Verbeke of the NSF. "They bring a variety of experiences that will inform the development of an implementation framework that will transform undergraduate education in the life sciences." 

Klyczek is among forty Vision and Change Leadership Fellows selected from among 250 applicants. Vision and Change Leadership Fellows come from 24 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and represent research universities, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive/regional universities, and two-year colleges. 

"We are very excited about the work on which the fellows are about to embark," said Clifton A. Poodry of NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences. "The PULSE program will help move life sciences education forward."

To learn more about PULSE, including a complete listing of the Vision and Change Leadership Fellows, visit

For more information, contact Blake Fry, UW-River Falls special assistant to the chancellor, at 715-425-3711 or


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