Pre-GREAT Workshops

Pre-GREAT Workshop: “How to Write an Abstract”

February 6, 2018, 12:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

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Dr. Alix Darden  


Alix G. Darden, Ph.D., M.Ed., is a Professor of Research, Department of Pediatrics, and is the Director of Faculty Development for the Pediatrics Department at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. Her background is in Immunology, PhD from Southwestern Graduate School, Dallas, TX, with a passion for quality science education and transformative student learning. Dr. Darden has been published and nationally funded in both areas. She was able to indulge those passions at The Citadel, Charleston, SC, from 1995-2008 as a member of the Biology faculty where she guided undergraduate and graduate students through the research process.  As a Carnegie Scholar in 2000-2001 she was introduced to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Applying and integrating her passions and skills in the areas of Biology and SoTL netted her a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to integrate her bench research on opsin gene regulation into her classes, as well as a national teaching award, the 2008 CASE US Professors of the Year, and South Carolina Professor of the Year.  Since arriving at OUHSC in 2009, she has been involved in the development of the College of Medicine’s Academy of Teaching Scholars and serves as Director of The Academy. She received a MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, from University of Cincinnati in 2016.  At the national level, Dr. Darden is involved in the Academic Pediatrics Association’s Education Scholars Program as a faculty mentor and member of the curriculum committee. Her current research interests are in how to create effective and sustainable faculty development programs and factors that influence organizational culture change.


Pre-GREAT Workshop: “Poster Presentation Skills”

February 13, 2018, 12:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

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Dr. Rebecka Bourn-SMALL

Dr. Rebecka Bourn


Rebecka Bourn, Ph.D., is a senior scientific writer at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Dr. Bourn earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. During her graduate studies, her mentor, Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani, taught her that the data always tells a story. This perspective became the basis for her career in science communication. After graduating, she founded a science communications business, where she worked with academic researchers, startups, and pharmaceutical companies to find and tell the stories in their data. Dr. Bourn has also helped write and revise several program grants that were funded in Oklahoma and many other states. Her role in these grants led to her interest in formal mentorship and training in science communication skills. Currently at OMRF, while being a senior scientific writer, Dr. Bourn also helps train junior investigators in science communication and coordinate a small team of writers that support scientists both at OMRF and OUHSC. 


Pre-GREAT Workshop: “Oral and 3-minute Thesis Presentation Skills”

February 27, 2018, 12:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

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Dr. Melissa S. Medina


Melissa Medina, Ed.D., is a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professor, the Associate Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Teaching Preparation & Development and a Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Pharmacy. She also serves as the Director of Preparing Future Faculty for the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. Dr. Medina earned her bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology and both master’s, doctorate degrees in educational psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in August 2000 and directs and coordinates several teaching methods courses and teaching certificate programs for faculty, residents, and graduate and professional students nationally, across campus, and within the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Medina has delivered over 100 teaching-related presentations, workshops, and retreats locally and nationally for faculty and students and has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Medina has received the University of Oklahoma Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Assessment Award, the AACP Teaching Innovation Award, and 6 teaching awards at the OUHSC College of Pharmacy, including Teacher of the Year.