Science Education

Most recently I have been studying how tabletop games can be used in the classroom as a way to integrate the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, and especially the integration of scientific practices such as “Developing and Using Models.”

Publications

Lauren, H., Lutz, C., Wallon, R. C., & Hug, B. (2016). Integrating the dimensions of NGSS within a collaborative board game about honey bees. The American Biology Teacher, 78(9): 755-763. doi:  10.1525/abt.2016.78.9.755 [HHS Public Access]

Jasti, C., Lauren, H., Wallon, R. C., & Hug, B. (2016). The Bio Bay Game: Three-dimensional learning of biomagnification. The American Biology Teacher, 78(9): 748-754. doi:  10.1525/abt.2016.78.9.748 [HHS Public Access]

Selected Presentations

Lauren, H., & Hug, B. (2016, April). Exploring how a collaborative board game can be used as a scientific model within the classroom. Interactive poster presentation at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Lauren, H., & Hug, B. (2016, April). A practical guide for aligning existing materials to the NGSS: The EQuIP rubric. Workshop at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education, Nashville, TN.

Lauren, H., & Hug, B. (2016, April). Wake up students with activities on the genetics of sleep cycles. Workshop at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education, Nashville, TN.

Wallon, R., Jasti, C., Lauren, H., & Hug, B. (2015, April). Using a computer game to introduce scientific argumentation to students. Interactive poster paper presentation at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Lauren, H., Wallon, R., & Hug, B. (2015, March). Using games to support students in the practice of “Developing and Using Models.” Workshop at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education, Chicago, IL.

Lauren, H. & Hug, B. (2014, November). Games as models: Engaging students in the NGSS practices. Workshop at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Lauren, H., Jasti, C. & Hug, B. (2014, November). Integrating biology and physics: Lessons on light and sight. Workshop at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Lauren, H., Jasti, C., & Hug, B. (2013). Evidence, evaluation, and explanations through neuroscience. Workshop at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Jasti, C., Lauren, H., Hug, B., Blattner, M., & Planey, J. (2013). Incorporating the claim, evidence, and reasoning framework into an engaging computer game and project-based-science curriculum unit using the science of traumatic brain injury. Workshop at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education, San Antonio, TX.

Lauren, H., Jasti, C., Planey, J. Talbot, K., & Hug, B. (2012). Brainy games: Linking curriculum with computer games. Workshop at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference, Dallas, TX.

Lauren, H., Stewart, I., Hug, B., & Blattner, M. (2012). Learning isn’t a game…or is it? Using games to engage students. Workshop at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education, Indianapolis, IN.

Ecology and Biology

As an ecologist, my scientific research interests involved the net impact of invasive slugs on native plants (while pursuing a BS in Biology at Seattle University) and the relative importance of nutrients from salmon and a nitrogen-fixing plant in Alaska (while pursuing an MS in Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Publications

Lauren, H. (2013). Seasonal patterns in stream and lake nutrients as influenced by salmon and alder. (Unpublished master’s thesis.) University of Illinois, Champaign.

Lauren, H., and W.L. Whitlow. (2012). Ecological effects of invasive slug, Arion rufus, on native Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa. Northwest Science 86: 1-8.

Presentations

Lauren, H., & Whitlow, W.L. (2009). The good, the bad, and the slimy: Analyzing the net effects of invasive slugs on an urban forest. Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM.

Lauren, H., & Whitlow, W.L. (2008). Comparing the effects of native and invasive slugs on the understory plants in an urban forest. Annual Murdock College Science Research Conference. Tacoma, WA.