Education meets innovation

Cross-Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development and Innovative Pedagogies. Presented by Faculty from NUS, Yale-NUS and other Singaporean Universities.

Quantitative Reasoning

Examples of Innovative Curriculum and Pedagogy in Quantitative Reasoning from Across Singapore
Hands-On experiences of active learning and Team-Based Learning in Quantitative Reasoning

Life Science

Integrating Field Observations in Undergraduate Life Science - and innovative approaches to evolution, and to studying the biosphere and ecosystems of Singapore

Physical Science

Active Learning, interdisciplinary and experiential learning in Physical Sciences, and new authentic learning environments for physical science, including discussions of atmospheric science and astrophysics, as well as chemistry and physics.

The Organising Team

The STEM Innovation Conference is a joint collaboration between Yale-NUS and NUS faculty members.

Bryan Penprase
Yale-NUS, Director, Yale-NUS Centre for
Teaching and Learning (Chair)

Professor Penprase holds a BS in Physics and an MS in Applied Physics from Stanford University, and a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Chicago. He is the Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA. Professor Penprase was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Yale University during the academic year 2012­ — 2013, where he served as a member of the inaugural curriculum committee and helped design many of the common curriculum science courses. Professor Penprase was also the co-Director of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning, and has led in organising a conference on the Future of Liberal Arts in India in Bangalore in 2013. Professor Penprase will be helping to organise other Global Liberal Arts conferences in the coming years.

Bryan Penprase
Yale-NUS, Director, Yale-NUS Centre for
Teaching and Learning (Chair)
Adrian Lee
NUS, Deputy Director, Centre for the
Development of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Adrian Lee read Natural Sciences at Downing College, University of Cambridge. For his work on small trapped-ion clusters, he received the ICI Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. After graduation, he worked briefly at the British Antarctic Survey under the supervision of Prof. Howard Roscoe. There he helped develop code to retrieve NO2 column amounts from zenith-sky spectrometers. Following this, he took up a Ph. D. scholarship at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, under Prof. John Pyle FRS. In 1997, he completed his doctorate entitled ‘Numerical Modelling of Stratospheric Ozone’. A highlight of his doctoral studies was the development of a chemical forecasting methodology. In recognition of the use of this methodology during the ASHOE/MAESA international research campaign, he was awarded the NASA Achievement Award in 1995. He subsequently won a University Merit Award in 2000. Dr. Lee continued his research in atmospheric science in Prof. Pyle’s research group until 2002, when he was awarded the Singapore Millennium Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship brought him to the National University of Singapore. His research under the fellowship centred on developing models to understand the economic cost of air pollution and global warming. Following the fellowship, Dr. Lee took up a faculty position at NUS as a Lecturer in 2005 and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008. He is currently the Director of the Special Programme in Science (SPS) in the Faculty of Science.

Adrian Lee
NUS, Deputy Director, Centre for the
Development of Teaching and Learning
Eunice Tan
Yale-NUS (Life Science)

Dr Eunice Tan graduated with a Life Sciences degree from the National University of Singapore. Her honours project involved studying the paternity of highland moss using microsatellite markers. The project sparked her love for field biology and her Masters’ research studied the functional significance of web decorations of orb-weaving spiders in Yunnan, China and Singapore. For her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne, Dr Tan examined the evolution of colour patterns in Australian chrysomeline leaf beetles using a combination of phylogenetic comparative analyses and field experiments.

Eunice Tan
Yale-NUS (Life Science)
Tim Wertz
Yale-NUS (Math Computational Science)

Dr Timothy Wertz received his bachelor’s degree from Alma College, where he majored in Mathematics, Physics, and Foreign Service. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Mathematics from San Francisco State University, for which his research focused on interpolation and sampling in spaces of analytic functions. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, where his dissertation research concerned eigenvector localisation and related phenomena.

Tim Wertz
Yale-NUS (Math Computational Science)
Kiat Hwa Chan
Yale-NUS (Physical Science)

Dr Chan Kiat Hwa received his doctorate in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2010, under the auspices of an Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) National Science Scholarship (PhD), after working on developing chemical tools to explore iron trafficking by Mycobacterium tuberculosis in human macrophages. Thereafter, and prior to joining Yale-NUS College, he carried out postdoctoral research at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR, where he worked on exploring the versatile properties of water-based peptide gels in biomaterial applications. His current research interests include probing the impact of select bioorganometallic molecules on cellular processes, as well as the development of water-based organometallic gels for studying gelation. Dr Chan loves badminton and detective fiction, and hopes to promote the detective spirit of inquiry in his classes.

Kiat Hwa Chan
Yale-NUS (Physical Science)

Our Speakers

We are still updating the list of speakers–watch this space for more updates!

Event Schedule

A schedule at a glance is listed below. Check the program for this year's conference and learn about the speakers and sessions in store for STEM enthusiasts. We have also updated the lists below with links to the speakers' slides and videos of their talks. Enjoy!

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration will begin at 8AM at the Performance Hall

9:00 AM - 10:15AM

Performance Hall

Introduction – Bryan Penprase (Yale-NUS)

Drew Endy (Stanford University) , “Learning by Doing — Lessons From the Frontiers of Engineering & Biology”

Learning by Doing — Lessons From the Frontiers of Engineering & Biology
How could you enable thousands and eventually millions of people to learn something new? What if the subject was poorly understood, wildly controversial yet profoundly important, and practically inaccessible to most? I’ll reflect on a variety of experiences having to do with the emergence of a new engineering major at both MIT and Stanford and the broader promulgation and advancement of these ideas globally via students everywhere.

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10:15 AM to 10:30 AM

Classroom 16

Yap Von Bing (NUS) ``NUS Quantitative Reasoning Course``
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Jon Berrick, Tim Wertz (Yale-NUS) “QR at Yale-NUS”
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Shawna Metzger (USP) “University Scholars Programme QR”
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Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

Antonia Monteiro (NUS/Yale-NUS) – “A journey from student to teacher”
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Philip Johns (Yale-NUS) – “Magic and internet: How to engage students in the 21st century”
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Ajay Mathuru (Yale-NUS) and Ajai Vyas – (NTU) “Does size matter?”
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Saga Lecture Theatre

Chammika Udalagama (NUS) “An Ocean of Science”
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Lim Kim Yong (NUS) “Demonstration Lab and Hands-on Physics”
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Florina Iliescu (Republic Poly) “Triggering Situational Interest in Problem-based Learning Classrooms”
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12:30PM - 1:30PM

1:30 PM to 2:30PM

Performance Hall

Sandy Cook (Duke-NUS) – “Using TBL to create Active learning in Large Classrooms” – 40 min
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Matt Stamps (Yale-NUS), “Communication and Discovery in Team-Based Learning
” – 20 min
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Classroom 16

Sandy Cook (Duke-NUS) ``Demonstration: Team-Based Learning``

Kristi Lemm (Yale-NUS) ``Discussion: Student Motivation in Compulsory Modules``

Tim Wertz (Yale-NUS) ``Discussion: What belongs in a Quantitative Reasoning course?``

Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

Jan Gruber (Yale-NUS) “Failure intended”
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N. Sivasothi N (NUS/LKC NHM) “Teaching a large cohort”
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Zeehan Jaafar (NUS) “Too Big, Too Small, Just Right—Tailoring Biodiversity Lessons to Differing Class Sizes”
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Saga Lecture Theatre

Simon Watt (NUS) “Active Learning in CM4269”
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Andrew Bettiol (NUS) “Design Projects in Engineering Science”
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Zhi Han Lim (NUS) “Adapting Active Learning and Flipped Classroom for Different Courses”
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4:15 PM to 5:30PM

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Coffee and Tea will be served at the Performance Hall Foyer from 8:30 AM

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Performance Hall

Bob Kamei (NUS) – “Blended Learning and Eating Your Vegetables: They’re Good for You!” – 30 min
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Adrian Lee (NUS) – “SoTL – Pedagogical Approaches to Technology-Enhanced Learning” – 30 min
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Classroom 16

Laskh Samavedham (NUS) “Systems Thinking, Engaged Modelling”
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Nachamma Sockalingam (SUTD) “SOTL: A New Paradigm for Educational Development in Higher Education”
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Lee Shuh Shing (NUS, Centre for Med. Education) “Self Regulated Learning``
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Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

Linda Sellou (NUS) “Special Program in Science”
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Bryan Penprase (Yale-NUS) – “Global Interdisciplinary Science Curricula”
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Shaffique Adam (Yale-NUS) – Integrated Science at Yale-NUS
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Saga Lecture Theatre

Emelyn Tan (NUS) “Apps and Emerging Gadgets for Chemistry Education”
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Damith Rajapakse (NUS) – 'TEAMMATES: a flexible feedback management system for education'
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Yeong Foong May (NUS) “Using online platforms to enhance student engagement”
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12:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

Session by Carl Wieman

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4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Performance Hall

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Click here to download a pdf copy of the schedule!

Venue Information

Yale-NUS College Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

Does the conference require any registration fees? What is included in registration?

There are no registration fees for the conference, but registration is limited so please do complete your registration form early. If your registration is accepted we will contact you with more information. The conference includes meals such as lunch on April 27, coffee breaks, and a lunch on April 28, with light appetizers before Carl Wieman’s talk on April 28.

Are there parallel or concurrent talks? What are their groupings?

Yes, the three groupings are:

  1. Quantitative Reasoning
  2. Life Sciences and
  3. Physical Sciences

You will be expected but not required to attend the talks from the group that you register for. Some crossing between the groups is possible, but we would like to encourage interaction between “communities of practice” in related fields so we prefer to have groups stay together.

I wish to present for this conference. What should I do?

If you would like to present in this conference, please register in the general register link here and indicate that you wish to present for this conference in one of the form’s fields. A separate link will be sent to you for you to sign up as a speaker once we have received your registration.

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Event location

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16 College Ave West, #01-220, Singapore138527

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