R3ISE Network News
Updates from the R3 Center
for Innovation in Science Education
Message from the Director Dr. Gundula Bosch
Innovation in science begins with education. The R3 Graduate Science Initiative forms a focal point for innovation in scientific training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the core of MMI's new Center for Innovation in Science Education (R3ISE), R3 stands for Rigor, Responsibility and Reproducibility in scientific practice.
Our mission is to enable young practitioners to do good science and view their work through the lens of social responsibility. We are convinced that our approach to graduate biomedical and health science education will help to inform better scientific practice by:
- Providing graduate students with the tools to 'think science' critically and solve problems creatively
- Explaining science in a broader and historic context
- Helping students communicate more clearly to expert as well as lay audiences
Since its debut in early 2017, the R3 program has piloted a variety courses that were taken by a total of 105 students from 8 different programs and departments across the JHSPH and JHU thus far. All R3 courses received very good or excellence ratings. The program will grow in the upcoming academic years with more coursework, and a summer institute for community outreach.
Inaugural Katharine E. Welsh Symposium and Celebration of our R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education (R3ISE)
The Center was made possible through a very generous donation by the Katharine E. Welsh Foundation. We celebrated its inauguration in April 2018 together with over 120 guests.
R3ISE supports several core missions:
- The Center is home to our School’s R3 Graduate Science Initiative.
- It provides scholarships for R3 graduate students, the Katharine E. Welsh Scholars.
- R3ISE will host the Katharine E. Welsh distinguished lecture series and interdisciplinary symposia.
- And in that capacity, it will be a hub for dialogue, collaboration and educational research across the science disciplines.
Growing a Global R3 Network
Recently, we published the R3 concept in mBio. It was featured in frequently cited articles in Nature, the JHU HUB and STATnews, attracted broad attention in the social media and was covered in various news outlets. These activities allowed us to start growing a global network of educators which we hope to expand into an active, continuing community of practice and thought exchange.
R3 as Driver for Innovation in Educational Practice, Policy, and Advocacy
We expect that our R3 approach to graduate education will help produce a new leadership in the biomedical and health sciences, whose members are broadly interested communicators, self-directed practitioners and avid advocates for good scientific practice. Graduates will be able to cast a wider net, professionally, and be better and more sustainably equipped for today’s versatile job market. Moreover, graduates will have the necessary think-outside-the-box skills to re-build bridges between the science disciplines, as well as between science and philosophy (the “Ph” in “PhD”), from which many contemporary science disciplines denaturalized. We expect such catalytic change agents and bridge builders between the disciplines to make a positive impact on the scientific enterprise and eventually society as a whole, since better educated scientists will do better science.
Without innovation, science and society will stand still, and stand still eventually means regression. We need to re-think and critically evaluate our educational approaches, otherwise we never know how we can improve. In the 20th century, Johns Hopkins provided the academic models that led to modern medicine and public health education. Now in the early 21st century, the R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education will position the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to catalyze the improvement of graduate scientific education.